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If you operate a commercial fleet running trucks, vans or cars, it is important to understand how new government proposals for reducing emissions and increasing road safety will affect your business.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling against the government over its failure to tackle pollution, there has been significant drive to improve the quality of air across our cities and towns.

 

The Emissions Debate:

Levels of nitrogen dioxide have been above legal limits across almost 90% of urban areas in the UK since 2010 and the fumes are estimated to cause between 23,000-40,000 early deaths each year.

The Air Quality Plan released in July suggests that increasing the number of controlled Clean Air Zones (CAZ) from six to 27, with a proposed ban on the manufacture of all new diesel and petrol vehicles (including cars and vans) by 2040 will be vital in tackling the problem. For quick reference, the New Statesman has a concise overview of what these plans entail. The commitment follows the examples of France, India and Norway who hope to have a fully electric, zero emission road network by the middle of the century. Companies like Volvo and BMW seem keen to embrace this new business model, however, organisations including the AA have highlighted the problems of such a significant change, noting that up to ten new power stations may be required to cope with the rising demand for electricity.

For lorry, bus and coach operators, the DVSA will begin targeting drivers with roadside emission checks from August 2017 to combat the rise of illegal engine modifications and cheat/fake devices that prevent control systems working. Recent regulations proposed by the European Commission could potentially have huge implications for the commercial fleet industry as they plan to extend rules governing HGVs to vans and LCVs.

The ‘mobility package’ announced last month intends to ensure that financial standing, good repute, cabotage and professional competence, will soon apply to vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tonnes and operators will have to comply with some of the O-licence rules. Although the Commission states that these regulations will decrease the costs of transport and reduce pollution and noise, critics including the FTA claim that new restrictions will have a negative effect on business growth with no clear road safety benefits. For anyone interested in purchasing an electric van or LCV, Greencarsite.co.uk have put together an introductory quick guide into some of the options currently available.  


Vehicle Technology:


The European Commission has already made major steps in improving vehicle safety, with a clear focus on protecting drivers, passengers (especially children) and vulnerable road users. Since 2015 all new trucks and busses must be equipped with advanced emergency braking systems and lane departure warning systems, while carmakers will have to install eCall (an automated emergency request service) into all new car and van models from 31 March 2018 onwards.

                                                                                 New Vehicle Technology used in Ford Engine   


The rise of in-vehicle safety systems, connected fleets and non-combustion engines has instigated a fascinating convergence of various sectors and industries, as governments realise the importance of investing in a transport infrastructure less reliant on fossil fuels and more focused on connected systems and on-board technologies. Countries keen to adopt these innovations when developing new vehicles include India, where the telematics market is expected to reach $113.7M (£87.56M) by 2018, Australia, where urban planners are considering the reality of an autonomous driving network and China, where search-engine giant Baidu has teamed up with Microsoft to work on their autonomous cloud-based driving platform Apollo.

In this rapidly accelerating world of AI and the Internet of Things, a fully connected self-driving electric truck with on-board solar powered delivery drones does not seem like such an unbelievable concept, although questions on how smart vehicle data is collected, stored and accessed are causing tensions between manufacturers, clients and drivers.


For fleet owners and operators, it can be daunting trying to keep up with all the latest rules, regulations and developments in the commercial vehicle market. By being aware of new laws, researching the best in-vehicle technology and investing in reliable solutions, you can ensure that your assets remain efficient and protected. Best practice toolkits provided by FORS and CLOCS can be invaluable for any organisation that wishes to maintain a safe, compliant and cost-effective fleet.


If you would like further information on how Exeros can help to safeguard your vehicles and drivers through our range of advanced CCTV camera systems and safety technology, please get in touch with our technical support team.

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New Government Policy and Vehicle Technology to Impact Commercial Fleet Owners

Plug in Hybrid Vehicle Technology at the CV Show

If you operate a commercial fleet running trucks, vans or cars, it is important to understand how new government proposals for reducing emissions and increasing road safety will affect your business.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling against the government over its failure to tackle pollution, there has been significant drive to improve the quality of air across our cities and towns.

 

The Emissions Debate:

Levels of nitrogen dioxide have been above legal limits across almost 90% of urban areas in the UK since 2010 and the fumes are estimated to cause between 23,000-40,000 early deaths each year.

How Technology and Compliance are Changing the LCV / Van Market

Electric Van by Nissan

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Why Should Commercial Fleets Invest in Vehicle CCTV?

The Benefits of Vehicle CCTV for HGV FleetsAs any transport manager is aware, running a large commercial fleet can be stressful and expensive. Whether you operate a small number of city cars, medium sized vans and LCVs or a super-fleet of 44 tonne HGVs, the associated running costs (including maintenance and repairs in conjunction with fuel prices, insurance premiums and overheads) can add up to a hefty annual bill.

 

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