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    UK to ban diesel and petrol cars from 2040 to tackle pollution
    New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 as part of efforts to tackle air pollution, the Government is expected to announce. British authorities are also going to set up a £255 million fund to help councils speed up local measures to deal with pollution from diesel vehicles, as part of £3 billion spending on air quality. The measures are set to be included in a court-mandated clean air strategy that London is due to publish on Wednesday, just days before the deadline set by the High Court. The expected move to ban petrol and diesel vans and cars follows similar plans announced in France this month and amid increasing signs that the shift to electric vehicles is accelerating. On Tuesday, BMW announced plans for an electric Mini to be assembled at its Oxford plant while earlier this month Volvo unveiled its moves towards cleaner cars. It is thought ministers will also consult on a diesel scrappage scheme to take the dirtiest vehicles off the road. Campaigners have demanded the final plans should include government-funded and mandated clean air zones, with charges for the most polluting vehicles to enter areas with high air pollution, as well as a diesel scrappage scheme. Their calls for charging zones were backed up by an assessment published alongside the draft plans which suggested they were the most effective measures to tackle nitrogen dioxide, much of which comes from diesel vehicles. But ministers have been wary of being seen to “punish” drivers of diesel cars, who they claim bought the vehicles in good faith after being encouraged to by the last Labour government on the basis they produced lower carbon emissions. Similar incentives were also put in place by previous governments in Ireland. They favour local measures such as retrofitting buses and other transport to make them cleaner, changing road layouts and even altering features such as speed humps and re-programming traffic lights to make traffic flow more smoothly to reduce pollution. The expected move to ban diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040 comes after similar plans were announced in France this month and amid increasing signs that the shift to electric vehicles is accelerating, with BMW announcing plans for an electric Mini and Volvo unveiling its moves towards cleaner cars. Air pollution is linked to around 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK, and transport also makes up a significant share of greenhouse gas emissions. A British government spokesman said: “Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible. “That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious #3 billion programme to clean up dirty air around our roads. “Our plan to deal with dirty diesels will help councils clean up emissions hotspots — often a single road — through common sense measures which do not unfairly penalise ordinary working people. “Diesel drivers are not to blame and, to help them switch to cleaner vehicles, the Government will consult on a targeted scrappage scheme, one of a number of measures to support motorists affected by local plans.” Source: Irish Times
    All electric - Volvo to ditch internal combustion engine for new models from 2019
    Geely-owned Volvo Car Group said on today that all new models launched from 2019 will be fully electric or hybrids, spelling the eventual end to nearly a century of Volvos powered solely by the internal combustion engine. The Gothenburg-based company will continue to produce pure combustion-engine Volvos from models launched before that date, but said it would introduce cars across its model line-up that ranged from fully electric cars to plug-in hybrids. Volvo's plans make it the first major traditional automaker to set a date for the complete phase-out of combustion-engine-only models though electrification has long been a buzzword across the industry and Elon Musk's Tesla Motors has been a pure-play battery carmaker from day one. "This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car," Volvo Cars Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson said in a statement. Five new models set to be launched in 2019 through 2021 - three of them Volvos and two Polestar-branded - will all be fully or partially electric. "These five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid 48-volt options on all models," Volvo said. "This means that there will in future be no Volvo cars without an electric motor." Volvo has invested heavily in new models and plants since being bought by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group from Ford Motor Co. in 2010, establishing a niche in a premium auto market dominated by larger rivals such as Daimler's Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Part of its strategy has also been to embrace emerging technologies which allow higher performance electric vehicles as well as, eventually, self-driving cars. Only last month, Volvo said it would reshape its Polestar business into a standalone brand, focused on high-performance electric cars aimed at competing with Tesla and the Mercedes AMG division. Volvo has also taken steps towards an eventual listing, raising 5 billion crowns from Swedish institutional investors through the sale of newly issued preference shares last year, though the company has said no decision on an IPO has been made. Source: Reuters
