Posted On : 21st Apr, 2017

Auto Windscreens and Michelin join ICFM’s corporate investor programme
Two of the best known brands in the fleet industry – Auto Windscreens and Michelin – have become the latest companies to sign-up to ICFM’s Corporate Investor Programme.
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Fuel & Green
Diesel hysteria unhealthy for the fleet sector, says Grosvenor Leasing

Growing hysteria regarding diesel cars could have a negative impact on the fleet sector if the reality isn’t put into perspective.
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Ensto explains electric vehicle recharging infrastructure for ‘confused’ fleet managers
Inconsistent quality of the electric vehicle charging experience is impacting on UK fleet’s engagement with plug-in cars, according to Ensto Chago.
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Regulatory & Legislation
New cross-border exchange of information helps police pursue traffic offences abroad
New European Union rules meaning member states, including the UK, have to share information on drivers relating to traffic offences, come into effect on 7 May – with significant implications for fleets.
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Taxation & Finance
75% of dealership employees overpay company car tax, calculates Cooper Solutions
An audit, claimed to be the first of its kind, of HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) ‘averaging agreement’ for motor dealership employees paying benefit-in-kind tax on company cars has highlighted that 75% could be overpaying.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Brake publishes guidance to help companies ensure their drivers are fit for the road 
Road safety charity Brake has published new guidance to help fleet managers and HR professionals ensure their drivers are fit for the road.
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Disposals & Remarketing
Average values of ex-fleet and leave vans soften in a two-tier market
Average values of ex-fleet and lease light commercial vehicles (LCV) fell by £86 (1.1%) to £7,093 in March, according to latest monthly data from auction giant BCA.
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Buyers Set to Benefit as ADESA Leads Transition to Upstream Defleet Remarketing
Buyers are set to benefit as ADESA, with its upstream mobile technology platform, leads the transition to upstream defleet remarketing in the UK.
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SEAT claims pole position ad ‘fastest growing fleet brand’
SEAT UK Fleet has secured its best quarter one results to date, which, says the Spanish brand, confirms it as the fastest growing manufacturer in fleet, true fleet and Motability channels.
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Fleet News
£14bn of benefits for the UK could be unlocked by better use of data in transport
Innovation in transport is at risk because data is not being shared in the sector, according to a new report commissioned by the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) and using analysis from the Open Data Institute (ODI) and Deloitte.
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Chevin expands team for continued global growth
Fleet management software specialist Chevin’s expansion drive has led to the recruitment of several new team members to support its local and global operations.
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Financial watchdog to investigate car finance market
Britain’s financial watchdog is to investigate the car finance market, with concerns about irresponsible lending. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is also raising concerns about a lack of transparency and potential conflicts of interest. The move follows a rapid surge in consumer credit led by car dealership finance. Source – BBC News
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Fleets urged to ‘future proof’ costs by leasing vehicles
Leasing vehicles, rather than buying them is a great way of “future proofing” costs for businesses, according to Simon Hill, director of Total Motion Vehicle Management.
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McNally moves to head up remarketing at Alphabet
Leasing and business mobility organisation Alphabet GB has announced that Jim McNally has moved from his role as head of asset risk to become the company’s new head of remarketing and logistics.
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Motoring costs sees UK employees spending a fifth of their salary on driving to work
The average worker spends nearly a fifth of their wages on essential motoring costs, including car finance, fuel and insurance to enable them to drive to and from work.
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Royal Mail fleet opens up vehicle workshops to commercial fleet customers
Royal Mail Fleet is to open up its UK-wide network of more than 110 vehicle workshops to other fleet customers.
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Girbau cleans up its van fleet with Mercedes-Benz Vito Urban Edition
After sales support is an area where Mercedes-Benz Vans leaves the competition ‘hung out to dry’, according to Girbau UK, which is one of the reasons why the commercial laundry equipment supplier has switched to the three-pointed star.
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Schmitz Cargobull expands into LCV sector with V.KO Dry van box bodies
Europe’s biggest trailer manufacturer, Schmitz Cargobull, is expanding its product offer to include bodies for light commercial vehicles (LCVs) for the first time as part of a new focus on ‘last-mile’ logistics.
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Van drivers claim stress in their job causes them problems at home
Almost two-fifths (39%) of UK van drivers say the stresses of the job have a negative impact on their personal lives, according to new research.
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Van Excellence ‘gold’ partners recognised with celebratory plaques
Six Freight Transport Association (FTA) Van Excellence ‘gold’ partners – ARI, Bott, Brigade Electronics, Hertz, Lex Autolease and Microlise – have received celebratory plaques in recognition of their “unstinting support in promoting” the scheme.
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