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Government urged to get behind LPG for vehicles

The Government is being urged to introduce an integrated fuels strategy that supports liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and helps local authorities convert their fleets to less polluting forms of fuel.

UK LPG, the industry trade representative body, alongside supplier Autogas, has released a manifesto setting out its vision for the industry in the UK.

As part of a number of recommendations, it is urging the Government to replace individual fuel strategies, such as the plug-in grant scheme, with an integrated approach that supports gaseous alternatives such as LPG.

Linda Gomersall, general manager of Autogas, said: “It is essential that the Government takes an integrated approach to road fuels policy, to avoid the belief that one fuel is favoured over another, or that there is one solution to a challenge that has differing levels for different users, regions and requirements.”

More than 150,000 vehicles are powered by LPG in the UK, with the fuel available from more than 1,400 sites.

It emits significantly fewer harmful pollutants such as CO2, NOx and particulate matter than petrol or diesel models. And, thanks to its better environmental performance, LPG attracts a lower fuel duty than petrol or diesel, meaning that it currently retails for around 61.6p per litre (ppl) compared with 113.3ppl for diesel and 106.5ppl for unleaded petrol.

Source: fleetnews.co.uk

Taking a break shouldn’t cost

Tired drivers should not have to pay to take a vital and life-saving rest at motorway service stations, an MP and a road safety charity have said

David Davies and the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have hit out at charges imposed by private firms on motorists who stop for more than two hours to avoid falling asleep at the wheel.

David has teamed up with the IAM to call on the government to change its policy on the two-hour free parking limit, which service station operators have to comply with.

The Monmouth MP, who previously worked in the haulage industry as a continental lorry driver, wants longer hours set before parking charges apply. He argues that drivers should be allowed to rest properly instead of opting to go back on the road to avoid having to pay hefty fees.

‘Charging large amounts of money to park could be increasing the risk of accidents caused by driver fatigue,’ said David.

‘This is profiteering plain and simple. There is no justification whatsoever for making a charge. It is bad enough that motorists pay over the odds to buy a coffee or snack at a service station without the worry of paying vast charges for taking forty winks.

‘Limiting parking time at motorway service stations is clearly contrary to the main reason for their existence – to provide rest stops.’

David’s campaign has been backed by the IAM. While the government encourages drivers to take regular breaks as part of its key objectives on motorway service areas, the IAM would like the campaign to receive financial backing. The issue forms a key part of the charity’s manifesto.

Through its THINK! campaign the Department of Transport suggests that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep-related; sleep-related accidents are more likely than others to result in a fatality or serious injury; and men under 30 have the highest risk of falling asleep at the wheel.

Source: bodyshopmag.com

Arnold Clark deploys Contact At Once!

Arnold Clark Automobiles Limited has chosen to implement the digital connections platform from Contact At Once!, a LivePerson company, on its Arnoldclark.com website enabling all 165 dealership locations

Using the software, Arnold Clark staff can instantly chat with website visitors and answer questions as customers browse vehicle detail pages from mobile devices and desktop PCs.

Contact At Once! provides the automotive market’s most widely deployed digital connections platform used to embed text-based messaging in online advertising, on websites, in social media and online reviews. Contact At Once! pioneered the use of instant messaging in online advertisements, embedding chat connections in ad listings.

Arnold Clark was familiar with Contact At Once! having used the software to connect with shoppers from its online advertising on Autotrader and Motors.co.uk. ‘We’ve been chatting with shoppers from online advertisements for over a year,’ said Paul Brown, Arnold Clark’s group internet sales manager. ‘Knowing that many customers prefer using chat over phone calls or emails made the decision to add Contact At Once! chat capabilities on Arnoldclark.com a simple one.’

The initial deployment of Contact At Once! on Arnoldclark.com has begun and has already delivered a significant uplift in sales enquiries during the first few weeks of use. Deployment to all dealerships will complete in February 2015.

Source: forecourttrader.co.uk

Drug driving clarity campaign

New campaign to remind people taking medicines to check with their doctor or pharmacist before getting behind the wheel

New drug drive legislation comes into force from 2 March 2015 in England and Wales. So long as you are following the advice of a healthcare professional and your driving isn’t impaired you can continue to drive as usual and aren’t at risk of arrest.

In the dawn of new drug drive legislation, THINK! is encouraging people who take medicines and aren’t sure if they are safe to drive to check with their pharmacist or doctor. The new law comes into force from the 2nd March and is designed to catch people who risk other people’s lives by getting behind the wheel after taking drugs, and not those taking legitimate medicines that don’t impair their ability to drive.

The new law sets limits at very low levels for eight drugs commonly associated with illegal use such as cannabis and cocaine. There are also 8 prescription drugs that are included within the new law. These are:

cloanzepam

diazepam

flunitrazepam

lorazepam

oxazepam

temazepam

methadone

morphine

However, the limits that have been set for these drugs exceed normal prescribed doses, meaning that the vast majority of people can drive as they normally would, so long as:

  • they are taking their medicine in accordance with the advice of a healthcare professional and/or as printed in the accompanying leaflet
  • their driving is not impaired

Robert Goodwill, road safety minister said, ‘If you are taking your medicine as directed and your driving is not impaired, then you are not breaking the law and there is no need to worry. We advise anyone who is unsure about the effects of their medication or how the new legislation may affect them, to seek the advice of their doctor or pharmacist.’

Source: bodyshopmag.com

Posted by Lois Hardy on 10/02/2015