Monthly Archives: March 2019

Car tax is rising next month – here’s how much more you’ll pay

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From April the rate drivers pay for car tax is set to increase. The rise in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) – to give it its correct name – has been prompted by the Government choosing to link the tax to the retail price index (RPI) inflation measure. In 2017 the Government said tax would track RPI and in his 2018 Budget Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that this would apply to all cars, not just newly registered ones. As a result, owners of brand new and older cars can expect to pay more, with the rises ranging from £5 to £15 depending on how polluting a car is. Buyers of some brand new cars will also pay up to an additional £65 for the first-year tax rate.

How much will you pay? How much extra you pay will depend on the age of your car and its CO2 emissions (unless it was registered before March 2001). For cars first registered on or after April 1, 2017, the standard annual rate will rise by £5 to £145. Owners of zero-emission vehicles will continue to get free tax and those with hybrid cars will continue to receive a £10 discount.

For cars registered between March 1 2001 and March 31 2017, the rises are different. The least polluting cars – up to 120g/km won’t see any increase while the most polluting will be hit with a £15 rise.

First-year rates Buyers of brand new cars are also being affected by two additional rises. The first year of a car’s tax is calculated based on its CO2 emissions, currently ranging from £0 for zero-emissions electric cars to £2,070 for the most pollution combustion engines. From April, this first-year rate is also rising. Cars emitting 90g/km or less are unaffected while those up to 150g/km will see an extra £5 added. More polluting cars will see between £10 and £65 added to their first-year rate, meaning a car emitting more than 255g/km will cost £2,135 in its first year.

On top of that, any diesel car that does not comply with the RDE2 emissions standard – that is most of them – is automatically moved up one tax band. Cars with a list price of more than £40,000 will also be subject to a “premium tax”, which is paid in years two to six, rise from £310 per year to £320.

Older cars If your car was registered before March 2001 its VED is calculated by engine size. Government documents don’t mention these vehicles in the latest tables but an increase in line with RPI would mean a £5 rise for cars under 1,549cc – to £160 – and £8 for those over 1,549cc – to £263. Exemptions Cars more than 40 years old, those with zero emissions and any car registered between March 2001 and 2017 with emissions of less than 100g/km are all exempt from VED. However, you still have to renew your car’s tax or declare it off-road each year otherwise you could be fined.

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Most consumers not ready for driverless cars, and confused by jargon

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Although consumers are considerably more receptive to having semi-autonomous features on their cars than they were, the thought of a fully-autonomous car still puts the majority of people off, according to Auto Trader research.

Eight in ten people would be wary of using a car without a human driver
A third of consumers have a semi-autonomous feature in their cars
The jargon and over-use of acronyms is a source of confusion

Car manufacturers and governments might be putting significant amounts of money into developing fully-autonomous cars, but the majority of consumers are still not sold on the idea, and are still confused about the jargon and acronyms manufacturers use when talking about semi-autonomous features on cars.

This is according to Auto Trader’s latest Market Report, which shows that eight in ten people would be wary of using a car (84%), taxi (83%) or bus (82%) without the safety net of a human driver.

When asked in the research as to whether they’d use a self-driving car they couldn’t take control of, nearly half (48%) said they ‘absolutely wouldn’t use this vehicle’.

However, it’s perhaps not surprising: if for many drivers the switch from fossil to electric is a leap of faith, it is at least a leap into widely tried and tested technology. The transition to self-driving cars is a leap into science fiction.
A different story for semi-autonomous cars

Although the appetite for fully autonomous cars might not be there yet, the story is different for semi-autonomous features. In March 2017, 49% of consumers claimed not to be interested in fully autonomous technology and 17% said semi-autonomous wouldn’t be available in their lifetime.

However, today, 31% of consumers say they have at least one semi-autonomous feature in their car, and 78% said they used it regularly.

More than half (51%) said autonomous features would make them more likely to buy from the same brand again, and 80% are willing to pay extra for them in their next car.
Simplify, simplify, simplify

It’s not all plain sailing, though. For consumers, the language used when talking about semi-autonomous features on cars is still very confusing. Most manufacturers have their own ways of defining systems, with complicated acronyms or marketing jargon.

For example, autonomous emergency braking systems are being seen more frequently on cars. The systems can do anything from warning a driver about an impending bump, to slamming the brakes on automatically to avoid a crash, or helping to prevent further bumps after an initial crash.

However, manufacturers call the systems anything from Forward Collision Warning, to Audi Pre-Sense Front, Automatic Collision Preparation, Collision Mitigation Braking, Intelligent Brake Assist, Advanced Pre-Collision System, Smart Brake Support, Eyesight, City Safety, and plenty of other things. Confusing, right?

