Cleaner Cars Rather Than Fewer Cars – CamTrak – Vehicle Camera

Cleaner Cars Rather Than Fewer Cars – CamTrak – Vehicle Camera

According to a leading government advisor, the plans to promote electric vehicles in the UK do not go far enough to tackle air pollution.

Professor Frank Kelly has said that the key to tackling the air pollution problem in the UK is having fewer cars on the roads, not just cleaner cars and that London should lead the way in promoting non-polluting transport policies.

Currently, electric cars produce particulates from their tyres and brakes which are linked to serious health problems.

Last week, the government unveiled its strategy for tackling illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air. With the key element of the strategy being a promise to end the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars by the year 2040.

The government also said there would be a number of significant investments in ultra-low emission vehicles, with some £600m going into the development and manufacture of such vehicles by 2020.

But according to Frank Kelly, who is a professor of environmental health a Kings College London and chair of the government advisory committee on the medical effects of air pollutants, the governments’ strategy does not go far enough.

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According to the Royal College of Physicians the premature deaths of around 29,000 people in the UK each year, are linked to particle pollution, which is more than the 23,500 early deaths attributed to nitrogen dioxide. The combined total is expected to be around 40,000 as some people are harmed by both pollutants.

Professor Frank Kelly believes that attitudes towards cars are changing, with young people living in London opting for a car club membership and ride-sharing apps instead of buying a car.

London’s Mayor, Sadie Khan, has already committed the city to a future of fewer car journeys, aiming to cut the number by three million per day from In his draft strategy, which was unveiled in June, he proposed making the entire transport system in London free of emissions by 2050.

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‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ mode on new iPhones – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ mode on new iPhones – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

It’s fair to say that we don’t normally pay a lot of attention the Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The conference is held every year and Apple uses it to announce new products and new features. This year we’ve paid slightly closer attention as there’s some good news regarding road safety from Apple.

Apple has announced that there will be a new big update to their iOS software, which is the software that will be present in the new iPhone 8’s, but the software is also downloadable on most other iPhones. The new iOS11 will include a ‘do not disturb while driving’ feature that will be a safety benefit for all road users.

The new feature extends the use of the current ‘do not disturb’ feature, that can be turned on and off in the settings screen. Impressively, the new feature will be able to detect when you are driving and disable your phone from use, according to Apple.

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It is able to do this by using a number of already built-in features on the iPhone, such as Bluetooth connectivity, wifi doppler effects (for cars with wifi) and accelerometers.

Once the phone has detected that you are driving the screen will blank and divert all incoming calls, messages and any other notifications, in an attempt to eliminate as much phone distraction as possible.

The feature will also send a message on your behalf, letting those who are trying contact you know that you are driving and not ignoring them for no reason. The feature will still allow you to use your sat nav on your phone if you need to.

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Passengers and those on public transport are obviously able to disable this feature, as can the driver (as it is a selective option) though it is a little trickier than just pressing a button.

Obviously this isn’t ground breaking technology and unfortunately, many people will choose not to use this new feature but it is a step in the right direction.

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Electric Black Cabs – CamTrak – Accident Camera

Electric Black Cabs – CamTrak – Accident Camera

Transport for London (TfL) is spending £18 million on upgrading the capital’s power grids to charge the first generation of battery-powered black cabs.

As of the 1st January 2017, all new black cabs will have to be battery-powered electric models by law as part of the TfL’s effort to reduce toxic pollution from Diesel engines.

The cash will pay for network reinforcements to enable British Gas owner Centrica and other energy companies to install 300 rapid electric-car charging stations by 2020.

The rapid charging point can top up a car’s battery within minutes, rather than the hours it takes for conventional chargers that are currently dotted around the capital.

An initial 75 rapid chargers are due to be operational by the end of this year. While some of the sites will be exclusively for black cabs, the network will also be open to increasing the number of owners of Nissan Leafs, electric BMWs and Teslas in London.

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TfL’s director of surface strategy and planning, Ben Plowden, said: “An extensive, rapid charging network is fundamental in helping drivers make the shift from fossil fuels to electric.”

The cost of installing the chargers will fall on the companies that won a TfL tender: Bluepoint London, Centrica, Chargemasters, Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board and Fastned from the Netherlands.

