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Past blogs from our Chairman, that appear weekly in BusinessCar, are reproduced below. For his latest, please refer to the Chairman's blog.


Pressure for real life fuel consumption figures
May 23, 2014 15.27

Back in December, one of my predictions for the year ahead was pressure for more reliable fuel consumption figures.  I...

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Future of technology
Mar 27, 2014 12.17

At a customer conference last month organised by Ceridian, one of the UK’s leading HCM technology and service providers, Tom...

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EV movement needs re-charging
March 18, 2014 16.42

The news that £170m of EV subsidies will remain unclaimed by the time the Government initiative finishes at the end...

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Pothole mayhem
February 14, 2014 16.35

Imagine you’re driving down a dark country lane at night. It’s raining, the overhanging trees are blocking any available moonlight...

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2014 Predictions
January 22, 2014 18.42

One of my ten predictions for 2014 was heightened awareness of the potential of electric vehicles (EVs). I believe that...

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Inspiring ICFM Conference
December 4, 2013 18.43

Anyone who attended the recent 21st Institute of Car Fleet Management Annual National Members’ Conference hosted by Jaguar Land Rover...

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Formula E to boost EV popularity
Nov 13, 2013 15.04

The first electric car to really make its mark was the Nissan Leaf. It won the 2011 European Car of...

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Drop in business mileages inevitable
October 1, 2013 17.09

It can hardly come as any surprise that, with escalating fuel prices, a general organisational focus on reducing costs and...

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Be prepared - autonomous vehicles on their way
September 12, 2013 16.10

Nissan has just announced that it will have an autonomous car in production by 2020. The vehicle manufacturer is already...

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Warning signals
August 14, 2013 17.17

Two recent statistics have emerged in surveys which should be of concern to fleet managers. The first relates to drink-driving....

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Drug-driving tough zero tolerance approach
July 31, 2013 18.36

Fleet managers need to take note of the Government’s zero tolerance approach to drug-driving. The Coalition had already announced its...

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More correlation between motoring taxes and road expenditure
June 28, 2013 16.22

I see drivers agree with my views, expressed over many years in these blogs, that there needs to be a...

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Black round things
May 31, 2013 16.52

Black round things have been front of mind recently. The one through unfortunate experience each and every day, the other...

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Squeezing the last drop out of fuel consumption
May 20, 2013 16.22

Surprise, surprise, vehicle manufacturers look likely to have to qualify their fuel consumption figures following an Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)...

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Cost of black holes widening
April 9, 2013 17.38

Black holes have become an annual topic of my blogs, the last written on March 30 last year. So no...

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Vehicle Manufacturing Holy Grail
March 4, 2013 18.34

The contrasting fortunes of two of Europe’s largest car makers could not be more marked. As VW Group looks set...

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Eye on Duty of Care
January 29, 2013 15.30

Driving in a snow blizzard recently was not a pleasant experience. The snowflakes came hurtling thick and fast at the...

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Recharging batteries
January 7, 2013 15.27

2012 was a highly successful year for us. The hard work took its toll though and the Christmas break, starting...

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ICFM Conference Highlights
Dec 5, 2012 16.06

The news that London homeowners are going to be incentivised with free electric recharging points, worth £1,500, in return for...

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At work road deaths up
November 16, 2012 15.47

Regrettably, road deaths last year rose by three per cent, the first increase in almost a decade. According to police...

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More on electric vehicle dirty little secrets
October 29, 2012 17.30

I’ve written before about electric vehicles’ ‘dirty little secrets’. At first glance, one would imagine they are perfectly clean but...

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California Dreaming
October 4, 2012 17.42

The future is with us now. Talking cars have been a pipedream for decades but now they are a reality....

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UK automotive U-turn
September 11, 2012 17.17

For the first time in 36 years, the value of UK car exports exceeds that of imports. UK vehicle manufacturers...

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EU regulation madness
Aug 9, 2012 17.14

If times were not so serious you would just have to laugh at those over-paid EU bureaucrats in Brussels. The...

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Sticky fingers
July 16, 2012 16.29

There is no question that towns and cities will have to work hard towards achieving a zero emissions policy in...

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Government must remain faithful to carbon emissions taxation regime
June 15, 2012 16.14

Am I the only one thinking that the Government is beginning to unravel? I’m not talking about all the famous...

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Motorway investment needed
May 23, 2012 16.26

Motorways are in the headlines this week – fortunately not through some horrendous mass pile-up, although unfortunately you never quite...

