Essential CO2 enquiry service for fleet managers

*AFRL – Automated First Registration and Licensing. The new company car tax regime comes into effect in April 2002. The rate of tax payable will be based on list price of a car adjusted by its carbon dioxide output. Cars emitting less than 165 g/km CO2 will be taxed at the lowest rate, 15 per cent of list price. Increments of 5 g/km will add one per cent to the taxable rate. For example, a car emitting 170 g/km CO2 will incur 16 per cent tax on list price, 195 g/km will incur 21 per cent. The maximum rate will be 35 per cent. Diesel cars attract an additional three per cent levy. The new CO2 based system replaces the current ‘mileage adjuster’ where company car tax is based on the list price adjusted by the number of business miles driven in a year. SMMT has an unrivalled reputation for delivering tailor-made industry data, and detailed statistical reports based on CO2 emissions are now available. Examples include linking CO2 values to volume registrations, focusing on different market segments and CO2 breakdown by private and fleet sectors and by fuel types. Example reports:New car fleet registrations by market segment. Lowest CO2 emissions by model segment Segment See attachment for details)Notes to editors SMMT today launched a new improved CO2 enquiry service designed to supply the most accurate and up-to-date information at the click of a mouse. Fleet buyers can assess the company car tax liability of more than 10,000 model variants via the SMMT web site – www.smmt.co.ukCO2 information for new cars is now sourced directly from first registration forms. It is received electronically via the AFRL* system, or from the V55 form, cutting down on data input errors. The entire database is refreshed every month as new models and model variants come on stream, making this the most comprehensive CO2 information service available in the UK. Existing CO2 data for older models has also been updated, ensuring that all the information is as accurate as possible. Commenting on the improved service, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘A great deal of work has gone into ensuring that this service provides the best guide to CO2 emissions in the UK. The fleet industry in particular needs a reliable source of CO2 data, and we are now in a position to supply this. Dramatic improvements have been made in both the quality and detail of the data’. Fleet buyers focus on CO2New cars with low CO2 emissions are becoming more popular, as fleet buyers focus on changes to company car tax rules. Under the new system, which comes into effect next April, cars which emit up to 165 g/km CO2 will be taxed at the lowest rate. So far this year 237,516 cars which qualify have been registered to fleets, a rise of more than 14 per cent on last year. The number of model variants on the market has also risen from 833 in June 2000 to 1,157 today, an increase of 39 per cent. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) For further information on CO2 reports, or any other industry data, contact Tim Bruin on 020 7344 1655 or E-Mail read more

Symposium to focus on depictions of animals in literature art and society

The Elephant in the Room will be the topic of discussion next week at the annual Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Spring Symposium on Tuesday, April 17.This year’s theme, “The Elephant in the Room: Making Space for Animals in Our Research and Teaching” explores the use and depictions of animals in history, literature, art and society. Faculty members from the Faculties of Humanities and Social Science will share their work on critical animal studies and human-animal studies.Symposium organizer Associate Professor Keri Cronin hopes this year’s topic will bring together researchers from across the University to start important interdisciplinary conversations and make the work already being done more visible.“Brock is, in my opinion, the place to be for animal studies,” says Cronin. “But because those of us researching and teaching these topics are so spread out and scattered across campus, it’s hard to get a sense of just how deep this research runs.”These HRI events are essential to maintaining the Faculty of Humanities’ sense of community, says Michael Carter, Associate Dean of Humanities and Director of the Humanities Research Institute.“The symposia provide wonderful opportunities for interaction and mutual support of our diverse research and creative agenda,” he says.The HRI was created to encourage the development of research programs and initiatives within the Faculty, as well as to generate public awareness of the diversity of humanities research by faculty and graduate students.This year, Visual Arts Associate Professor Donna Szoke will be awarded the 2017 Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity at the symposium. Szoke’s artistic work includes media art, interactive animation, installation and printmaking.Szoke’s multidisciplinary work has included creating a free smartphone app, “Invisible Histories,” which maps nuclear waste at the Niagara Falls, N.Y. Storage Site, where more than 270,000 mice used in radioactive experiments have been buried.More recent work by Szoke has included “Bold as Love,” a site-specific response piece at Rodman Hall Art Centre, and “Knitting Cigarettes,” an ongoing performance art piece of public knitting.The 2017 HRI Spring Colloquium will be held at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 17. The full schedule is available online.What: HRI Spring Symposium, “The Elephant in the Room: Making Space for Animals in Our Research and Teaching”Where: Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsWhen: Tuesday, April 17, 1 to 4:30 p.m. read more

Jack Shepherd writes note to victims family as Britain officially makes extradition

Shepherd failed to attend his trial at the Old Bailey in July and was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in his absence and sentenced to six years in prison. Jack Shepherd, the speedboat killer, has written a note to his victim’s family saying he wants to meet them and “explain everything that happened that tragic evening”.The fugitive reportedly scribbled a handwritten message to the grieving relatives of Charlotte Brown, who died on a date with him, while he was in a Georgian jail.It came as Britain made an official request to extradite Shepherd from the country he fled to ahead of his trial, with local prosecutors expressing confidence the move would succeed.The note, obtained by The Sun, said: “I want more than anything to talk to Charlotte’s family.“I wish that I had ignored the police and lawyers and spoken to you three years ago. To look you in the eye and explain everything that happened that tragic evening.“From TV I have learned that you suspect it was something else than an accident. I cannot imagine how it feels to have that suspicion.“I hope that from our meeting you will be able to understand better how your daughter lost her life.” Charlotte Brown died in the speedboat crash Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The fugitive spent months on the run after disappearing ahead of his trial for the manslaughter by gross negligence of Ms Brown.The 31-year-old is currently being held at a prison in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.Irakli Chilingarashvili, the head of the International Department of the Prosecutors Office of Georgia, told the BBC he was “very confident” extradition will go ahead.It was reported that the extradition request had been received in the last few days and it will now be up to a judge to decide the fugitive’s fate.Mr Chilingarashvili said: “We will do our best to finalise this case successfully and to give the possibility to our UK colleagues to bring this person before justice in the United Kingdom.”Shepherd handed himself in to police after 10 months in hiding, when it became apparent that the net was closing in around him.He has previously vowed to fight extradition, claiming that his life would be in danger if he was forced to serve the six year jail sentence handed down in his absence in a UK jail.Ms Brown, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, died in December 2015 when Shepherd’s boat flipped into the wintry waters of the River Thames in London after they shared a Champagne-fuelled first date. But his reported attempts to arrange a meeting was spurned by the father of 24-year-old Ms Brown.Graham Brown told the newspaper: “We don’t intend to dignify Shepherd’s comments with a response until the extradition process has been completed.” Charlotte Brown died in the speedboat crashCredit:PA read more