London's older, diesel polluting vehicles are causing some of the worst air in Europe, and will be charged a new 10-pound ($13) T-Charge when entering the central city.
Drivers of older diesel cars are currently paying the 11.50-pound congestion charge and will now pay a total of 21.50 pounds to drive an affected vehicle in central London.
“The shameful scale of the public health crisis London faces, with thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution, must be addressed,” said Mayor Sadiq Khan in an emailed statement. “Today marks a major milestone in this journey with the introduction of the T-Charge to encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles.”
Read more of the original article at Bloomberg.
Former Chief Commercial Officer Chris Gittens Promoted to President of Element Fleet Management Canada; Sebastien Blondin Joins Corporate Team in Strategic Business Development Role
Element Fleet Manaagement has promoted Chris Gittens to the role of president of Canadian operations, effective immediately. He will report to Kristi Webb, president and CEO, Element Fleet Management North America.
“Since 2012, the Canadian leadership team has built a strong foundation and driven a singular customer experience that has made customers’ fleets safer, smarter and more productive,” said Kristi Webb, president and CEO of Element Fleet Management, North America. “We’re excited for Chris to use his industry expertise to continue to grow our Canadian operations.”
We recently had the pleasure to meet Ken Hunter, APR, NAFA’s new Director of Marketing and Communications.
Ken is responsible for developing and directing the implementation of detailed marketing and communication plans to support all of NAFA’s programs, projects, and services, including membership. He also oversees NAFA’s print and e-publications, online/social media presence, and media relations.
Ken is accredited in public relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He is an expert at developing brands and creating strategies for U.S. and international businesses. In 2012, Ken founded The PowerStation, a communication consultancy that “guides organizations to growth by creating big-idea public relations and marcom programs.”
Ken is an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, and he teaches or has taught courses in public relations strategy, communication ethics, international public relations, and communication consulting.
The Driving Dynamics Safety Team
Speeding continues to be a serious problem. It is a contributing factor in approximately one third of all fatal collisions.
While speeding kills thousands on the highway, side roads have a fatality rate due to speeding that is almost three times that of interstates.
Why do people speed? It’s most often the result of inadequate time management.
Here’s a great explanation of how the key elements of Wheels’ Results+ methodology deliver optimal fleet performance for clients each and every day.
By Laura Jozwiak, Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Relations, Wheels, Inc.
The concept of connectivity has received a lot of buzz, and rightfully so. We are riding a wave of connectivity – vehicles, highways, the Internet of Things – and it is all powered by data. Analyzing data in new ways encourages advanced exploration, integration and education. It exposes powerful information that drives both our personal activities and business innovations.
Data is what powers SpaceX into space, tells us where we should go to dinner, summons the closest and best ride-sharing driver, and yes, delivers optimally run fleets. But is it all about the data? Of course not! It is foundational, but the real connections go beyond data.
Being an advocate for superior customer service, I would argue that it is the connections of people, along with the right data, that complete the value equation.
The future of the auto industry is faced with many challenges, including the wants and needs of their customers for both business and personal uses.
"Getting it wrong in one place might spell doom for a product somewhere else in the world and lead to the loss of billions in the regional currency. Getting it right, perhaps with only a few modifications for global production and sales, will spell success.
Ford's answer is the 2017 Ford Transit van, both the full-size cargo model and the compact Connect Titanium Wagon passenger model.
Read more of the original article at The Washington Post.
The briskly changing space of ridesharing partnerships, competition and a new rival led Google's parent company, Alphabet to make a $1 billion round investment in Lyft.
Chinese company, Baidu, is an autonomous vehicle giant with a presence in both China and the United States, unlike Alphabet.
"Baidu chairman and CEO Robin Li said on Tuesday that the company aims to roll out driverless buses in China in 2018, produce semi-autonomous cars by 2019, and sell fully autonomous vehicles by 2021. Baidu already has more than 50 partners for its driverless car efforts, including Bosch, Continental, and Dutch mapping company TomTom."
Read more of the original article at Slate.