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Emissions achievements to be proud of
April 20, 2012 16.14

Great news from the SMMT that CO2 car emissions have dropped by 23 per cent since 2000 – this is...

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Black holes of different varieties
March 30, 2012 17.07

Back to one of my pet subjects – black holes – not the mysterious kinds, just those chassis-shaking, bone jarring...

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French stupidity reaches new levels even for the French!
March 8, 2012 15.54

Amazing as it may seem, from 1 July this year, if you take your car over to France, you must...

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Plug-in dead end
February 13, 2012 16.21

It never fails to amaze me how governments, of whatever political persuasion, live in an unreal world.  Do the policy...

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Unsung heroes
January 26, 2012 18:00am

One of the things that always strikes me is how some individuals in our industry are always prepared to go...

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Electric vehicle false starts
November 17, 2011 9:08 am

You would expect electric car grant applications to rise as the year progresses.  After all, there are nine electric...

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A sign of things to come
October 25, 2011 4:09 pm

I thought our proliferation of road signs was bad, that is until I visited America recently.  Yes, I was...

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Frankfurt reflections
September 20, 2011 10:24 am

The irony of the Frankfurt IAA Show is that it is such a huge event, spread over numerous gigantic...

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Speed cameras - good and bad
August 30, 2011 10:04 am

An Aylesbury speed camera has a lot to answer for!  Not only has it raked in thousands of pounds for...

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Bad week for drivers
August 5, 2011 4:21 pm

Driving has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this week.  My triple-header starts with that uncontroversial character...

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Poorer driving standards enough to drive you round the bend!
July 21, 2011 4:25 pm

Despite the number of people killed in road accidents falling from 2,222 in 2009 to 1,857 last year – the...

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Mileage cut-backs - new ways of working
June 27, 2011 4:39 pm

Both motoring organisations have come out with surveys indicating how much drivers have cut back on their mileage due to...

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Swindon's pioneering speed traffic management
June 6, 2011 4:48 pm

Swindon has never really struck me as a pioneering town but then I’m not old enough to remember its role...

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Tyres in the headlines
May 11, 2011 4:42 pm

Black round things are in the headlines again.  No, not those big black holes which have been the subject of...

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Road safety engineering budget fight
April 11, 2011 11:44 am

We may top the world road safety league but more could be done according to the Road Safety Foundation.  With...

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World road safety league title worth defending
March 14, 2011 10:49 am

According to Warranty Direct individual drivers and fleets could soon be spending £1 billion a year on repairing vehicles damaged...

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More stable fleet market on the cards
February 21, 2011 12:27 pm

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the pinnacle luxury brand, last year more than doubled its worldwide sales.  In so doing, it set...

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Black holes keep getting bigger
February 2, 2011 9:42 am

There’s a black hole in the Treasury and many more around the country.  And I’m not just talking about in...

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Electric vehicles not as clean as they seem
January 11, 2011 5:39 pm

As electric vehicles start to make inroads into mainstream motoring, it’s worth pausing to not only wait for the silent...

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Need to keep UK PLC on the move
December 13, 2010 6:45 pm

I don’t know about electric cars, we probably now need electrically-heated road surfaces!  I’m only joking but the point is...

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Electric cars grabbing the headlines
November 22, 2010 4:38 pm

The Nissan Leaf has been voted Green Car of the Year by the GreenCarWebsite.  Probably more significantly, it has made...

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Power swings - what goes around, comes around
October 22, 2010 4:14 pm

As a period of unprecedented austerity beckons following this week’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) it’s worth putting the whole thing...

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The inevitability of lower speed limits
September 27, 2010 3:50 pm

Edinburgh, location of the very first commercial city car club which I launched at the end of the nineties, is...

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MOTs under pressure
September 6, 2010 1:36 pm

This month sees more cars than ever before being submitted for an annual MOT, 2.5 million in all.  No doubt...

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Motoring safety at risk as budget cuts start to take their toll
August 12, 2010 4:09 pm

It seems as if we are seeing the first cracks starting to appear on the motoring safety front as Government...

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Passion for fleet management
July 23, 2010 4:29 pm

Life is not a dress rehearsal.  It’s the real thing and you have to make the most of the opportunities...

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Road safety at risk following budget cuts
July 9, 2010 9:24 am

It seems we are all being fattened up for the big chop.  Talk of 25 per cent cuts in government...

