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Fleets start counting down to new data protection rules

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) is preparing its members ahead of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May, 2018.The association is runnin...

2017-05-31

Newly elected government urged to focus on improving road safety

All political parties have been called to commit to an overhaul of road safety in the next Parliament by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).   After a period of rapid decline, the num...

2017-05-31

SEAT VR car handover gives glimpse into the future for Red Bull

SEAT says it has given a glimpse into the future of car buying, after giving a virtual handover to 42 new Leon drivers at Red Bull.   SEAT and Red Bull took the opportunity to utilise virtual reality technology,...

2017-05-31

Road safety at work is ‘critical health and safety issue’, says IAM

Road safety at work is a “critical health and safety issue” that requires higher priority and one which should be at the core of good corporate governance for every employer, according to IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s bigg...

2017-05-31

C-KO launches new FleetVision reversing camera systems for vans

Safety equipment supplier C-KO is launching a range of FleetVision reversing camera systems for some of the newest van models on the road, at this year’s Automechanika trade exhibition.   The Middlesex-based ...

2017-05-31

APD Global Research launches customer satisfaction product for leasing brokers

Automotive research and insight company APD Global Research has launched a new customer experience (CX) programme tailored for vehicle leasing broker companies.   Providing insights into the views of vehicle end...

2017-05-31

A-Plant strikes Gold with FORS accreditation

Equipment hire company A-Plant now has more than 150 of its UK sites accredited to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold standard.   An additional 129 sites operated by the company have just attained...

2017-05-31

CD Auction Group expands with opening of new LCV remarketing centre

CD Auction Group, the online vehicle remarketing and fleet support company, is expanding its operations in Corby with an additional site featuring a 24-hour, seven-days a week vehicle reception centre that is to become the...

2017-05-31

Safety inspection for rental pool cars introduced by Meridian

A new safety inspection service for medium term rental cars being used as pool vehicles is to be introduced by Meridian Vehicle Solutions.It will provide a regular safety assessment of a vehicle in line with a fleet’s ow...

2017-05-31

Ex-fleet cars in ‘healthy demand’ as dealers return to used market

Healthy demand for three-to-five-year-old ex-fleet and low mileage Motability cars is being reported by Shoreham Vehicle Auctions with conversion rates in the mid-to-late 80%.   That’s because dealers that inve...

2017-05-31

700th FORS practitioner completes course in record time

Costain logistics and traffic manager Dave Richmond is the 700th person to become a Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) practitioner.   Completing all nine courses in less than five weeks, Mr Richmond is o...

2017-05-31

Total Motion launches affinity scheme

Total Motion Vehicle Management has launched an affinity scheme claiming that it will reduce employers’ car leasing costs and help them to attract, reward and retain employees.   Called Total Motion Affinity, ...

2017-05-31

ATS Euromaster sets industry safety record with fourth RoSPA gold award

Tyre and vehicle maintenance specialist ATS Euromaster has received the Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for the fourth year running.   The award follows ATS Euromaster...

2017-05-31

Growing construction sector needs fast access to specialist vehicles, says Europcar

Britain’s expanding construction sector needs access to specialist vehicles at short notice, which is why Europcar UK has created a specialist fleet.   Latest data highlights that the UK construction sector gre...

2017-05-31

Mark Murphy & Partner freshens up its fleet with new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters

Mercedes-Benz vans are the pick of the crop for fruit and vegetable wholesaler Mark Murphy & Partner.   The company is based in Newbridge, near Edinburgh, and supplies hospitals, schools and universities, as ...

2017-05-31

Volkswagen leads the way with AEB now standard on all vans

Volkswagen is to become the first commercial vehicle brand to fit all its vans with autonomous emergency braking systems (Front Assist with City Emergency Braking).   It means that all customers ordering a new Ca...

2017-05-31

£14m company moves to new Leicestershire headquarters

Nationwide Windscreen Services has relocated from Quorn to Birstall after buying new build premises for its head office operations. The firm landed a £380,000 loan from Royal Bank of Scotland to help towards the purch...

