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News digest: fleets confused by 2040 clean air plan

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

Nearly half of businesses confused by 2040 petrol and diesel ban

Nearly half of businesses who employ drivers are confused by the government’s plan to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.

The report by thecarpeople.co.uk shows 48% of businesses don’t fully understand the new policy.

From 2040 all new cars sold in the UK will have to have zero emissions capability.

The report also showed 39% of businesses admitted they are concerned about the impact the proposed combustion engine changes will have on their company bottom line.

While 1 in 5 think the ban will have a positive impact on their work, only 43% of those who have employ drivers for business are planning to train employees to drive hybrid and electric vehicles.

Thecarpeople report shows 45% of business decision makers are concerned about the availability of trained mechanics for hybrid and electric vehicles. Their biggest concerns are access to charging points for electric cars (40%), unknown expenses for car charging (37%) and the possible increase in taxes/charges for driving petrol/diesel vehicles (34%).

Highways England sets out vision of the future

Cars of the future will help improve road maintenance and safety, according to a new report.

The Strategic Road Network Initial Report says technology will play an increasingly major role in keeping the country moving through a smart network.

Connected vehicles could improve motorway maintenance efficiency by being programmed to spot potholes and automatically transmitting the information to Highways England to schedule repairs, the report by the agency suggests.

The report also outlined plans to use drones to report back on incidents, which could improve emergency response times.

The report will be used to inform the government’s next road investment strategy from 2020.

 

RAC has busiest day in seven years as cold snap continues

Breakdown organisation RAC had the busiest day for breakdowns in seven years as cold weather continues across the UK.

Patrols were called out for more breakdowns in 24 hours on Monday 11 December than they have seen in seven years.

The organisation warned patrols were continued to be busy throughout the ongoing cold snap.

Motorists were being urged to be prepared in case their vehicle breaks down in these very cold conditions and to pack sufficient warm clothing, food and water for all your passengers.

 

 

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