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Budget - the headlines

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered his second Budget speech on Wednesday (22 November, 2017).   It was also the second Budget Statement of the year - after the Budget in March - and followed Mr ...

2017-11-23

Industry experts comment on the Budget announcements

Diesel car taxation   ACFO chairman John Pryor: “The government’s decision to increase the diesel company car benefit-in-kind supplement from 3% to 4% for all diesel cars that are not certified to the RDE2 s...

2017-11-23

Parking firms issuing some 1,200% more tickets than decade ago

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) sold 1,429,703 vehicle-keeper records to the private parking firms in the second quarter of 2017/18, according to new analysis by the RAC Foundation.    That wa...

2017-11-23

Regulatory setters urged now to apply new accounting standards ‘locally’

National lease accounting standard setters across Europe must avoid any new accounting regulatory burdens on small and medium-sized companies following official endorsement of the new international standard for major organ...

2017-11-23

Electric vehicle driver education urgently needed, says CLM

Drivers require extensive education on the various electric and hybrid powered vehicles on the market before sales of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) will start to accelerate towards government targets.   That...

2017-11-23

GEM supports Road Safety Week with call for personal responsibility

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist wants to see personal responsibility at the top of the casualty reduction agenda.   The call came during Road Safety Week, which runs until tomorrow (S...

2017-11-23

Volvo to supply tens of thousands of autonomous drive-compatible cars to Uber

Volvo has signed a framework agreement with Uber, the ride-sharing company, to sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving-compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021.   The base vehicles are developed on Vol...

2017-11-23

Safety experts call for £200 million investment to cut crashes on high risk UK roads

The UK’s local authority A-road network needs an immediate injection of £200 million to tackle the high risk road sections, according to a report from the Road Safety Foundation charity, in partnership with insurer Ageas...

2017-11-23

Chargemaster wins contract for Nottingham Go Ultra Low City infrastructure

Chargemaster, the UK’s largest provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, has won a contract to install and operate charging points in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Derby over the next three years, as part o...

2017-11-23

Chevin reports increasing demand for mobility features within its software

Demand for mobility-related features from existing customers, in tenders and through inbound enquiries, is increasing, according to fleet software specialist Chevin.   Mobility functionalities - including pool c...

2017-11-23

Alphabet appoints Ewen to lead new business activities

Business mobility and fleet leasing expert Alphabet (GB) has announced that Jo Ewen has joined the company in a newly-created role as general manager for new business direct sales.   Ms Ewen joins Alphabet with ...

2017-11-23

New Aston Barclay report reveals doubling in EV and hybrid vehicles at auction

The number of used hybrid and electric vehicles going through the auction halls has doubled in just over a year, according to the first Aston Barclay ‘Used Market Insights’ report.   Analysis by independent a...

2017-11-23

Pendragon rebrands employee car benefit scheme

Pendragon Let’s Drive is the new name for Pendragon Vehicle Management’s (PVM) employee new car benefit scheme, replacing the SimplyDriveIt brand.   The rebrand is claimed to rejuvenate PVM’s employee be...

2017-11-23

Natures Menu enters into a tasty deal with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Manufacturer and producer of natural pet food Natures Menu is changing nearly 60 of its 72 light commercial vehicles to new Volkswagen Crafter models.   The new vans will be used to deliver pet food to retailers...

2017-11-23

Avis Budget expands van rental business with ACL Hire acquisition

Avis Budget UK has bought ACL Hire, a family-owned vehicle rental company based in West Lothian, with operations throughout Scotland and the UK, for an undisclosed sum.   Offering a large and wide range of fleet ...

2017-11-23

FMG wins three-year Key Fleet deal

Fleet incident specialist FMG has been awarded a three-year contract to provide incident management services for KeyFleet, the Preston-based vehicle leasing and fleet management specialist.   The new service, ev...

2017-11-23

Two tier used van market further develops as values rise at BCA

Average values for ex-fleet and lease light commercial vehicles have accelerated to a new record high at remarketing giant BCA, which reports that a two-tier market continues to develop.   The ex-fleet and lease...

2017-11-23

Fleet Assist wins SGFleet contract extension to 2021

Fleet Assist has won an extension to its contract with SGFleet, which is an expansion of the arrangement previously enjoyed by the company’s long-time customer Fleet Hire.   The contract extension until 2021 c...

2017-11-23

Islington Council to introduce diesel surcharge for short stay parking

Islington Council will be the first local authority to introduce a borough-wide surcharge for diesel vehicles using short stay parking.   The charge will be £2 per hour, and will apply to all diesel fuelled veh...