Pricing has not been announced but the main existing network in the capital, Source London, would cost a Nissan Leaf driver £10.80 to fully top up with a rapid charger, plus a monthly subscription fee of £4. TfL have said that the costs to drivers would be capped for the first two years.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association expects the first electric black cabs in the capital to be on the roads by this September.

If a taxi driver currently owns a taxi that is older than 10 years old, they will be able to claim a payment from TfL of up to £5,000 later this year, towards the cost of a new zero-emissions taxi, which are currently being built in Coventry.

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New Car Registrations Fall in May – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

New Car Registrations Fall in May – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

The number of new cars that were sold in May fell 8.5% compared to May 2016, with buyers more cautious in the run-up to the general election, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has said.

According to the SMMT, there were 186,265 new cars registered in May. But sales of electrical or hybrid cars rebounded after a fall in sales in April. They now have a record 4.4% market share in the UK, the largest it has ever been.

So far in 2017, around 1.1 million new cars have been registered, around 0.6% less than the previous year.

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Chief Executive of SMMT, Mike Hawes said: “Although demand has fallen, it’s important to remember that the market remains at a very high level and with a rate of new models packed with the latest low-emission and connected technology coming to market this summer, we expect the market to remain strong over the year,”

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There are a couple of reasons why we have seen a considerable decline in the number of new cars registered in May, one of which we mentioned earlier – the run-up to the general election.

Another reason is that on 1 April the new Vehicle Exercise Duty (VED) came into force. Meaning that those considering purchasing a new car rushed to get it done before the 1st April. In March a record 562,337 new vehicles were registered as buyers rushed to beat the rise in VED.

“We expected demand in the new car market to remain negative in May due to the pull-forward to March,” Mr Hawes said.

“Added to this, the general election was always likely to give many pauses for thought and affect purchasing patterns in the short term.”

Over half of all vehicles sold in May were petrol driven, a slight increase on the previous year, whereas the sale of diesel cars had dropped by 20% from the previous year.

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Crackdown on Sharing Dash Camera Videos – Dash Cameras

Crackdown on Sharing Dash Camera Videos – Dash Cameras

The British motoring association, AA has warned that new rules may be needed to control the use of video footage taken by dash cameras.

Motorists who persistently share dash camera footage could be accused of voyeurism, according to the motoring organisation. The AA released a statement saying that too many drivers are posting videos online without considering the impact on the motorists being shown, they also said that in many of the cases, the drivers are pilloried for actions that are not their fault.

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Up to 15% of British motorists now use dash cameras, according to a recent poll carried out by the AA, with 1 in 100 saying they plan to share their footage on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The president of the AA, Edmund King told British newspaper, The Times: While most drivers with dashcams fit them to protect themselves from ‘crash for cash’ fraudsters or dangerous drivers, there is an element of vehicular voyeurism from some individuals.”

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The AA said it was not in favour of banning dash cameras, as there are many positive uses and results from dashcam footage, but the motoring organisation did say that the next government should consider tighter rules, similar to the ones used in other European countries:

  • Italy – number plates must be blurred in footage and remain private
  • Germany and Austria – their use is highly discouraged unless absolutely necessary (such as working in the haulage industry)
  • Portugal and Belgium – must have permission from others involved to share the video online

Having said that the AA did say that sharing footage of bad driving can have its advances. Such publicity can send a warning to irresponsible drivers, it said. The AA recommend that instead of posting dash camera footage online that it should be sent to the police, who can investigate any incident fairly.

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‘Smart motorway’ offenders could be offered retraining – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

‘Smart motorway’ offenders could be offered retraining – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

Drivers caught offending on smart motorways in England could be retrained. Smart motorways operate variable speed limits and can open the hard shoulder for use to help reduce congestion.

Police chiefs said that the new rules involving smart motorways were confusing motorists and more awareness was needed to inform drivers of the rules.

In 2016, over 1,000 tickets were issued, an increase on the year before. As you can imagine, a number of excuses were given, amongst them were drivers who claimed they were half on the hard shoulder and half in the first lane, as it was the fastest route between two places. Another excuse was that they were driving on the hard shoulder as they were looking for signage to their destination.

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The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) said it wanted to create a greater awareness of the road rules and improve compliance with them.

Details on the retraining of offenders are yet to be confirmed, but ideas being discussed include courses, similar to a speed awareness course, for this who break the variable speed limit, use lanes closed or use the hard shoulder when it has been closed.