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In deep water if you ignore excellent CSR and PR
June 25, 2010 12:40 pm

Deepwater Horizon are two words BP, its employees, shareholders and more importantly still, the people living along the coastline of...

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Volcanoes or no volcanoes, we need to protect our planet
June 18, 2010 12:13 pm

Eyjafjallajokull is a word that became quite familiar a few weeks back even though probably people got a little tongue-tied...

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Stolen gulley covers a sign of things to come
June 11, 2010 4:47 pm

Stolen gulley covers in Surrey puts the tin lid on it!  According to the County Council, 536 gulley and drain...

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Call time on drink driving
June 4, 2010 3:17 pm

Drink driving and drug driving deaths and injuries remain unacceptably high.  In 2008, 11,000 in the UK alone were killed...

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A key to the future?
May 21, 2010 1:01 pm

Recently I came across a great pioneering initiative in the States, which I hope will be introduced over here.  Ford...

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Politicians Parliament needs to deliver
May 13, 2010 4:15 pm

So we got a hung Parliament after all, as predicted, and the first coalition Government since the Second World War. ...

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Election mumblings
May 7, 2010 11:20 am

By the time you read this you will have cast your vote.  So will I although, before you come to...

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Crash for cash on the rise
April 30, 2010 5:35 pm

‘Crash for cash’ appears to be hitting the headlines big time.  The despicable practice of fraudsters deliberately making emergency stops...

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Tall transport visions from little volcanoes grow!
April 23, 2010 3:45 pm

First, we had leaves on the line.  Now, we have ash in the sky!  The genuine but bizarre excuses multiply...

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UK car parc declines for first time in 64 years
April 15, 2010 5:53 pm

I never ever thought I would write about a declining UK vehicle parc but the fact is that the number...

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Car clubs on the up
March 26, 2010 12:57 pm

Car clubs and car share schemes are back in the news and all positive stuff too.  As regular readers of...

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F1 management lessons
March 19, 2010 2:21 pm

With all the talk of the sheer boredom of last Sunday’s opening F1 race, it’s still worth looking at some...

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Potholes becoming more costly
March 12, 2010 5:07 pm

Black holes simply will not go away – ask any scientist!  Indeed those I keep ranting on about (see blogs...

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Government gets tough on penalties
March 5, 2010 10:22 am

Glad to see government is getting heavy on penalties on a number of fronts. First was the news last month that...

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Fleet training key to success
March 1, 2010 10:48 am

Given we are now two months into the new decade, I wonder how organisations connected with fleet management are rising...

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Potholes multiply - time to lobby
February 18, 2010 3:48 pm

What requires a driver’s reaction time of seconds and yet a council’s reaction time of weeks?  Yes, you’ve guessed it...

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Recall hysteria
February 12, 2010 3:31 pm

Vehicle recalls are grabbing the headlines these days and not always for the right reasons.  There has been a wave...

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Drink-driving limits under attack
February 5, 2010 5:34 pm

Hot on the heels of moves to lower speed limits comes news of a campaign to lower drink-drive limits, something...

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Speeding debate hots up
January 28, 2010 4:21 pm

In our recently published white paper entitled ‘A vision of fleet management in 2015.  Predictions on how the fleet industry...

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Black holes got a whole lot bigger!
January 14, 2010 4:23 pm

The black holes just got a whole lot bigger!  And a lot more numerous.  As the country is swathed under...

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Snow chaos
January 7, 2010 5:46 pm

We’re heading for the worst winter in 30 years and it shows as UK plc is frozen in a white...

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Disturbing increase in hand-held mobile usage
December 17, 2009 4:47 pm

Our neighbours, the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), last week highlighted the dangers of using hand-held mobile phones while driving.  We...

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Electric jump start
December 10, 2009 4:24 pm

Electric vehicles are very much flavour of the month with government.  Chancellor Alistair Darling in this week’s Pre-Budget Report (PBR)...

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Papering over the cracks?
December 4, 2009 4:39 pm

It seems as if the government is trying to squeeze a quart into a pint pot.  Converting hard shoulders for...

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Road Safety Week - no room for complacency despite improving statistics
November 26, 2009 4:36 pm

This week is Road Safety Week, the annual initiative organised by Brake, the independent road safety charity.  I hope it’s...

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Traffic congestion rise green shoot indicator
November 19, 2009 3:18 pm

Everywhere I go, I hear people talk of green shoots appearing.  Our own business has certainly seen an upswing with...