2017-11-23

Fleets ignore driver training to improve road safety, reveals new survey

Fleets could be missing out on key opportunities to help ensure the safety of their drivers and other road users, according to a driver survey by ALD Automotive.   ​The survey found that 62% of drivers have ha...

2017-11-23

Glen Dimplex switches on to Mercedes-Benz Vans’ customer-focused back-up

Glen Dimplex service engineers across the UK are now gearing up for another busy Christmas in their new Mercedes-Benz vans.   A world leader in intelligent electric heating and renewable energy solutions, the com...

2017-11-23

Landscaping firm gets the ‘cutting hedge’ with Michelin deal

Europe’s largest provider of green services, idverde, has adopted a joint Michelin and BFGoodrich tyre policy across its entire UK fleet as it strives to streamline operations on the road.   The French-owned gr...

2017-11-23

VED evasion triples after paper version scrapped: calls for tax disc to return

New government data reveals that the number of unlicensed vehicles on the road has tripled since the paper tax disc was abolished prompting calls for its return. The data, published every two years, shows that the gover...

2017-11-23

Government must use “every tool in the box to clean up Britain’s polluted air”, say MPs

The government must use “every tool in the box to clean up Britain’s polluted air”, according to MP Mary Creagh, chairman of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee.   The Environmental Audit Com...

2017-11-23

Seven perks of entering the Fleet News Awards that you didn’t know

Fleet News reveals seven perks of entering its prestigious awards in March 2018 that you probably didn’t know about. The awards, now in its 30th year, represent the pinnacle of fleet achievement. Last year saw 1,400 g...

2017-11-23

Government confirms 2018/19 car and van fuel benefit and van benefit charges

The government has confirmed the car and van fuel benefit and van benefit charges that will apply from 6 April, 2018.   The government confirmed in last week’s autumn Budget Statement (Newsfeed week commencing:...

2017-11-29

TMC welcomes Budget move on flat-rate travel and subsistence claims

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to return to a less-cumbersome regime for settling travel and subsistence claims.   In March 2017, the government published a call for evidence as to how the taxation of employee ...

2017-11-29

English council parking profits accelerate 10% to record high

English councils made a record £819 million from their parking operations in the last financial year.   The figure for 2016/17 is 10% higher than the £744 million made in the previous financial year and 40% hig...

2017-11-29

Improved mobility, driverless and electric vehicles key in UK’s new industrial strategy

Improved mobility, the introduction of autonomous vehicles and a transition to zero emission vehicles are key features of the government’s new Industrial Strategy, which was revealed this week.   Business Secr...

2017-11-29

Top driving tips for first time van drivers from IAM RoadSmart

Driving a van for the first time requires some thought - although they are in the same licence group as a car there are some real differences which could catch first time drivers out, according to IAM RoadSmart.   ...

2017-11-29

Time is of the essence: speed down save lives, says Venson

More than a quarter (28%) of people driving on business-related trips speed because they set off too late or don’t allow enough time for their journey, according to a survey by Venson Automotive Solutions.   A...

2017-11-29

Analytics firm launches new workplace driver risk, aptitude and knowledge platform

Predictive analytics firm Cognisess has launched Cognisess Drive - a cloud-based assessment platform designed to improve driver performance on and off the road.    The Cognisess Drive platform combines cogn...

2017-11-29

In-vehicle fuel consumption meters to be mandatory from 2020

The European Union is considering mandating for the fitment of fuel consumption meters in new cars and light commercial vehicles from 2020, according to reports.   Autovista Group, which owns automotive industry ...

2017-11-29

Technology investments underused by more than half of UK businesses

More than half of UK businesses (56%) have invested in technology over the past five years that has been underused, according to research by TomTom Telematics.   A lack of guidance and support from suppliers was ...

2017-11-29

IMI calls for government investment in electric vehicle technician training

The government has been urged to invest in training vehicle technicians to work on plug-in vehicles in addition to ploughing money into establishing a larger national network of recharging points.   The call came...

2017-11-29

Lobbyists call for a national network of Clean Air Zones in illegal pollution battle

Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have told MPs that the government was failing to protect the health of people across the UK by lacking leadership and political will over illegal air pollution.   Giving evidence...

2017-11-29

Real-world emissions primarily determined by vehicle selection not driving style

Driver training can improve fuel economy and reduce vehicle emissions, but will not eliminate the amount they exceed motor manufacturer published laboratory test figures, according to a new analysis by Emission Analytics. ...

