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Sheffield City Council to consult on Clean Air Zone plans, but cars will be exempt

Sheffield City Council has become the latest local authority to reveal proposals to create a chargeable Clean Air Zone for non-compliant high-polluting vehicles using the inner ring road, although cars will be exempt.After...

2018-11-15

Government clarifies OpRA rules to end ‘connected costs’ anomaly

Almost two years after the government first announced tax changes to car salary sacrifice schemes and car or cash allowance programmes - now known as Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA) - the government has clarified...

2018-11-15

Average values of ex-company cars sold at BCA accelerate to a new record high

Average values of ex-company cars continued to rise in October, improving by £31 compared to the previous month, to reach £11,902 - the sixth time a new monthly record value has been achieved in 2018, according to data c...

2018-11-15

Leeds City Council goes for fully electric van fleet

Leeds City Council is introducing 51 Nissan e-NV200s to its fleet, ahead of the introduction of the city’s Clean Air Zone.The authority is taking delivery of the fully electric vans over the next six months as it complete...

2018-11-15

Fleets to benefit from MacIntyre Hudson valuation reseller agreement with Cazana

Fleets and leasing companies are expected to benefit from the decision of chartered accountants, tax and business advisers MHA MacIntyre Hudson to enter into a new referral agreement with Cazana to provide clients with acc...

2018-11-15

Michelin tyres to give an extra 20,000 miles for Stapleton’s Tyre Services

Stapleton’s Tyre Services has praised Michelin’s new Agilis CrossClimate fitments after a successful trial period demonstrated the firm could be clocking up an extra 20,000 miles per set compared to its previous policy...

2018-11-15

Enhanced level of information security for fleets with new FleetCheck certification

An enhanced level of information security for fleets is being promised by a new certification received by FleetCheck.The fleet software specialist now holds ISO 27001, the internationally recognised information security sta...

2018-11-15

Mediafleet flies in to deliver hi-tech branding for Europcar’s new Heathrow bus fleet

Fleet graphics and branding specialist Mediafleet has expanded its business partnership with Europcar (part of Europcar Mobility Group), by winning a contract to design, manufacture and fit unique vehicle graphics to a new...

2018-11-15

Welsh council parking profits up for five consecutive years

Local authorities in Wales made a combined surplus of £14.4 million on their parking activities in the last financial year, according to an analysis for the RAC Foundation by David Leibling.The figure for 2017/18 was 3% hi...

2018-11-15

Fleet Assist expands plug-in vehicle SMR garage network capability to meet demand

The number of service outlets in Fleet Assist’s nationwide network with the technical competency to handle the increasing number of plug-in vehicles operated in the corporate sector has reached almost 100% with the busin...

2018-11-15

Fleets risk losing government backing unless they get more serious about low-carbon

The refusal of many company car drivers to charge their plug-in hybrid vehicles should act as a wake-up call to business fleet operators, according to Paul Hollick, managing director of vehicle mileage and fuel management ...

2018-11-15

Drivers yet to get to grips with winter tyres when abroad, says Motor Ombudsman

A total of 87% of drivers in Britain are unaware in which countries in Continental Europe winter tyres are mandatory once they cross the Channel, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman.At a time wh...

2018-11-15

Arval to add 10 new company cars to hydrogen trial with opening of refuelling station

Arval is aiming to add 10 new company cars to a cutting-edge hydrogen trial with the opening of a second refuelling station near to its head office.The fleet management and leasing specialist is taking part in a project ca...

2018-11-15

Ogilvie Fleet celebrates double triumph in fleet industry ‘Techies’

Ogilvie Fleet has notched double top in the 2018 fleet industry ‘Techies’ - the annual awards that recognise the fleet industry’s technology-specific products and services across all areas of the business car market.O...

2018-11-15

Law Commission launches consultation on self-driving car regulations

The Law Commission has launched a three-month consultation on the UK’s regulatory framework for the safe deployment of automated vehicles - focussing on safety assurance and legal liability.Part of the ‘Future of Mobili...

2018-11-15

BT Group could sell fleet division in £200m deal, suggest reports

Rumours are circulating that BT Group is looking to sell its fleet division for approximately £200 million, according to reports.Sky News first reported the rumours (9 November) highlighting that investment bank Lazard had...

2018-11-15

Traffic congestion beats social media as drivers’ biggest worry, says IAM RoadSmart

Traffic congestion is now the top concern among UK motorists, overtaking other drivers on mobile phones. However people checking social media on the move is still seen as the biggest risk to personal safety.They are the mai...