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Debatable likelihood of UK Corporate Manslaughter prosecutions
November 12, 2009 4:17 pm

Much has been written about the UK Corporate Manslaughter (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and Corporate Homicide (Scotland) Act, which...

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Climate change summit could be a deal breaker
November 5, 2009 4:09 pm

Money can often be a deal breaker and the Copenhagen climate change summit may be no different.  Currently, there is...

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Easy booking, simplified fare structure and competitive pricing required to boost public transport
October 29, 2009 3:50 pm

Two weeks ago, I explored the position of the three major parties on transport.  One of the specific future targets...

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Brawn - a touch of class
October 22, 2009 4:09 pm

What is it about the Brazilian Grand Prix?  Over the last few years, we have enjoyed some sensational championship showdown...

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Party transport policies - more vision required
October 15, 2009 4:35 pm

Now that the three major party conferences are behind us I thought it would be interesting to see what they...

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Get on your bike!
October 1, 2009 4:14 pm

It’s get on your bike time!  I’m not referring to another London to Paris bike ride in aid of charity...

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A Chinese U-turn
September 25, 2009 11:58 am

It’s all well and good us in the West getting all hot under the collar about climate change and the...

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Electrifying car scene
September 17, 2009 5:22 pm

The car scene is hotting up.  One could even say it’s electrifying!  The IAA motor show in Frankfurt has seen...

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Spanish electric car initiative
September 10, 2009 5:14 pm

One major factor preventing the widespread uptake of electrical vehicles is having a proper network infrastructure in place for re-charging...

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Drug-driving fleet policy more relevant than ever
September 3, 2009 4:27 pm

We’ve had plenty of drink-driving ad campaigns, now we’re seeing the first drug-driving campaign.  Considering how prevalent drug taking is...

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Intelligent Highways
August 20, 2009 4:56 pm

We’ve often heard people talk about ‘intelligent highways’ in relation to information technology but it seems we may soon be...

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Prancing horses - ups and downs
August 13, 2009 4:44 pm

Funny how times change, and with it the fates of two prancing horses – Porsche and Ferrari! The prancing horses of...

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Charging on the horizon
August 6, 2009 4:11 pm

There have been a number of Parliamentary questions relating to road charging in recent weeks.  Just when we thought the...

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The hard road of motor sport
July 30, 2009 4:34 pm

Motor sport has always been a ‘nice to have’ rather than a ‘must have’ for most vehicle manufacturers so it...

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Answer the question Minister!
July 23, 2009 12:36 pm

I’m not a great fan of Jeremy Paxman and find his style of interviewing downright rude at times.  Take the...

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Ray of hope at DfT
July 16, 2009 10:45 am

Might we have a genuine contender in the shape of Lord Adonis as Secretary of State for Transport?  Certainly, he...

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Warning - electric vehicles are selling!
July 9, 2009 5:00 pm

‘Danger – Electric Vehicles’.  Is this a sign of things to come?  Not a warning sign in the immediate sense. ...

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British Grand Prix winners
June 25, 2009 5:19 pm

Well Jenson Button may not have won the British Grand Prix but the event certainly was a winner.  In more...

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Creeping towards an integrated transport policy solution
June 18, 2009 9:44 am

Might we be making small inroads into an integrated transport policy?  If not driven by government, at least by outside...

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Car club popularity rises including corporate membership
June 11, 2009 9:47 am

Car share schemes and car clubs have been much in the news recently, all positive stuff too.  As regular readers...

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Expensesgate - make your vote count
June 4, 2009 12:02 pm

It started with porn rental videos claimed for by the Home Secretary and quickly degenerated into far worse with Conservative...

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Deer talk
May 28, 2009 4:38 pm

The daughter of a friend of mine has just been involved in her second DVC within less than 12 months. ...

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Expensesgate - what those in charge of transport claimed
May 21, 2009 10:17 am

For the last fortnight, ever since the Daily Telegraph broke the ‘Expensesgate’ story, I have been fit to be tied,...

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More black holes
May 8, 2009 4:51 pm

Hot on the heels that potholes have increased by a third in the past year, comes news that we might...

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Management lessons from F1
April 30, 2009 4:42 pm

What a delight to see a “fledgling”, virtually sponsor-less newcomer take on the establishment at the highest level of motor...

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Budget reaction
April 23, 2009 11:39 am

So the Chancellor did not take heed of my recommendations, nor those of the BVRLA, regarding his scrappage scheme.  What...

