Posted On : 2nd Jun, 2017

Highways England
Highways England operates, maintains and improves England’s motorways and major A roads, including the management of the Dart Charge.
Our latest meeting with Highways England to discuss issues, ideas and future proposals takes place on Tuesday (6th June)  If you have any issues, questions or proposals you would like us to cover on your behalf, please click here.

ACFO Spring Seminar – Big Data Big Seminar
The fleet industry is set to undergo a “massive revolution” with the introduction of the connected car and the arrival of so-called ‘big data’, while contract hire companies will transform into analytics businesses that lease vehicles.
Those were two of the predictions at our Spring Seminar, ‘Big Data – Big Seminar’, sponsored by insurer AIG, Audi and Lex Autolease, the UK’s largest vehicle leasing and fleet management company. 
The report and presentations are available to view from your members area, to view please login to your members area and click here

BVRLA Fleet Technology Survey
The BVRLA would like know how new technology is impacting vehicle fleets, fleet managers and fleet drivers. In particular they would like to gain an understanding of attitudes towards the collection, storage and use of data from collected vehicles.
Below please find the two surveys, from a driver and fleet manager perspective, please complete the survey you feel would be most appropriate. The survey should take less than five minutes to complete and the BVRLA are offering one participant a £250 voucher or donation to the charity of their choice, all responses will be anonymous.
Drivers Survey: click here               
Fleet Managers Survey: click here    

London Ultra Low Emission Zone and Toxicity Charge
Plans for a new Toxicity Charge and an Ultra Low Emission Zone in London could have a significant impact on fleet costs. A factsheet shared courtesy of Lex Autolease explains what you need to know about the changes and what they could mean for your business.
To download, please login to your members area and click here

ACFO Forum
Recent Posts to our forum ask:
New WLTP Testing and BIK tax
Anyone know when the new WLTP test will be adopted for BIK tax/VED/WDA? I understood from an article in Fleet News in Feb that it was likely to be in Sept 2018 so we didn’t have a two tier system in operation, but on Mazda’s website the Co2 for the new 2.2 D CX5 is 132 based on WLTP testing but with no reference to this or the current NEDC figure. The outgoing model is 119. This will cause chaos with our policy (capped at 130 co2 currently, supposedly moving to 110 in April 2018) and how will we advise drivers of their future BIK tax?

Plug-In Power Charger Thefts
Has any member had the power charger for a Mitsubishi Outlander or (other plug in) stolen while being left on charge? Have they any advice on how to secure as we understand that this does not lock in even when the vehicle is locked. Have they replaced under insurance and we are being quoted £400 or so pounds to replace.
If you can help, please login to your members area and click here

2017 Membership Renewals
Membership Renewals for 2017 have been issued, if you have not received yours please contact the MSO by clicking here.

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
Newly elected government urged to focus on improving road safety
All political parties have been called to commit to an overhaul of road safety in the next Parliament by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).
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Insurance & Road Safety
ATS Euromaster sets industry safety record with fourth RoSPA gold award
Tyre and vehicle maintenance specialist ATS Euromaster has received the Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for the fourth year running.
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Road safety at work is ‘critical health and safety issue’, says IAM
Road safety at work is a “critical health and safety issue” that requires higher priority and one which should be at the core of good corporate governance for every employer, according to IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s biggest independent road safety charity.
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Safety inspection for rental pool cars introduced by Meridian
A new safety inspection service for medium term rental cars being used as pool vehicles is to be introduced by Meridian Vehicle Solutions.
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Regulatory & Legislation
Fleets start counting down to new data protection rules
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) is preparing its members ahead of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May, 2018.
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Disposals & Remarketing
CD Auction Group expands with opening of new LCV remarketing centre

CD Auction Group, the online vehicle remarketing and fleet support company, is expanding its operations in Corby with an additional site featuring a 24-hour, seven-days a week vehicle reception centre that is to become the organisation’s dedicated commercial vehicle centre.
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Ex-fleet cars in ‘healthy demand’ as dealers return to used market
Healthy demand for three-to-five-year-old ex-fleet and low mileage Motability cars is being reported by Shoreham Vehicle Auctions with conversion rates in the mid-to-late 80%.
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SEAT VR car handover gives glimpse into the future for Red Bull
SEAT says it has given a glimpse into the future of car buying, after giving a virtual handover to 42 new Leon drivers at Red Bull.
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Volkswagen leads the way with AEB now standard on all vans
Volkswagen is to become the first commercial vehicle brand to fit all its vans with autonomous emergency braking systems (Front Assist with City Emergency Braking).
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Fleet News
APD Global Research launches customer satisfaction product for leasing brokers
Automotive research and insight company APD Global Research has launched a new customer experience (CX) programme tailored for vehicle leasing broker companies.
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A-Plant strikes Gold with FORS accreditation 
Equipment hire company A-Plant now has more than 150 of its UK sites accredited to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold standard.
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Growing construction sector needs fast access to specialist vehicles, says Europcar
Britain’s expanding construction sector needs access to specialist vehicles at short notice, which is why Europcar UK has created a specialist fleet.
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Total Motion launches affinity scheme
Total Motion Vehicle Management has launched an affinity scheme claiming that it will reduce employers’ car leasing costs and help them to attract, reward and retain employees.
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700th FORS practitioner completes course in record time
Costain logistics and traffic manager Dave Richmond is the 700th person to become a Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) practitioner.
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£14m company moves to new Leicestershire headquarters
Nationwide Windscreen Services has relocated from Quorn to Birstall after buying new build premises for its head office operations.
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C-KO launches new FleetVision reversing camera systems for vans
Safety equipment supplier C-KO is launching a range of FleetVision reversing camera systems for some of the newest van models on the road, at this year’s Automechanika trade exhibition.
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Mark Murphy & Partner freshens up its fleet with new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters
Mercedes-Benz vans are the pick of the crop for fruit and vegetable wholesaler Mark Murphy & Partner.
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