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Reorganised motoring agencies ‘must deliver’ fleets a better service

The Department for Transport (DfT) must ensure that the recently reorganised agencies serving motorists work harder to deliver a better service for all, including business customers, a group of MPs have said.

Launching a report examining the experience of people using the Government’s motoring agencies, Louise Ellman MP, chairman of the Transport Committee, recognised that the DVLA and DVSA are important for delivering essential services related to tax, licensing, testing, and vehicle safety.

However, she added: “The Department for Transport must ensure that its current reorganisation programme for these agencies delivers high quality services that benefit everyone.

“The recent problems experienced by motorists when road tax renewal went online demonstrates the importance of responding to change, having clear communication with the public and an effective contingency plan to maintain confidence.”

Ellman welcomed greater information sharing across the motoring agencies and the expansion of online services that she said the Committee found were well-liked by many customers. However, she added that the motoring agencies must continue to meet the needs of those customers who can’t access or use digital services.


Chrysler2Fiat Group to drop Chrysler in UK

Fiat Group Auto is believed to be killing off the Chrysler brand in the UK. With a decreased model range, few imports and no marketing spend, the brand’s sales continue to slide.

Up until the end of September 1,673 Chryslers were registered though 75 Jeep-Chrysler dealers, a reduction of 25%, which equates to a throughput of just over 22 cars per outlet this year.

This is a lower volume this year than General Motors’ closed Chevrolet operation has attained at 2,764 cars. FGA took over running the Chrysler franchise in January 2010, and with a range including Delta and Ypsilon, rebadged from Lancia to Chrysler, sales reached 3,333 in 2012.

Last year Delta was phased out, while an anonymous Chrysler network source admitted: “The Grand Voyager MPV, which does not benefit from the latest generation USA upgrades, is in a shrinking large-MPV sector, and the 300C are struggling. To all intents and purposes the larger Chryslers are running out. There is no critical mass worth talking about.”

Source: Auto Retail Network

ParkingLevyLondon looks at workplace parking levy

A series of workplace parking levy schemes could be introduced across London to improve air quality in the capital.

Nottingham is the only UK city currently operating a workplace parking levy after it was introduced in April, 2012.

Businesses with 11 parking spaces or more must obtain a workplace licence and pay an annual charge of £362 per space.

Other cities have considered charging employers, but have lacked the appetite to introduce a scheme.

However, the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have suggested that a workplace parking levy could cut harmful emissions in the capital.

The Transport Emissions Roadmap suggests that the principles of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) could be applied to other areas in the capital.

They would be called Low Emission Neighbourhoods (LENs), which would be targeted in local hotspot areas of poor air quality.

The report said: “In order to become a LEN, a number of measures would need to be adopted for an area, from a package supported by us, through to advice and incentives.”

Measures, it said, could include a ‘green’ fleet scheme, preferential parking for low emission vehicles, an anti-idling campaign and a workplace parking levy.


VauxhallCorsa1Vauxhall issues urgent recall on Corsa and Adam

Vauxhall is urgently recalling a number of Corsa supermini and Adam city car models registered since February 2014, for extended safety checks.

These vehicles may have been manufactured with a steering system part that did not meet specification and should not be driven prior to inspection.

This is in addition to the vehicles registered since May 2014 that have already been communicated.

Vauxhall is contacting customers via a number of channels – If their car is affected, the customer will also be automatically contacted by letter from Vauxhall using the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (VOSA) recognised recall process utilising DVLA registration information.

Owners can find out if their vehicle is affected by visiting and following the instructions on the website, or by calling the Vauxhall customer assistance line on 0800 026 0034 (09:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday and until 17:00 at weekends) or The AA on 0800 553 388 (07:00 to midnight 7 days per week).

The company first became aware of the condition during routine quality controls at the vehicle production plant.

Posted by Sue Robinson on 10/10/2014