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To scrap or not to scrap?
April 16, 2009 5:03 pm

Next week we’ll find out whether the government has done its homework over scrappage.  Word on the street is that...

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Parliament needs to get a grip on MPs expenses
April 2, 2009 4:21 pm

Sleaze and MPs seem to go hand in hand.  It’s probably always been the case but has come more into...

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The power of blogging
March 26, 2009 5:20 pm

It’s flattering to know that people like reading the BusinessCar blogs.  Some have even told me that they are compulsive...

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Transport research - more government dead-end spending?
March 19, 2009 4:12 pm

When will this government ever learn?  It seems that despite the economic spiral, it is hell-bent on spending money as...

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The case for a total ban on mobile phones
March 5, 2009 3:40 pm

With the recent high profile cases involving the use of mobile phones – hands-free or hand-held – it’s a real...

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The privileges of working in the fleet industry
February 26, 2009 5:13 pm

The one thing I always never try to forget is how privileged many of us are who work in the...

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Black replaces white but goes deeper
February 19, 2009 3:20 pm

Well the snow cleared last week and the swathes of white icy road surfaces were replaced with the normal black...

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From bad to better with good news on professional training
February 12, 2009 6:02 pm

Following my questioning last week of the level of justice when a court handed out a lowly 21-month prison sentence...

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Stricter sentencing required where use of hand-held mobiles results in death
February 9, 2009 3:42 pm

Twenty-one months for an innocent victim’s life, you wonder whether there really is any justice in the world.  I refer...

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Black is the new colour
January 22, 2009 4:23 pm

Black is the new black according to DuPont, who have revealed that it’s Europe’s most popular car colour, supporting the...

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Intelligent Speed Adaptation - the right foot knows best
January 15, 2009 9:57 am

Intelligent Speed Adaptation – now there are a few words to conjure up all types of horror scenarios!  Sudden spurts...

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Happy New Year!
January 8, 2009 9:00 am

I hope like the FTSE100, it proves to be a better start than you originally expected.  We all know it's...

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Tackle the year ahead with a positive attitude
December 18, 2008 09:00 am

Well there’s some good Christmas cheer for diesel drivers, the price per litre has fallen below a £1.  Petrolheads are...

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Planning road delays
December 11, 2008 09:00 am

Is it surprising that our economy has come to a grinding halt, when we do so with increased frequency on...

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The Big Brother state creeps ever closer
December 4, 2008 9:00am

Am I the only person worried about the insidious rise of the Big Brother state? Tomorrow a Bill will be...

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Pre-Budget Report
November 26, 2008 09:00 am

The jury’s out as to whether this ‘rescue’ pre-budget report will provide the necessary stimulus to a mis-firing economy.  Some...

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Government should do more for city car clubs
November 19, 2008 09:00 am

As the person responsible for launching the very first commercial car club, the Budget City Car Club in Edinburgh, I...

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Electric vehicles on the move
November 12, 2008 09:00 am

  We all know is that there is no panacea for our green transport problems. Solutions will come from a...

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'Big Brother' black boxes
November 5, 2008 09:00 am

  Great news from America today - they've elected their first black President. We'll have to see what happens under...

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Great news - commuting times down
October 29, 2008 09:00 am

  Great news - commuting times for those spending more than hour going to and from work have fallen for the...

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Green is the colour of the day
October 22, 2008 09:00 am

  Green seems to be the colour of the day with various new announcements made. In many ways, with my Edinburgh City...

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Topsy-turvy markets
October 16, 2008 09:00 am

  You don't know which way to turn, one day the markets are up, the next they are down. First, the financial...

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Big Brother has arrived
October 9, 2008 09:00 am

  It had to happen. Big Brother has finally arrived on our roads with the imminent roll-out of Specs3. Specs3 you...

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Planning ahead is increasingly difficult in these turbulent times
October 3, 2008 09:00 am

  The late Paul Newman came out with some wonderful quotes during his lifetime. One seems quite apposite in these...

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Business life is currently a bit like walking on sheet ice.
September 25, 2008 09:00 am

  Business life is currently a bit like walking on sheet ice. You don't know when you're going to hear...

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Rollercoaster ride not yet over by a long way
September 18, 2008 09:00 am

  Last week I referred to one hell of a rollercoaster economic year. Little did I, or anybody else, know...

