Regime change afoot for FCA-regulated firms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is tightening up its rules, replacing the current Approved Persons Regime with the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR). The regime has already been operating in the banking sector for some time and will next year extend to the financial services sector.

This change will affect all FCA-regulated firms including non-UK firms with permission to carry out regulated activities in the UK, and it will focus on three key areas:

1. The Senior Managers Regime
2. The Certification Regime
3. Conduct Rules

Oxford aims to have the world’s first Zero Emission Zone by 2020

Oxford’s City and County Councils have announced their intention to introduce a Zero Emission Zone in the city by 2020, which will prevent all petrol and diesel vehicles from entering parts of the city centre.

Under the proposals, only electric vehicles will be permitted within the Zone from 2020, and plans include expanding the zone to include the entire city centre from 2035.

Birmingham seeks input on clean air zone plans

Birmingham City Council is looking for business input as it undertakes a feasibility study exploring the best ways to address air quality. It is particularly interested in the views of local businesses that rely on logistics and whether they have the potential to reduce the associated emissions from this. Birmingham is canvassing opinions via an online survey, which closes on 9th October and can be found here.

Industry calls for action to regulate clocking

The Department for Transport (DfT) has this week published the outcome of a consultation which included a question about ‘clocking’. 

The consultation, titled ‘introducing roadworthiness testing for fast tractors used for haulage and other technical changes to vehicle testing legislation’ did not contain specific proposals to address odometer fraud (clocking) but sought stakeholders’ views on the issue.

Latest thinking unveiled at BVRLA’s Fleet Technology Congress

BVRLA hosted its fourth annual Fleet Technology Congress last week with more than 160 delegates in attendance at the Williams F1 Conference Centre in Oxfordshire.

BVRLA Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney unveiled the results from the latest Fleet Technology Survey and delegates heard from a wide range of industry specialists sharing insights and views on a variety of subjects relating to data, connected vehicles and how technology is impacting our industry.

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