2017-11-29

Police dish out £5.5m in fines for drivers’ phone use since tougher penalties introduced

Police in Britain have handed out more than 27,000 fines to drivers for illegally using a mobile phone since March this year, when the penalty for the offence doubled, new research by car reviews website Carbuyer.co.uk...

2017-11-29

Quality of ex-fleet stock helps Epyx pass 2,000th trade buyer disposal platform mark

The number of trade buyers using Epyx’s 1link Disposal Network platform has passed 2,000 for the first time.   Vicky Gardner, remarketing commercial manager at Epyx, said growth was directly linked to the availabil...

2017-11-29

Chargemaster to install 150 charging points in Lancashire

Chargemaster, the UK’s largest provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, will install 150 new charging points across Lancashire, following a successful bid by Lancashire County Council to the Department for T...

2017-11-29

Concept Group extends partnership with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Document management expert Concept Group has taken delivery of five Caddy vans from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.   The deal forms part of an extended partnership between the two companies, and adds to the 35...

2017-11-29

Expansion for Wilsons Auctions with acquisition of Newport Auctions

Wilsons Auctions has bought South Wales auction company Newport Auctions for an undisclosed sum.   The acquisition of the family-run business, which is the result of retirement, brings the total number of sites ...

2017-11-29

Shell powers formed by joining motor manufacturer EV recharging network

Oil giant Shell is to install High-Power-Charging (HPC) electric vehicle recharging points on forecourts across 10 European countries including the UK.   Shell is the latest organisation to join recently formed ...

2017-11-29

APD launches live company car driver satisfaction tracker

APD Global Research has launched a definitive ‘live’ tracker on business driver satisfaction which includes franchise dealers and independent service networks.   Compiled from driver feedback collected by APD...

2017-11-29

Fleet Alliance wins Leasing Broker of the Year Award

Glasgow-based Fleet Alliance was named Leasing Broker of the Year at the Leasing Broker Federation’s annual awards. Fleet Alliance was one of three shortlisted leasing companies for the award, which included Concept Ve...

2017-11-29

Police data shows 10% rise in vehicle vandalism in three years

The number of vehicles vandalised in England and Wales has increased by 10% in the last three years, according to data seen by RAC Insurance.   A total of 210,418 vehicles were reported to have suffered cri...

2017-11-29

SMMT President calls for faster, concrete progress in agreeing Brexit transition period

The government has been urged not to undermine the UK automotive industry’s hard won competitiveness due to slow progress on Brexit.   The plea came from Tony Walker, president of the Society of Motor Manufact...

2017-11-29

Keyless entry vulnerability: Thatcham Research offers guidance to concerned drivers

A spate of vehicle thefts exploiting keyless entry systems has led to Thatcham Research - the motor insurers’ automotive research centre - to issue new security advice to drivers.   Simultaneously, vehicle leas...

2017-11-29

Drivers less likely to buy or choose diesel following Budget changes, says CLM survey

Drivers are less likely to buy or choose a diesel as their next car following the introduction of the tax changes in the Autumn Budget Statement, according to new research from CLM Fleet Management.   Newport Pag...

2017-11-29

Call for drivers to ‘slow down, make space and move on’ when passing breakdowns

The RAC has taken the unusual step of releasing photographs of a horrific accident which occurred last Thursday evening (23 November) on the westbound hard shoulder of the M4 near Swindon to draw attention to the significa...

2017-11-29

Highways England lightening the load for motorists and hauliers this Christmas

A £15 billion investment on motorways and major A-roads is helping motorists and hauliers this festive season get to their destinations quicker and with fewer delays, according to Highways England.   Since ...

2017-12-06

London Ultra-Low Emission Zone expansion consultation launched

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a public consultation on the next phase of his hard-hitting plans to tackle the capital’s toxic air, reduce filthy emissions and protect the public from harmful pollution by expanding...

2017-12-06

Fleet industry ‘positive’ about 2018, but managers have much to do predicts BVRLA

The vehicle rental and leasing industry is “feeling positive and ready to embrace the market opportunities it sees in the months ahead”, according to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), which ha...

2017-12-06

A third of all company cars to be electrified in four years

A third of all company cars will be electric or plug-in hybrid by 2022, according to a survey of fleet managers.   What’s more, the percentage is forecasted to have reached 50% by 2027, according to the survey ...

2017-12-06

Clancy Group becomes Driving for Better Business safety champion

Clancy Group, parent company of civil engineering business Clancy Docwra, has become the latest Business Champion for the Driving for Better Business campaign.   The Group operates 1,432 vans, 477 company cars an...