In England and Wales, there are currently more than 200 miles of smart motorways, with another 200 miles in construction. Current smart motorways include sections of the M1, M4, M6 and M25.

Suzette Davenport, from the NPCC stated the the scheme would help those who are confused about when to use the hard shoulder as an extra lane.

“I genuinely don’t know that people understand when it is OK,” she said. “Absolutely there are people who will now use the hard shoulder if there is a queue of traffic so they get off more quickly because they don’t want to sit in a queue.

“I’m not sure that would have happened say 15 years ago.”

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Ms Davenport says a motorway course would bring it in line with other parts of the road network.

“We don’t have national driver offender retraining courses for the motorways. So if you get caught on the motorway you are going to get a ticket.

“Whereas we have about one million people a year on other road networks who are being caught driving and are going on national offender retraining. So we’ve been talking to Highways England about developing a course.”

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7 Reasons Commercial Fleet Managers Need to Consider Dash Cameras

7 Reasons Commercial Fleet Managers Need to Consider Dash Cameras

Dash cameras often capture weird and wonderful incidents both on the road and off it. But dash cams can be an incredibly useful addition to any form of transport, especially fleets of commercial vehicles.

Here are some reasons why your fleet of vehicles needs to have dash cameras:

1. Protecting your from crash-for-cash scams

One of the biggest arguments for arming your fleet with dash cameras is to provide protection from crash-for-cash scams, which have unfortunately become a real problem in the last few years.

The aim of the fraudulent scheme is to deliberately stage an accident where the driver who is following a vehicle can be blamed for smashing into another vehicle. It normally involves a road user slamming on the brakes suddenly and unnecessarily.

Back in 2012, these fraudulent claims cost the freight industry around £390 million, as more than 70,000 personal injury cases were reported. Not only did this raise insurance premiums, it has an impact on vehicle downtime and repair costs.

2. Evidence for insurance claims on the road

Even if there is no suggestion that a traffic incident was a fraudulent scheme to make money, a dash camera can help clear up any type of accident insurance claim, by providing video evidence to the insurance companies.

At the moment, an insurance claim relies a lot on descriptions and explanation given by the parties involved. Unfortunately, insurance companies have no way of telling who is being truthful. On top of this, drivers or pedestrians might not remember the incident too well, which could lead to inaccurate or unreliable reports.

3. Evidence for insurance claims while parked

A recent survey showed that a fifth of people would drive off if they hit a parked car in their local supermarket car park, especially if no on noticed.

Although most parking incidents tend to be minor, it can still occasionally lead to an insurance claim, which a dash camera could provide evidence for, which is obviously very handy, if the other party drives off or doesn’t leave any contact details.

4. Speeding up insurance claims

Insurance claims aren’t exactly a quick process, and waiting for the final verdict can often be painfully slow. But if you have a dash cam in your vehicle, the process can be sped up.

Instead of collecting a bunch of written evidence from every party involved, the insurer can simply look at the incident in question, using the dash cam footage and come to a rational conclusion.

5. Reduce insurance premiums

Like we mentioned earlier, the number of crash-for-cash scams has increased a worrying amount over the last few years. This has meant insurance premiums have gone up, as the cost of compensation needs to be recovered from somewhere.

Luckily, the insurance industry is starting to recognise that dash cams can help solve this ongoing problem. One leading insurer claimed that they would give 10 percent discount if you had a dash cam in your vehicle.

A lot will depend on who your insurer is, but it looks as if the insurance industry is moving in the right direction.

6. Record driver behaviour

A dash cam can record driver behaviour if you have a dual-lens camera that is able to record in-car activity as well. This will allow you to see whether drivers are taking the correct routes or making unnecessary stops.

A dual-lens dash cam would be able to record any instances of mobile phone use or road rage, allowing you to take the appropriate action.

7. Promotes safer driving

You could your drivers the best training and provide great incentives to encourage safe driving, but when they are behind the wheel they could still be driving dangerously. Along with increases the chance of having an accident, this kind of driving can have a detrimental effect on fuel economy, costing you money in the long run.

But by being constantly monitored, drivers will make a conscious effort to drive in a safe and careful manner, meaning the chances of an accident will be greatly reduced.