2017-06-01

Alphabet reshapes Rental Services for integrated approach to mobility

Mobility and fleet leasing specialists Alphabet has reshaped its Rental Services approach in order to provide fully-integrated mobility for corporates and SMEs.   Since January this year, the company has been wor...

2017-06-07

Europcar launches ‘grey fleet’ calculator to help employers tackle the £750m question

An online calculator has been launched by Europcar UK to give public and private sector employers a mechanism to tackle the financial and employee risk burdens of ‘grey fleet’ usage.    Research publishe...

2017-06-07

Child death-crash film highlights importance of van safety and operational compliance

A thought-provoking film featuring the death of a child in a van collision has been released by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to highlight the importance of safety and compliance in van operations.   I...

2017-06-07

UK government faces new legal challenge over air pollution consultation

ClientEarth is taking the UK government back to the High Court in a bid to drastically improve its draft plans to clean up the UK’s illegally high air pollution.   After carefully scrutinising the plans since t...

2017-06-07

G D Chalmers transporting its way through Scotland with Volkswagen vans

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has supplied electrical contractor and building services company G D Chalmers with six Transporters, with a further 30 planned throughout the year as part of its fleet replacement.   ...

2017-06-07

ALD to establish leasing operations in Ireland with acquisition of Merrion Fleet

International vehicle leasing and fleet management company ALD is to acquire Merrion Fleet, the second largest full service leasing player in Ireland.   The acquisition forms part of Societe Generale-owned ALD...

2017-06-07

European Commission to take action for clean, competitive and connected mobility

The European Commission has announced a series of wide-ranging initiatives designed to make traffic safer, encourage fairer road charging, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, air pollution and congestion, cut red-tape for bus...

2017-06-07

Activa builds on employee training and development with area manager promotions

Two Activa Contracts’ employees have been promoted to area managers after successfully completing the fast-expanding company’s training and development programme.   Peter Renton is now area manager covering t...

2017-06-07

Burdekin swaps Alphabet for All Fleet Services

All Fleet Services has appointed Jon Burdekin as director of customer relations. With more than 20-year’s industry relevant experience - 15 of which were spent in senior management with Alphabet, he will be responsible f...

2017-06-07

$7tn driverless car revolution will spark fleet management revolution

The autonomous vehicle revolution will create a $7 trillion-a-year industry by 2050 and an explosion in the need for fleet management, service and storage facilities, according to a new report by Intel.   The Ame...

2017-06-07

Management buyout injects multi-million pound investment into Aston Barclay Group

Aston Barclay has secured a multi-million pound investment from Rutland Partners, which will pave the way for a significant investment in the development of its people, existing and new auction centres and new IT technolog...

2017-06-07

General election blamed for drop in new car registrations

This week’s general election (Thursday, 8 June) has been blamed for an 8.5% drop in new car registrations last month as fleet and private buyers held back, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and...

2017-06-07

Fuel prices fall as retailers pass on wholesale savings

The average price of petrol fell by nearly 2p a litre in May while diesel tumbled by 2.5p after retailers passed on savings in the wholesale price of fuel, data from the latest RAC Fuel Watch report shows.   The ...

2017-06-07

Ford secures fleet deal with Harlow Council

Ford has been selected by HTS (Property & Environment) to provide 70 vans, making up one third of the company vehicles, with ‘blue oval’ models now accounting for more than 99% of the total fleet.    ...

2017-06-07

FORS celebrates 200th Gold member

Garic has become the 200th company to achieve the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) gold standard.    Garic, headquartered in Bury, Greater Manchester, manufactures, hires and sells welfare and enviro...

2017-06-07

Mercedes-Benz vans keep the wheels of the NHS turning in Wales

Hospitals, clinics, GP practices and other facilities throughout Wales are now receiving deliveries of vital pathology, medicines, blood, organs, medical records and equipment, as well as other more routine but nevertheles...

2017-06-07

Nissan Leaf makes a flying start on Heathrow fleet

Heathrow, Britain’s biggest and busiest airport, has turned to the Nissan Leaf as part of its plans to inspire a new culture of electric car usage across its vast site.   The airport has initially added 17 all-...