2017-12-06

Wise takes on new board-level role at expanding vGroup international as it restructures

Motor accessory essentials provider vGroup International has restructured following rapid growth as the company moves into the next phase of expansion.   Simultaneously, one of the UK fleet industry’s best-kno...

2017-12-06

Drivers caught using a handheld phone falls 11% following tougher penalties

The number of drivers stopped for illegally using a handheld phone while driving in the three months after the introduction of tougher penalties in the spring compared to the three months immediately before fell by just ov...

2017-12-06

Nationwide Vehicle Contracts tops list of UK’s largest leasing brokers

Manchester-based Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has been named the largest leasing broker by fleet size with the launch of the ‘LBF T30’ - the Leasing Broker Federation’s Top 30 companies by fleet size.   The ...

2017-12-06

Pendragon to reduce premium brand focus following review

Pendragon, the UK’s largest motor dealership group, it to reduce its premium brand franchise locations over a three-year period and to sell its United States business.   In a statement to the London Stock Excha...

2017-12-06

Ebbon-Dacs upgrades home page for Leaselink e-procurement platform

Ebbon-Dacs, the European e-procurement specialist for major leasing and fleet management companies, has announced an upgrade to the home page of its e-procurement platform Leaselink that will enhance the experience of end-...

2017-12-06

Fleets call for clarity on clean air according to Mercedes-Benz Vans survey

New research from Mercedes-Benz Vans UK suggested confusion and concern was rife among businesses over environmental policy on the anniversary of the ‘Great Smog’- Tuesday (5 December, 2018) marked 65 years since the G...

2017-12-06

New car and van sales continue to fall: fleet investment key to improve air quality

Company car sales fell significantly in November - the eighth consecutive monthly decline in new car registrations - according to latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which attacked the g...

2017-12-06

Petrol and diesel most expensive for three years as prices go up by 2p a litre

Petrol and diesel rose by more than 2p a litre in November taking the average price of both fuels to their most expensive for three years, new RAC Fuel Watch data shows.   A litre of unleaded went up f...

2017-12-06

Police forces launch operational push to stop drink and drug-driving over Christmas

The traditional festive season police operation to stop people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has been launched.   All police forces in England and Wales are running intelligence-led operations a...

2017-12-06

CLM achieves Investors in People accreditation for 20 continuous years

Newport Pagnell-based CLM Fleet Management has again been awarded accreditation against the Investors in People (IIP) standard.   The accreditation, said the company, demonstrated its commitment to high performan...

2017-12-06

Social media addicts, drink and drug-driving and mobile phone use worry drivers

Motorists’ biggest worries are people updating social media or sending text messages while driving, drink or drug-driving and mobile phone use, according to IAM RoadSmart’s third annual Safety Culture Survey, which exa...

2017-12-06

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles promotes crash avoidance technology to fleets

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which in June became the first van manufacturer to fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems as standard to all its vans, has teamed up with the Driving for Better Business (DFBB) campa...

2017-12-06

UK government to face another court hearing over toxic pollution

A judge has ordered a High Court hearing in ClientEarth’s latest case against the UK government over illegal and harmful levels of air pollution in the country.   Reflecting the urgency of the situation, Mr Jus...

2017-12-06

Government confirms Spring Statement 2018 date

The government will publish its Spring Statement on Tuesday, 13 March, 2018, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced.   Following the Chancellor’s announcement at Autumn Statement 2016, t...

2017-12-13

Government’s Industrial Strategy provides ‘clearer signposting to future of fleet’

The Government’s newly-unveiled Industrial Strategy provides important signals about where fleets may be heading in the medium-long terms, according to Arval.   The document, released last month (Newsfeed: week co...

2017-12-13

CO2 levels on the increase with fleets turning to petrol as leasing market grows

The total business fleet leasing market for cars and vans has grown 2.5% year-on-year to 1,338,000, according to findings from the latest Quarterly Leasing Survey carried out by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Assoc...

2017-12-13

Agreement reached on European proposals to tighten safer and cleaner car rules

Agreement has been reached to significantly raise the quality level and independence of vehicle type approval and testing, increase checks of cars that are already on the European Union market and strengthen the overall sy...

2017-12-13

Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. the best route for Brighton & Hove buses

Brighton & Hove Buses has added six 100% electric Renault Kangoo Z.E. Vans to its fleet to support its workshop.   Brighton & Hove Buses, part of the Go Ahead Group, one of the leading nationwide provide...

2017-12-13

Chevin celebrates ‘another fantastic year’ and says there is more to come

Fleet software specialist Chevin is claiming “another fantastic year” after a string of global contract wins and being named Derbyshire’s ‘Business of the Year’ with the strong promise of more to come in 2018. ...