2018-11-22

Crown Commercial Services to host utilities and fuels strategy event for fleets

Crown Commercial Services, the executive government agency bringing together policy, advice and direct buying and providing commercial services to the public sector, is holding a ‘Utilities and Fuels Event’ on 12 Decem...

2018-11-22

Crown Commercial Services to host utilities and fuels strategy event for fleets

Crown Commercial Services, the executive government agency bringing together policy, advice and direct buying and providing commercial services to the public sector, is holding a ‘Utilities and Fuels Event’ on 12 Decem...

2018-11-22

SMMT and FTA back Brexit draft agreement to avoid ‘devastating consequences’

Motor industry representative groups have welcomed the government’s draft Brexit agreement with both the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Freight Transport Association (FTA) calling it “positive”...

2018-11-22

LeasePlan backs ‘Bike Smart’ Road Safety Week with tips for drivers

LeasePlan UK, one of the UK’s leading vehicle leasing and management groups, has released tips on how to how road users can stay safe and be more aware of others in Road Safety Week, which ends on Sunday (25 November).Ro...

2018-11-22

Police introduce new ‘super camera’ to target in-vehicle driver behaviour

Police are hoping to change driver’s behaviour with the unveiling of a new ‘super camera’, dubbed ‘The Long Ranger’, that is claimed to produce clear images of people inside a vehicle almost a mile away.The camera...

2018-11-22

RAC forecasts 5p cut in the price of a litre of fuel

Fuel retailers have started to reduce pump prices following cuts in wholesale prices leading the RAC to claim a potential 5p cut is on the cards.RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “While this is a welcome price cut,...

2018-11-22

BigChange passes the ‘big test’ as Eurofins transforms van fleet

Eurofins, the international analytical testing company, is employing the latest mobile and cloud technology to transform its logistics operation.The company has begun rolling out a five in one system from BigChange that in...

2018-11-22

Plant hire specialist puts safety first with new generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinters

Long-established Mercedes-Benz customer Broughton Plant Hire and Sales has underscored its commitment to safety by commissioning its first dropsiders from the recently launched new Sprinter range.The company operates from h...

2018-11-22

Fleets must develop their vulnerable road user policies, says Licence Bureau

Fleets need to develop their vulnerable road user policies, according to Licence Bureau, supporter of the ‘Fleet Survey Report 2018’ produced by Brake Professional.The report from the road safety charity reveals that ju...

2018-11-22

Lightfoot secures £3.2m BGF investment to further develop telematics solution

Lightfoot, the provider of sophisticated in-vehicle driver behaviour technology, has secured £3.2 million funding from BGF (the Business Growth Fund).Along with the investment, Martin McCourt, former CEO of Dyson, has ...

2018-11-22

Škoda secures new deal with the Cleveland Fire Brigade

Škoda UK has secured a new contract with the Cleveland Fire Brigade to supply 14 fully equipped Octavia Scout models. The Octavia has been chosen to meet the high demands of the fire service, which operates over 370 squar...

2018-11-22

Driving on - motor insurers pay out a record £23m a day to motorists

Motor insurance pay-outs so far in 2018 have reached a record level with more than £23 million being paid every day and vehicle theft claims up by a third, with repair costs also rising, according to figures from the Asso...

2018-11-22

Fleet Evolution deals out a fuel cost surprise to senior decision-makers

Fleet Evolution has expressed surprise at the lack of knowledge shown by senior decision-makers over the fuel cost efficiency of electric vehicles versus hybrid, petrol and diesel models over 10,000 miles - after using a d...

2018-11-22

Chevin encourages ‘spreadsheet fleets’ to reduce risk through management

Some businesses still rely heavily on spreadsheets or paper-based reporting structures to manage their vehicles, according to fleet management software provider Chevin Fleet Solutions.The company claims that it often encoun...

2018-11-22

BT launches first electric vehicle company car scheme

BT has launched its first dedicated electric vehicle company car scheme, with support from its Fleet Solutions business.The launch, said BT Group, confirmed its commitment to the environment, reinforcing the company’s gre...

2018-11-22

English Councils car parking ‘profit’ accelerates to £867m

Councils in England have seen their parking ‘profits’ rise by almost a third (32%) in just four years, according to the latest analysis by the RAC Foundation.In 2017/18, the combined surplus made by the 353 English loc...

2018-11-22

New approaches to SMR needed due to rise of personal contract hire, says Epyx

New approaches to service, maintenance and repair (SMR) will be needed as personal contract hire (PCH) increasingly makes an impact in corporate circles, according to Epyx.Tim Meadows, commercial director, said that typical...