    On 29 May 2017, ALD signed an agreement to acquire Merrion Fleet the 2nd largest leasing and fleet management company in Ireland. This acquisition forms part of ALD’s development strategy and is an example of ALD’s focus on targeted and value accretive bolt-on acquisitions.  ALD is the operational and fleet management business line of French Bank, Societe Generale the largest providers in Europe. They currently have a direct presence in 41 countries over 4 continents. They have 6000 employees and over 1.4 m vehicles under management.    Merrion Fleet Management Limited are a privately owned company established in 1999. Since that time they have been steadily growing their business and are now the 2nd largest leasing and fleet management company in Ireland with a portfolio of approximately 5,500 vehicles.  David Hurley, CEO of Merrion Fleet, said: ‘We are very excited to join ALD  and believe this is very positive news for our customers and staff as it supports the future growth and development of the Merrion business. Combining our service offering and established presence in Ireland with the innovative and financial power of ALD will enable us to bring a broader product range and global expertise and as such add value for our customers and employees’  Mike Masterson, CEO of ALD, said: ‘We are very happy with this acquisition that enables us to expand our coverage in Europe and increase added value for our international customers. We will also bring our financial and innovation capabilities to further develop the Merrion Fleet business’.
    Merrion Fleet Launches New Website
    We are really excited to launch our new website www.merrionfleet.ie making it easier for you to see how we can save you time and money on your company vehicles. We like to think the new layout represents a clear and simple journey for the user giving you an understanding of who we are and how we can help you. We have also included the most popular lease models in 2017 and their accompanying catalogues so you can have all this and more at one web address. The site also includes pricing on a sample range of vehicles giving you and understanding of how much your lease vehicle will cost. As with all good websites we are on hand at any stage should you wish to speak to us further or simply ask some questions?   For more details visit the link above or contact +353 (0)1 2061118 We look forward to hearing from you
    Used Car Market Breaks One Million in 2016
    Vehicle history and data expert Cartell.ie reports today (8th February) that used transactions for private cars were in excess of 1 million transactions in 2016 – the highest level since Cartell.ie started recording results. Cartell.ie considered all transactions for private cars (including imports) in the market in 2016 including private to private sales, imported by private, trade to trade sales, trade-ins, and trade to private transactions. The total number of transactions for the year was 1,014,376 up from 943,995 in 2015 (+7%). Cartell.ie next examined the total number of transactions in the used market for all vehicle types and found that 2016 had been a record year with 1,200,695. This was up from 1,125,816 in 2015 (+7%). John Byrne, Legal and Public Relations Manager, Cartell.ie says: The used vehicle market had a record year in 2016. We recorded over 1 million transactions for private cars – the first time we have reached this milestone since Cartell.ie started recording results. Overall the used market was up 7% year-on-year and we anticipate further growth in 2017. Most Popular Models by Transaction in 2016 vs 2015 (used cars including imports) 2016 2015 1 FOCUS FOCUS 2 GOLF GOLF 3 PASSAT PASSAT 4 COROLLA COROLLA 5 AVENSIS AVENSIS 6 ASTRA ASTRA 7 A4 A4 8 FIESTA FIESTA 9 YARIS MONDEO 10 POLO YARIS 11 MONDEO MICRA 12 CORSA POLO (Source: Cartell.ie Carstat)
    Merrion Fleet's Tesla Test Drive Day
    Tesla are pleased to offer Merrion Fleet customers and special guests the opportunity to test drive the exhilarating Model S or Model X at an exclusive event on the 20th and 21st February at Stillorgan Industrial Park. Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. They are working towards achieving this by producing ground-breaking electric vehicles, energy storage and solar products. Both the Tesla Model S and Model X have been designed from the ground up to be the safest, most exhilarating vehicles on the road. With a range of up to 613km (NEDC), Tesla vehicles also come with Autopilot hardware designed to make your motorway driving safer and stress free. Not only do Tesla vehicles provide an exhilarating drive experience, they are also 100% electric offering the largest driving range of any electric vehicle. Whether you are looking to discover more about the benefits of all-electric driving for yourself and your business, or experience the thrill of 0 to 100km in under 3 seconds, we can create a unique experience for you.  RSVP and find out for yourself what makes a Tesla the perfect company car. RSVP DESIGN YOURS
