Category Archives: News

Vivaro crowned Business Van of the Year

The Vauxhall Vivaro 2700 Panel Van was crowned Business Van of the Year at the Independent Business Van of the Year awards. The third year of the awards, which are sponsored by Vanarama, saw honours handed out to the premier members of the light commercial vehicle industry. A panel of six independent experts were used to decide the winners. Chairman of […]

Car charging in under 15 minutes

A new charging station has been developed that is claimed to reduce charging times down to just 15 minutes. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology say they’ve built a system that can charge electric cars with 4.5MW of power in 15 minutes. Regular charging systems aren’t able to draw down 4.5MW of electricity in one go, so researchers […]

US expand Takata recall by five million

Regulators in the USA have expanded the recall of vehicles with defective Takata airbags by five million. This latest development adds to the large-scale recall of vehicles fitted with Takata bags. In all, 28 million vehicles worldwide have been affected, with 24 million of the vehicles recalled from the United States. The increase comes after a tenth death was linked to faults with […]

Octo now used by 4 million road users

Octo Telematics has announced it has reached the milestone of four million connected road users worldwide. The rise in connected users also means that, according to the 2016 Ptolemus Report, the company enjoys a 36% market share of active Usage Based Insurance (UBI) policies. The milestone comes after a year that saw Octo sign partnership deals with IBM, The Weather Company and GM. […]

DFT open phone penalty consultation

The Department for Transport (DfT) has begun a consultation on proposals to increase the penalties for using hand-held mobile phones while driving. Included in the proposals is a suggested increase to the fixed penalty notice from £100 to £150, and an increase in penalty points for motor users. Under these proposals, the points penalty would increase from three to four […]

Symach delivers the goods

Symach has just designed, built and delivered its first FixLine bodyshop. The FixLine formula, which includes staff training, enables the bodyshop to repair 120 cars per week. It was delivered to Dennis Bogemans in Brussels, who said last week he was impressed with the speed of installation and training, adding that production is already benefiting. The FixLine bodyshop includes one […]

Licencecheck urges switch to real-time

Licencecheck has warned companies not using real-time licence checking systems are ‘operating on borrowed time’. According to DVLA figures, only 6.3% of licence checks for companies by third-party providers between April and December 2015 used the DVLA’s real-time service. This is ahead of traditional overnight licence check services ending on 1 April. Licencecheck managing director Richard Brown said, ‘With the traditional […]

Axalta’s scholarship of learning

Axalta Coating Systems has awarded its first annual scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. The merit-based Axalta Scholarship is open to both national and international students at the Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Carolin Höfner to support her MBA programme. Carolin already holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering Colour and Coatings from […]

National Windscreens invests in ADAS

National Windscreens plans to invest £1m to meet growing UK demand for Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS). The plans will include investments in cameras and sensor calibration (CSC) technology that is used as part of ADAS. It will also see National Windscreens ensure all of its 108 fitting centres meet the required workshop conditions for accurate calibration of most camera sensors […]

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