Posted On : 8th Sep, 2017

Industry Events
GreenFleet Arrive ‘N’ Drive – 28th September 2017
Celebrating its 11th year at Rockingham – “The Home of the Arrive’n’Drive” – bringing you the very latest in ultra-low emission vehicles and technology, all of which is designed to help fleets to “go ultra-low”. If you haven’t been before, the best way of describing it is a One-Stop-Shop for fleet managers. In summary, this event allows fleet managers and professionals, as well as those responsible for their organisation’s environmental and sustainability plans, to test drive the vehicles in a controlled environment, on a world class race track, test your eco-driving skills, attend informative seminars presented by the experts that produce these innovative products, services and solutions that can help, and motoring journalist and EV evangelist Quentin Wilson!
Greenfleet will also host the East Anglian and Midlands Autumn Fleet Briefing.
To pre-register for GreenFleet please click here

ICFM Masterclass
ICFM ‘Big Data Masterclass’ in demand: fleet decision-makers urged to book places
Fleet decision-makers have been urged to book their places for the forthcoming ICFM Masterclass focusing on ‘big data’, which is rapidly transforming the long-established fleet management model.
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Fuel & Green
Go Ultra Low companies hit 100 as top UK organisations embrace EV future
OVO Energy, Oxford City Council, Santander UK, Swansea University and Gatwick Airport are among the latest private and public sector organisations to become ‘Go Ultra Low Companies’ – signing-up to a clean, green motoring future by embracing electric vehicles.
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London on course for ‘charge rage’ unless demand for EV charging points is met
London’s roads could see a ‘charge rage’ epidemic if the predicted demand for electric car charging points is not met, according to a new report.
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Long-awaited tough new emissions test comes into force
Long-awaited tough new car emissions tests have come into force promising to deliver to fleets more representative carbon dioxide CO2 and fuel economy figures as laboratory tests have been overhauled in line with modern driving.
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Menzies Distribution acquires UK’s largest all-electric delivery fleet
Logistics specialist Menzies Distribution has acquired London-based Gnewt Cargo, the all-electric delivery provider for an undisclosed sum.
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Organisations join forces to deliver EV charging across nationwide forecourt network
ChargePoint Services and Motor Fuel Group have signed a partnership deal for the roll-out of forecourt electric vehicle charging across their UK network.
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Scotland to phase out new petrol and diesel cars by 2032
Scotland plans to phase out new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, eight years earlier than under proposals recently set out by the London government, as part of a move to a low carbon economy.
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Super-fast EV recharging points on forecourts are the future, says National Grid
A national network of “a few thousand” super-fast electric vehicle charging forecourts with the capability of ‘fuelling’ a car or van at a speed similar to filling up with petrol or diesel today is forecast for the future by National Grid.
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Unleaded petrol price set to overtake diesel for the first time in over a year
A hike in unleaded petrol prices on the forecourt in the coming days is being predicted by the RAC largely as a result of Storm Harvey in the southern United States.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Brake offers free webinar on addressing fleet driver attitudes
Road safety charity Brake is running a webinar for fleet managers and road safety professionals on investigating crashes and near-misses to mitigate and manage risk to prevent similar incidents in the future.
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Brake takes essential fleet road safety training to Scotland
Road safety charity Brake, with the support of vehicle leasing and fleet management company Arval and Kennedys legal advice, will deliver two days of road safety training in Edinburgh.
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Drivers face bans for using mobile phones as satnavs
Drivers who use their mobile phones as satellite navigation devices risk being banned from driving, police chiefs have warned.
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Drivers urged not to risk lives by using the phone   Road safety and breakdown specialist GEM Motoring Assist is urging all drivers to put safety first and refrain from using their mobile phones at the wheel.
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Ford launches new Transit PHEV ahead of London fleet trial
Ford’s new plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Transit Custom van, designed to help improve local air quality by running solely on electric power for the majority of city journeys, has made its debut at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2017 event in Millbrook.
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New car sales fall as businesses and consumers wait for plate change
The brake was applied to new car registrations in August as businesses and consumers delayed purchases to take advantage of September’s plate change.
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SEAT launches Ibiza four-day test drive programme for fleets
SEAT has expanded its four-day test drive scheme to include the latest incarnation of its Ibiza for business drivers and fleet decision-makers.