2018-11-22

Greater Birmingham Chamber and Alphabet to stage new CAZ business briefing

Fleet leasing and business mobility specialist Alphabet (GB) in partnership with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce is to co-host a breakfast briefing on the city’s new Clean Air Zone and the impact it will have ...

2018-11-22

New MoT standards trigger air quality improvements, says DVSA

The number of cars failing emissions tests has more than doubled since the new MoT introduced stricter emission rules on 20 May, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).Following the changes, more than 7...

2018-11-22

UCL takes delivery of new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell saloon

University College London (UCL), one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary universities, has taken delivery of a Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric car to further its research into advanced powertrain technolog...

2018-11-22

Fleets fail to raise driver awareness of dangers of two-wheel road users

Four out of five (79%) fleet operators think their organisation could do more to raise awareness among staff of the dangers cyclists and motorcyclists face.The finding comes from road safety charity Brake’s fleet safety ...

2018-11-29

Mercedes-Benz Vito’s a million mile-eater for executive travel operator

When Blackburn-based executive travel operator John Reed says the Mercedes-Benz Vito is his vehicle of choice because it will run for a million miles, he’s speaking from experience.Mr Reed has just visited local dealer Ci...

2018-11-29

Demand for ex-fleet and lease vans remains strong at BCA as buyers compete

Fleet and lease light commercial vehicle values remained strong at £8,324 in October at BCA, the fourth highest value on record in the sector despite age (40.06 months) and mileage (60,910 miles) rising over the month.Val...

2018-11-29

ADLV expects marked growth for online checks by local authority fleets

The Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV) is expecting a marked increase in local authority fleet demand for its online licence services, once the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s Driver Licence Check ...

2018-11-29

Drivers must understand the limitations of their vehicles in winter

Company car drivers may need to be warned of the limitations of their vehicles in winter driving conditions, Arval is warning, highlighting SUVs as a prime example.Those vehicles, said the vehicle leasing and fleet managem...

2018-11-29

Government urges businesses to promote cycling and walking schemes to employees

A number of “ground-breaking initiatives” have been announced by the Department for Transport as part of a two-year action plan to improve road safety, including encouraging businesses to promote cycling and walking sc...

2018-11-29

LGA calls for councils to use cameras to halt drivers stopping in yellow boxes

The Local Government Association has called on the government to give local authorities additional powers to use cameras to catch drivers who stop in yellow box junctions.Currently, only local authorities in London and Card...

2018-11-29

Princebuild Turns to CrossClimate tyres for improved safety in all weather conditions

Construction and property maintenance specialist Princebuild is rolling out Michelin’s CrossClimate+ and Agilis CrossClimate tyres across its entire 180 cars and vans.The move is designed to ensure its fleet benefits from...

2018-11-29

Autonomous cars to be tested on London’s roads before Christmas ahead of fleet rollout

Autonomous vehicles are to be tested on London streets starting this week and continue to next summer with data used providing vital information to support plans to run a fleet of driverless vehicles between Oxford and Lon...

2018-11-29

FM Conway and Enterprise bring electric vans to London

Infrastructure services company FM Conway has introduced two electric vans into its London-based fleet in partnership with commercial vehicle rental specialist Enterprise Flex-E-Rent.The vans are being used in the London bo...

2018-11-29

Epyx rated as ‘excellent’ in new customer satisfaction survey

A new customer satisfaction survey has seen Epyx classified as ‘excellent’ with a rating 7% up on last year, the company says.Using the Net Promoter Score (NPS) measurement, designed to gauge overall customer satisfacti...

2018-11-29

BVRLA and TfL join forces to support van users ahead of London ULEZ

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has co-hosted an event with Transport for London (TfL) to explore the impact of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on van users in the capital.The event gathered mo...

2018-11-29

WLTP creates additional opportunities for fleet disposal profits says Aston Barclay

The growing demand for used cars, particularly diesels, should encourage more fleet and dealer vendors to consider refurbishing stock prior to sale to increase their disposal profits.Aston Barclay says it has reviewed the c...

2018-11-29

Nottingham becomes first local authority to have clean air plans government approved

Nottingham City Council has become the first local authority to have its plans to tackle air pollution in the city centre approved by the government.The Council, which is not introducing a Clean Air Zone (CAZ), has for the...

2018-11-29

NFDA wins government backing for new EV trust mark scheme

The National Franchised Dealers Association’s (NFDA) new Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) trust mark scheme has secured government backing.With the pilot scheme first phase now open to retailers in the first instance to F...