2017-06-07

Epyx reports 8% growth in 1link Hire Network bookings so far in 2017

A record number of bookings have been made through Epyx’s short term hire platform so far in 2017.   To the end of May, the number of car and van rentals processed through 1link Hire Network were up 8% on the previ...

2017-06-07

New TMC guide explains business mileage payments for plug-in vehicles

TMC (The Miles Consultancy) has published advice on reimbursing drivers of company-run or ‘grey fleet’ electric and plug-in hybrid cars (PHEVs).   With no official fuel expense rates for electric cars yet in s...

2017-06-07

Venson sparks electric vehicle interest with guide to educate business drivers

Venson Automotive Solutions has released a ‘Plug-In Vehicle Guide’ aimed at drivers to widen their knowledge of the cost and convenience of electric vehicles. The free Guide, which promotes greener’ fleets, addre...

2017-06-07

Nissan appoints new fleet sales director

Nissan Motor GB has appointed Iker Lazzari as fleet sales director, responsible for leading the manufacturer’s corporate sales operations.   With 18 years’ automotive experience, plus a strong sales and mark...

2017-06-07

SEAT UK appoints Justin Costello as national fleet sales manager

SEAT UK has appointed experienced fleet sector specialist Justin Costello as national fleet sales manager.   His promotion from contract hire and leasing manager at SEAT UK will see Mr Costello leading a team o...

2017-06-07

Thatcham Research calls for new thinking to halt spiralling cost of vehicle repair

A call to action for motor manufacturers to ‘urgently engage’ with the repair industry to halt spiralling vehicle repair costs has been made by Thatcham Research, the motor insurers’ automotive research centre. &...

2017-06-07

Safety organisations welcome new ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ iPhone feature

Mobile phone giant Apple is to introduce a ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature with the launch of its iOS11 software update for iPhones to be launched in the autumn.   Designed to help drivers stay more fo...

2017-06-07

Lack of skilled vehicle technicians could cause new technology road block

A lack of new mechanical talent coming into the motor industry could cause a serious roadblock in the uptake of new technology if a skills gap is not addressed rapidly, according to the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI...

2017-06-07

Glass’s detects forecourt resurgence for petrol cars

A forecourt resurgence in petrol-engined cars is being reported by industry guide Glass’s as consumers move away from diesel vehicles.   As a result, Glass’s is reporting a gradual uplift in petrol car residu...

2017-06-07

Alphabet reviews broker relationships to maintain exclusivity of Partner community

Mobility and fleet leasing specialist Alphabet GB has begun the process of reviewing all of its 40-plus broker partnership arrangements, nearly three years after the launch of its broker channel, Alphabet Partner. &nbs...

2017-06-07

Secured Express achieves FORS gold accreditation

Secured Express, trading as Secured Mail, has achieved the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) gold standard.    The company, part of The Delivery Group, is one of the largest eCommerce, postal and retai...

2017-06-14

Online supermarket Ocado to trial driverless vans

Online supermarket, Ocado, is starting to trial deliveries with driverless vans in conjunction with technology firm Oxbotica.   The company, which makes more than 170,000 grocery deliveries per week, believes tha...

2017-06-14

Activa Contracts enhances ‘tax guide for fleets’ with critical cash or car calculator

Activa Contracts has enhanced its ‘Tax Guide for Fleets’ app to include the ability for users to calculate if a cash alternative offered by their employer will increase their tax bill.   The ‘Tax Guide for Fl...

2017-06-14

General election results means ‘fleet uncertainty’, say leasing companies

The result of last week’s general election means potential uncertainty for the fleet industry, according to Matt Walters, head of consultancy services at LeasePlan UK.   As Prime Minister Theresa May forms a mi...

2017-06-14

ICFM Masterclass on occupational road risk management - key highlights from the event.

Companies urged to make ‘cultural change’ to manage work-related road safety  Businesses must create a cultural environment around occupational road risk management in which employees take responsibility for t...

2017-06-14

R&D Construction lays firm foundations for future growth with Mercedes-Benz Citan

The promise of fast, efficient, round-the-clock support from Orwell Vans and other members of the Mercedes-Benz dealer network was key to a major investment in a new fleet by R&D Construction.   The Suffolk-...

