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Actually, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe probably shouldn't apologise publicly to Lord Bramall

Actually, I can see an argument for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner not to make a public apology to Field Marshal (not, not, not ‘Field Marshall’, the immensely common mis-spelling of this word) Lord Bramall. In the end, offering such a...

The Doctors dispute: Betting opens on whether Hunt will survive

As the Junior Doctor furore continues, bookmakers William Hill have opened a market on whether Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will still be in his role on January 1, 2017. He is odds-on to survive in the job and the bookie quotes odds of 8/11 that he is still in post on Jan […]

GM to launch 300-mile Ampera-e EV in Europe next year

General Motors has confirmed that the Chevrolet Bolt long-range electric car will launch in Europe next year, badged as the Ampera-e. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month, the Bolt features a 60kWh battery – twice the capacity of the latest Nissan LEAF – and offers a range of 200 […]

SEAT reveals new Ateca SUV

SEAT has taken the wraps off its new Ateca mid-sized SUV prior to its showroom launch in September. Available to order now, the new model – named after a village in Spain – is the first SUV to be launched by the brand and focuses on distinctive design with practical features plus high-tech assistance systems […]

Tesla to unveil Model 3 on 31 March

Tesla is to unveil its Model 3 compact-executive electric car at the end of March, ahead of production and deliveries late next year. Confirmed as part of the company’s Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Results, the Model 3 will be roughly the same size as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, targeting a […]

BVRLA tells HM Treasury to ‘stop punishing company car drivers’

The BVRLA has called on HM Treasury to treat company car drivers more fairly in advance of the 2016 Budget. The call comes as the BVRLA reveals that the effect of the 2% increase in Company Car Tax from 2017-18 and the delay in removing the 3% diesel supplement will cost the average company car driver […]

Making all vehicles autonomous could prevent up to 95% of all traffic accidents, report finds

The widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles could bring billions of pounds to the UK economy and save hundreds of lives. That’s the finding of a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which also calls on the Government and industry to urgently address the barriers to adoption, regulatory and insurance issues. Philippa Oldham, head […]

TMC and JCT600 join forces to promote advanced fleet fuel solutions

Clients of JCT600 Vehicle Leasing Solutions (VLS) are now being offered access to advanced fuel management solutions under a new agreement between VLS and The Miles Consultancy (TMC). The agreement includes TMC’s mileage capture, audit and control solution, which offers fleets guaranteed savings on fuel bills. It also covers Fuel+, the fuel card and mileage […]

Hyundai introduces i30 to Zipcar car club fleet in London

Hyundai has partnered with Zipcar to add the i30 to its London car club fleet. The deal marks the first between Zipcar and Hyundai in the UK and brings a total of 100 Hyundai i30 models to Zipcar members from key locations throughout central London. Zipcar members can now reserve a Hyundai i30, to use […]

London Mayor tackles air pollution with £5m projects and Tower Bridge ‘no idling’ scheme

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced a package of measures to improve local air quality, including a no-idling scheme on Tower Bridge and other projects across the Capital. From today drivers using Tower Bridge will be encouraged to stop idling and switch their engines off when the bridge is opening, prompted by new road […]

Masternaut opens nominations process for Safe From Harm Awards

Fleets can now send in nominations for the awards ceremony at Masternaut’s free Safe From Harm conference. Taking place on Tuesday 15 March at The ICC Birmingham during the Safe From Harm conference, the awards ceremony is being held by the fleet telematics specialist to recognise excellence in fleet management, safety, driver engagement and community […]

Surrey County Council signs up City Car Club as car club provider

Surrey County Council has appointed City Car Club to offer car club services using a range of low-emission vehicles to residents, council employees and businesses in the county. City Car Club has been appointed as the council’s preferred car club provider following a competitive tender process and will initially operate 14 low emission vehicles, including […]

5% of motorists drive morning after heavy drinking on weekly basis

Brake is warning drivers about the risks of ‘morning after’ drinking after its research found that one in 20 drivers (5%) drive the morning after a big night out on a weekly basis. The research by the road safety charity and Direct Line found that one in five motorists have confessed to previously getting behind […]

Skoda reports 24% rise in true fleet sales

Skoda UK says it’s seen a phenomenal year for fleet sales, helped by the launch of the new Superb and Fabia. For 2015, the brand has reported true fleet sales growth of 24% year-on-year – nearly double the rate of growth seen in the entire true fleet sector, which increased at 13% year-on-year. As a […]

Fleet & lease car values fall slightly in January, reports BCA

Values for fleet & lease cars and the headline average used car value saw a slight decline last month, BCA has reported. The latest Pulse report shows fleet & lease car values averaged £9,440 in January, a fall of £148 (1.5%) compared to December’s figure of £9,588. Performance against CAP improved sharply from 95.64% to […]

A Speech on Marriage at the Oxford Union

The Oxford Union has now posted online the debate on Marriage in which I took part a few months ago. Here is my contributions

Castelan Group replaces Furniture Care van fleet with new Renault Trafics

Castelan Group, provider of warranties, insurance and claims handling solutions to the retail sector, has replaced its Renault sole supply commercial vehicle fleet with 80 new Renault Trafic panel vans. The Trafics replace the company’s previous generation models, with Castelan opting for the new Trafic after putting the order out to tender and considering light […]

The power of choice: Ford of Britain’s Andy Barratt on the brand’s growth plans

When you’re number one in the UK, how do you continue to grow? Ford’s Andy Barratt reckons the solution is appealing to drivers’ aspirational side. Alex Grant finds out more. Only halfway through his first year as Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, Andy Barratt, may have taken on the role in one of […]

New RoSPA website for older drivers

Aimed at helping older people adapt to changes in their driving to stay safe on the road, a new website has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The new website – – has been set up with funding from the Department for Transport and gives tips on how […]

The New Hampshire aftermath: This week’s PB/Polling Matters TV Show looks at where the race stands now

Where does the battle for Obama’s successor stand now? Although the outcome in both the Republican and Democratic races in the New Hampshire primary was completely in line with the polls the results have come as a massive shock. One thing’s for sure – previous assumptions about how US elections work don’t apply any more […]

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