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Fleet News
APD highlights how data drives customer care and reveals five ‘golden rules’
Customer feedback provides manufacturers and fleet companies with the vital data they need to drive their customers’ care, make them feel extra special and to generate more enquiries and increase conversions, according to automotive research and insight company APD Global Research.
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Arval launches ‘My Arval Mobile’ to enhance digital experience for drivers
Arval has launched a new version of its ‘My Arval Mobile’ app for fleet drivers. More user-friendly and more modern, the app is claimed to offer a completely new experience by introducing new functions to access the company’s services.
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Arval UK sees major efficiencies in electronic deliveries through moDel
Arval UK, one of the country’s largest leasing and fleet management providers, says it has witnessed a series of major efficiencies in its new vehicle delivery and used vehicle collection operations since switching to the moDel solution from Ebbon-Dacs.
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Changes at the top at Gain Solutions
Marcus Blakemore has been promoted to managing director, with Robin Watson becoming the first chairman of Gain Solutions,
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Chevin launches new API to enhance integration opportunities for fleet software
Fleet management software provider Chevin has launched a standard API (application programming interface) tool for its FleetWave product.
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Commuters slow to a crawl hits businesses as city driving speeds plummet
Nightmare commutes could soon be the norm around the country, with average driving speeds falling within some of the UK’s major cities in just one year.
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Essential Fleet supercharge fleet management with r2c Online
Specialist fleet management provider Essential Fleet Services has adopted r2c Online’s digital platform to manage fleet and workshop compliance for its commercial vehicle and specialist vehicle fleet.
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Fleet benchmarking exercise shows breakdown by industry sector for the first time
New benchmarking figures released by Arval’s Corporate Vehicle Observatory show how fleets compare across five major areas of UK industry for what is thought to be the first time.
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Grosvenor Leasing enjoys ‘easi business growth’ following the launch of new service
Having your fleet managed the easi way is claimed to be proving popular following the launch of an innovative new service from Grosvenor Leasing.
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Major construction fleet branches out into vehicle leasing
One of the UK’s leading suppliers to the construction industry in East Anglia and the East Midlands has launched a vehicle leasing division.
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Mileage adjustment should be regulated to put a stop to clocking, says VRA
Regulation should be introduced to bring a much higher level of control to the mileage adjustment sector, believes the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA).
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National Windscreens retains preferred supplier status with ARI Fleet UK
National Windscreens has retained preferred supplier status with ARI Fleet UK, part of the world’s largest privately held family-owned fleet management company.
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Pendragon launches free fleet cost reduction guide
Pendragon Vehicle Management (PVM) published a 30-point ‘how to’ guide on cost reduction for fleets.
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SMH £16m fleet investment on schedule for early autumn opening
What is claimed to be the largest UK investment in the vehicle fleet market, totalling some £16 million by SMH Fleet Solutions, is close to completion and will open for business in early October.
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South Western Ambulance Service rolls out Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres on fleet
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is completing a roll out of Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres across its 200-car ‘rapid response’ fleet, reducing the number of tyre changes required by its previous winter/summer tyre swap policy.
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Commercial fleet operators applaud Venson and FTA’s courses
Venson Automotive Solutions and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) have delivered more than 12 Van Fleet Certificate of Excellence courses.
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Hurst Plastics locks onto savings with Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Door manufacturer Hurst Plastics has found the key to more flexible, cost-effective fleet operation, with a little help from Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Retailer of the Year.
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Iceland racks up a Mercedes-Benz Vans milestone
Iceland Foods has taken delivery of its 1,000th Mercedes-Benz Sprinter panel van, four years after resolving to switch its entire fleet of home delivery vehicles to the German marque.
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Mercedes-Benz Vans serves up a tasty solution for Tiffin Sandwiches
When it comes to reliability and fuel economy, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is ‘the best thing since sliced bread’ according to Tiffin Sandwiches, the UK’s largest independent wholesale sandwich producer, which is now well on the road to converting its entire van fleet to the three-pointed star.
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Record entries for FTA Driver of the Year competition
A record number of van and truck drivers have entered this year’s Freight Transport Association (FTA) Driver of the Year competition.
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Waterlogic refreshes its fleet with Fraikin
Fraikin has delivered a fleet of 19 new commercial vehicles to Waterlogic on full-service contract hire, strengthening a 13-year relationship with the national water cooler company.
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