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Fleets urged to respond to government consultation on travel expenses

Fleets and businesses have been urged to voice their concerns that tax allowances on travel and subsistence expenses could be abolished as part of the government’s consultation into expenses tax reliefs.   The ...

2017-06-28

New research finds volume car brands give fleets highest levels of customer care

Volume brands are providing business users with much higher levels of customer care than their premium counterparts, according to data from automotive research and insight company APD Global Research.   APD track...

2017-06-28

Ford trials technology to alert road users to 999 ‘blue light’ vehicles

Ford has developed technology that sends a signal from ambulances, fire engines police cars directly to nearby drivers, so that they will know exactly where the siren is coming from, and how far away it is.    ...

2017-06-28

Used car diesel values stable despite media ‘demonisation’, says Glass’s

Used car diesel values are remaining stable despite the so-called “demonisation of diesel” in the mainstream media, according to Andy Cutler, forecast editor at automotive industry providers and vehicle valuation exper...

2017-06-28

New technology added to 1link hire platform powers rental volumes

New technology added to Epyx’s 1link Hire Network is helping drive higher rental numbers for third party providers.   More than 25 businesses including several major vehicle leasing and fleet management compani...

2017-06-28

FORS reaches 700th silver member with Helsby & Longden

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has notched up its 700th company to achieve silver accreditation.    Helsby & Longden, operating from its base in Runcorn, sends vehicles across the UK to con...

2017-06-28

Fleet Operations bolsters UK sales team

Fleet Operations, the independent provider of outsourced fleet management services, has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of new business development manager Kris Howarth.   Mr Howarth, who joins f...

2017-06-28

Fleet software provider Chevin adds new global software features

Chevin Fleet Solutions, a global provider of web-based enterprise-level fleet and asset management software, has added new multi-currency and other features to offer greater support for international organisations and busi...

2017-06-28

FTA calls on government to keep Severn Toll charge removal promise

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called on the government to guarantee its pre-general election promise to remove all charges on the Severn Bridges.    The two bridges spanning the Severn estuary ...

2017-06-28

Shift to electric vehicles puts billions of pounds of fuel duty revenue at risk

The government risks losing up to £170 billion in fuel duty tax receipts between now and 2030 as it pursues its ultra-low carbon transport agenda and a switch to plug-in vehicles, according to a new report.   Th...

2017-06-28

Charging points commitment is a ‘major step forward’ for EV infrastructure

A government commitment in the Queen’s Speech to ensure electric vehicle charging points are installed at all large petrol retailers and motorway services has been hailed as a “major step forward” for electric vehicle...

2017-06-28

Europcar in fraud investigation over inflating repair costs by 300%

Europcar, one of the world’s largest vehicle car firms, has been accused of fraudulently overcharging customers for repairs, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph (24 June, 2017).   The paper has obtain...

2017-06-28

Manheim to launch double-block sales at next generation auction centre

Manheim will launch the UK’s first double-block vehicle auction in September - offering two vehicles at the same time, in the same lane - within its redeveloped, next generation auction centre in Bruntingthorpe.  ...

2017-06-28

Berendsen cuts fleet CO2 by more than 2,000 tonnes a year

Berendsen has cut carbon emission by more than 2,000 tonnes and reinforced its commitment to driver safety with an integrated telematics and fleet camera solution.   The textile, hygiene and safety solutions spec...

2017-06-28

Poor condition of roads highlights need to check windscreens for damage

The potholed condition of the UK’s roads impacts on the safety of drivers and their passengers and could potentially cause windscreens to crack, according to National Windscreens.   The company is looking to he...

2017-06-28

Clean air heroes hidden among Euro6 villains in latest EQUA NOx ratings

Ensuring that it remains difficult to pick the saints from the sinners, the latest additions to the comprehensive EQUA Air Quality (Aq) Index produced by Emission Analytics show that Euro6 vehicles continue to deliver d...

