Posted On : 4th Aug, 2017


London Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ).
The Mayor of London has set out plans to extend the central London Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). The first phase is the proposed expansion London-wide for heavy vehicles only (heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches) by 2020. The second phase proposed is extending the ULEZ from Central London up to the North and South Circular roads for all vehicles (including cars) by 2021.

To understand the economic and business impacts of these proposals Transport for London is undertaking a survey of business operating within Greater London and would like your thoughts. To access the survey please click here.
To view the presentation from TFL please login to your members area and click here.

ACFO Autumn Seminar – The State of the Nation
21st September, MINI Plant Oxford
Fleet management is changing at an unprecedented pace triggering a spectacular increase in fleet administration, which is why we we are turning the spotlight on ‘The State of the Nation’ at our autumn seminar. The event is being held on 21st September at Plant Oxford, the production home of the iconic MINI owned by BMW Group (UK), which along with business mobility and fleet leasing experts Alphabet GB and the BVRLA, is sponsoring the seminar.

John Pryor, chairman of ACFO,  said: “There is huge uncertainty across the country as a consequence of the Brexit negotiations and following the general election which, allied to major changes in taxation and legislation impacting on the fleet sector means change on a scale that I do not believe the fleet industry has previously seen.
“At the seminar a range of expert speakers will put into context what is happening and aim to draw some conclusions as to the action fleet decision-makers can take to ensure management of their transport and travel operations reflect what is happening and, potentially, what will occur over the weeks, months and years to come.
To read more and book please click here

ACFO Awards 2017
Nominations for the 2017 ACFO Awards are open – have you nominated yet?
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?
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.

Highways England
Strategy to improve air quality

In the Road Investment Strategy the government committed £100 million to improve air quality, on and around the strategic road network, through to 2021. This strategy, available to download from your members area sets out their approach and activities to achieve this goal.
To view please login to your members area and click here

Dart Charge Stakeholder Newsletter 
The latest Dart Charge newsletter from Highways England contains updates including: key facts & figures, together with details of the improvements made to the website.
To view please login to your members area and click here

Emissions Testing of Vehicles – RDE & WLTP
Worldwide harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) is a replacement for the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) which was introduced in 1992. WLTP will measure a car or van’s individual CO2 value taking into account the vehicle mass, including optional equipment, tyre rolling resistance class and aerodynamics.
To view the factsheet courtesy of the BVRLA please login to your members area and click here

