Friday, January 08, 2016

Something Stinks...taken from the Manchester Taxi News.

At the beginning of 2013, Geeley bought the London Cab Co for £11.4 million.

They allegedly bought it cheap, because the Company was driven to near collapse by two massive product recall's. Firstly the TX4 fires and then the Steering Box recall's. Ironically (perhaps) the recalls were brought about by products sourced from Geeley's home Country.

March 2015, to some fanfare Geeley launch a new £250 million facility in West Midlands.

This investment is believed to be funded by the U.K. tax payer.

The purchase of New TX vehicles is currently stagnant. Several factors contribute to this. However the main factor is lack of confidence in the product.

The Government have invested a lot of the PUBLICS money in this project. What to do next.?

On the 17 December (whilst everybody is busy 'not looking') just before the Christmas break, statements in both Houses of Parliament are made showing the Government is backing 'enviroment charges' which in reality means additionally taxing drivers of older Taxi's to enter the City Centre in which they are Licensed.

There are five area's involved at first, but, if you do not think that in the near future this will spread to your City, in the words of my old Ma.
"You want your bumps felt"

House of Lords..17 December 2015

Lord Gardiner of Kimble

My Right Hon Friend the Secretary of State (Elizabeth Truss) has today made the following statement.
I have today issued the UK plan for improving air quality. This Plan sets out a comprehensive approach that will reduce health impacts and meet our environmental and legal obligations by implementing a new programme of Clean Air Zones. It is available at

Under these Plans, by 2020 the most polluting diesel vehicles - old polluting buses, coaches, taxis and lorries - will be discouraged from entering Birmingham, Leeds, Southampton, Nottingham and Derby. Newer vehicles that meet the latest emission standards, and private cars, will be unaffected.

Over recent decades, air quality has improved significantly. Between 2005 and 2013 emissions of nitrogen oxides have fallen by 38% and particulate matter has reduced by more than 16%. Over the past five years the Government has committed over £2 billion to help bus operators upgrade their fleets, reduce pollution from a range of vehicles such as refuse trucks and fire engines through cutting edge technologies, and promote the development of clean alternative fuels such as powering taxis with liquid petroleum gas in Birmingham.

In order to bring the UK into legal compliance and to reduce concentrations of nitrogen dioxide below 40 µg/m3 Clean Air Zones will be introduced in five cities. These Zones will reduce the pollution in city centres and encourage the replacement of old, polluting vehicles with modern, cleaner vehicles. Similar zones in Germany and Denmark have been shown to improve air quality.

These Zones will target air quality hot spots. Following scoping studies, which Government will provide funding for, Councils will consult on the details on these Zones.

In Birmingham, Leeds, Southampton, Nottingham and Derby, these Zones will cover old diesel buses, coaches, taxis and lorries. Newer vehicles that meet the latest emissions standards will not need to pay and, under this Plan, no private car will have to pay. The local authorities will have to set charges at levels designed to reduce pollution, not to raise revenue (beyond recovering the costs of the scheme).

Birmingham and Leeds will also discourage old polluting diesel vans and implement other measures including park and ride schemes, signage, changes in road layouts and provision of infrastructure for alternative fuels.

Many companies have already started to update their fleets to modern, cleaner vehicles. For example, by 2017 British Gas will have replaced at least 10% of their commercial fleet with electric vehicles, reducing emissions compared to their old diesel vans. The new electric vans also represent a saving over their diesel counterparts. In London the cost savings could be as high as 20%, with other locations saving between 6-10%.

The Environment Agency, winner of Green Fleet of the Year 2015, has committed to increase the number of ultra-low emission vehicles to more than 100 by the end of 2015.

Another example of businesses modernising their fleet is Reading Buses - 38% of their fleet are ‘ultra-clean’ drastically reducing their emissions. Drivers are also given advice on fuel efficient eco-driving techniques.

One of the main reasons our cities continue to face air quality problems is the failure of diesel vehicles to deliver expected emission reductions in real world driving conditions. We have recently secured agreement in the EU to introduce more stringent emissions testing across the EU, ensuring that vehicles live up to their low emission credentials. Our Plans fully factor in current car performance and future performance standards following this agreement.

The Mayor of London has a well-developed strategy for improving air quality by 2025, including the implementation of an ultra-low emission zone by 2020, retro-fitting of buses and licensing new taxis to be zero emission capable from 2018. We will continue to support and monitor the delivery of the Mayor’s plans.


Anonymous said...

Catalytic converters (chemical reactors) are a useless pollution control device for motor vehicles because they are easily damaged by many factors that render them useless and substantially increase pollution
In a perfectly controlled environment that allows the catalytic converter to operate at its optimum temperature of 430°C (806°F) at ALL times and does NOT allow misfire, excessive fuel, foreign material or chemicals to pass through and damage the catalytic converter, it is an effective pollution control device.

Unfortunately, the environment of motor vehicles is far from perfect and easily damages the catalytic converter which substantially increases pollution. For example:

If all the factors that damage the catalytic converter could be eliminated, excessive short trip driving will still damage the catalytic converter and render it useless whether its brand new or several years old. Add to the problem that catalytic converters do NOT work for the first 15 minutes from a cold start which also substantially increases pollution and damaged they produce more harmful toxic emissions as a result of the unstable chemical reactions. And it doesn't take much to figure out the source of the worlds pollution problem from motor vehicles MILLIONS of new and older vehicles with FAILED catalytic converters. Therefore, the catalytic converter is a useless pollution control device for motor vehicles.

Anonymous said...

why is no one mentioning, the ridiculous 20 mph speed limit?

I would like to know, what effect this speed limit is having on emissions?

rgds, Alan Wicker

Anonymous said...

Alan, there have been numerous comments exposing that emissions systems do not work in an urban drive cycle, they simply do not achieve the ambiant temperature to work efficiently. Vehicle emission systems are usually tested in a controlled environment with the vehicle operating at is most efficient speed. All of the guff you hear and read about Euro 123456 is and always has been a complete failure to reduce emissions. The reason: emission systems do not work in an urban drive s cycle!

For catalytic converters/DPF systems to work efficiently the vehicle would have be driven at a constant speed, without stop starting and at a speed much higher than 20 mph.

There are ways to reduce emissions with emediate effect, but politicians would rather introduce rediculous pretentious schemes that are more about their egotistical mania than resolving the problem they caused themselves in the first place.