2017-06-14

JCT600 appoints head of fleet for Audi division

 Independently owned Yorkshire-based motor group JCT600 has appointed Gavin Dawes as its new head of fleet for the Audi division.   Mr Dawes has spent the last four years working with Audi UK, supporting the A...

2017-06-14

Residual value gap between automatic and manual models continues to widen

Demand for cars with automatic gearboxes is accelerating and with it is a rise in residual values, according to research by Glass’s.   The popularity of automatics is due to their “immeasurable improvement in ...

2017-06-14

Used car prices steady at close to record levels, reports BCA

For the third consecutive month, average used fleet and lease car values have remained at or near record levels, according to the latest data from vehicle remarketing giant BCA.   This sector saw values average ...

2017-06-14

RAC presses retailers to cut fuel prices as oil price slumps

The RAC is calling on retailers to cut the price of fuel after a sudden drop in the price of oil has brought wholesale costs down.   Oil has dipped well below the $50 a barrel mark leading to a significant reducti...

2017-06-14

New product manager appointment to drive Jaama Key2 functionality enhancements

Fleet and asset management software company Jaama has appointed Andy Bradley as its product manager.   The strategic role marries getting to grips with industry developments and changes that impact on fleet oper...

2017-06-14

FORS to host second Members’ Conference

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is to host its second Members’ Conference on 17 October, 2017 at the National Conference Centre in Solihull.   The first FORS Members’ Conference, which it i...

2017-06-14

Ex-fleet van values rise, but market pressure continues

Values for ex-fleet and lease vans improved by £88 to £7,179 in May, a rise equivalent to 1.2% compared to April, at remarketing giant BCA.   Retained value against MRP (manufacturer recommended price) improv...

2017-06-14

Used van market continues to show strength, says Manheim

Manheim says average van sale prices increased by 7.3% year-on-year to £5,040, although there was a 2.2% softening in the average month-on-month selling price as sold volumes rose by 1.9% from May 2016 but were up 10.4% fr...

2017-06-14

Prestige Fleet Servicing strengthens technical and business development support teams

Prestige Fleet Servicing has strengthened its technical and business development support teams with two new appointments.   Nathan Brooks (46) has joined in the newly created position of technical and business d...

2017-06-14

Chargemaster to open electric vehicle experience centre and reveals vehicle partners

Chargemaster is billing Saturday, 22 July, 2017 as a “defining moment for the electric vehicle sector” with the opening of the UK’s first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom.    Located in a 4,000 sq f...

2017-06-14

Fleet managers should take an interest in what employees listen to while driving

What drivers listen to in company cars and vans could have a considerable impact on how safe they are on the road, according to therapists.   For drivers who are stressed or fatigued, listening or even singing along t...

2017-06-14

Ford to open London office focusing on acceleration of mobility solutions

Ford is to open a dedicated Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London focusing on future mobility solutions for Europe.   The new office will give a dedicated team of Ford specialists easy access to world class d...

2017-06-14

Volkswagen launches online support hub with live chat for van customers

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched an online customer support hub and live chat to enhance the customer experience and offer new channels of engagement.  The new Digital Customer Care Hub sees customers ha...

2017-06-14

Twelve new partners sign with FleetCheck in 2017

Twelve new businesses have become part of the partner programme at FleetCheck so far in 2017.   It brings the total number of partners working with the fleet software specialist to 37, including telematics providers,...

2017-06-14

Fall in new LCVS is caused by SMEs switching to used vehicles, says auction company

The fall in new light commercial sales is nothing to be frightened of, according to Alex Wright, managing director of Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA).   New LCV sales up to 3.5 tonnes GVW have fallen by 5% (7,689 ...

2017-06-14

Warning over poor driver eyesight prosecutions for employers

New advice has been issued to employers on implementing an eyecare policy by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare.   The advice comes after a ‘Fit to Drive’ report from road safety charity Brake suggested that an org...

2017-06-14

Brake teams up with Arval for driver training

Road safety charity Brake with the support of vehicle leasing and fleet management company Arval, will deliver a ‘Pledge’ training course on Wednesday, 5 July, in Manchester.   Official figures show that at lea...

