Posted On : 6th Oct, 2017

ICFM Masterclass at Fleet Management Live
‘Big data’ puts fleet and travel management on collision course to an efficient future
The worlds of fleet management and travel management are colliding at a rapid rate driven by technology and ‘big data’ that will underpin Business Mobility-as-a-Service (BMaaS).
ICFM’s ‘Big Data’ Masterclass analysed the changing landscape and how the unprecedented stream of information with the arrival of the ‘connected car’, the Internet of Things and the concept of BMaaS would help managers drive “unbelievable efficiencies” across their businesses.
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Fuel & Green
Fuel prices rise for the third consecutive month but RAC welcomes new cut
The cost of fuel rose for the third consecutive month in September despite the wholesale price of petrol falling 6p a litre.
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New report calls for charge infrastructure strategy to accelerate shift to electric vehicles
A rapid shift to electric vehicles is possible in the UK but a clear government strategy on charging point roll-out is needed, according to a new report.
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Public charge points failings put electric car revolution at risk

Potential purchasers of electric cars tempted by the benefits of quickly-improving battery capacity might still hesitate if the public charge point network doesn’t keep pace with changing technology.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Brake recognises the best of the best at annual Fleet Safety Awards
Road safety charity Brake has recognised organisations and individuals for their contribution to improving the safety of at-work drivers, at its annual Fleet Safety Awards.
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Fleets urged to standardise AEB on vehicles to save lives
Fleets chiefs as well as private motorists have been urged to insist on Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB being fitted when they buy their next new vehicle – a measure which could save hundreds of lives on our roads.
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Improving at-work driving safety has key role in road casualty reduction
The number of people killed in road traffic collisions last year was 1,792, up 4% since 2015 (1,730) and the highest annual total since 2011 prompting concerted calls from safety campaigners for renewed action to drive down casualty rates including the promotion of best practice in driving for work.
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Public nervous about intelligent cars taking control from drivers
Half (50%) of Britons are concerned about future driver-assistance technologies taking too much control away from the driver. That compares with just one in five (20%) who are unconcerned.
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Disposals & Remarketing
Aston Barclay’s new 18-acre ‘mega’ auction centre opens with 250-car launch sale
Aston Barclay’s new 18-acre Donington Park Mega Centre auction has opened with what is claimed to be one of the most technologically advanced new physical auctions anywhere in Europe.
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Car data experts call for calm over used diesel car values
Vehicle data expert CAP HPI has called for ‘calm’ over sensational claims made about the used values of diesel vehicles.
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GDPR raises satnav and phone data issue for vehicle remarketing companies
Satellite navigation address records and Bluetooth phone information stored on used cars and vans are set to create a headache for remarketing companies with the arrival of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) next year, according to the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA).
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Strong used vehicle demand reported across BCA’s Scottish network
Vehicle remarketing giant BCA has reported strong demand across its Scottish network throughout September, with sales records set at its centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Livingston and Kinross.
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Nissan appoints new sales director
Nissan Motor (GB) has appointed Andrew Sellars as its UK sales director.
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Fleet News
Alphabet crowned ‘Best Car Scheme Provider’ at benefits awards
Mobility and fleet leasing experts Alphabet (GB) won the ‘Best Car Scheme Provider’ in the 2017 Workplace Savings & Benefits Awards.
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Economic uncertainty driving demand for medium term rental, says Meridian
Increasing levels of economic uncertainty are starting to drive higher demand for medium term rental, according to Meridian Vehicle Solutions.
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FSGB’S partnership approach delivers £100,000 fleet saving to Stannah
Robust management of fleet maintenance costs across the van fleet operated by Stannah has delivered a saving of more than £100,000 despite a 32% increase in the number of vehicles operated.
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LeasePlan launches new benchmarking tool to improve fleet risk management
Benchmarking is a key fleet risk management strategy with an estimated three million company cars on the roads and a third likely to be involved in an accident each year, according to LeasePlan UK.
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National Windscreens expands ADAS education programme
National Windscreens has continued to expand the scope of its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technology development and education programme by joining forces with two of the automotive sector’s most influential bodies.
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New fleet guide from TMC addresses ‘real-world’ fuel consumption issues
TMC, Europe’s leading mileage audit and fuel expense management specialist, is offering a free guide to employing ‘real world’ fuel consumption data to improve fleet budget forecasts and cost management.
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Ogilvie launches standalone rental division as demand for short-term hire accelerates
A continuing boom in short-term hire business has led to Ogilvie Fleet launching Ogilvie Rental as a standalone division within the multi award-winning contract hire and leasing company.
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RAC launches ‘click and fit’ tyre service
RAC has launched a “competitively priced” online tyre buying and free next-day fitting service.
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Alphabet launches fleet manager guide to reducing LCV downtime
Vehicle leasing and fleet management company Alphabet has published a guide to reducing light commercial vehicle (LCV) downtime, which it claims could cost a business hundreds of pounds a day.
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Don’t catch van flu! ATS tells operators to vaccinate against winter downtime
ATS Euromaster is urging operators of Britain’s four million vans to ensure their vehicles don’t get a bad case of winter weather-related downtime, with a £20 multi-point van check designed to help immunise against ‘van flu’.
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Fleet operators and van drivers’ business confidence undermined by uncertainty
The confidence and optimism of Britain’s van drivers, owners and operators has taken a knock since the European Union referendum and general election, according to the new Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer.
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Keeping businesses moving – Mercedes launches van fleet safe compliance software
Mercedes-Benz Vans has teamed up with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and FleetCheck to provide Fleet Safe compliance software for small to medium fleets.
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Mercedes-Benz launches PRO Adapter to deliver fleet manager access to van data
Mercedes-Benz Vans has launched PRO Adapter for its Vito and Sprinter models to enable fleet managers to access a raft of vehicle information.
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Mercedes-Benz vans are pitch perfect for Findley Roofing
High-flying Findley Roofing & Building is poised to set the seal on the transformation of its van fleet to Mercedes-Benz.
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Volkswagen seals van deal with SD Sealants
A new agreement between Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and one of the UK’s leading sealants and cosmetic repairs contractor, SD Sealants, will see the company take on 30 new Transporter vans over the next three years.
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