Posted On : 23rd Jun, 2017

Highways England
Highways England have recently launched the first stage of improvements to the Dart Charge website, The site updates are important to the fleet industry and have come as a result of our continued engagement with Highways England:

The second phase due mid-August will provide the ability to pay for crossings on a specific date, this will alleviate the chance of multiple charges to one vehicle.The third update due mid-September will cover the removal of the warning letter, only the PCN will be issued, however, first offences will retain the opportunity to pay the reduced fee. The update will also provide the facility to pay several PCN’s at once, rather than individually, together with the ability to add costs centres against a VRM (vehicle registration mark) on account and to pay for.
To view details of the first phase of improvements, please login to your members area and click here

ACFO Awards 2017
Nominations for the 2017 ACFO Awards are now open!
It’s time to reward fleet initiatives, excellent products and services and the best vehicles.
Whose products and services have impressed you? Is there a safety initiative you feel has made a significant influence or impact? And what is the best fleet car, the best ultra low emission vehicle, or the the best van?
The ACFO Awards are being held for the 34th consecutive year and nominations can be made for the very best in fleet across seven awards split into two categories.
Nominations are open to all and you may nominate as many times as you wish. Nominations will close on 8th September.

To make your nomination please click here.
To enquire about both table and ticket sales as well as sponsorship packages please contact the MSO by clicking here.

Directors re-elected to ACFO Board at AGM

ACFO members at the 2017 AGM re-elected Debbie Floyde and Phil Redman to the board of directors. Both retired by rotation and were re-elected unopposed.
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ACFO Forum
Experiencing a problem, want some advice or just want to see what everyone else is saying? Go to the ACFO Forum by clicking here

Assessing Fitness to drive: updated guide for medical professionals

DVLA has updated the ‘Assessing fitness to drive: a guide for medical professionals’. The revised guide is available to download from your members area, to view please login and click here

WLTP is the new lab test for measuring fuel consumption and emissions from cars. Under conditions defined by EU law, laboratory tests are used to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from passenger cars, as well as their pollutant emissions. The current lab test – called the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) – was designed in the 1980s.  Due to evolutions in technology and driving conditions, it has become outdated today. The European Union has therefore developed a new test, called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).
A factsheet courtesy of the ACEA is available to download from your members area, to view please login and click here.

