Expansion of Ultra-Low Emission Zone moves closer

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Proposals to introduce an expanded London Ultra-Low Emission Zone earlier than the planned September 2020 date and a diesel vehicle scrappage scheme are among a package of measures designed to improve air quality to be contained in a public consultation document to be published “within a matter of weeks” by the capital’s newly elected Mayor Sadiq Khan.
 
The proposals in the consultation will include:

Range Anxiety

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Wide variations remain in the average distance between electric car charge points, with some drivers facing distances of up to 47 miles (76km).  North Devon has the longest average distances between public charging points, according to Department for Transport statistics.

The RAC said there was "some way to go" before users would be cured of "range anxiety".

The average distance between charging points in England was 3.8 miles (6km).

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MoT failures continue to be a problem

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Almost half of all MoT van test failures (45%) in the UK are caused by simple-to-fix faults that would normally be picked up during routine maintenance, according to analysis by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
 
Figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have revealed that MoT failures continue to be a major problem within the industry. 
 
The latest DVSA figures show that 49% of all light commercial vehicles presented at testing centres across the UK were still failing to gain an MoT test pass certificate first time. 
 
Worryingly, the problem did not seem to be getting any better with statistic showing that there had only been a 1% improvement in results over the last three years.
 
The analysis highlighted that the most common causes of all MoT test failures was due to simple things such as faulty bulbs (32.2%), too little tyre tread (4.8%), faulty mirrors, windscreen wipers, washer fluid or illegal number plates (8%). A further 40% of failures were caused by brake and suspension wear (24.8 and 16.1%) that would normally be detected during routine maintenance. The three main causes of MoT failures - lighting and signalling, brakes and suspension - have remained constant over the past three years.