2017-06-28

Pothole repairs and improved parking top list of van drivers’ priorities

Pothole repairs top the priority list for Britain’s van drivers followed by better parking provision in towns and investment in bypasses to remove bottle-necks, according to new research from Mercedes-Benz Van.  ...

2017-06-28

Employers urged to register for Road Safety Week and help drivers save lives

Companies can now register for Road Safety Week 2017, which this year takes place from 20-26 November and is the UK’s biggest road safety event.   Road safety charity Brake, which coordinates the event, is en...

2017-06-28

Leasing companies to embrace electric vehicles starting by educating used buyers

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) is urging leasing companies to get off the fence and start embracing electric vehicles rather than looking for reasons to penalise users with high monthly contract hire rates.   S...

2017-06-28

Rise in insurance premiums are a threat to fleets, says telematics specialist

Teletrac Navman has warned fleet operators they can expect to see significant rises in their insurance premiums, unless steps are taken to improve risk management and reporting.   The telematics specialist is la...

2017-06-28

First UK autonomous grocery delivery trials take place in Greenwich

The TRL-led GATEway Project together with Ocado Technology, a division of Ocado, the world’s largest online-only supermarket, are running the UK’s first trials of an autonomous CargoPod vehicle around Greenwich. &nbs...

2017-06-28

Roads Minister urged to implement key road safety priorities in Brake manifesto

Compulsory eyesight tests for drivers and rigorous enforcement of laws relating to impairment and distraction, including driving hours and mobile phone use, have been called for in a manifesto of demands sent to ...

2017-07-06

Manufacturers have ‘obligation to provide’ connected vehicle data, finds survey

Around 70% of British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) members and fleet managers believe that vehicle manufacturers have an obligation to provide vehicle data, with 86% saying that they should not have to pa...

2017-07-06

End of the road for petrol and diesel cars as Volvo goes all electric

Volvo says that every car it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of models that have only an internal combustion engine and placing electrification at the core of its future business.&nb...

2017-07-06

Peugeot given the green light for Opel/Vauxhall acquisition by European Commission

The European Commission has unconditionally approved the acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall by Peugeot, under the European Union Merger Regulation.   The Commission concluded that the acquisition, which was announced...

2017-07-06

Quiet revolution at Eden project as electric vehicle fleet makes big savings

One year on from their introduction, a fleet of 18 electric Renaults has made big inroads into the Eden Project’s running costs.   Eden took delivery of the fleet a year ago and claims to be seeing many advan...

2017-07-06

Traffix lights the way ahead with Bevan-bodied dropsiders

The UK’s leading temporary traffic and event management specialist is now running the first of a new generation of dropside vehicles built by Bevan Specialist Products.      Twelve are already i...

2017-07-06

Drivers are avoiding hard shoulders converted to running lanes, says AA

Two fifths (38%) of drivers say they will not drive in lane one of a smart motorway where the hard shoulder has been permanently converted into a running lane, according to a survey of more than 18,000 drivers conducted by...

2017-07-06

‘No idling’ zones could help to cut air pollution, say health specialists

New guidance to local councils to improve air quality across England has been published with a call for ‘no vehicle idling’ bylaws to be introduced.   The guideline, developed by NICE (National Institute for...

2017-07-06

Car club for businesses and residents to cut Winchester’s carbon footprint

Winchester City Council and Enterprise Car Club have launched the city’s new car club, for businesses and residents, at the city’s Guildhall.   At the launch, local businesses and residents were given an opp...

2017-07-06

£500,000 of stolen light commercial vehicles recovered by Tracker technology

Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) comprised more than £500,000 of the overall recoveries made by Tracker, part of the Tantalum Corporation, according to new figures.   The Ford Transit was the most popular van s...

2017-07-06

New fourth lane opens on M3 smart motorway

Main construction on a £174 million project to upgrade the M3 in Surrey and Hampshire to a smart motorway has been completed on time with a new fourth lane open for traffic in both directions.   Work to test an...

