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WARM WELSH WELCOME FOR WORLD RALLY VISITORS

Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship, is delighted to announce that North Wales Tourism has been appointed as the Official Accommodation Partner for this year’s prestigious event (4-7 October).

Last year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB attracted more than 100,000 visitors plus a full 150 car entry with fans and teams travelling from 24 countries to experience one of the most hallowed events on the World Championship calendar.

Being such a global attraction, the rally already brings £9.4m of economic benefit to Wales. The partnership with Colwyn Bay-based North Wales Tourism (NWT) will assist spectators, competitors, teams, officials and media with their accommodation requirements across the region.

It also adds another important partnership to the event’s large engagement with local businesses in the area.

“We are absolutely delighted to be working with Dayinsure Wales Rally GB on one of the biggest sporting events to come to Wales,” enthused Jim Jones, Managing Director of North Wales Tourism.

“It’s events like this that continue to promote and shape Wales’s profile on an international scale. Our passion is to make sure the teams, officials, organisers, media and visitors coming from all over the globe for four days of adrenalin fuelled competition have a great Welsh welcome.”

Further information on North Wales Tourism can be found on the company’s website: www.northwalestourism.co.uk


EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED OUT OF TOWN, WARNS GEM MOTORING ASSIST

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to pay extra attention on rural road journeys this summer. Although traffic levels are generally lighter, rural roads account for nearly 60% of all fatalities (a total of 943 in 2015, compared with 577 on urban roads).

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth says: “Driving in the countryside is usually a great pleasure, with good views, quiet roads and a variety of interesting terrain. But a narrow, twisting road offers very little clue as to what might be round the next bend. That’s why we’re urging drivers to expect the unexpected and to make sure they have time and space to stop safely if necessary.

“What’s round the corner on a rural road with restricted visibility? It could be another car or a motorcycle coming towards you too fast, a group of cyclists on a ride out, sheep or cattle crossing the road, a horse and rider, a wild animal, a slow-moving farm tractor…

“The point is that until you have perfect sight of what’s ahead, you need to be ready to anticipate what could be there. By adjusting your speed and position accordingly, you’re doing your bit to keep yourself and the other road users safe.”

GEM has prepared a selection of simple driver tips to help improve rural road safety:

Make sure you use any existing signage to help you. Usual signs include a series of white chevron signs on a black background, indicating a sharp bend. Slow down, even if the posted speed limit is 30 mph.

The narrowness of country lanes means that passing places are sometimes provided into embankments or verges. Be prepared to reverse into these if necessary.

Stay safe by never exceeding the signed limit. Country lanes are often used as a short cut or an escape from congested main roads. Using them may actually be a longer way round to your destination leading you to be in a hurry. Slow down.

Country lanes may be in a poor state of repair. At any sign of this be ready for pot-holes and other broken surfaces that can seriously damage your vehicle.

Give horse riders a very slow and wide berth and keep your distance until it becomes safe to pull past.


EV CHARGING NETWORK POTENTIAL BOOSTED BY 5,000 LOCATIONS AS QUARTERLY EV SALES GROW 13.5%

The UK’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure continues to grow strongly following a record quarter for EV registrations. A total of 12,825 new plug-in vehicles were sold between January and March 2018, a rise of 13.5% on the same period in 2017, with an additional 7,600 domestic chargepoints installed this year.

There are now more than 85,000 chargepoints operating at homes across the UK, compared with just 6,152 public charging locations. With more than 90% of the nation’s charging network installed in private locations, the world’s first bookable home and destination EV charging platform – Bookmycharge – is urging EV drivers to join its peer-to-peer chargepoint sharing network.

Jan Stannard, Co-founder of Bookmycharge, said: “Our mission is help EV drivers to maximise the potential of the UK’s huge domestic chargepoint network. We want to encourage a ‘sharing economy’ approach so that the EV community has guaranteed access to the wealth of home charging locations across the country.

Bookmycharge expects the number of domestic chargepoints to reach 100,000 later this year. So, even more home-owners will be able to travel with confidence, able to easily book and pay for a convenient charge wherever they are in the country.”

Bookmycharge.com is the world’s first bookable home and destination EV charging platform. It launched in 2017 to tackle ‘charging doubt’ by offering electric car drivers a booking facility at hundreds of domestic chargepoints across the UK. The service works in a similar way to Airbnb by bringing together those with chargepoints and those wanting to charge, while providing the interface to take reservations and payments via the Bookmycharge.com website.


VOLKSWAGEN SETS DELIVERY RECORD IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2018

With more than 1.5 million vehicles delivered to customers in the first quarter of 2018, the Volkswagen brand recorded the best first-quarter delivery results in its history. Worldwide deliveries in March 2018 totaled 584,700, another new record and an increase of 4.9 per cent compared with the prior-year figure for the same month.

Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, said: “The Volkswagen brand’s first-quarter delivery results are very encourage-ing. Thank you to our customers and dealers! We achieved growth in many European markets as well as Germany. The upward trend continued in North and South America. In South America, the successful launch of the Polo and Virtus had a significant impact on the encouraging results, in North America the successful launch of the Tiguan Allspace and the Atlas. In Brazil, we recorded our best quarterly results since 2015 and won further market share.”

 

 

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