Posted On : 25th May, 2017

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

GreenFleet Meet the EV Buyer
GreenFleet’s meet the buyer events are taking place in cities or regions that either have Go Ultra Low Status, a mandatory Clean Air Zone enforced, or both.
The events will feature keynote sessions from Industry experts including Quentin Wilson, the latest on car, van and charging grants, together with test drives from major vehicle manufacturers.
There are four events remaining this year taking place in:
Southampton – 8th June, Leeds – 13th July, Dundee – 17th August, North East – 19th October.
To read more and register please click on the city or region above.

General Election
BVRLA launches fleet and mobility services manifesto

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has set out its priorities for the incoming government, outlining how the fleet and mobility services sector can enable policymakers to drive down emissions, improve road safety and make road transport more cost efficient.
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Lib Dems to ban diesel cars and vans as political parties reveal election manifestoes
A ban on the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the UK by 2025 is one of the key promises of a future Liberal Democrat government, according to the Party’s manifesto published in the run up to the 8 June general election.
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Fuel & Green
£2 a tank cheaper to fill up at a supermarket, according to latest fuel prices
Filling up with petrol at a supermarket averages more than £2 a tank cheaper than at a non-supermarket forecourt for the third month running, it is claimed.
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Electric and internal combustion engine cars to cost the same by 2018, says new report
The cost of owning an electric car will “reach parity with combustion engines from 2018”, according to a new study by analysts at global financial services firm UBS.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Back off! Tailgating is Britain’s most irritating driving habit
Tailgating has been ranked the most irritating habit of drivers on UK roads for six out of the past seven years, according to research by the AA.
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Brake extends deadline for entering 2017 Fleet Safety Awards
Road safety charity Brake has extended its deadline for entries to its 2017 Fleet Safety Awards due to a high level of last minute interest.
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Michelin argues 3mm tyre change is ‘costly and harmful to the environment’
Michelin has rejected calls from parts of the tyre industry for an increase in the minimum legal tread depth from 1.6mm to 3mm.
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Motorists have a lack awareness of emergency refuge areas on smart motorways
Smart motorways where the hard shoulder is used as a running lane for traffic, either permanently or at busy times of the day, are becoming increasingly common throughout England.
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Venson reminds company car drivers to be aware of European motoring laws
Driving abroad poses a number of risks and not just because residents are likely to drive on the other side of the road, Venson Automotive Solutions has warned.
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Fleet News
Activa Contracts offers school leavers careers with new apprenticeship programme
Expanding vehicle leasing and fleet management company Activa Contracts is launching a new apprenticeship programme targeted at school leavers.
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Arval unveils new ‘Total Fleet’ reporting platform for clients with multiple providers
Arval has launched ‘Total Fleet’, which is claims is a unique reporting platform hosted by a trusted independent third-party providing fleet managers working with several fleet management suppliers, a consolidated view of their strategic fleet key performance indicators.
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Asset finance enables White & Co to increase ‘green’ credentials with 14 new vehicles
White & Co, one of the UK’s largest family-owned removal businesses, has added 14 new vehicles to its fleet with the support of an £800,000 asset finance facility from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
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Fleet Assist moves into new market sector with Days Rental signing
Fleet Assist, the supply chain management specialist for the UK fleet, leasing and rental industry, has won a new contract with Days Rental.
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Fleets warned: don’t assume vehicles leased ‘with maintenance’ are being maintained
Employers that lease cars and vans with an inclusive maintenance package should not assume that they are actually being maintained, according to FleetCheck.
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Ford dealers now offer all-makes servicing and parts to fleets
Ford dealers in Europe can now service or supply parts for all makes of vehicles not displaying the blue oval following the manufacturer’s launch of a new Omnicraft brand of replacement parts
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JCT600 appoints head of fleet for Volkswagen division
Paul Noon has joined independently owned Yorkshire-based motor group JCT600 as its new head of fleet for its Volkswagen division.
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LeasePlan’s Matt Dyer to lead BVRLA
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has appointed Matt Dyer as its new chairman.
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Michelin now first-choice fitment for every UK public sector ambulance service
Every UK public sector ambulance service now fits Michelin tyres on a first-choice policy, with the premium tyres delivering long lasting performance and maximum safety for the lifesaving ‘blue light’ services, whilst helping to deliver better value for the taxpayer.
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TomTom and OBS Logistics launch paperless vehicle safety checking solution
TomTom Telematics and transport management software specialist OBS Logistics have joined forces to create a new vehicle checking solution for haulage and logistics operators.
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Virgin Trains East Coast launches Enterprise Car Club service to make travel easier
Virgin Trains East Coast customers are now able to access easier onward transport as a result of a new partnership with Enterprise Car Club, which will see vehicles located at key stations along the mainline train route.
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Lorne Stewart turns to Transflex for its carbon-busting Mercedes-Benz van fleet
Construction company Lorne Stewart Engineering has upgraded its image while achieving valuable fuel cost savings and carbon dioxide (CO2) reductions after commissioning a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz vans.
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