2017-07-06

Mercedes-Benz ‘Vantastic’ event welcomes fleet chiefs

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK’s Van Experience Live event has welcomed 2,867 guests across nine days, taking the entire total to 21,722 participants since 2003 - the very first Van Experience.   This year aimed to brin...

2017-07-06

WESC Foundation selects enhanced Lifestyle Lease car scheme from Maxxia

 WESC Foundation, the specialist centre for visual impairment in Exeter, has selected Maxxia’s Lifestyle Lease car scheme to widen the number of employee benefits available for staff. Established in 1838, WESC ...

2017-07-06

Ebbon-Dacs adds mobile phones and vans to moDel and moDel-VM

Ebbon-Dacs has enhanced the capabilities of its electronic vehicle delivery and collection solutions, moDel and moDel-VM, so that they can now be used on all Android smart phones with screens of five inches or bigger. &...

2017-07-06

Fast delivery time from Arval for new CAT UK minibus deal

Arval has turned around a new order for 10 minibuses from automotive logistics specialist CAT UK in just under a month.   The Renault Trafic Passenger dCi 95 ENERGY twin turbo Euro6 models with stop start and 155g/km...

2017-07-06

BVRLA members provide ‘greener’ option as business car and van fleets expand

The total business fleet leasing market for cars and vans has grown 6.5% year-on-year to 1.345 million, according to the BVRLA’s latest quarterly leasing survey.   The BVRLA business car fleet - vehicles ...

2017-07-06

Vauxhall OnStar helps put car thief behind bars

A stolen Vauxhall has been reunited with it owner thanks to Vauxhall OnStar, the personal connectivity and service assistant that includes stolen vehicle assistance.   Having parked up outside his workplace in c...

2017-07-06

Venson outlines how fleets can tackle electric vehicle range anxiety

Venson Automotive Solutions has provided a series of tips to company car drivers to overcome electric vehicle range anxiety, which it claims is the biggest deterrent for motorists considering buying a zero emission model. ...

2017-07-06

Škoda bolsters fleet team with senior appointments

Two senior appointments have been made to continue the growth of ‘true fleet’ sales at Škoda following a record performance over the past year.   Matt Hattersley has been appointed as national fleet sales ma...

2017-07-06

National Windscreens in recruitment drive following growth of more than 400%

National Windscreens, the UK’s largest independently-owned windscreen repair and replacement specialist, is celebrating “phenomenal growth” of more than 400% and is now creating more jobs throughout the UK to support...

2017-07-06

Trak Global calls for telematics to be used in the fight against terrorism

Trak Global Group (TGG), the Cheshire-based telematics technology company, has urged policymakers and law enforcement agencies to partner with the sector and explore how telematics could help prevent terrorist outrages, wh...

2017-07-06

Industry should ‘remain calm’ over future of diesel values, says VRA

Diesel is likely to remain a crucial part of the motor trade’s fuel mix for the foreseeable future and the motor industry should “remain calm” over its future values, according to the Vehicle Remarketing Association....

2017-07-06

Carr joins Alphabet as new Chief Commercial Officer

Business mobility and fleet leasing experts Alphabet GB has announced that Simon Carr has joined the UK executive team as chief commercial officer.   Mr Carr joins Alphabet from LeasePlan where he held the posi...

2017-07-06

Making speeding socially unacceptable may be hampered by 20mph limit confusion

Making speeding as unacceptable as drink-driving still seems a long way off given the results of speed compliance statistics from the Department for Transport, according to IAM RoadSmart.    While 96% of dr...

2017-07-06

Upham to step down at IAM RoadSmart

Lesley Upham is to step down as commercial director at IAM RoadSmart at the end of July.   During her two years in post at IAM RoadSmart and working with CEO Sarah Sillars and the leadership team, Ms Upham has h...

2017-07-06

New e-guide from TMC aims to help fleets gain more control over fuel costs

Mileage Audit and Fuel Expense Management specialist TMC has produced a new e-guide called ‘How to Think Like a Fuel Management Expert’, aimed at fleets wanting to take an across-the-board approach to controlling their...

