Transport & Car Blog
Members of the public are now eligible to apply to take part in the UK’s first public driverless vehicle trials, which will be held in Greenwich later this year.
The trials form part of Greenwich Automated Transport Environment (GATEway), an £8 million research project created to analyse acceptance, perception and use of driverless vehicles amongst the general public.
A number of local councils are raising the price of parking permits for diesel vehicles that were previously regarded as environmentally friendly due to reduced CO2 emissions.
There are increasing fears amid Government officials that diesel vehicles actually lack the green credentials that they had been previously been given.
While the debate rumbles on regarding expiry dates for car seats for young children, there is another question on the lips of many regarding expiry dates for cars themselves. It’s a particularly hot topic over in India at present with the Indian government working on a policy to determine the “end of life” of vehicles sold across the nation.
In the next ten years, the Indian government and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) anticipate the country’s automotive industry will explode to upwards of $300 million in value terms; generating up to 12 per cent of India’s GDP. It’s this unprecedented surge in demand which will lead to more cars on Indian roads and the need for older vehicles to be scrapped.
The Government has insisted that it carries no anti-diesel agenda, despite concerns from the fleet industry as a whole that the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal has started to negatively impact tax decisions.
As part of that the Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne delayed removal of the 3 per cent company car diesel supplement until April 2021. The supplement was originally planned to be removed in April 2016.
The Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) scheme was abolished late last year following lengthy consultation between the Department for Transport (DfT) and key stakeholders.
The developments have been long-overdue with many members of the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association (MVDA) calling for change in recent years.
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