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.
 
 

FORS membership grows in record numbers

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Businesses are joining the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) in record numbers, according to the newly published 2015 annual report.
 
The document reports on the first year of the organisation under the management of the FORS Community Partnership and details the activities, development and growth of the award-winning scheme, of which Jaama is an Associate member. 
 
In 2014 Transport for London decided to transfer FORS, which had been run by TfL since its inception in 2008, to be operated through a concession arrangement with the remit of expansion of the scheme beyond London.
 
John Hix, director, FORS Community Partnership, said in the report: “Our vision is to enable all fleet operators to attain and maintain the best possible level of productivity and efficiency with the least impact on society and the environment, and to facilitate continuous improvements in operating standards. 
 
“FORS silver and gold members are now achieving a 17% reduction in collisions and
a 4.3% improvement in fuel use over the previous years’ figures. We hope to further improve on these advances.”
 
There are more than 207,000 vehicles on the roads operated by FORS accredited organisations. Last year FORS saw a 32% increase in accredited operators and a 315% increase in gold accredited operators. At the end of last year 3,110 employers were bronze accredited, 371 silver and 120 gold, collectively an increase of 865 fleets during 2015.