2017-07-06

More than 1,000 downloads for FleetCheck’s new CV safety app in first 60 days

More than 1,000 downloads have been reported for FleetCheck’s Walkaround Check App for commercial vehicles in its first 60 days on sale.   The app, created to provide a simple yet robust way of carrying out essenti...

2017-07-06

Brake publishes vital guidance for fleet managers in charge of cyclists

Road safety charity Brake has published an essential guidance report for cycling fleet managers and HR professionals, in collaboration with CitySprint.   Cycling is a healthy, cost-effective and sustainable mean...

2017-07-06

New car demand falls for third month running, but corporate sales drive 2017 volume

New car registrations fell for the third consecutive month in June, but 2017 half-year sales were still the second highest on record, according to latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). ...

2017-07-06

Average ex-fleet and lease van values stable at BCA

Average values of ex-fleet and lease vans remained static in June with a negligible £5 average decline in value from May, according to latest data from remarketing giant BCA.   Retained value against manufactur...

2017-07-06

Local roads to benefit from a multi-billion pound government fund

Local roads are set to benefit from a share in a multi-billion pound improvement fund as part of a landmark investment strategy unveiled by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.  The Transport Investment Strategy set...

2017-07-06

June sees forecourt fuel fall by 2p a litre for second month in a row

Fuel prices have fallen by 2p a litre for the second month in a row, data from the latest RAC Fuel Watch report reveals.   A litre of unleaded petrol now costs an average of 114.71p compared to 116.69p at the st...

2017-07-06

High Court judgment on air pollution a ‘shot across the bows’ of government

Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have claimed that a High Court judgment on air pollution is a “shot across the bows of the government”.    CientEarth CEO James Thornton said it was a clear signal to govern...

2017-07-06

Total Motion secures major fleet management contract with Tyco

Total Motion has won a major contract with security business Tyco to provide a fully outsourced fleet management service covering more than 3,000 cars and vans across the UK and Ireland.   Following an in-depth t...

2017-07-06

Innovative vehicle to grid technology to receive £20 million

A £20 million government investment will help develop electric vehicles capable of returning electricity to the grid.   The new investment will support vehicle-to-grid projects as part of the government’...

2017-07-12

Drivers unable to kick illegal use of handheld phones even if causing a crash

Only three in five drivers who use a handheld phone say causing a crash would make them kick the habit   Not even the thought of causing an accident appears to be enough for some drivers to permanently break th...

2017-07-12

Road contractors not averse to submitting inflated Crown property claims

Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA) has welcomed comments by the Earl of Lytton in the House of Lords that Highways England’s contractors were apparently not averse to submitting inflated claims for road infrastructu...

2017-07-12

Vehicle cold starts could freeze air pollution improvements

The latest analysis of Emission Analytics’ EQUA Index data shows that the average daily distance driven in passenger cars is not sufficient for a vehicle’s pollution control system to warm up and become fully functiona...

2017-07-12

VPS UK on the road to reducing fleet costs and boosting compliance with FSGB

Major vehicle service, maintenance and repair (SMR) cost savings - which are expected to ramp up further following implementation of a robust driver compliance initiative - are being achieved by fast-expanding VPS UK in pa...

2017-07-12

CAP HPI reveals electric vehicle data upgrade

The UK motor industry is set to benefit from a major upgrade of electric vehicle data following an announcement from automotive data experts CAP HPI.  The incorporation of new electric vehicle content into CAP HPI...

2017-07-12

App is mightier than the pen for Brightwells

Gain Solutions has created handheld inspection software for auction house Brightwells that will considerably improve the accuracy and quality of inspections for its auction items. Moving away from traditional pen and pap...

2017-07-12

Brake goes on ex-fleet and lease car values at BCA

Average used car values in the fleet and lease sector declined by £347 (3.3%) compared to May, but remained above £10,000 (£10,099) as they have throughout 2017 at remarketing giant BCA.    Retained valu...

