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News digest 25 August 2017

A round-up of this week’s news from the world of fleet.

Testing for self-driving lorries scheduled for this year

The Transport Research Laboratory will be testing vehicle “platoons” this year. It’s a promise the government has held on to since 2014.

The TRL will hold trial runs on a test track before taking the main road. Three lorries will travel in a close formation, each with a driver, and the lead vehicle will control acceleration and braking for the group.

With the lorries driving close together, the leading vehicle will push the wind out of the way causing the back two lorries to be more efficient and have lower emissions.

Testing has already taken place in a number of countries, and the AA is curious to see how platooning will affect British roads.

Company drivers rack up more than £2 million in parking fines

In the first half of this year, company drivers were fined £2.21 million in private parking violations. Compared to the first half of last year, this is a 16% increase in companies being fined for parking on private land.

Lex Autolease compiled its research from 378,000 leased company vehicles from June 2016 to June 2017. The findings revealed a 9% increase in fines between January and July, and an increase in average-cost-per-driver by 13%.

Between January and June, company drivers committed 102,397 offences, and the bill for businesses reached a total of £5.67 million.

Hate to blow your fuse: Many homes aren’t ready for the cars of the future

Charging your electric car and heating the kettle could lead to a blown fuse says the National Grid.

Most households are supplied with a main fuse of 60-80 amps. In order to charge a car, it would take approximately 11kW, which would require 48 amps. This would mean you couldn’t use other high-demand electrical items, such as kettles and ovens, without blowing your fuse.

If homeowners would like to charge their car and enjoy a nice cuppa, the National Grid suggests that homes be retrofitted with fuses that carry 100 amps or more.

‘Self-driving’ lorries to be tested on UK roads

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