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Rollercoaster year sees oil prices skyrocket then fall
September 11, 2008 09:00 am

  What can you say except that we are having one hell of a rollercoaster economic year. It almost makes it...

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Politicians - don't you just love them!
September 3, 2008 09:00 am

  You know how much I hate politicians. I've yet to find one who's actually got balls, is determined against the...

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Traffic congestion falls for first time
August 27, 2008 09:00 am

  Last week I stated, as I have done many times before, that the best congestion management policy is to hit...

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Black box technology road pricing
August 20, 2008 09:00 am

  I'll bang on about it until I'm blue in the face (see my original blog of 19 February 2007) but...

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Reflections on the British International Motor Show
August 13, 2008 09:00 am

  Highlight of my visit to the 2008 British International Motor Show was a sushi for lunch. The whole experience was...

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Need for an integrated transport policy/zero tolerance for young drink/driver drivers
July 23, 2008 09:00 am

  New road building appears to be bottom of the transport secretary's agenda following her announcement earlier this week that the...

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Speed cameras
July 17, 2008 09:00 am

  So Swindon Borough Council has declared what we all know to be true. Speed cameras are a revenue generator for...

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Well counter to some thoughts including the sales director of our own rental management division
June 26, 2008 09:00 am

  Well counter to some thoughts including the sales director of our own rental management division, who ran a sweepstake on...

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London to Paris Bike Ride in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care
June 19, 2008 09:00 am

Permit me for feeling slightly smug on the eve of my epic 250-mile London to Paris Bike Ride in aid...

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I've taken an inordinate interest in potholes
June 13, 2008 09:00 am

Ever since I've been training for next week's London to Paris Bike Ride in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care,...

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HMRC seems to be taking the plight
June 7, 2008 09:00 am

  HMRC seems to be taking the plight of the ‘at work' driver, using his or her vehicle on company business,...

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May 28, 2008 09:00 am

Interestingly, we advised our clients' drivers to watch out for a change in the law that could affect them financially....

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Driving infringements caught on CCTV
May 28, 2008 09:00 am

  Interestingly, we advised our clients' drivers to watch out for a change in the law that could affect them financially....

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'at work' drivers
May 23, 2008 09:00 am

  I see the government is about to get tougher on road safety. It wants to top the country league...

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Pothole Expert
May 19, 2008 09:00 am

You know I wrote about potholes a few blogs ago. Well, now I'm becoming an expert on them! My avoidance...

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Local Council Elections
May 9, 2008 09:00 am

The trouble with local council elections is that unless there's one happening in your patch, they are of zero interest!...

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Price of Petrol
May 2, 2008 09:00 am

  Well, how times have changed. I clearly remember the price of petrol at the pumps used to be around 30...

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UK's first hydrogen fuel station
April 24, 2008 09:00 am

Today is a significant day. Why? Because the UK's first hydrogen fuel station has just opened at Birmingham University. The...

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UK Porsche - unfair tax
April 23, 2008 09:00 am

The claim by UK Porsche MD, Andy Goss that "We always knew the environmental impact of this unfair tax would...

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Holes in British Roads
April 15, 2008 09:00 am

  Black holes in space are a source of mystery to us mere mortals on planet Earth. They become even more...

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Driving on the UK`s Roads
April 3, 2008 09:00 am

Driving on the UK's roads these past weeks has got me thinking about driving standards in general and lane discipline...

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High Occupancy Lanes
March 27, 2008 09:00 am

  Hot on the news that a high occupancy lane has been opened up north, comes news that such a proposed...

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Honda Institute
March 12, 2008 09:00 am

Having just come back from chairing the 15th Annual Members' Conference of the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM), held...

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Green Fleet Policies
March 5, 2008 09:00 am

Last week I referred to the fact that a recent survey suggested that companies were paying mere lip service to...

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Congestion Charging
February 26, 2008 09:00 am

So three out of four Londoners oppose the proposed rise in the congestion charge. Hardly surprising, given it was a...

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Has Porsche lost touch with reality?
February 21, 2008 09:00 am

Has Porsche lost touch with reality? I just can't believe it has applied for a judicial review of Ken Livingston's...

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Biofuels are no longer flavour of the month
February 13, 2008 09:00 am

Biofuels are no longer flavour of the month. The first thorough investigation into biofuel carbon budgets has revealed that growing...

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CCTV Cameras
February 7, 2008 09:00 am

I always thought Tony Blair was Big Brother. Who didn't? He was a control freak. Now it seems that the...

