Posted On : 22nd Sep, 2017
DVLA Fleet Scheme
As part of our continued engagement with the DVLA, and as part of the Fleet User Group the DVLA would like to gain a wider understanding of the issues you face.
To access the survey please click here
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
Fuel & Green
‘Dirty’ diesel worse for the planet than petrol cars reveals new study
A new study shows that diesel cars not only pollute the air but also emit more climate-change emissions (CO2) than petrol cars.
DriveElectric launches initiative for EV drivers to sell electricity to energy market
DriveElectric, a UK provider of leased ultra-low emission vehicles, has launched a Vehicle to Grid (V2G) service for electric vehicle drivers, both at home and at the workplace.
European vehicle manufacturers set car and van CO2 2030 emission reduction targets
European vehicle manufacturers have proposed a 20% carbon dioxide (CO2) cut in car emissions by 2030 and a 13% cut in van emissions by the same date, compared with their 2021 new registration fleet average.
Fleet managers back Clean Air Zones, but want further EV recharging investment
Fleet managers are largely supportive of the introduction of more Clean Air Zones to UK cities, but are concerned about investment in the UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure to support the running of alternatively-fuelled fleets.
New PHEV analysis raises doubts over suitability for fleet operations
New data from mileage audit and fuel expense management specialist TMC highlights the “worryingly-high fuel consumption and emissions in real-world driving” of plug-in hybrids raising doubts as to their suitability for fleet operations.
UK introduction of E10 petrol can helps meet transport carbon targets
The availability of E10 petrol – a biofuel made up of 90% regular unleaded and 10% ethanol – would be one of the most cost-effective means of rapidly reducing carbon emissions from road transport currently available to the UK, it is claimed.
Regulatory & Legislation
Motorists demand end to ‘self-policing’ by private parking industry
The RAC is backing MP Sir Greg Knight’s private member’s bill to tackle rogue private parking companies head on by introducing better regulation to protect motorists, as research showed overwhelming support for such proposals.
Toll charges to be cut at Severn Crossings on the road to abolition
The government has announced the schedule for abolishing toll charges on the Crossings across the River Severn linking England and Wales.
Taxation & Finance
BVRLA calls for ‘progressive company car tax regime’ to stop high CO2 PCH opt out
The government has been urged to introduce a “progressive company car tax regime” that does not encourage employees to opt into personal contract hire schemes and selecting vehicles with higher carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than they might have selected via a corporate scheme.
Date set for autumn 2017 Budget
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced that the government will publish its autumn Budget on Wednesday, 22 November.
Insurance & Road Safety
Brake backs 20mph urban speed limit in Scotland
A proposal for a bill to replace the current 30mph default speed limit on restricted roads in built-up areas with a 20mph limit in Scotland has won the support of road safety charity Brake
ProVision launches fleet risk assessment tool
ProVision has launched a fleet risk assessment tool for commercial fleet operators, to provide insights on how to improve safety and reduce risk.
Disposals & Remarketing
Ex-fleet and lease car values hit record levels at BCA
Used car values in the fleet and lease sector improved by an average £48 in August to a record £10,534, equivalent to a 0.4% rise, according to the latest data from remarketing giant BCA.
Growth in online retail sales fuels demand and prices of 3.5 tonne panel vans, says SVA
The 3.5 tonne panel van market is already showing signs of “hotting up” prior to the anticipated growth in online retail sales this Christmas, according to Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA).
Manheim smashes summertime van records with average value price surge
Vehicle remarketing giant Manheim set new records in August with a 10.5% year-on-year increase in average van sale values.
Addison Lee unlocks 20% tyre bill saving with Michelin
Business class car service Addison Lee, which operates the UK’s largest passenger car fleet, has reduced its annual tyre bill by 20% after adopting a Michelin CrossClimate+ policy, managed by Universal Tyre and Autocentres.
Admiral and NWS confirm partnership for van automotive glazing services
Insurer Admiral has selected Nationwide Windscreen Services (NWS), on an exclusive basis and for a three-year term, to provide automotive glazing services for its van book of business.
Alphabet publishes a driver’s guide to smart motorways
Business mobility specialist Alphabet has published a driver’s guide to smart motorways.
Arval expands Outsourcing Solutions to meet fleet customer demand
Arval, which claims to be the European leader in multi-brand company vehicle leasing, is enhancing its outsourcing solutions.
Bayer outsources management of UK fleet to Fleet Logistics
Life sciences company Bayer has outsourced the management of its UK fleet of 450 cars
to fleet management specialist Fleet Logistics.
BMW, Mercedes, VW and Ogilvie Fleet celebrate multiple successes at industry Awards
BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Ogilvie Fleet were the big winners at trade publication BusinessCar’s first-ever awards evening.
Brake forecast to be applied to UK new car sales in 2018
The brake is forecast to be applied to UK new car and van sales in 2018 marking the end of five years of strong sales growth fuelled by cheap financing deals, according to a new report by Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer.
Inspect Any Car appoints VQS to support launch of new vehicle inspection service
Vehicle Quality Solutions (VQS) has been appointed as the vehicle inspection partner for a new service for drivers and fleet managers that is claimed to dramatically reduce end of lease return charges.
Jaama launches game-changing app delivering huge fleet and driver benefits
Fleet innovation-focused Jaama has launched a game-changing smartphone app delivering benefits to fleet managers thanks to ‘auto-triggering’, as well as simplifying tasks for drivers.
LeasePlan joins EV100 initiative and speeds up employee transition to electric mobility
Global vehicle leasing and fleet management company LeasePlan has become a founding partner of EV100, a new major worldwide transport initiative designed to fast-track the uptake of electric vehicles among corporate companies.
MaaS Scotland launched to promote smarter travel
A new organisation has been launched to support companies and organisations engaged in the development of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in Scotland
One in three UK businesses slow to adopt new technology
Almost a third of businesses (31%) admit being slow to adopt technological innovations, according to a new study conducted among senior managers in 400 companies with five employees or more by TomTom Telematics.
Prestige Fleet Servicing launches ‘grey fleet’ driver service
Prestige Fleet Servicing has launched an online service for ‘grey fleet’ drivers and other motorists which is claimed to offer many of the benefits normally provided for company car drivers.
RGVA publishes free vehicle graphics guide to help prevent costly mistakes for fleets
Vehicle graphics specialist RGVA has created a free guide to vinyl wrapping that could potentially save businesses thousands of pounds, by helping them avoid sub-standard livery applications and second-rate workmanship.
Samworth Brothers scoops double honours at FTA Driver of the Year 2017
Drivers from Samworth Brothers Supply Chain are holding a double celebration, after winning two major transport awards.
Zenith appoints Lord Rose as chairman
Former Marks & Spencer boss Lord Stuart Rose has become chairman of vehicle leasing and fleet management company Zenith.
Ford Transit Custom is the smart choice for SSE meter fitters
Energy giant SSE has switched on to the Ford Transit Custom as the preferred workhorse for its army of smart meter installers, with 507 specially equipped examples joining its fleet.
Volkswagen Crafters make light work of the coffee run for Pelican Rouge
Pelican Rouge, a European leader in coffee roasting and solutions, has taken delivery of 62 Volkswagen Crafter vans.