There aren’t many reasons why you wouldn’t want to install dash cams to your fleet of vehicles. They have gained a reputation for helping catch crash-for-cash fraudsters, and they have several other benefits that we have been over.

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New Cars Not as Fuel Efficient As They Claim – CamTrak – Vehicle Cameras

New Cars Not as Fuel Efficient As They Claim – CamTrak – Vehicle Cameras

New cars are using a lot more fuel on the roads than in laboratory tests. Which has left people asking questions about the accuracy of car manufacturers’ claims.

The research was conducted by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), who found that on average, fuel use was 25% higher than claimed on the government-mandated fuel consumption label displayed on all new cars. In some cases, they were 60% above what the label said.

The study examined 17 newly and commonly available cars in the past 10 months. And although the AAA did not name the manufacturers, they did say that the cars were selected across a number of different brands, vehicle types and fuel types.

On-road noxious gas emissions from five diesel cars were found to be over the legal limit, with one of these cars being over the limit by up to eight times.

Two petrol cars were also found to be significantly above the limits for carbon monoxide emissions.

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Serious concerns about the trust of car manufacturers emissions claims had been raised after the Volkswagen scandal back in 2015. VW were caught installing software in cars that allowed it to game emissions tests in the United States.

The scandal was released after environmental groups detected discrepancies between real-world emissions tests and those recorded in laboratory tests.

The cars tested had all be driven at least 2,000km but no more than 85,000km, and were no older than 2014. Every car was tested twice, once from a cold start and the other from a warm start and were driven along the same route in Melbourne, Australia, which contained urban, extra urban and freeway driving.

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Road Tax is Changing – CamTrak – Commercial Vehicle Camera Systems

Road Tax is Changing – CamTrak – Commercial Vehicle Camera Systems

The way we pay road tax will change from 1 April and it is something you need to consider if you’re looking into buying a new car.

Vitally, it is those buying new cars with low CO2 emissions that face the highest relative rise in road tax. At the moment, many vehicles don’t incur the charges, formally known as Vehicle Exercise Duty (VED).

For cars that are registered on or after 1 April 2017, there will be first year of charges linked to carbon emission, after that there will be three bands – zero, standard and premium, determining how much you will pay each year.

Crucially, if you have a car already, these rule changes do not apply and you will continue to pay VED under the current rates.

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These changes were announced in the July 2015 Budget, and they reflect the fact that car manufacturers have cut many car models’ CO2 emissions.

This means their owners benefit from the existing VED bands that tax lower-emissions vehicles more lightly. As more and more cars got cleaner, the existing rules have cut back the Treasury’s income. From the beginning of April, only newly registered cars with zero emission will be exempt from VED.

For anyone who buys a car that costs more than £40,000, there will be a premium of £310 for the first five years of ownership.

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Cars that are registered before 1 April 2017, will not be affected by the changes in VED – so, therefore, existing car owners will pay as they did before.

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The charges do not apply to cars that are already on the road, so if you’re buying a second-hand car then the changes in VED will not affect you. 

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Car Insurance Premiums Set To Soar – CamTrak – Accident Camera

Car Insurance Premiums Set To Soar – CamTrak – Accident Camera

The average car insurance premiums could go up as much as £75 a year because of a new government ruling, according to industry experts.

A brand new formula has been developed, that changes the way insurers calculate compensation for those who suffer long-term injuries. The Association of British Insurers are calling the decision ‘crazy’ but the Ministry of Justice insist they had no choice under the current law, but they would consult possible changes.

Shares in insurance companies fell massively, as the new change is likely to dig into their profits, potentially costing them millions of pounds.

The change is due to take place on the 20th March.

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Those who have suffered an accident will often receive compensation in a lump sum, which in serious cases is supposed to support them for the rest of their lives. But someone who is receiving that sum can actually increase it, by investing it, and getting a cash return.

So in order to be fair to insurance companies, the payout is reduced accordingly.

But the Ministry of Justice has announced that they will reduce the discount rate from 2.5% to minus 0.75%.That will result in a larger sum of money being paid out by the insurer.

The change was ordered as the formula assumes the victim would invest their money into government bonds, and by the time inflation is taken into account, real returns on these bonds have become negative.

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Who does it affect the most?

The most affected will be young drivers, under the age of 22 and older drivers who are over the age of 65. These two age groups could see their insurance go up as much as £1000 a year.

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