Fuel & Green
CV fleets likely to be hit hardest by diesel backlash, says FleetCheck
Commercial vehicle fleets are likely to be hit hardest by the backlash against diesel simply because of the lack of alternatives available, according to FleetCheck.
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Diesel ‘only realistic choice for business-critical fleets’, says Pendragon
Pendragon Vehicle Management says that diesel is the only realistic choice for business-critical and high-mileage fleets as it hits out at the so-called ‘demonising of diesel’ by the media.
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Fleet sector leads the way on air quality and should not be retrospectively punished
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) says the UK fleet industry leads the way on selecting low emission vehicles to improve air quality and businesses and drivers should not be “punished” retrospectively for decisions made based on previous government policy.
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Fleets still automatically asking for diesel when renting, report Meridian
Widespread uncertainty over the future of diesel on fleets is failing to have any impact on the rental market, according to Meridian Vehicle Solutions.
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London Mayor targets zero emissions from transport by 2050
Ambitious proposals to make London’s transport system zero emission by 2050 at the latest have been unveiled by the capital’s Mayor Sadiq Khan.
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New Scottish £8.2m fund to give businesses access to electric vehicles
Businesses will be able to access a further £8.2 million for 2017/18 to help fund electric vehicles as part of the second phase of ‘Switched on Scotland’.
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Plug-in vehicles to dominate global cars sales by 2050, says new report
The automobile’s long-promised electric future may be in sight, according to a new report by investment bank Morgan Stanley, which suggests that as many as one billion battery electric vehicles will be on the road worldwide by 2050.
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Regulatory & Legislation
Queen’s Speech includes laws on automated and electric vehicles and data protection
The newly-elected Conservative government has outlined plans to include a further push to encourage uptake of driverless and electric vehicles.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Brake provides free webinar on the future of fleets and ultra-low emission vehicles
Road safety charity Brake is running a free webinar for fleet and road safety professionals on the benefits of utilising ultra-low emission vehicles in commercial fleets.
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Employers urged to take part in road safety charity’s fleet survey
Road safety charity Brake is calling on all organisations with employees who drive for work to take part in its annual fleet safety survey.
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RoSPA updates driver profiler tool with new features
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has updated its Driver Profiler fleet risk assessment tool with a host of new features.
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Total Motion chief calls for reform of motor insurance market
Reform of the entire motor insurance claims market has been called for by fleet management and vehicle funding company Total Motion.
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Up to 40% of road deaths in Europe are work-related, says new report
New analysis suggests that up to 40% of all road deaths could be work-related and calls on employers, national governments and the European Union to step-up efforts to tackle the problem.
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Disposals & Remarketing
Aston Barclay Group set to double in size over next five years
Aston Barclay Group has announced further details of its multi million pound investment led by new CEO Neil Hodson and Rutland Partners.
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Volvo’s Cooper switches from head of business sales to financial services chief
Selwyn Cooper has been appointed head of financial services of Volvo Car UK with immediate effect.
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Fleet News
Driver education critical in charge towards autonomous cars with fleet a ‘weak point’
The fleet sector is a “weak point” for motor manufacturers and dealers in selling new technology, but it is a hurdle that must be overcome with the charge towards autonomous vehicles, it is claimed.
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JCT600’s fleet operation gains car preparation centre
JCT600 has created a new pre-delivery inspection (PDI) centre in Chesterfield which will serve the Audi and Mercedes-Benz brands within the fleet division.
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New partner in Sweden extends European auto glazing coverage to 16 countries
AutomotiveGlassEurope (AGE) has extended its European coverage to 16 countries with the appointment of a new partner in Sweden.
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New FORS ‘champion’ named
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has named Bowmer & Kirkland as its latest ‘champion’.
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Secured Mail delivers £160,000 fuel and maintenance saving
One of the UK’s largest eCommerce, postal and retail logistics businesses has saved £160,000 by implementing a driver behavior programme underpinned by telematics.
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Six million Brits could be driving on the wrong side of the law this summer
Motorists could be falling foul of the law when driving overseas, according to LeasePlan UK, which has issued an eight-point checklist for drivers ahead of leaving for their family holiday.
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Technology could halve unexpected breakdowns and save motorists £1.3bn
Technology could halve unexpected fleet and private motorist breakdowns by 2020, according to telematics expert In-car Cleverness.
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Top cars for towing revealed and new Land Rover Discovery leads the way
The new Land Rover Discovery is Britain’s top car for towing, according to the judges of The Tow Car Awards 2017.
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UK automotive calls for ‘business as usual’ arrangements to avoid Brexit ‘cliff edge’
The UK automotive industry has called on the government to seek an interim arrangement with the European Union that would maintain membership of the single market and customs union until a final agreement on a new relationship is negotiated and implemented.
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Winterbotham Darby feeds into Activa’s consultancy approach to deliver fleet benefits
Activa Contracts has won a sole supply, full outsourcing fleet deal with Winterbotham Darby that also sees it take on a consultancy role to the organisation’s cash allowance drivers potentially resulting in them opting for company cars following the introduction of new tax rules.
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400th Peugeot van joins Millbrook Healthcare fleet
Millbrook Healthcare has taken delivery of 27 new Peugeot vans, marking the 400th vehicle from the French marque to join the company’s fleet.
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FTA launches annual search for the van and truck Drivers of the Year
The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the UK’s leading membership body in the sector, has launched its second annual search for its van and truck Drivers of the Year 2017, sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres.
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Roger Bullivant hails FORS with new van fleet delivery
Foundation engineering company Roger Bullivant says its investment in a new Euro6 van fleet was motivated by its membership of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).
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