2017-06-14

Increase in deaths on Scotland’s roads ‘deeply troubling’

An increase in the number of people killed in reported road accidents in Scotland last year - up 23 to 199 - has been labelled ‘deeply troubling’ by road safety charity Brake.   Transport Scotland has release...

2017-06-14

Amazon is planning to sell cars online in Europe, starting with the UK

Online retail giant Amazon is planning to branch out into selling cars and, it is claimed, the UK will be the first market.   Amazon declined to comment on what it called “speculation”, however media reports ci...

2017-06-14

Directors Re-elected to ACFO Board at AGM

ACFO members at the 2017 AGM re-elected Debbie Floyde and Phil Redman to the board of directors. Both retired by rotation and were re-elected unopposed after no other members put themselves forward for election.   ...

2017-06-16

Queen’s Speech includes laws on automated and electric vehicles and data protection

The newly-elected Conservative government has outlined plans to include a further push to encourage uptake of driverless and electric vehicles.   The Queen’s Speech on Wednesday (21 June) outlined a total of 2...

2017-06-21

Employers urged to take part in road safety charity’s fleet survey

Road safety charity Brake is calling on all organisations with employees who drive for work to take part in its annual fleet safety survey.   The survey, conducted by Brake Professional with the support of Licen...

2017-06-21

Six million Brits could be driving on the wrong side of the law this summer

Motorists could be falling foul of the law when driving overseas, according to LeasePlan UK, which has issued an eight-point checklist for drivers ahead of leaving for their family holiday.   According to a recen...

2017-06-21

New Scottish £8.2m fund to give businesses access to electric vehicles

Businesses will be able to access a further £8.2 million for 2017/18 to help fund electric vehicles as part of the second phase of ‘Switched on Scotland’, which has been launched by the Minister for Transport and the ...

2017-06-21

Volvo’s Cooper switches from head of business sales to financial services chief

Selwyn Cooper has been appointed head of financial services of Volvo Car UK with immediate effect. The new role sees Mr Cooper heading up the Volvo Car Financial Services division, with responsibility for the managemen...

2017-06-21

New FORS ‘champion’ named

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has named Bowmer & Kirkland as its latest ‘champion’.    The Bowmer & Kirkland Group has grown to become one of the most successful privately-owned c...

2017-06-21

Fleets still automatically asking for diesel when renting, report Meridian

Widespread uncertainty over the future of diesel on fleets is failing to have any impact on the rental market, according to Meridian Vehicle Solutions.   The medium term rental specialist says that fleets still autom...

2017-06-21

Secured Mail delivers £160,000 fuel and maintenance saving

One of the UK’s largest eCommerce, postal and retail logistics businesses has saved £160,000 by implementing a driver behavior programme underpinned by telematics.   Secured Mail, part of The Delivery Group, ...

2017-06-21

Fleet sector leads the way on air quality and should not be retrospectively punished

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) says the UK fleet industry leads the way on selecting low emission vehicles to improve air quality and businesses and drivers should not be “punished” retrospe...

2017-06-21

Brake provides free webinar on the future of fleets and ultra-low emission vehicles

Road safety charity Brake is running a free webinar for fleet and road safety professionals on the benefits of utilising ultra-low emission vehicles in commercial fleets.   The webinar, on Tuesday, 4 July, would ...

2017-06-21

RoSPA updates driver profiler tool with new features

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has updated its Driver Profiler fleet risk assessment tool with a host of new features.   Used regularly by a range of RoSPA’s fleet clients, the onlin...

2017-06-21

Top cars for towing revealed and new Land Rover Discovery leads the way

The new Land Rover Discovery is Britain’s top car for towing, according to the judges of The Tow Car Awards 2017.   A total of 44 cars entered for 13 awards - 12 separate categories and one overall winner – ...

2017-06-21

Total Motion chief calls for reform of motor insurance market

Reform of the entire motor insurance claims market has been called for by fleet management and vehicle funding company Total Motion.   The call comes with the government considering proposals which would clamp do...

