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  • JUNE 2015 | VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 6 | 4.95BUSINESS NEWS, REVIEWS & ANALYSIS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL DRIVER

    GREEN DREAM: How to clean up your business

    Mercedes-Benz V250 CDI BlueTEC Sport 7G-Tronic Extra Long

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    Mercedes-Benz V250 CDI BlueTEC Mercedes-Benz V250 CDI BlueTEC Mercedes-Benz V250 CDI BlueTEC Sport 7G-Tronic Extra LongSport 7G-Tronic Extra Long

    VA-VA-V-CLASS!

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  • Official government fuel consumption figures in mpg (litres per 100km) for the new V-Class range: urban 38.7 (7.3), extra urban 49.6 (5.7)-50.4 (5.6), combined 44.8 (6.3)-45.6 (6.2). CO2 emissions 166-163g/km. Official EUregulated test data are provided for comparison purposes and actual performance will depend on driving style, road conditions and other nontechnical factors. The new V-Class range starts from 41,845 on-the-road. *Model featured is a new V 220 BlueTEC Sport Extra Long at 46,520 on-the-road with optional metallic paint at 645 (ontheroad price includes VAT, delivery, 12 months Road Fund Licence, number plates, first registration fee and fuel). Some combinations of features/options may not be available. Please contact your local Retailer for availability. Prices correct at time of print (05/15).

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    Everyone gets the best seat.The new 8 seater V-Class.

    Because the new V-Class is extra long, its ideal for business travel. And its chauffeur ready which means you wont be after any additional extras. That cost-efficiency extends to a competitor-beating 163g/km CO2* and 45.6 mpg*. All of which makes it the perfect chauffeur car.

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  • Official government fuel consumption figures in mpg (litres per 100km) for the new V-Class range: urban 38.7 (7.3), extra urban 49.6 (5.7)-50.4 (5.6), combined 44.8 (6.3)-45.6 (6.2). CO2 emissions 166-163g/km. Official EUregulated test data are provided for comparison purposes and actual performance will depend on driving style, road conditions and other nontechnical factors. The new V-Class range starts from 41,845 on-the-road. *Model featured is a new V 220 BlueTEC Sport Extra Long at 46,520 on-the-road with optional metallic paint at 645 (ontheroad price includes VAT, delivery, 12 months Road Fund Licence, number plates, first registration fee and fuel). Some combinations of features/options may not be available. Please contact your local Retailer for availability. Prices correct at time of print (05/15).

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    Everyone gets the best seat.The new 8 seater V-Class.

    Because the new V-Class is extra long, its ideal for business travel. And its chauffeur ready which means you wont be after any additional extras. That cost-efficiency extends to a competitor-beating 163g/km CO2* and 45.6 mpg*. All of which makes it the perfect chauffeur car.

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    S O BORIS WANTS TO CAP PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES in London, because everyone wants to use Uber. Great. If forcing operators to buy cars that dont exist wasnt enough, now this.

    Just how is this going to be enforced? Surely as a Tory politician, Mayor Johnson must realise the market is the mastercompetition and choice are at the heart of Conservative policy.

    And that means if the market changes, those businesses with an old-fashioned approach will be the most vulnerable. Just as downloading and streaming has killed off most of the traditional record shops, taxi apps are hitting the traditional London black taxi. But the black cabbies are still a strong lobbying group, and clearly have twisted Boriss arm with threats of more go-slow protests.

    Dont say you werent warnedwise heads made it very clear that Uber was transgressing the rules. Yet the spineless, useless Transport for London meekly went ahead and licensed the apperator. No doubt fearful of battalions of American lawyers being sent to haul the issue through the courts.

    Yes, TfL could have stopped Uber in its current form, simply by defi ning what Uber cant do. Every PHV in London is festooned with badges saying it must be pre-booked only. But you cannot pre-book an Uber car. It is an on-demand service, just like a taxi, where you hail virtually by clicking on the nearest car. The journey is metered, not by a traditional wired-in meter but by GPS.

    TfL should have stood its ground, and deemed Uber to be anything but a private hire service. Hell, it could have licensed it as a hackney operatorand insisted its drivers did The Knowledge. And stood up to Goldman Sachs lawyers, just as the German and Italian courts have done over Ubers car-sharing scheme, UberPop.

    So now thousands of wannabe drivers are renting a Prius and signing up with Uber. As a result, Prius residuals are going through

    the roof and there are even grey imports of the cars from Japan. And TfL is handing out licenses like confetti, to all kinds of chancers, many of whom cant even speak basic English.

    If Boris wants to limit the licenses, heres where to start. Stop licensing drivers who cant speak English, and who you cant be 100% certain have no criminal record. Raise the bar, and just say no.

    Meanwhile, why the hell are private hire operators being lumped in with black cabs over ULEZ? PHVs are negligible contributors to NOx and particulate emissions compared to buses and taxis. If Euro 6 is acceptable for cars entering the proposed ULEZ zone, why the nonsensical requirement to have 50 miles of battery range being included.

    Apart from the handful of pure EVs on sale, there are no vehicles on sale that can comply with this. And in any case, the charging infrastructure in London could not cope if the PHV fl eet switched. Youd end up with plug-in hybrids that never get plugged in. Theyd be ZEV-capable, but would never get used as such. Ludicrous.

    Meanwhile Nobby the cabbie gets a whacking grant to buy a new taxi because he spent 40 grand on an old smoker hed expected to last 15 years. Fair enough, but what about the chauffeur who has bought a 60,000 S-Class? Will he be subsidised in his quest to buy a Tesla?

    Get real. Do us all a favour before you clear off to the Commons, Mr Johnson. Listen to the industry, and dont place unreasonable demands on operators. The private hire industry has a young and clean vehicle fl eet. Focus on the real polluters fi rsttaxis, buses, trucks and vans. And drop the zero-emissions capable ULEZ requirement for the private hire trade.

    MARK BURSA, Editormarkbursa@aol.com

    Reality check for Mr Johnson

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    JUNE 2015 | PROFESSIONAL DRIVER6

    COVER STORY VA-VA-V-CLASSMercedes-Benz V250 CDI Sport Extra Long . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

    NEWS Mayor threatens London PHV licence limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Boris Johnson wants London pedicab ban . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    New Skoda Superb estate to set class benchmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Addison Lee adds Climatecars to green portfolio . . . . . . . . . .