2017-07-12

Renault Zoe is first electric pool car for Slough Borough Council

The Renault Zoe is helping Slough Borough Council to progress on its journey to clean air, as part of its low emissions strategy to improve air quality for people living in the area.   The council has purchase...

2017-07-12

M6 Toll charges for cars to rise

Charges for cars using the M6 Toll are to increase from 7 August, operator Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) has announced, although prices for other vehicles will remain unchanged as do those for night and weekend journeys...

2017-07-12

Under-inflated car and van tyres leave motorists with £600m fuel bill

Britain’s motorists could be spending up to £600 million on unnecessary fuel bills following research that suggests as many as 57% of car and van tyres on the roads are being driven below recommended inflation pressures...

2017-07-12

ICFM launches new website: Members can ‘fast track’ to ICFM Fellowship

The ICFM (Institute of Car Fleet Management) has launched its new website - www.icfm.com - reflecting its recently launched rebranding as well as new functionality, features and the ability for members to interact with the...

2017-07-12

Smart charging is key to maintaining power supply for electric vehicles

Smart charging, which allows management of the demand on the local electricity network and can help to avoid or defer work to upgrade infrastructure, is the key to ensuring electric vehicle recharging is efficient. &nbs...

2017-07-12

Motorway litter droppers warned not to put lives at risk: 40,000 sacks collected

Motorway drivers are being warned they could be putting lives at risk if they throw litter from their car windows.   Highways England is launching a new initiative in the North West after more than 40,000 sacks o...

2017-07-12

Bristol Water strikes new supplier deal with Peugeot

Bristol Water has taken delivery of a fleet of Peugeot vans and cars, the first to be supplied under a new four-year agreement between the two companies.   The relationship between Peugeot and Bristol Water fir...

2017-07-12

Company cars on the increase reveal new HMRC statistics

The number of company cars on the UK’s roads increased in 2015-16, according to the latest provisional figures on benefit-in-kind tax issued by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).   The statistics, which confirm fig...

2017-07-19

Parking charges introduced for diesel vehicles in Westminster

Diesel drivers are being charged an extra £2.45 to park in certain parts of central London as part of plans to tackle air pollution.   According to the Evening Standard, Westminster City Council has launched a t...

2017-07-19

UK businesses left exposed by lack of road safety policy

More than a fifth (21%) of UK companies whose employees drive for work purposes have no road safety policy in place, new research has revealed.   The study by TomTom Telematics among senior managers at 400 UK bu...

2017-07-19

TRL publishes detailed report on UK transformation to a driverless vehicle future

A far-reaching paper exploring the timings of autonomous driving and when autonomous vehicles will become a common sight on UK’s roads has been published by TRL   The report -‘Transport 2020: Addressing Fut...

2017-07-19

Soft tops succumb to indifference as sales fall

Drivers may have fallen out of love with convertibles, according to vehicle information provider Glass’s, following a slump in registrations.   Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows th...

2017-07-19

Expanding Ogilvie Fleet boosts South of England sales team with two new recruits

Business is booming for Ogilvie Fleet which has recruited a further two members to its South of England sales team.   The company has seen the number of company cars and vans on its books under lease and fleet ma...

2017-07-19

Scorching summertime van market set to smash seasonality

Manheim, the UK’s number leading commercial vehicle auction company, saw the average selling price for vans sold at its auctions rise by 8.5% year-on-year in June, to £5,121.98.   As predicted in May’s updat...

2017-07-19

Half of UK fleets back alternatives to petrol and diesel

More than half (56%) of UK fleets are already operating at least one alternative fuel to traditional petrol and diesel models or are planning to do so in the next three years - an increase of 6% since 2015.   Their ...

2017-07-19

UPS adds more electric vehicles to truck fleet

Global delivery giant UPS is to increase the number of electric delivery trucks it uses in London by 40%, following an investment of £3 million in smart charging infrastructure in association with UK Power Networks. &n...

2017-07-19

New electric commercial vehicle guide helps pioneering fleet operators get into gear

A new guide to help businesses electrify their commercial fleets was launched by the UK’s biggest electricity distributor at the LoCITY roadshow.   UK Power Networks launched the guide at the event in London y...

