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News digest 1 September 2017

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

DVLA cracks down on offensive number plates

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has banned hundreds of offensive number plates.

Approximately 300 will be number plates that are seemed too rude for the road will be withheld from next week.

The agency updated a long list of potentially offensive and embarrassing letter combinations, including those enduring in ARS and DAM.

The DVLA have tried to identify all offensive combinations, but admitted that some may fall through the cracks, but will continue to monitor the list.

The agency said they understood people enjoyed expressing themselves on their license plates, but wanted to keep embarrassing and offensive license plates off the road.

New emissions tests to be introduced

New diesel and petrol models will undergo new emissions testing before being allowed to travel on Britain’s roads.

Last year’s diesel testing found that Euro 6 diesel cars were emitting six times more nitrogen dioxide than what was found in the lab. The reforms in testing will require car manufacturers to cut those emissions by two-thirds.

The test will also stop car manufacturers from cheating with vehicles having test equipment attached to its exhaust pipe for 90 minutes.

Cars will be tested on equally on town, country and motorway driving.

Country Roads

Road safety charity Brake is calling on the government to introduce compulsory rural driving lessons to cut the number of young driver deaths.

Young drivers make up the majority of killed or injured motorists, with most fatal accidents occurring on rural roads. In 2015, 80% of young drivers that died on the road were driving in a rural environment.

The temptation to drive at high speeds, sharp turns and narrow lanes are a risky combination for new drivers.

Brake has called for reforms to how young drivers in the UK are tested, asking for a graduated licensing system, mandatory training on rural roads and new restrictions for young drivers.

“High speeds, sharp bends, narrow lanes, risky overtaking and the presence of vulnerable road users like cyclists, make rural roads the most dangerous by far,” said Jason Wakeford from Brake.

Mr Wakeford added: “This approach has dramatically reduced road casualties in countries including Australia and New Zealand and could save some 400 lives a year if implemented in the UK.”

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