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LowEmissionZoneCar owners want compensation for emissions scandal

Over three quarters of car owners (78%) would want financial compensation from the manufacturer they bought their vehicle from if it was involved in an emissions scandal, according to new research.

A survey by Venson Automotive Solutions told AM sister title Fleet News that higher income earners were most likely to seek compensation; 78% of those people earning an income of more than £20,000 per annum agreed with this statement, as did 84% those earning more than £40,000 per annum.

When asked who they think should be responsible for validating vehicle emissions testing, the majority (51%) said an independent body.

One in four believes the Government has a duty to motorists in validating testing, while manufacturers got the lowest vote.

Worryingly, 45% of those surveyed said they wouldn’t buy diesel in the future, as a result of the emissions scandal.



IGA inspires next generation of vehicle technicians

Schools and Local Authorities Liaison Manager aims to change public perceptions of the automotive industry.

The independent Garage Association’s (IGA) Schools and Local Authorities Liaison Manager, Annette Buckby has been talking to pupils at the North Lincolnshire annual careers event, offering careers advice about working in the automotive industry.

Annette, said: “Through liaising with Local Authorities, Schools, Garages and other relevant Automotive Bodies, I am developing a programme which can be delivered in Schools by Local Garages.

“The objective is to encourage pupils at GCSE and A level to consider careers in the Automotive Industry whether at Graduate Entry, Apprenticeship or Direct Employment.”

In her latest report about her work, Annette said that she also attended an event organised by Form the Future of Cambridge.

“I had a lot of interest from pupils who were interested in becoming Technicians and required practical advice on the steps needed for starting their career path in the Automotive Industry.”

The IGA is launching an education resource on its website with apprenticeship information and industry specific qualifications, as well as general news and advice.



Volkswagen UK confirms timetable for emissions fix

Volkswagen Group UK boss Paul Willis has confirmed the timetable for dealers to carry out recall work on the 1.1m vehicles in the UK fitted with cheat software.

Last week he wrote a letter to the chair of the Transport Committee Louise Ellman following his appearance before the committee in October.

Dealers start work in Late February on the 2-litre engines which need a software changes while the fix for the 1.2-litre engines, which also require software modifications, begins in late May.

Work on the 1.6 litre engines which need a software changes and replacement of injectors, will begin at the end of September 2016.

Willis said there was no problem with the injectors themselves. “There is no generalised issue concerning the injectors fitted in Volkswagen’s vehicles.

“Any replacement of hardware will take place only a part of the solution for fixing the issues affecting the EA189 engines. I want to be very clear that there is no issue per se with the injectors themselves,” he said.

Willis was asked how the performance of cars would be impacted by the removal of the defeat devices in terms of emissions, fuel economy and performance.

“Our goal is to avoid any changes in the fuel consumption, CO2 or performance of the vehicles”, he said.

Willis stuck by his original statement in October that only 5% of buyers base their purchase decision on environmental considerations, citing the RAC Report on Motoring and Auto Express Driver Power 2015 Survey.



Following on from the best ever first three quarters in the company’s sales history, October was another record month for BMW Group deliveries.

Sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles totalled 191,651 for the month, an increase of 4.0% compared with the same period last year. In the first ten months of the year, total sales of BMW Group vehicles increased by 7.1% (1,836,464).

‘Our sales continue to grow steadily in all regions of the world, despite ongoing volatility in some markets,’ said Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG, sales and marketing BMW. ‘Sales of our trend-setting BMW X models are showing particularly good growth in a competitive environment and the new BMW X1 is in extremely high demand. Customers around the world are responding very positively to the new BMW 7 Series, which has also just arrived in the showrooms, so we are expecting to see additional momentum going towards the end of the year,’ he continued.

BMW brand sales increased by 6.3% in October, with a total of 164,915 vehicles sold to customers in the month. Deliveries in the first ten months of the year rose 5.8% compared to the same period last year, with a total of 1,560,697 BMW brand vehicles sold.


Legal powers to be offered to regions to transform transport

Plans to give the regions new powers to transform transport in their areas have moved a step closer after being published in Parliament.

As part of the Government’s drive to deliver economic growth across the country, including the creation of a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and ‘Midlands Engine’, organisations like Transport for the North (TfN) are now closer to becoming statutory bodies.

Devolution will allow groups, such as TfN, to advise transport ministers on investment priorities in their own areas and on strategic transport schemes to boost growth. Statutory status will also give the groups the permanence they need to plan for the long term.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “Good transport doesn’t just help people get around, it helps them get on.

“It has a fundamental role in driving economic growth, and this goes hand in hand with devolving power to those that know their economies and customers best.

“We know the north as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Putting bodies like Transport for the North on a statutory footing is a vital part of our plan to rebalance the economy, and will give greater emphasis to the ongoing work on options for rail and road improvements that will benefit passengers across the north.

“Legal status will ensure that TfN’s impact and influence, and the transformational change that can result, is felt by customers for years to come.”

Currently, decision-making over strategic transport schemes is centralised at the national level. However, the Government recognises that greater local input is needed to drive transformational growth and rebalance the economy.

In his summer 2015 Budget, the chancellor said that TfN should become a statutory body with legal powers and duties.

TfN will be the first of these sub-national transport bodies but other areas, such as the Midlands, may also request to become one once Royal Assent has been achieved.

The Government has given TfN £30 million to take forward its current work on the northern transport strategy, which includes exploring options for rolling-out smart and integrated ticketing and transforming east-west rail links and transpennine road links to better join up the north.


Posted by Lois Hardy on 11/11/2015