Posted On : 13th Jan, 2017

DVLA Fleet Scheme
If you’re a fleet operator with 50 vehicles or more, registered to one address. Then you can join the DVLA fleet scheme and get access to the View Vehicle Record service.
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Highways England
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Fuel & Green
Charging infrastructure needs improvement to maximise fleet plug-in growth
The UK’s current charging infrastructure needs development if the growth potential of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVSs) is to be fully realised for fleets, according to Arval.
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Diesel cars to be a ‘thing of the past’, say UK automotive executives
UK automotive executives expect battery electric vehicles to dominate the automotive marketplace by 2025 with diesel technology viewed “as a thing of the past” and traditional powertrains to eventually vanish from manufacturers’ model portfolios.
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NOx emissions from Euro6 diesel cars worse than trucks, suggests new report
Emissions of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) from Euro6 diesel passenger cars are more than double those from modern diesel trucks, it is claimed.
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Petrol and diesel prices rise and are at highest for 18 months
Petrol and diesel pump prices started January at their highest level for 18 months, according to RAC Fuel Watch.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Brake offers free fleet safety back to basics webinar
Road safety charity Brake is running a free webinar for fleet and road safety professionals on the importance of fleet safety policies and procedures.
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Car and smartphone makers told to find answer to hand-held mobile phone dangers
Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has renewed its calls for car makers and smartphone manufacturers to work with the government to develop a technological solution to distracted drivers.
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Disposals & Remarketing
Ex-company car values drop at BCA as buyers target ready-to-retail models
Average values of ex-fleet and lease cars fell for the second month running at BCA as buyers became increasingly price sensitive on older, higher mileage or poorly presented stock although demand for retail-ready vehicles continued to be strong.
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Hicks joins Kia as new UK sales director
Kia Motors (UK) has appointed Steve Hicks to the role of sales director at the company’s head office in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
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Peugeot, Citroen and DS merge corporate sales teams
The PSA Group has combined its Peugeot and Citroën DS fleet teams to form a new PSA corporate sales team in a move which will bring “greater efficiency and reach”, according to director of fleet and used vehicles Martin Gurney.
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Fleet News
All Fleet Services launches digital fines management system
All Fleet Services is claiming an industry first with the launch of an online fines management system.
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Apex Car Rental is latest to join epyx’s 1link Hire Network
Twenty-eight-day car hire specialist Apex Car Rental has signed up this month to use epyx’s 1link Hire Network.
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Fleet registrations power UK new car market to record levels
Fleet demand powered the UK new car market to an all-time high in 2016, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
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Fleet vehicle demonstrator specialist appoints new managing director
Oliver Woodmansee has been appointed as the new managing director of autoXP, the UK’s leading provider of vehicle demonstrator management services to motor manufacturers.
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Layton appointed Michelin’s head of fleet
Michelin has appointed Jonathan Layton (45) as national sales manager fleet, UK and Republic of Ireland.
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Lease rates rise as post-Brexit prices increase, says UHY Hacker Young
The post-Brexit rise in the cost of cars may have started with lease rates rising by an average 8% in two months, according to research by accountants UHY Hacker Young.
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Longhurst Group appoints Fleet Alliance to manage fleet
Midlands-based social housing provider, Longhurst Group, has appointed Fleet Alliance to manage its fleet of 165 company cars and around 250 grey fleet vehicles.
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Sumitomo buys UK tyre distributor and wholesaler in £215m deal
Sumitomo Rubber Industries is to buy UK-based tyre distributor and wholesaler Micheldever Group from Graphite Capital Management LLP in a £215 million deal.
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vGroup promotes James Nash to managing director role
Fast-growing vGroup International, the UK’s leading provider of motor accessory essentials, has cemented its strategy for further expansion with the promotion of James Nash to the position of managing director.
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Virtual modelling shows driverless cars could cut delays in the future
Driverless cars could significantly reduce traffic delays but not until penetration of connected and autonomous vehicles reaches 50-75%, according to a new study by the Department for Transport.
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2017 could be ‘tipping point year’ for local road maintenance, warn councils
2017 could be a tipping point year for potholes, warn councils – as a new analysis showed the repair bill could reach £14 billion within two years – leading to calls for the government to inject a further £1 billion a years into road maintenance.
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Arval trial shows impact of payload on LCV fuel consumption
An increase in fuel consumption of more than 20% between an unladen panel van and the same vehicle with 75% of its maximum payload has been recorded by Arval
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FORS welcomes Anglia Compliance & Training as an Associate
Anglia Compliance & Training will provide valuable services to Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) members after becoming an Associate member of the programme that seeks to drive up operating standards across the commercial vehicle sector.
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FTA launches 2017 edition of legal guide
The Freight Transport Association’s Yearbook of Road Transport Law 2017, sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres, has been published.
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Van demand accelerates for fourth consecutive year to record high
Van registrations increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2016 reaching a record 375,687 units, up 1% on 2015’s 371,830, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders ‘ (SMMT) data.
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