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Posted On : 11th Aug, 2017

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
There are just four weeks for nominations to be made for our 2017 Awards – Have you nominated yet?
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.

ACFO Awards after dinner speaker is Louise Goodman

The evening’s guest speaker will be Louise Goodman, an award-winning TV presenter and journalist with more than 20 years of media and motor racing experience. She became known as ‘the first woman of Formula One’ after making her name as part ITV’s Grand Prix presentation team.
To enquire about both table and ticket sales as well as sponsorship packages please contact the MSO by clicking here.
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.

Fuel & Green
Cenex takes control of official UK database of electric vehicle charge points
CENEX, the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies, is to further develop an electric vehicle National Chargepoint Registry (NCR).
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Fleet chiefs urged to plan ahead to cope with urban charges and CV bans across the UK
Cities across the UK will start levying prohibitively high charges on older HGVs and vans, for air quality reasons, between early 2019 and the end of 2020 prompting calls from the Freight Transport Association (FTA) for fleet chiefs to ‘plan ahead’.
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Fuel prices rise for first time in three months
Pump prices have increased for the first time in three months July following a late July surge in the cost of oil.
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Funding boost for London’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure
Almost £4.5 million has been allocated to London boroughs to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure on the streets of the capital.
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Taxation & Finance
Contract hire to maintain fleet popularity with implementation of IFRS167 reporting
Operating car lease and full-service leasing will continue as customers’ first choice for business mobility following the introduction of new international accounting standards, according to Alphabet.
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Government should revisit VED changes to encourage lower CO2 fleet buying
The re-elected government should revisit the Vehicle Excise Duty changes that it made in the last Budget in order to encourage fleets to buy more low CO2 vehicles, according to Meridian.
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Just half of fleets aware of changes to company car-related taxation
Only slightly more than half (54%) of UK fleets said that they knew about tax changes affecting company cars and cash allowances which were introduced by the government in April, according to new research.
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Regulatory & Legislation
Government acts to protect connected cars from hackers
A new generation of internet-connected cars will have to be better protected from hackers, under tough new government guidance.
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Insurance & Road Safety
A third of drivers ignore mobile phone rules, reveals new survey
Despite high profile government and police campaigns highlighting the dangers of using a mobile phone when driving, many motorists are still flouting the law and putting their lives, and those of other road users, at risk, it is claimed.
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New calls for drink-drive limit in England and Wales to be cut
Renewed calls for the drink-drive limit in England and Wales to be “urgently lowered” have been made after the government published new data highlighting that 200 people were killed in road crashes in Britain where at least one driver was above the current level.
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Tracker warns of rise of the ‘relay’ car theft technique
Today’s car criminals are far more likely to be computer savvy than have the ability to hot-wire a car, according to vehicle security company Tracker, which says more vehicles are stolen without keys as thieves exploit weaknesses in security technology.
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Manufacturers
Isuzu bolsters fleet team with new appointments
Isuzu has strengthened its fleet team with two new appointments – Neil Scott as national fleet sales manager and Sean Smith as fleet and used car manager.
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New car registrations fall for fourth consecutive month
Registrations of new cars fell for the fourth consecutive month with demand down across fleet, business and private buyers, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
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Škoda proves a sweeping success with Molly Maid
Škoda UK has won a sparkling new contract with the domestic cleaning franchise Molly Maid to supply an additional 15 Fabia S 1.0 Hatch models to its UK fleet and a further 60 in the next year.
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Waite takes up national sales manager role at Fiat Professional
Andy Waite has been appointed national sales manager, Fiat Professional, and has immediately taken up his new role.
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Fleet News   
Businesses ‘unwilling’ to give up company cars for alternatives
The vast majority of UK businesses running company cars would not be willing to give them up for another form of transport, according to new research.
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Essential Fleet supercharge fleet management with r2c Online’s software
Specialist fleet management provider Essential Fleet Services has adopted r2c Online’s digital platform for supercharged fleet and workshop management.
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Europcar repair charges scandal could cost company £40m
Vehicle rental giant Europcar has reportedly told its suppliers to stop inflating invoices for repairs and cease paying secret rebates amid suggestions that the scandal could cost the company at least £40 million in compensation payments.
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Leasys arrives in the UK after taking over FCA Fleet Services
Leasys S.p.A, the contract hire and mobility company of FCA Bank – the joint venture of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Crédit Agricole – has strengthened its European expansion, after taking over the contract hire business of FCA Fleet Services UK.
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Next-generation fleet software must support data security for autonomous vehicles
Fleet software needs to be ready to respond to new technological advancements as smart vehicles start to flood the market, with a primary focus on the importance of data security, according to Chevin.
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Renewed partnership for Autoglass and Admiral
Autoglass  is delighted to announce that it has won the coveted tender to become the sole provider of Admiral’s VGRR solution for its private car motor book of business for the next five years, marking a real milestone in the strategic partnership between the two companies.
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TOM Vehicle Rental acquires rival Transflex
The UK’s fastest growing business-to-business flexible vehicle hire provider, TOM Vehicle Rental, has acquired Transflex Vehicle Rental, a specialist in flexible fleet rentals to the corporate sector, for an undisclosed sum.
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Total Motion responds to rental growth by using Epyx’s 1link Hire Network
Growing vehicle management provider Total Motion is to use Epyx’s 1link Hire Network to handle all its daily rental requirements.
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Vans
LH Evans recharges its fleet with new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters
Electrical wholesaler LH Evans says it has had nothing but positive experiences over 30 years of Mercedes-Benz van operation so it is no surprise, then, that it has just returned to South Wales’ dealer Euro Commercials for more Sprinters.
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