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Growing UK car Parc includes record number of EVs

Growing UK car Parc includes record number of EVs

Electric Vehicles, News, SMMT
The number of plug-in electric cars on British roads grew by three quarters last year, according to new Motorparc data released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).  The UK’s largest automotive analysis shows there is now a record 195,410 plug-in vehicles on our roads, reflecting the growing choice of models now on offer. Overall ownership of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) increased by almost 30% last year, with more than 620,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric cars now in use. The electric vehicle market is going to expand significantly in the coming years, with models from Audi and Mercedes-Benz hitting the roads in the next 12 months, while companies such as Volkswagen Group and planning mass model launches by 2023.
DVSA highlights increase in disqualified MOT testers

DVSA highlights increase in disqualified MOT testers

MOT, News
The number of nominated and authorised MOT testers disqualified from carrying out annual checks has risen sharply in recent years,new DVSA figures show. Following appeals, a total of 178 nominated testers were stuck off during the 2017/2018 period. Compared to the figures from 2015/16, this is a rise of 82%. In addition, during the 2017/18 financial year, 41% more authorised examiners had their status withdrawn. Testers can be warned or banned for issuing fraudulent certificates, as well as improper or careless testing.  The figures also reveal that 361 nominated testers were issued with warnings, while the DVSA refused the application of eight testers following appeals.  While the number of disqualifications have risen, during the same time period the number of ...
Brexit extension causes further industry uncertainty

Brexit extension causes further industry uncertainty

News, SMMT
The European Union has agreed to extend the Brexit deadline to 31 October 2019, following a meeting of country leaders. Britain was due to crash out of the EU without a deal on 12 April following a short extension to the original deadline of 29 March. However, following the meeting, the 27 member states have agreed on a flexible extension in order to allow the UK Government to get its withdrawal agreement through Parliament. The UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May had been seeking a short extension to 30 June, which would allow the country to miss taking part in European Parliament elections, but EU President Jean-Claude Juncker instead proposed a year’s flexible delay. This, however, was not met with enthusiasm from some leaders, including French President Emmanuelle Macron, who wa
UK car sales fell in ‘crucial’ March month

UK car sales fell in ‘crucial’ March month

News, SMMT
UK new car registrations declined in March as the industry continued to fluctuate in the wake of uncertainty. Sales in the country were down by 3.4% according to datareleased by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). With issues surrounding Brexit, economic uncertainty and continued deterioration in diesel sales, the month of March, traditionally a strong one due to new plate releases, gave the market its first big drop of 2019. The first plate change of the year is often seen as a bellwether period for the UK sector, highlighting consumer confidence and the health of wider economy as consumers are driven into showrooms. Demand fell in both the private and business sectors, with registrations down 2.8% and 44.8% respectively, while fleet demand was stable...
Tyre developed specifically for flying cars

Tyre developed specifically for flying cars

News, Tyres
Goodyear has launched a new tyre concept designed specifically for flying cars. The Goodyear AERO is a two-in-one tyre designed for autonomous flying cars. The concept works as both a road-going everyday tyre and a propeller for flying through the sky. The company hopes to steel a march on other manufacturers and be prepared for future vehicles. The AERO features spokes which would support the weight of a vehicle and act as fan blades to provide lift when the wheel is tilted. airless tyre uses a non-pneumatic structure that is flexible enough to dampen shocks when driving on the road, and strong enough to rotate at the high speeds necessary for the rotors to create vertical lift. The concept would use magnetic force to provide frictionless propulsion. This would enable t...
Ben launches new services to tackle depression

Ben launches new services to tackle depression

Charity, News
Ben has launched new online support on its website to help automotive industry people who are struggling with depression - an issue that affects 350 million people across the world[1]. In the UK, depression affects about one in 10 people at some point in their life[2]. Around 1 in 3 people contact Ben’s helpline about their mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Initial findings from Ben’s own automotive industry survey* state that 22% of those who reported suffering with depression said it had the biggest impact on their health and wellbeing overall. Depression was also Ben’s second most visited topic online, after anxiety, with almost 16,000 visits last year. Milder forms of depression can make everyday activities – such as sleeping or working – harder and the
Call for changes in van MOT rules

Call for changes in van MOT rules

MOT, News
A leading consumer website is calling on Government to modernise the MOT rules after official data revealed that one in four vans on the UK’s roads fail their first check. Honest John Vans analysed millions of MOT records and found that just 75% of vans pass their first Ministry of Transport test at three years, with lighting, brakes and tyres the most common causes for failure. MOT data from the DVSA for 2017 shows that a quarter of a million vans had their first test, with 61,000 failing due to potentially dangerous defects.   The three-year MOT exemption for the first test for cars and vans was introduced in 1967, but Government data shows that a rethink is needed because light commercial vehicles have a consistently lower pass rate compared to that of cars. O
Trico hoping for more Britcar success with Tockwith Motorsports

Trico hoping for more Britcar success with Tockwith Motorsports

Motorsport, News, Wipers
Trico is preparing for another Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championshipcampaign, with brand ambassador, Sarah Moore, looking to retain her historic title in the Tockwith Motorsports(TMS) Trico-liveried Ginetta G50. Sarah was crowned the first-ever female champion in the Britcar series last season and will be returning alongside a new teammate, Moh Ritson, in 2019. Alongside driving duties, Sarah will be mentoring Moh throughout the eight-round series, which begins on 30 March at Silverstone. It is a formula that proved successful for the original equipment manufacturer of wiper blades and systems in 2018, with 16-year-old Matt Greenwood joining Sarah in clinching the championship. Moh, also 16, will be in safe ha...
Stricter MOT creates North-South divide in failure rates

Stricter MOT creates North-South divide in failure rates

MOT, News
New data has revealed a north-south divide when it comes to the MOT fail rate since stricter rules were implemented in May last year. In the seven months following the introduction of the new MOT procedure, failures reached up to 25% in several key areas of the Midlands and the North of England, according to figures released by Protyre. Revealing a North-South divide, five of the top six areas for MOT failures are in the Midlands or the North of England – while five of the top six areas for MOT passes are in the South of England. This is in stark contrast to 2017, when the North overall had the lowest MOT fail rate in England and Wales.  It found a 12% average MOT fail rate across all regions of England and Wales in this same period (June to December 2018). Protyre
FlexFuel signs agreement with Point S

FlexFuel signs agreement with Point S

Additives and Cleaners, News
FlexFuel Energy Development UK (FFEDUK) has signed a partner agreement with Point S whereby its hydrogen engine cleaning solution, Hy-Carbon, will be made available to its members initially throughout the United Kingdom, and with a view to a forthcoming global agreement. Point S UK is part of the world’s largest Independent Tyre & Autocare Group with over 1,800 members (133 in the UK) and 4,100 Points of Sale (including 230 in the UK) in 36 countries. Point S researches the aftermarket sector for products and services that can offer its members incremental revenue generating opportunities, whilst ensuring consumers can benefit from the latest advances in automotive solutions. By making FlexFuel’s Hy-Carbon solution available to its network, Point S is enabling its members to st