Public and trade warned of new UK write-off system

Vehicle History experts Cartell.ie tells us that the Association of British Insurers (ABI) in the UK are no longer using Category C and Category D vehicle write-off classification in their new Voluntary Code of Practice (COP) for the industry. Following a long review the new system will retain the same Category A and Category B categorisations. However Category C and Category D designations will no longer be used. The new system will focus on first…

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UK approves smart chargepoints that releases the energy balancing potential of EV’s

UK approves smart chargepoints that releases the energy balancing potential of EV’s

A range of smart electric vehicle chargepoints from Ensto Chago, that can communicate with each other through cloud software to share available power between vehicles plugged-in at the same location, has been approved by the UK Government for grant support by OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles). Chago charging units limit the need for electricity supply grid upgrades, as electric vehicles increase in popularity. They also pave the way for vehicles to store energy and…

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CECRA calls for a robust regulatory framework for in-vehicle telematics

A broad industry and motorists representative coalition is calling upon the EU to create a robust regulatory framework for an interoperable in-vehicle telematics platform based on key principles derived from the Treaty of Rome: fair competition, independent entrepreneurship, innovation and consumer choice
 CECRA, the European Council for Motor Trades and Repairs says the Treaties of Rome that were signed 60 years ago marked the start of what has become the European Union. Since then, we…

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Petrol consumption in the UK falls to a record low 

Interesting figures about petrol and diesel consumption declines have just been released by the Britain’s HM Revenue and Customs In fact, the figures show that UK petrol consumption for January fell to its lowest level on record. That is one per cent down on the previous January’s petrol consumption and just under 12.7 per cent less than a similar month five years ago. Diesel suffered an even great drop of 5.6 per cent this January from…

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Northern Ireland has lowest conviction rate for using phones while driving

As tougher penalties for drivers using mobile phones are introduced in the UK and Northern Ireland, it emerged that drivers in Scotland have the highest proportion of offences for using a mobile phone behind the wheel – with 19.5 per cent. From 1st March 2017 drivers caught using a mobile phone while driving will face tougher penalties. The fixed penalty will double to six points and a £200 fine. While new drivers, within two years…

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Insurance costs to keep rising to pay for awards, warns FBD boss

The Irish Independent is reporting that Ireland’s compensation culture will continue to force car-insurance premiums up this year, but the pace of increases – which saw prices soar last year – has moderated. In the Irish Independent article, FBD chief executive Fiona Muldoon declined to predict by how much car-insurance premiums would be hiked by the stockmarket-listed insurance company this year.  The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission is investigating suspected breaches of competition law in…

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Employer responsibility to employees who drive for work highlighted

Employer responsibility to employees who drive for work highlighted

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), Health & Safety Authority (HSA) and An Garda Síochána have launched a joint TV led campaign to underline the importance of putting proper measures in place to ensure the safety of all employees who drive for work. This includes both professional drivers and those who drive as part of their job. It is estimated that 1 in 3 road collisions every year involve people who were driving for work at…

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Longer semi-trailer trial demonstrates safety and environmental benefits

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) in the UK has welcomed the British Department for Transport (DfT)’s announcement last Thursday that it will be extending the numbers in its Longer Semi-Trailer (LST) trial this year. This trial, which is investigating the environmental and safety impacts of the use of longer semi-trailer vehicles on the UK roads, has been under way since 2012 and has been extended to provide a longer reporting period, which will make the…

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