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New digest 8 September 2017

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

Parents face fines for driving children to school

Many UK councils are planning to restrict parking and idling near school gates in a drive to cut down on pollution and improve road safety.

Parents face fines of up to £130 in some cases for driving in restricted zones.

Croydon in south London has brought in traffic restrictions on roads around three schools during the morning and afternoon school runs.

Automatic numberplate recognition cameras scan vehicles passing through the restricted zones. Those without a residents’ or visitors’ permit face a £130 penalty charge, reduced to £65 if paid within a fortnight.

Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “The temporary numberplate cameras will help our officers make a fair decision on who can drive through the pedestrian zones and who can’t, allowing residents, their visitors, school staff and delivery drivers to go about their business as usual.”

Average speeds in UK cities falls to as little as 5mph

Average driving speeds in UK cities have fallen, new research has found.

A study by In-car Cleverness found London to be the slowest city, with average driving speeds in and around five miles of the centre reaching just 8mph.

This drops even further the nearer to the centre traffic crawls, with the average driver now barely registering 5mph within a mile of central London. This is a fall of 1mph on the same period last year.

Speeds in other major UK cities are equally as snail-like. Drivers slow to less than 7mph towards the centre of Edinburgh while driving speeds within one mile of the centre of Manchester have dropped by nearly 2mph in just a year, with motorists now averaging just over 6mph.

In-car Cleverness analysed nearly 400,000 journeys over the same three-month period in 2016 and 2017, measuring average miles per hour within a five-mile radius of major city centres.

Demand for diesel cars falls by nearly a quarter

New diesel car registrations were down by more than 21% in August.

But registrations for petrol vehicles rose by almost 4%, according to figures released on Tuesday by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

There was also a considerable increase in sales of petrol hybrid and pure electric vehicles (EVs), which rose 74.9% and 62.5% respectively.

But fleet and business registrations were down almost 4% for the month, compared to August 2016.

The SMMT data shows that 42,836 units out of 76,433 were registered to fleet and business, making up 56% of a market.

This figures compares to 44,371 registrations on the same month last year, when fleet and business made up 54% of the overall market (81,640 units).

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “August is typically a quiet month for the new car market as consumers and businesses delay purchases until the arrival of the new number plate in September.

“With the new 67-plate now available and a range of new models in showrooms, we anticipate the continuation of what are historically high levels of demand.”

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