2017-06-21

FTA launches annual search for the van and truck Drivers of the Year

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the UK’s leading membership body in the sector, has launched its second annual search for its van and truck Drivers of the Year 2017, sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres.   ...

2017-06-21

Driver education critical in charge towards autonomous cars with fleet a ‘weak point’

The fleet sector is a “weak point” for motor manufacturers and dealers in selling new technology, but it is a hurdle that must be overcome with the charge towards autonomous vehicles, it is claimed.   This y...

2017-06-21

Winterbotham Darby feeds into Activa’s consultancy approach to deliver fleet benefits

Activa Contracts has won a sole supply, full outsourcing fleet deal with Winterbotham Darby that also sees it take on a consultancy role to the organisation’s cash allowance drivers potentially resulting in them opting f...

2017-06-21

Roger Bullivant hails FORS with new van fleet delivery

Foundation engineering company Roger Bullivant says its investment in a new Euro6 van fleet was motivated by its membership of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).   Roger Bullivant has taken delivery o...

2017-06-21

JCT600’s fleet operation gains car preparation centre

JCT600 has created a new pre-delivery inspection (PDI) centre in Chesterfield which will serve the Audi and Mercedes-Benz brands within the fleet division.    Formerly the site of Volkswagen Chesterfield, t...

2017-06-21

400th Peugeot van joins Millbrook Healthcare fleet

Millbrook Healthcare has taken delivery of 27 new Peugeot vans, marking the 400th vehicle from the French marque to join the company’s fleet.   The 27 new vans are mostly Boxer 435 models, with the addition o...

2017-06-21

UK automotive calls for ‘business as usual’ arrangements to avoid Brexit ‘cliff edge’

The UK automotive industry has called on the government to seek an interim arrangement with the European Union that would maintain membership of the single market and customs union until a final agreement on a new relation...

2017-06-21

Diesel ‘only realistic choice for business-critical fleets’, says Pendragon

Pendragon Vehicle Management says that diesel is the only realistic choice for business-critical and high-mileage fleets as it hits out at the so-called ‘demonising of diesel’ by the media.   Diesel has been ...

2017-06-21

Up to 40% of road deaths in Europe are work-related, says new report

New analysis suggests that up to 40% of all road deaths could be work-related and calls on employers, national governments and the European Union to step-up efforts to tackle the problem.   The report from the Eu...

2017-06-21

Plug-in vehicles to dominate global cars sales by 2050, says new report

The automobile’s long-promised electric future may be in sight, according to a new report by investment bank Morgan Stanley, which suggests that as many as one billion battery electric vehicles will be on the road worldw...

2017-06-21

CV fleets likely to be hit hardest by diesel backlash, says FleetCheck

Commercial vehicle fleets are likely to be hit hardest by the backlash against diesel simply because of the lack of alternatives available, according to FleetCheck.   The fleet software specialist says that the ...

2017-06-21

London Mayor targets zero emissions from transport by 2050

Ambitious proposals to make London’s transport system zero emission by 2050 at the latest have been unveiled by the capital’s Mayor Sadiq Khan.   The plans, which are out to public consultation until 2 Octobe...

2017-06-21

Aston Barclay Group set to double in size over next five years

Aston Barclay Group has announced further details of its multi million pound investment led by new CEO Neil Hodson and Rutland Partners.   Plans are for the group to double sales over the next five years from 80...

2017-06-21

New partner in Sweden extends European auto glazing coverage to 16 countries

AutomotiveGlassEurope (AGE) has extended its European coverage to 16 countries with the appointment of a new partner in Sweden.   Glaskedjan join AGE partners Riis from Norway and Danglas from Denmark to ensure a...

2017-06-21

Technology could halve unexpected breakdowns and save motorists £1.3bn

Technology could halve unexpected fleet and private motorist breakdowns by 2020, according to telematics expert In-car Cleverness, as data increasingly helped drivers identify malfunctions before they occurred.   ...

2017-06-21

ACFO secures Dart charge online account changes to improve administration for fleets

Enhancements are being made to Dartford Crossing fleet accounts by Highways England to simplify administration following discussions with ACFO, the UK’s premier fleet decision-makers’ organisation.   Fleet ...

2017-06-28

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