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Low Emission Zones
January 30, 2008 09:00 am

Am I the only person who is going to wake up on February 4 surprised? I`ve been trying to find...

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House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee
January 24, 2008 09:00 am

Interesting to learn that the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, an all-party group of MPs, says that plans to...

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Good news and bad news in recent weeks
January 16, 2008 09:00 am

First, the good news. I understand that the government is starting to get serious about driving standards and that in...

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First, may I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year!
January 9, 2008 09:00 am

I trust everyone had a good break and took advantage of the opportunity to relax and spend time with family...

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I guess really I shouldn't have suggested
December 5, 2007 09:00 am

I guess really I shouldn't have suggested the other week that the DVLA take over data management across government departments....

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I am a great believer
November 29, 2007 09:00 am

I am a great believer in surveys in general but sometimes you really shouldn't even take some of them with...

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While the government continues
November 22, 2007 09:00 am

While the government continues to secretly accept backhanders, the poor old company car driver suffers at the pumps. All...

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What do you make of the Labour MP
November 15, 2007 09:00 am

  What do you make of the Labour MP, Janet Anderson, who claimed a massive £13,851, in mileage expenses alone! ...

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There seems definite discontent
November 7, 2007 09:00 am

There seems definite discontent in a number of quarters. First come news of consumer irritation with refuelling with the wrong kind...

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Well the day after I talked
October 30, 2007 09:00 am

Well the day after I talked about the experimental use of the hard shoulder on motorways to alleviate traffic congestion,...

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Yield management is key
October 24, 2007 09:00 am

Yield management is key to success in the vehicle rental industry. Maximising vehicle utilisation can make a world of...

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Work has started
October 16, 2007 09:00 am

Work has started on the country's first dedicated motorway share lane - too little too late! And I do...

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So Malcolm Fendick, Department for Transport
October 9, 2007 09:00 am

So Malcolm Fendick, Department for Transport clean fuels advisor is technology and fuel neutral, whatever that means? If you've got...

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When is government going to stop pussyfooting
September 19, 2007 09:00 am

  When is government going to stop pussyfooting around the whole issue of carbon footprints? And I don't just mean our...

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In our 24/7 society
September 12, 2007 09:00 am

  In our 24/7 society, it's all too tempting to look at the Blackberry while lounging on a beach somewhere exotic...

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I Can't believe
September 5, 2007 09:00 am

  I can't believe what I read the other day in a rival publication. It was a reader contribution, so no...

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For the bloke caught at a new record speed
August 24, 2007 09:00 am

For the bloke caught at a new record speed in the UK of 174mph on an A-road, there is only...

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Interesting and not too surprising
August 8, 2007 09:00 am

  Interesting and not too surprising is news of government's proposal to raise the minimum legal driving age to 18. Irrefutable...

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Well it's all been happening
July 31, 2007 09:00 am

  Well it's all been happening while I've been on holiday in Greece. Under sweltering 40 degree plus conditions, I could...

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It's quite a shock to hear
July 10, 2007 09:00 am

It's quite a shock to hear that an empty lemonade bottle can kill a man, but that's exactly what I...

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Well in my open letter to Gordon Brown
July 3, 2007 09:00 am

  Well in my open letter to Gordon Brown, the last thing I thought he would do is appoint Ruth Kelly...

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My open letter to Gordon Brown
June 26, 2007 09:00 am

  "My open letter to Gordon Brown: Dear Fellow Countryman, Congratulations on finally reaching the top step of the podium. Like Lewis Hamilton,...

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Well, congratulations to Lewis Hamilton
June 12, 2007 09:00 am

  Well, congratulations to Lewis Hamilton. He's proved the real deal. For those who follow motor sport his name will have...

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I don't know why
May 9, 2007 09:00 am

  I don't know why but it seems every Bank Holiday brings news of new fatalities on Britain's roads. However, nothing...

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Have you seen the latest Nationwide ads on TV?
May 1, 2007 09:00 am

Have you seen the latest Nationwide ads on TV? They're great! Not only are they amusing but they also underline...

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So the Climate Change Bill going through Parliament
March 20, 2007 09:00 am

So the Climate Change Bill going through Parliament will make us the first country in the world to set legally...

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Road Charging - You are having a laugh
March 5th, 2007 9.00am

Apart from the spy in cab being really abhorrent ‘1984' style stuff in any government's hands, the proposals are ill...

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