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Low Emission Zone changes kick-in

12 January 2012

As of January 3rd all light commercials older than 10 years (pre-Euro 3) with a kerb weight greater than 1,205kg are no longer welcome in London; unless the operator pays a £100 daily charge. Failure to comply results in a £400/day fine. In essence the changes to the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) encompass all vans — bar those that are car-derived — pick-ups, 4x4 utility vehicles and minibuses with more than eight seats. Full details of which vehicles fall foul of the new emissions remit can be found here.

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Diesel price 'to hit record high'

12 January 2012

Fleets could be facing record diesel prices after the steepest and fastest ever rise in wholesale costs over the festive period, according to RMI Petrol.
 
From Monday December 19 to Thursday January 5 the cost of diesel increased by nearly 4.50ppl and unleaded petrol by as much as 5ppl with 20% VAT to be added.  RMI Petrol fear that average UK prices for diesel, currently close to 141ppl, will soon push past the May 9 peak of 143ppl and hit new record levels - perhaps even breaching 145ppl in the next few weeks.  These increases have been so rapid that fuel retailers have had scant time to react over the holidays and few have made any significant increase yet to their pump prices, says RMI Petrol.
 
However, from this weekend prices will have to move upwards quickly in order to protect the already wafer thin margins which have caused the independent retailers such financial stress through 2011.  Movements in sterling were not significant against the US dollar over the holiday period but the following market drivers have caused prices to suddenly shoot up:

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Time to follow French lead on road safety?

12 January 2012

France’s commitment to reducing the numbers of deaths on its roads has been applauded by a leading UK road safety expert, who says the UK could learn lessons from the French by having clear targets and high profile initiatives.
 
Graham Hurdle, managing director of Chichester-based fleet risk management specialists E-Training World, believes the UK Government has lost its way with road safety; scrapping targets, reducing the money available, and burying it at the bottom of the political agenda.
 
From spring this year, motorists in France will need to carry disposable breathalysers – this is in a bid to reduce the annual number of road fatalities to below 3,000.  France has made huge gains in road safety over the last ten years, with the number of deaths being cut by half.
 
“In our country the Government has scrapped its road death targets which is a move I wholeheartedly disagree with” said Hurdle. “And whilst I have some reservations about how successful the French breathalyser scheme will be, at least it demonstrates to drivers in France that road safety is being taken very seriously.”
 
French President Nicholas Sarkozy announced the measure to allow drivers to check they are under the legal drink-drive limit, as part of a road safety drive.  It will be made compulsory by law from this spring, along with existing rules meaning drivers must carry a warning triangle and display stickers showing which country their vehicle is from. Drivers caught without a breathalyser in their car will face a €17 fine.
 
“I believe the drivers who use the kits to check if they are over the limit would not drink and drive anyway,” continued Hurdle, “although it might act as a deterrent to those who believe they are borderline and find they are over the limit.  But the drivers who willingly flout the law and drive while drunk will not be put off by the breathalyser, nor do I believe they will use it. I also have some serious concerns that it may encourage people to try and drink up to the limit and then drive which is a very negative aspect of this approach.  However the good news is it will remind all drivers in France of the dangers of drinking and driving which is more than the UK government is doing.”
 
Hurdle concluded: “There was no major drink driving campaign this Christmas in the UK and in many areas drink driving arrests increased in December 2011 compared to 2010.”

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New-look Mondeo revealed for 2013

12 January 2012

The new Ford Mondeo has been revealed in North America, with the European spec version due here in the first quarter of 2013.

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BMW Group UK sales outperform the market in 2011

12 January 2012

BMW's sales in the corporate sector rose to record levels in 2011 with an increase of 10% over 2010 volumes against a rise of just 4% in overall fleet sales.
 
Overall it reported a rise of 8.78% in its 2011 sales increasing from 153,312 to 166,780 vehicles compared to 2010, and against a market which has seen overall sales fall by just over 4%.  BMW Group market share for the year increased to a record 8.59%. The Group has seen sales in December of 11,813 vehicles, a decrease of 2.74% from the 12,147 vehicles sold in the same period in 2010. The overall market fell by 4% in December.
 
"We have seen strong sales growth from BMW Group in the UK this year with sales exceeding 166,000 vehicles. BMW has not only secured its position as the UK's top premium brand in 2011 but has also recorded its second highest ever sales result in the UK," said Tim Abbott, managing director of BMW Group UK.  "Both BMW and Mini brands have outperformed the market and in particular we have seen significant growth coming from the company car market where BMW saw sales increase by 10% to a new record level. Driven by particularly strong demand for the BMW 5 Series, there has also been considerable incremental growth from the latest X3 and X1 ranges. Mini has also achieved record UK sales and market share thanks to strong performances from the MINI Countryman and the new Mini Coupé.  Although the 2012 outlook is challenging, we are going into the year with the youngest product portfolio in the premium sector and we remain cautiously optimistic.”

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