2017-12-13

ScottishPower makes fuel go further with Trakm8 telematics

ScottishPower, one of the UK’s leading energy companies, has achieved a significant fuel efficiency increase in its first year of deploying driver behaviour technology from Trakm8. In its first annual review with the...

2017-12-13

Leeds plans to introduce Clean Air Zone, but FTA warns of business cost increases

Leeds City Council is planning to introduce a charging Clean Air Zone with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) urging West Yorkshire businesses to make their voices heard or risk incurring significant additional operati...

2017-12-13

ATS Euromaster reveals shocking number of drivers running on underinflated tyres

ATS Euromaster is urging drivers to book a free vehicle health check after its nationwide tyre pressure tests revealed an alarming 55% of customers - fleet and retail - surveyed were running on underinflated tyres.  ...

2017-12-13

SEAT maintains position as fastest growing brand in ‘true fleet’

SEAT UK has achieved ‘true fleet’ sales growth of 54% year-to-date and has maintained its position as the fastest growing manufacturer in the channel, according to the company.   Climbing from 19th to ...

2017-12-13

ITV tunes into the benefits of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

ITV, the UK’s oldest and most successful commercial television network, is now calling on the best-selling Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to keep its millions of viewers up-to-date with the latest news and current affairs. ...

2017-12-13

Hybrids can’t replace diesels without fleet policy changes, says FleetCheck

FleetCheck is warning of poor fuel economy and an increase in emissions for fleets moving to plug-in hybrids, unless accompanied by significant fleet policy changes.   The fleet software and management specialist say...

2017-12-13

Car dealerships will become ‘marketing hubs’ as finance goes online

The owners of car dealerships may argue their place is essential in the supply chain, but they have actually been proving the online model for years, as much of their wholesale stock is now sourced via online channels, eit...

2017-12-13

100 not out! Slimming World continues its commitment to hybrid

Slimming World, which claims to be the UK’s most popular slimming organisation, is upholding its status as a loyal Lexus fleet customer by taking delivery of its 100th car for its all-hybrid fleet.   The organ...

2017-12-13

Heathrow welcomes 50th electric vehicle as part of pledge to ‘Go Electric’

Heathrow has reached a key milestone in its pledge to ‘Go Electric’ with the delivery of the 50th electric vehicle to the airport’s fleet.   The landmark is claimed to be a key step in Heathrow’s promis...

2017-12-13

Electric Nation launches ‘Smart Charging Guide’ as 500 chargers are installed

Electric Nation has launched a ‘Smart Charging Guide Summary’ and, simultaneously, the project has achieved a significant milestone of installing 500 home electric vehicle smart chargers for trial participants. &nbs...

2017-12-13

Downwell Group cuts insurance costs with connected vehicle cameras

Downwell Group has reduced annual insurance premiums by 20% and experienced a significant drop in crash frequency since adopting a connected vehicle camera solution from Intelligent Telematics.   The Grays-based...

2017-12-13

CD Auction Group appoints Cullen as pool fleet management manager

CD Auction Group, the online vehicle remarketing and fleet support company, has appointed Simon Cullen as its pool fleet management manager. He joins CD Auction Group from Home Retail Group where he was transport team ...

2017-12-13

‘Be prepared for economic uncertainty in 2018’ used car sector told

Being prepared for potentially quite sudden economic shifts could be the key task facing the used car sector in 2018, according to the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA).   The outcome of Brexit negotiations was h...

2017-12-13

APD launches customer satisfaction app in latest round of product enhancements

APD says it has made it even easier and quicker for companies to collect driver feedback and comments via their smart phone, tablet or desk top with the roll out of a new app.   It forms part of APD’s latest r...

2017-12-13

Cost of traffic congestion to UK business accelerates to almost £1bn

The cost of traffic congestion to UK business has risen by almost £150 million in the past year, according to research conducted by TomTom.   Latest figures revealed as part of the TomTom Traffic Index reveal c...

2017-12-13

RAC warns petrol and diesel likely to rise by up to 3p a litre in run-up to Christmas

Petrol and diesel prices could rise by as much as 3p a litre in the run-up to Christmas as a result of the main oil and gas pipeline system in the North Sea being shut for weeks to undergo emergency repairs.   Th...

2017-12-13

Iveco’s 7.2-tonne Daily is the perfect fit for Connect Plus Services

Connect Plus Services, which operates and maintains the M25 motorway network including all adjoining trunk and slip roads on behalf of Highways England, has taken delivery of its first Iveco 7.2-tonne Daily chassis cabs. ...

2017-12-13