Parking tariffs to be set by CO2 emissions

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Local authorities and car park operators can now set individual parking tariffs according to the CO2 emissions of vehicles, enabling them to offer lower parking fees or even free parking for drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles.
 
The new feature has been developed by parking technology business APT Skidata and uses automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to identify and record each vehicle as it enters a car park, and compare the licence to a database that includes details around CO2 emissions.

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Consolidated view essential for fleet management

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Companies need to have a central view of mileage and business travel expenses by setting a mileage limit and emissions baseline whilst identifying any driver and vehicle issues, according to Matt Dyer, vice chairman of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA).
 
He was commenting in response to last week’s BVRLA report on Britain’s 14 million-strong ‘grey fleet’ amid claims that the associated costs were “invisible” to UK company bosses (see http://www.jaama.com/en/Blog-UK/the-hidden-cost-of-grey-fleet-need-not-be-invisible.html).
 

Hands free as distracting as hand held??

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New research from psychologists at the University of Sussex has found driving while talking on a hands-free phone can be just as distracting as talking on a hand-held mobile. 
 
As a result, road safety charity Brake has renewed its call for the government to ban all mobile phone use when driving.
 
Dr Graham Hole, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Sussex, said: “A popular misconception is that using a mobile phone while driving is safe as long as the driver uses a hands-free phone. Our research shows this is not the case. Hands-free can be equally distracting. The only ‘safe’ phone in a car is one that's switched off.”