SG Fleet becomes first vehicle leasing specialist to join ICFM’s corporate programme
SG Fleet, which specialises in delivering vehicle leasing, fleet management and employee car benefit solutions, is the latest company to sign-up to ICFM’s new Corporate Investor Programme.
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Fuel & Green
Government plan to ‘end new petrol and diesel cars sales’ to create £27bn black hole
The government’s plan to “end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars” by 2040 has highlighted numerous concerns, not least how HM Treasury will plug the £26.7 billion hole raised from fuel duty in 2016/17.
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Governments should address negative tax impact of new car emissions test, says ACEA
Governments, including in the UK, have been urged to ensure that introduction of a new car emissions test “will not negatively impact vehicle taxation”.
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Royal Mail to purchase 100 electric vans for use as delivery vehicles
Royal Mail has signed an agreement with Peugeot to purchase 100 zero-emission Partner L2 Electric vans, to be used by postmen and women on their delivery rounds.
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Regulatory & Legislation
FCA investigates car finance market amid credit risk concerns
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has set out its main areas of focus for its investigation into the motor finance industry in the UK.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Corporate drivers urged to wake up to the dangers of fatigue
Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to be wise to the dangers of fatigue on journeys with company car and commercial vehicle drivers among those most at risk.
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Grey area between ‘assisted’ and ‘automated’ driving systems a concern for insurers
British insurers have highlighted the potential dangers of ‘autonomous ambiguity’, as vehicles with different levels of autonomy, or driverless technology, increasingly become a feature of UK roads.
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Half of drivers set to use dash-cams due to road safety fears
Dash-cam usage could be set to increase, as a growing number of UK motorists seek recorded proof of incidents on the road.
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IAM RoadSmart shows leadership as it achieves ISO 39001 quality rating again
The UK’s biggest road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has had its accreditation to the ISO 39001 Road Traffic Safety management standard renewed, having first achieved it back in 2015.
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Motor industry calls on government to outline Brexit plans
The UK motor industry has called on the government to outline its European Union departure plans as domestic car production fell by 13.7% in June.
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Renault expands fleet operations with new appointments
Groupe Renault UK has announced a restructure for its expanding fleet team with the department split into two key divisions, sales led by Mark Potter and operations headed up by Mark Dickens.
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‘Vauxhall to remain British’ as brand purchase by PSA is finalised
The sale by General Motors of Opel Automobile GmbH with its brands Opel and Vauxhall to Groupe PSA has been finalised now and a new performance plan will be announced in 100 days.
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Fleet News   
AA sacks boss Bob Mackenzie for ‘gross misconduct’
The AA has fired its executive chairman, Bob Mackenzie, for “gross misconduct”, with immediate effect, the BBC has reported (1 August, 2017).
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Asset Alliance invests £3m in vehicles for new Total Traffic Management division
Asset Alliance has entered the traffic management vehicle hire market with a £3 million investment to acquire more than 170 specialist vehicles leased to customers by Hull-based bodybuilder Martin Williams.
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Autoglass BodyRepair: the new name for AutoRestore
AutoRestore, the UK body-shop repair business, has undergone a rebrand and from today will be known as Autoglass BodyRepair.
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Last chance to enter 2017 BusinessCar Awards
Time is running out to put your submissions forward for the Headline Awards ahead of the inaugural BusinessCar Awards evening next month.
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Clarity needed if fleets not to lose out on ‘potential gains’ from connected car data
More clarity is needed if fleets are not to lose out on the “many potential gains” in efficiency, safety and environmental impact that could result from easy access to their connected car data, according to FleetCheck.
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Fleet Assist on the expansion road with acquisition by US-based investment company
Fast-growing Fleet Assist has been acquired by United States-headquartered investment house Eli Global for an undisclosed sum.
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Jaama Key2 software to be game-changer for management of Anglian Water fleet
Implementation of Jaama’s industry-leading fleet, driver, workshop and asset management software system is expected to be a game-changer for Anglian Water.
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JCT600 VLS awarded ‘Go Ultra Low’ status
JCT600 Vehicle Leasing Solutions (VLS) is the latest company to join the Go Ultra Low campaign, a government and automotive initiative which recognises businesses that embrace electric vehicles.
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Michelin warns fleets on cost of driving on under-inflated tyres
Michelin is warning businesses that the cost of driving on under-inflated tyres has risen over an 18-month period, in line with the cost of fuel.
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Mitsubishi Electric aims for lower fleet fuel costs with TMC mileage capture and audit
Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V has appointed TMC to provide mileage capture, audit and data analysis for its UK fleet of 270 company cars.
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Multi-tasking managers at SMEs spend 32 hours a month on fleet administration
Multi-tasking fleet managers at small-medium firms spend an average of 32 hours a month on fleet administration, often with little supporting knowledge and no tools, new research shows.
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Nationwide Vehicle Contracts appoints APD to manage customer service surveys
One of the UK’s largest vehicle leasing brokers, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, has appointed APD Global Research to undertake its 30,000 customer satisfaction surveys each year.
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Pendragon improves business processes for Bristan through fleet efficiencies
Pendragon Vehicle Management (PVM) has partnered with Bristan to support the company in streamlining its fleet operations and drive efficiencies.
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Post-Brexit tariffs and other trade barriers could add 10% to UK car servicing bills
Average annual car service and repair costs could rise by 10% to £777 after Brexit if no deal is reached between the UK and the European Union, it is claimed.
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Pothole-related vehicle breakdown rise shows road quality is worsening
The quality of the UK’s roads may be worsening according to data from the RAC’s Pothole Index which shows there has been a 31% increase in pothole-related faults attended by its patrols in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year.
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Road pricing in London could send businesses to the wall
Businesses could collapse if road charging was introduced in London, as suggested by the capital’s Mayor Sadiq Khan in a recently published Transport Strategy report now out to consultation (Newsfeed: week commencing 19 June, 2019).
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Mercedes-Benz Vans launches ‘My Van Service’ to help keep businesses moving
Mercedes-Benz Vans UK has launched ‘My Van Service’ – an online service booking tool with five new options to allow customers to book their vehicles in for a service or repair at a time that suits the operational needs of their businesses.
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Mercedes-Benz Vito shines brightest for Northern Lighthouse Board
The body responsible for operating lighthouses around the coasts of Scotland and the Isle of Man navigated straight to Mercedes-Benz dealer Western Commercial for its new fleet of vans.
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