DVLA cracks down on mobile phone usage

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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has launched its own crackdown on drivers who use a hand-held mobile phone when on the road.

The Government has said it is considering doubling to six points on a driving record the penalty for using a hand-held mobile phone having increased the fine to £100.

Now the DVLA will from mid-September issue letters to all Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) or Public Service Vehicle (PSV) drivers who get penalty points put on their driver record for the offence.

The letter will inform the driver of the risks involved if they continue to use hand-held devices whilst driving.

CVO reports fleet confidence

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Fleet confidence is mirroring wider economic performance, according to research from the Corporate Vehicle Observatory (CVO) Barometer.

The UK is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and the survey of more than 4,500 fleet decision makers across 15 countries shows that more UK businesses expect to see fleet growth than their European counterparts.

Call to scrap most polluting diesel cars

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London Mayor Boris Johnson has renewed calls for scrapping the most polluting diesel cars and giving drivers a cash incentive to switch to cleaner vehicles.

During evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, Mr Johnson supported proposals for the Government to help motorists by offering between a £1,000 and £2,000 grant per vehicle for the most polluting diesels which are more than 12 months old.

The Mayor called it a brilliant opportunity, which would also accelerate the uptake of cleaner Euro6 emission compliant diesel models, to support the British car industry and promote the early uptake of ultra low emission vehicles.