A quick roundup of the biggest stories from 2023
From groundbreaking price fluctuations to fascinating developments in the motor industry, last year was full of trials and tribulations on the roads. At Intack Self Drive, we're one of the largest privately owned self-drive rental companies in Lancashire, so we're clued up in all things cars and vans, especially when it comes to van or car hire. Still, we also have a penchant for exciting stories and new motoring developments.
So today, we're taking a closer look at some of the most noteworthy narratives featuring innovations, trends, and events of 2023 that have left a lasting impact on the motoring landscape. Without further ado, let's dive right in!
Electric car surge
In 2023, we saw a significant increase in new electric cars hitting the market, with many major manufacturers releasing new models or updating their existing ones. This was coupled with a growing infrastructure of charging stations, making it easier for drivers to charge up their EVs (electric vehicles) on the go. So we jumped onboard - pun intended!
Our environmentally friendly electric vehicles offer lower running costs, contribute to a cleaner future, and provide a uniquely smooth driving experience. They're equipped with a fully automatic gearbox, ensuring a smooth and effortless drive, and their compact size makes them a perfect fit for casual days out!
Of course, some headline-grabbing stories were a little more contentious than others. One of the biggest was the ongoing debate around London's Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). The ULEZ stands for Ultra Low Emission Zone, a scheme introduced by the Mayor of London to improve air quality in the city. It operates in the same area as the previous T-Charge (which was replaced by ULEZ) and requires vehicles to meet specific emission standards or pay a daily charge to drive within the zone. While the scheme has successfully reduced air pollution in the capital, some drivers have raised concerns about the cost of the daily charge and its impact on their wallets.
In 2023, fuel prices reached their second-highest point on record, causing financial difficulties for drivers. Car drivers faced an average increase of £12.50 per tank, while van drivers saw a more significant rise of £21.42. There was some relief, however, with a 9p per litre drop in petrol prices, resulting in almost £5 in savings for a tank, diesel costs decreased by £11.18 per 80-litre Transit van tank.
Although diesel prices remain higher than pre-pandemic levels, there are optimistic signs that pump prices may gradually return to previous norms. This has contributed to a more significant drop than expected in the UK's annual inflation rate to 3.9% in November, the lowest in two years.
50 years of Intack
Founded in 1973 at Intack Service Station, Blackburn, we started with two vans and three cars, growing steadily. In 1987, we moved to purpose-built premises on Lower Audley Street, where we remain today, offering self-contained facilities with workshops, valet bays, and on-site fuelling. Led by a team with over 150 years of collective experience, we still prioritise continuous training for our staff. As proud members of the BVRLA for over 30 years, our recent inspection resulted in an unqualified pass, solidifying our commitment to excellence in vehicle rental. Here's to another 50 years!
That's your 2023 round-up. We hope you'll continue going on journeys with us in 2024! If you want to learn more about our services and rental options, check out our services page. You'll find all the information you need about our cars, vans, and minibuses, their prices and availability for our daily hire or Flexi hire vehicles. Alternatively, you can visit our premises any day of the week or call us on 01254 57811, and our friendly team of experts will be happy to help!