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Dealers are unlikely to see a Brexit impact on used cars until October at the earliest, according to used car valuations specialist Glass’s.
Rupert Pontin, director of valuations, said: “We’re in a period that you might characterise as the calm before the storm. The decision to leave has been taken but we have yet to see many material changes.”
Speaking at the Vehicle Remarketing Annual (VRA) Conference economist Debrapratim De said companies would be likely to postpone fleet purchases for a few months. He said: “The consumer has been driving the recovery and it might have an effect on consumer confidence and spending”, while, for the long term, it is difficult to see what would happen.
According to the latest figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), 84.3% all new cars bought in the twelve months to May were bought on finance. 79,676 cars were bought on finance in May, 8% more compared to the same period in 2015. The total value of this finance was £1,385m, up 14% on the same month in 2015.
In the used car market 110,031 used cars were sold on finance (+18%). The value for the used car finance advanced rose 22% to £1,189, for the same period.
Source: Motor Finance
Electric vehicle owners in Milton Keynes are now able to park for free in 15,000 parking spaces in an attempt to increase the uptake of EVs.
Milton Keynes had recently received – along with Bristol, London, Nottingham Dundee, Newcastle, York and Oxford – a share of £40m funding from the Government under the Go Ultra Low Cities banner.
The transport minister Andrew Jones said: “It is great to see the first part of Milton Keynes’ Go Ultra Low City plan become a reality. Thanks to the £9 million of funding we have provided, thousands of local residents will now be able to park their electric cars for free. This grant will also help to create an ‘electric vehicle experience centre’ in the city and open up bus lanes to electric car drivers.”
Source: Business Car
The Government has launched a consultation to help driverless cars appear on the country’s roads.
Proposals include changing rules to allow automated vehicles to be insured for use on the roads, and altering Highway Code regulations to allow the use of driver assistance systems that change lanes autonomously and tools that enable vehicles to be parked by remote control.
The Department for transport confirmed that insurance would be extended to cover product liability for driverless vehicles, which the DfT said would “reassure drivers that their insurance will be there if anything goes wrong.”
The driver’s insurer will still pay out in the normal way, but the insurer will be able to claim the money back from the vehicle company if the vehicle is thought to be at fault, the Government added.
Source: Business Car
Drivers have been invited to take part in a government consultation aimed at modifying traffic laws and the Highway code to prepare UK roads for automated cars.
The nine-week consultation is the start of a rolling programme of reform on the roadmap to fully automated vehicles.
The Government will also launch next month a competition for a further £30m from the Intelligent Mobility Fund, for research and development of innovative connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.
Sajid Javid, business secretary, said, ‘Britain’s auto industry has always been at the forefront of innovation and research. This additional £30 million of funding for research and development is a further sign of our commitment to making sure we’re creating opportunities for UK businesses to thrive and attract global investment in world-class technology.
The cost of car insurance in the UK rose 6.5 per cent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months and could even surpass 2011 levels.
The increase has been blamed on higher prices for repairing more complex vehicles, according to data from consultants Towers Watson & Co comparison website Confused.com.
The cost of an average comprehensive motor premium rose to £715 in the three months to the end of June (+19%), marking the biggest annual rise recorded since 2011. Rates have previously been held steady in the first three months of 2016.
Older drivers had seen the biggest increases in premiums, according to Stephen Jones, UK head of P&C pricing at Willis Towers Watson.
Insurance must evolve with driverless technology
Axa has warned that cyber-crime will be a serious issue with vehicles hacked to conduct criminal activity and therefore driverless cars will demand a new type of insurance cover.
Axa’s technical director David Williams said, ‘We should acknowledge that there are unknowns with driverless cars, such as cyber security, and it is understandable that people may have a healthy scepticism of them.
‘However, the many potential benefits, from lives saved through to climate change, present an overwhelmingly positive case for welcoming these technological developments.’