When presented with the various manufacturer brand names for semi-autonomous features, the majority of car buyers in Auto Trader’s research understandably miscategorised its function, or failed to appreciate its capabilities. That shows that manufacturers need to improve the way they talk to consumers about such technology and simplify the language they use when doing so, focusing instead on the tangible benefits: how much safer it will make their car, how easy it is to use, etc. Indeed, just 35% of car buyers whose car has semi-autonomous features said they were clearly explained to them during the sales process, and only a third received a demonstration.

Story courtesy of Auto Trader

Nisa Retail First In The UK To Benefit From New Pallet Tracking Technology

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Nisa Retail, the national retailer and groceries wholesaler, is looking to significantly reduce costs associated with supply chain challenges, by being the UK’s first company to use a new pallet-tracking technology offered by CHEP, the end to end supply chain specialist in the FMCG and retail marketplace.
CHEP’s digital tracking solution has been offered in partnership with BXB Digital, a sister company in the Brambles family. Nisa, which serves around 4,000 independently owned stores across the UK and distributes daily around 220,000 ambient cases and has been a customer of CHEP for over 5 years. The long-standing relationship has allowed CHEP to support Nisa’s longer term digital vision through the implementation of this technology.
The Flow Illumination digital tracking solution delivered Nisa data and intelligence on the movement of pallets which enabled them to improve processes and reduce costs and inefficiencies. This digital solution development is part of an investment over the last three years by Brambles, which has been focussed on developing and driving efficiencies for its business and its customers. Launched in 2016, BXB Digital is building solutions that illuminate the supply chain and deliver visibility into the movement of goods and assets with seamlessly integrated digital devices and cloud-based software.
Nigel Mitcheson, Facilities Manager at Nisa, commented: “The technology is helping us to be more efficient and sustainable when it comes to using pallets for our distribution requirements. It’s also helping us to make significant cost savings, by enabling Nisa to improve delivery accuracy when servicing Nisa Partners.
“The technology helps reduce this risk by allowing us to trace pallets from when they leave the depot to when they reach their final destination, so we can prove orders have been delivered.
Helen Lane, Vice President for Northern Europe at CHEP, said: “Our new digital tracking technology allows customers to pinpoint inefficiencies, reduce waste and conserve resources when it comes to the use of pallets. This pilot project is the first of its kind for CHEP UK, and using this collaboration with Nisa as a blueprint, we hope to partner with other companies in the future who wish to innovate with us.
“It’s part of a major investment programme by the business to help our customers move more with less
Source: Nisa Retail First In The UK To Benefit From New Pallet Tracking Technology

Greater Manchester plans to fine polluting vehicles

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High-polluting buses, lorries and taxis could be fined for driving in Greater Manchester under new proposals.
The region’s combined authority will vote on plans for a clean air zone that include fines of £100 per day for lorries from 2021.
Privately owned cars would not be affected, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) said.
Friends of the Earth said “all vehicle types” should be included and it is “dismayed” by the plans.
The scheme aims to bring air quality to within legal levels by reducing harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions.
GMCA said it will ask the government for £116m in loans and incentives to help businesses change to cleaner vehicles.

Estimates show polluted air contributes to the equivalent of 1,200 deaths a year in the region, the authority said.
The government found that 152 Greater Manchester roads are exceeding legal limits of NO2.
Details revealed in a report on Tuesday show the “daily penalty payment” for driving a high-polluting bus or lorry would be £100, and for driving a high-polluting taxi would be £7.50 from 2021.
A £7.50 per day charge for vans would be introduced from 2023.
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The term “high-polluting” is defined as buses and HGVs built before 2013, diesel cars built before 2015, petrol cars built before 2005, and vans and mini buses built before 2016.
Currently, 90% of buses and 85% of taxis licensed in Greater Manchester do not comply.
Mayor Andy Burnham said including private cars in the scheme “would be a disproportionate thing to do”.
“It wouldn’t actually speed up the date of compliance enough to justify imposing a charge, often on some of our poorest residents”, he said.

But Green campaign group Friends of the Earth said clean air zones must “come into effect rapidly and must include all vehicle types”.
The group said in a statement it was “dismayed that Greater Manchester will not tackle illegal levels of air pollution before 2024”.
The proposals come after the government instructed more than 60 areas across the UK to consider introducing a clean air zone.
The report will be put to councillors on Friday and if approved, Greater Manchester would have the largest clean air zone outside of London by 2024.

Story Courtesy of BBC