    Rathdown link up with Merrion Fleet
    Rathdown School has secured a three year sports sponsorship agreement with Merrion Fleet Management, which encompasses naming rights for a new hockey pitch and viewing stand on the school’s 16 acre site in Glenageary. The deal is part of a broader strategy by the School’s Board to increase participation levels and reduce overall dropout rates from sport. In addition to naming rights, the agreement sees all team jerseys across hockey, basketball and athletics, as well as pitchside signage carry the company logo. The new facility will be branded The Merrion Fleet Arena. Commenting on the announcement, Patsy Ashe, Chair of the Board of Governors at Rathdown School, said: “It is an innovative partnership which will ensure the continued development of our sports programme for future generations. “Rathdown has a long tradition of sporting success and we are committed to promoting the importance of physical education for young girls of all ages, while encouraging them to develop a sport for life.” The sponsorship will be managed by the school’s Sports Committee, a voluntary body made up of parents, teachers and coaches who meet on a frequent basis to plan strategy and work on new initiatives that help and support the development of a healthy, active lifestyle for the students. Sarah Dunn, Founding Director at Merrion Fleet Management said: “We are delighted to support the development of sport at Rathdown School, as part of our commitment to promoting the benefits of sport and physical education for young people in our local community. "We see this as the start of an extremely positive partnership and we look forward to upcoming events at Rathdown’s new, world class hockey facility.”
    Interesting read from Independent.ie
    The big changes motorists can expect to transform Ireland to a 'low-carbon economy' A 50pc hike in the carbon tax, reducing the maximum speed on motorways and removing public car parking spaces are among the measures proposed to transform Ireland to a low-carbon economy. A briefing note prepared for Government sets out a range of options which could be brought in to reduce use of fossil fuels and move to a 'green' economy. They include reducing the maximum speed limit on motorways from 120kmh to 110kmh to help reduce transport emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes a year, and removing public car parking spaces in cities by a "small percentage" every year to give more space for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport services. But a suggested 50pc hike in the carbon tax from €20 per tonne at present to €30, which would add to the cost of motoring and home heating, will prove politically divisive. Designed to discourage use of fossil fuels in favour of cleaner energy, some €400m a year is currently collected in the tax which was introduced in 2009. An analysis from Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir from UCC's Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy suggests that increasing the rate by 50pc would provide a "clear and timely signal" on Ireland's commitment to tackling climate change and reducing use of fossil fuels. But it would add around 3c to the price of a litre of petrol or diesel, and up to €45 on annual home heating bills. The move would also impact on the cost of a bale of briquettes, which would rise by around 14c, with 60c added to a 40kg bag of coal. While both are among the most polluting fuels, they are commonly used by low-income households and any measures will have to factor in the risk of making fuel poverty worse. Communications, Climate Action and Environment Minister Denis Naughten will tell cabinet colleagues today that he intends to publish a briefing document for public consultation on the National Mitigation Plan in the coming weeks, which will set out the measures needed to address emissions from transport, agriculture, power generation and other sectors of the economy. The final plan must be submitted for Government approval by next June. The briefing document includes an "indicative list" of possible measures, but none has been decided, but does say that the carbon tax has a "key role" to play. "Consideration of certain taxation elements will be necessary to underpin a clear pathway and positive policy environment for an early transition to alternative, cleaner fuels," it said. "One measure could involve an increase in carbon tax on petrol and diesel from the current level of €20/tonne to €30/tonne." This could yield savings of more than one million tonnes of carbon between 2017 and 2030. Ireland currently emits almost 60 million tonnes a year, and they are rising. Unless emissions are reduced, Ireland can expect to endure more extreme weather events and increased risk of new pests and diseases.
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