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Is Your Minibus T-Charge Compliant

Daily £10 charge on top of what drivers already pay to enter the Congestion Charge Zone if your vehicle does not comply

Minibus owners and operators including Schools, Academies, Colleges and Universities should be preparing for the introduction of an Emissions Surcharge, known as the ‘T-Charge,’ in central London which aims to discourage the use of older, more polluting vehicles.

The charge, which is an additional daily £10 charge on top of what drivers will already pay to enter the Congestion Charge Zone, comes into effect from 23 October 2017, and applies to petrol and diesel vehicles which fall below the Euro 4 emission standard.

Euro 4 stipulates that vehicles must emit no more than 0.08g/km of NOx for petrol vehicles or 0.25g/km for diesel to achieve the standard. This will essentially mean that cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and HGVs built prior to 2005 will be subject to a charge of more than £20 per day to enter the centre of London. 9+ seater vehicles that are currently registered for a discount or are exempt from [...]

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

MEETS ANOTHER NEW ARRIVAL

Red Kite deliver to HMS Queen Elizabeth

This week Red Kite delivered a new purpose built Red Kite Peugeot Boxer Minibus to The Royal Marines in Portsmouth. The 17 Seat Minibus weighing in at 4.1 tonnes was handed over under the shadow of the Royal Navy’s latest addition to the fleet, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The new Aircraft Carrier will come into service in a couple of years and weighs in at just over 65,000 tonnes and has a crew of 700.

As well as general duties the new minibus will be used as a family welfare vehicle for outings and trips. A big thank you to Chief Petty Officer Andy Vercoe and his team in seeing the project [...]

Royal dragoons minibus

This week Red Kite delivered a beautifully liveried new Ford Transit Minibus to The Royal Dragoon Guards (RDG) in North Yorkshire. The specially adapted 11 Seat Minibus with roof rack, will be used by the RDG as a family welfare vehicle for the many outings and daytrips to the beautiful Yorkshire countryside being planned.

A big thank you to Captain Jason Davis and his team in seeing this long awaited project through to completion and we look forward to the odd postcard on your travels.

Children’s Hospice Wins Minibus

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) won the bespoke vehicle as part of the LV=Brokers’ Big Heart charity giveaway.

LV Big Heart charity giveaway

Mike Crane, managing director from LV=Broker, delivered the minibus to Charlton Farm.

He said: “We’re honoured to be able to support a charity which provides such an invaluable service to children and local families when they need it most.

“The work Children’s Hospice South West does is incredible and we’re really happy that we’ve been able to help them.”

The minibus, which was designed and built by Red Kite, will be used for a variety of activities, including the sibling team, which looks after the brothers and sisters of children being treated by the hospice.

A CHSW spokesman said: “Many of these children can feel left out and don’t often get the chance to enjoy [...]

Brain Injury Charity Is Now Fit For The Road

Red Kite Deliver Brand New Bespoke Minibus

Red Kite heads Together MinibusScottish Borders MP Calum Kerr has praised the “inspirational” work of the Borders based brain injury charity Heads Together, after celebrating the arrival of their brand new bespoke minibus.

The new Red Kite Minibus was delivered last week to the charity’s headquarters in Hawick after a successful fundraising campaign to raise £37,000.

Speaking at a celebration to “cut the ribbon” on the new bus, Mr Kerr, who also acts as Patron of Heads Together, told us:

“It was a delight to join with volunteers and service users at Heads Together to celebrate this great step forward.”

After successfully setting up their new, bigger, premises in Hawick it’s important that they have managed to build on that success with the bus. As [...]

League Aids Patient Transport

Brand New Red Kite Accessible Minibus helps Bexhill Caring Community

In early March the keys to a £43,000 brand new Red Kite Wheelchair Accessible 14-seater mini-bus, were handed over in a ceremony in front of Bexhill Hospital. The League of Friends purchased the new minibus, complete with powered tail-lift for wheelchairs and sign-written ‘League of Friends, assisting with transport for the community’. It will remain in League ownership but will be operated by fellow local charity Bexhill Caring Community as part of its three-vehicle Dial-A-Ride fleet. Among the services provided by Dial-A-Ride is patient transport to the hospital.

Town Mayor Cllr Simon Elford was guest of honour at the ceremony. League chairman Cllr Stuart Earl is also chairman of Bexhill Caring Community. League treasurer Chris Ashford is also BCC treasurer. Both officers had declared an interest and left the room before [...]

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