2017-07-19

End of the road for petrol and diesel vehicles with electrification to the fore

The end of the internal combustion engine is a reality in the wake of Volvo’s recent decision that all new models would be electric or hybrid within two years and the French government’s decision to ban the sale of pet...

2017-07-19

SFO expected to launch inquiry into Europcar ‘£30m car hire repair rip-off’

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is preparing to begin a criminal inquiry to Europcar in the wake of a Daily Telegraph investigation into potentially fraudulent charges for repairs that were inflated by up to 300%.   ...

2017-07-19

Aston Barclay appoints David Smith as group’s new sales director

Aston Barclay Group has appointed a new sales director in its drive to double sales over the next five years.   Following appointments of four new account managers - who have already started to deliver a number o...

2017-07-19

‘Fair distance-based’ road charge idea when £250,000 prize

An idea for ‘safer and more reliable roads’ by scrapping Vehicle Excise Duty and fuel duty and introducing a ‘fair distance-based charge’ has won a recent graduate from UCL the £250,000 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize...

2017-07-19

Finalists announced for Brake’s Fleet Safety Awards 2017

Safety-conscious organisations from across the globe have made it through to the final stage of Brake’s Fleet Safety Awards 2017.   The road safety charity received a record number of first-time entries this ye...

2017-07-19

Essential Fleet Services completes acquisition of Go Plant

Essential Fleet Services Limited, the specialist vehicle contract hire business, has completed the acquisition of industry peer Go Plant or an undisclosed sum, to create what is claimed to be one of the UK’s largest prov...

2017-07-19

Free servicing now available on all Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has announced a host of summer offers, and for the first time, is offering free servicing on all models purchased with finance from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Financial Services from now u...

2017-07-19

Thousands of Mercedes cars in the UK to have emissions fix

A major ‘recall’ of a reported three million Mercedes-Benz cars, including every vehicle sold in the UK in the past six years, has been announced so engines can be adjusted to reduce the amount of pollutants they emit....

2017-07-19

Carbon emissions fall to new low at Fleet Alliance

Fleet Alliance has seen carbon emissions fall to an all-time low of 115 g/km per vehicle for all new cars ordered in the last six months, as corporate buyers increasingly turned to ‘green’ models for tax and environmen...

2017-07-19

Uncertain conditions not dampening growth predictions for UK fleets

A net 29% of UK fleets predict that the number of vehicles they operate will increase over the next three years - the most positive response in the last five years.   The finding comes from the 2017 edition of Arval...

2017-07-19

Chevin to support DVSA in new ‘earned recognition’ scheme

Chevin Fleet Software will provide support to the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) new ‘Earned Recognition’ pilot scheme.   Chevin’s reporting system, FleetWave, can already be used to man...

2017-07-19

69% of motorists don’t know the minimum legal UK tyre tread depth, says Venson

A total of 69% of motorists don’t know the correct legal tread depth limit is 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre, which could leave firms at risk if their drivers are in an accident, ...

2017-07-19

Court ruling highlights Highways England contractors inflate Crown property claims

Following Highways England’s commitment to investigate allegations that its suppliers submit inflated invoices for Crown property repairs,   Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA) has highlighted a new court...

2017-07-19

Iveco appoints Wrafter as light business line director

Iveco has appointed Emmet Wrafter as light business line director, with responsibility for its multi-award-winning Daily light commercial range in the UK and Ireland.   Mr Wrafter (39) grew up watching his father...

2017-07-19

New two-hour online training course helps fleets shape driver behaviour

A new two-hour online course has been launched by eDriving to train, educate, and motivate new and experienced drivers to adopt safer behaviours behind the wheel across the UK fleet market.   Called One More Sec...

2017-07-19

Nissan makes new fleet sales team appointments

Nissan has announced two new appointments designed to further strengthen its fleet sales operations and deliver market share growth.   Michael Stewart is appointed to the new position of head of leasing, special...

2017-07-19