2018-11-29

Watkins is new chairman of Vehicle Remarketing Association

Sam Watkins, director of sales and marketing at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, is the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s (VRA) new chairman.Ms Watkins succeeds Glenn Sturley, who has held the role for two years following ...

2018-11-29

Major disruption at ports is ‘real prospect’ in ‘no deal’ Brexit, MPs warn

A ‘no deal’ Brexit could result in major disruption at UK ports - the gateway for most new vehicles, components and replacement parts - MPs have warned.The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has highlighted tha...

2018-11-29

Almost all UK fleets plan to go electric before government’s 2030 goal

Almost half of today’s UK fleets (46%) are without any electric vehicles, but most fleet managers (89%) expect them to play a dominant role in their company’s fleet before 2028.The UK-wide study of 250 fleet managers, c...

2018-11-29

Hewett appointed as chief executive of Thatcham Research

Thatcham Research has appointed Jonathan Hewett as its new chief executive as of 7 January, 2019. He replaces Peter Shaw, who stepped down from the role earlier this year.Mr Hewett brings with him a wealth of senior managem...

2018-11-29

London’s Air Ambulance stays on course with Škoda

Škoda UK has renewed its contract with London’s Air Ambulance to replace its current serving fleet with three Octavia vRS estate models as well as two Kodiaqs, to support its 24/7 life-saving operation.With the requireme...

2018-11-29

Van Excellence report highlights van driver shortage

Many van drivers, owners and operators are fearful that worsening van driver shortages could prevent their businesses operating successfully over the next year, according to Van Excellence’s newly launched 2018/19 report...

2018-11-29

IMI calls on government to back training of technicians on electric vehicles

The government must incentivise and support businesses to invest in the training of technicians to work on electric vehicles, according to the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).Only around 3% of all vehicle technicians ...

2018-11-29

National Windscreens appoints new managing director

Tamworth headquartered National Windscreens, the UK’s largest independently owned windscreen repair and replacement specialist, has appointed Jan Teo as managing director with immediate effect.The appointment follows the ...

2018-11-29

‘No deal’ Brexit catastrophic blow to British auto industry, warn businesses

Three quarters of UK automotive businesses fear a ‘no-deal’ Brexit will threaten their future viability with claims of plant closures and job losses, according to a new member survey by the Society of Motor Manufacture...

2018-11-29

Councils to take delivery of new vehicle fleet after merger of services

Kettering Borough Council and Corby Borough Council are to take delivery of a new 35-strong vehicle fleet after merging their waste, recycling, grounds and cleansing services to residents.As part of the merger, Corby’s cu...

2018-11-29

Dundee City Council and Bibby Distribution dominate Fleet Hero Awards

Dundee City Council dominated this year’s Energy Saving Trust UK Fleet Heroes Awards winning three categories, while Bibby Distribution captured two trophies.The Fleet Heroes Awards acknowledge winners across nine catego...

2018-11-29

Fleet managers to benefit from new European cross-border RV analysis

A new international residual value analysis tool offering fleet operators a deeper understanding of cross-country trends has been launched by CAP HPI.The new data tool, it is claimed, allows fleets to analyse residual valu...

2018-11-29

Fuel learning curve for many fleets next year, says Arval

An acceleration of the fuel learning curve is in prospect for many fleet managers over the next year as a wider choice of vehicles offering different fuel types made their way onto the market, according to Arval.Shaun Sadli...

2018-12-06

World’s biggest commercial electric vehicle project announced for UK

The world’s biggest trial of commercial electric vehicles has been given the green light by UK energy regulator Ofgem, bringing together leading fleet, power, technology and transport companies to test and implement the ...

2018-12-06

Ford reveals how big data could help make cities safer and fleets more efficient

Ford has developed a smart solution that could help to identify where traffic incidents are likely to occur enabling city authorities to take pre-emptive action and how fleets could become more efficient by, for example, r...

2018-12-06

Purpose-built Mercedes-Benz Sprinters keep the fuel flowing at Gatwick Airport

Two specially equipped Mercedes-Benz Sprinters are playing a key role in keeping planes flying from Gatwick Airport, by cleaning and maintaining its extensive network of aviation fuel hydrants.The 5.0-tonne chassis cabs wer...

2018-12-06

European Council agrees to tougher rules on vehicle safety with call for new features

The European Union is to introduce legislation which will require a range of new safety features to be mandatory on vehicles with the aim of saving lives on Europe’s roads.And, whatever the outcome of the UK’s Brexit ne...

2018-12-06

Van man’s best friend - dogs are keeping van operators company

The UK’s van operators are battling loneliness by taking their dogs on the road with them for company, with more than 200,000 van drivers hosting canine companions on any given day, it is claimed.According to the Mercedes...

