Posted On : 19th May, 2017

ICFM to hold operational road risk management Masterclass
Occupational road risk management is good business practice, but for too many employers it is a ‘tick box compliance exercise’ without a real focus on reducing costs, according to ICFM.
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Industry Events
Company Car in Action (CCIA) 13-14 June 2017
Company Car in Action is the UK’s most comprehensive driving event for fleet decision makers. With around 300 models available to test unaccompanied on Millbrook’s unique and purpose-built tracks, visitors can compare, evaluate and drive the latest models in one place. There’s also plenty going on off the tracks with the latest topical debates, and even free advice from the experts at Glass’s on residual values.
ACFO members may register by visiting: – www.companycarinaction.co.uk/acfo

Fuel & Green
Diesel remains the preferred choice for car hire customers
Diesel remains the preferred choice for Europcar UK’s car rental customers, while the appetite for electric was “slowly building”, according to a company survey.
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End of the road for the internal combustion engine by 2025, says new report
Petrol and diesel powered vehicles will have reached the end of the road within the next eight years with all new cars, commercial vehicles and buses sold being electric, according to a new study published in the United States of America and reported by The Daily Telegraph
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EQUA partners with Fleet News for car CO2 and fuel economy figures
Trade publication Fleet News has partnered with a leader in real-world vehicle emissions testing to help operators drive down fuel bills and reduce CO2 emissions with a new online car data service.
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Fleet managers urged to future proof their vehicle fuel choice
Fleet decision-makers must future proof their vehicle operating decisions as the default fuel choice is no longer diesel, according to Puddy Vehicle Solutions (PVS).
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New report reveals ‘dramatic increase’ in fleet adoption of plug-in and hybrid vehicles
There has been a dramatic increases in the proportion of fleets operating electric and hybrid vehicles over last two years, according to the latest ExpertEye Fleet Industry Review.
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Regulatory & Legislation
Conservatives pledge top scrap Severn Bridge tolls if re-elected

The Conservative Party will scrap the Severn Bridge tolls if they win the general election, Prime Minister Theresa May has said, predicting a £100 million economic boost, according to the BBC.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Brake offers free webinar on managing driver distraction in fleets
Road safety charity Brake is running a free webinar for fleet and road safety professionals on the importance of eliminating and mitigating the distraction of communication technology in vehicles.
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Companies fined after worker killed by reversing vehicle
A construction company and its groundwork contractor have been fined after a worker was killed by a reversing vehicle.
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Drivers face £526m variable speed fines from smart motorway cameras
Drivers have been stung with millions of pounds in fines after being caught out by sudden drops in speed on UK motorways, according to new research.
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Fleets urged to combat rising insurance premiums by improving safety
Fleets have been urged to mitigate insurance premium increases by working to improve their driver safety record.
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MP visits Licence Bureau to discuss road safety and compliance challenges
Mike Penning, running for re-election as an MP for Hemel Hempstead, has visited Licence Bureau’s offices in the Hertfordshire town to discuss existing road safety and compliance issues.
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Disposals & Remarketing
Aston Barclay completes £500,000 refurbishment of Leeds centre
Aston Barclay has completed a £500,000 investment in its Leeds centre, aligning its facilities with the remainder of the Group to enhance the overall experience for buyers and vendors.
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Average values of ex-fleet vans sold at BCA remains ‘steady’
Average values of ex-fleet and lease light commercial vehicles sold at BCA in April remained “steady” at £7,091, a fall of just £2 compared to March.
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Fleet Alliance provides car boost for local Maggie’s centre
Leasing and fleet management specialist Fleet Alliance has donated a new car to the recently-opened Maggie’s Forth Valley Centre.
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Values of ex-fleet company cars hit new record high at BCA
Average values for ex-fleet and lease company cars have, for the second consecutive month, accelerated to a record high, according to the latest data from auction giant BCA.
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Fleet News
Activa Contracts’ trio first to complete customer service NVQs
A trio of Activa Contracts’ employees have become the first at the fast-growing vehicle leasing and fleet management company to successfully complete National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).
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ADLV members add Driver CPC and tachograph data to online checks
Members of the Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV) are now adding Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and tachograph data to their products.
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Aftermarket calls for open data sharing to prevent monopolisation of industry
Concerns are raising that vehicle manufacturers will have “much more power” than currently in the use of repair and technical information with the introduction of ‘connected cars’ to mainstream motoring.
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Businesses turning to pool cars to meet ‘grey fleet’ needs, reports Meridian
Companies are replacing the use of ‘grey fleet’ vehicles – privately owned cars driven by employees on business – with medium-term rental cars, according to one of the sector’s leading suppliers.
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CLM appoints Andy Short as commercial director
Newport Pagnell-based fleet management specialist CLM, has appointed Andy Short as its commercial director, responsible for the company’s client services activities as well as managing supplier relationships with leasing companies and vehicle manufacturers.
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Government most improve road infrastructure, says LeasePlan boss
The government needs to provide a better connected and dynamic road infrastructure that suits both the needs of people and businesses, according to Matt Dyer, managing director of LeasePlan UK.
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‘Grey fleet’ low management priority reveals survey
A total of 92.7% of companies that use a contract hire or fleet management provider to assist with the running of their fleet deem it as vital for their business, yet only 6% feel they need help with their ‘grey fleet’.
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Kwik Fit leads fleet industry with top title for service from major leasing company
Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive repair company, has won the Fleet Service Provider of the Year title at fleet leasing expert Alphabet GB’s inaugural ‘Supplier Award’.
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Local road conditions on a ‘knife-edge’ as pothole-related breakdowns increase
The RAC claims the condition of local roads are on a ‘knife-edge’ after patrols attended 63% more pothole-related breakdowns in the first quarter of 2017 than they did over the same period in 2016, despite mild and comparatively dry winter conditions.
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Six of the best: Stoke-on-Trent City Council takes delivery of new Citroën C3 fleet
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has taken delivery of a fleet of six new Citroën C3 models, which is part of an order for 10 C3s in total.
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Toyota reliability fosters fleet loyalty with EP Barrus
EP Barrus, a leading manufacturer and importer of custom engines, is sustaining its status as a loyal and long-standing Toyota fleet customer with a new order for 29 vehicles.
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Hydraquip pumps up its fleet with more Mercedes-Benz vans
Hydraulic hose specialist Hydraquip likes the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter so much that it has commissioned no fewer than 100 in the last three years.
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New event throws a spotlight on the future of LCV fleet management 
Experts and visionaries will uncover the trends and upcoming challenges facing van fleets at a new event – Let’s Explore: LCV Fleet 2017 – aimed at helping businesses better prepare for the future.
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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is the ‘right way’ for Hireway
Vehicle hire company Hireway has purchased 40 Transporters and 10 Caddys from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as part of the hire firm’s ongoing fleet replacement programme.
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