2018-12-06

FleetEurope’s SelectPlus mini lease service offers Orchid a flexible van alternative

Orchid, which claims to be one of the UK’s leading field marketing agencies, has chosen FleetEurope for the provision of 35 customised Peugeot Expert vans, as part of a two-year flexible mini lease arrangement.The vans we...

2018-12-06

300 ULEZ advance warning signs go up in London

Transport for London (TfL) has begun installing more than 300 Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) warning signs across central London.The signs, which are being installed at the same locations as existing Congestion Charge signs...

2018-12-06

Volkswagen and Tesco partner for EV charging revolution, powered by Pod Point

Volkswagen and Tesco are to develop the largest UK retail electric vehicle charging network with 2,400 bays rolled out across 600 store sites within the next three years.The charging bays will be based in Tesco Extra and S...

2018-12-06

Honda becomes the latest manufacturer to ditch diesel

Honda has become the latest manufacturer to axe diesel models in Europe as it looked to push forward with its electric vehicle and hybrid programme, Autovista Group has reported.The Japanese company will end its associatio...

2018-12-06

Top van fleet managers, suppliers and manufacturers recognised in annual awards

The UK’s leading commercial vehicle fleet managers, suppliers and manufacturers have been recognised in the annual industry awards from Commercial Fleet magazine.The 2018 fleet manager award winners were: Safety Initiativ...

2018-12-06

Hickin appointed head of business sales at Citroën UK

Ed Hickin has been appointed head of business sales for Citroën in the UK, where his remit will be to maximise Citroën LCV and passenger car sales, primarily through the Citroën Business Centre Network.After joining Citr...

2018-12-06

BCA focuses on commercial vehicle sector with new appointment

BCA has appointed Jon Gilbert as business development director commercial vehicles, with a brief to develop the vehicle remarketing giant’s end-to-end strategy in the sector and enhance processes around the wider custome...

2018-12-06

Fuel pump prices fall, but not fast enough, say experts

Fuel pump prices have reduced again this week following a series of price cuts by supermarket forecourts - but they should be still lower, according to experts.The average price of a litre of unleaded petrol is now 123.7p,...

2018-12-06

TMC publishes updated advice on business mileage payments for plug-in vehicles

TMC has published an updated version of its guide to reimbursing drivers of company-run or ‘grey fleet’ electric and plug-in hybrid cars.The company works with employers across Europe to deliver visibility, control and...

2018-12-06

Daytime running lights on newer vehicles cause confusion for other road users

Daytime running lights on vehicles, which have been required to be fitted on all new European Union cars and small vans since early 2011 to improve road safety, may be causing unintended confusion for other drivers, accord...

2018-12-06

New private parking law to target rogue firms and make fine appeals easier

New legislation is making its way through Parliament to help drivers challenge unfair charges issued by unscrupulous private parking firms.The Parking (Code of Practice) Bill, which will deliver on a Conservative Party mani...

2018-12-06

AA to launch vehicle breakdown online reporting

Drivers will be able to report a vehicle breakdown online thanks to new technology from the AA, which has won an award for its user-centric design process - even before it has launched.The new digital functionality, current...

2018-12-06

Whitehorn to step down as Hyundai UK chief

Tony Whitehorn is to stand down from his role as president and chief executive of Hyundai Motor UK at the end of 2018 after 13 years with the company.However, he will continue working for the business as executive advisor ...

2018-12-06

Davock succeeds Davis as director of commercial vehicles at Manheim

Manheim has appointed Matthew Davock as director of commercial vehicles, replacing James Davis who has moved to the role of customer insight and strategy director for commercial vehicles.Previously head of LCV, Mr Davock ha...

2018-12-06

Fleets advised to warn drivers about inaccuracy of cheap breathalysers at Christmas

Fleets have been advised to warn their drivers over the Christmas break about the poor accuracy of cheap personal breathalysers.Fleet software company FleetCheck said that many low cost devices were so inaccurate as to be u...

2018-12-06

Circle Leasing appoints Beeston as MD as co-founder Minogue steps into CEO role

Circle Leasing, which claims to be the UK’s leading supplier of courtesy and crash replacement cars, has appointed Barry Beeston as its new managing director.The appointment means that Circle’s co-founder and previous m...

2018-12-06

Brexit deal ‘critical’ to stimulate new car demand as registrations continue to fall

A Brexit deal was critical to secure business and consumer confidence and provide a stimulus to new car registrations in the New Year, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) as it revealed “a modest...

2018-12-06