Posted On : 13th Oct, 2017

Industry Events
GreenFleet – NorthEast 19th October, Emirates Riverside
Staged in partnership with the North East Combined Authority (NECA), and sponsored by Alphabet, the day is designed to showcase the very latest in ultra-low emission vehicles to YOU, fleet managers and professionals and educate you on how to save your business £Thousands whilst also being greener to the environment! Visitors will get the benefit of…

  • One-to-one sessions with experts in electric vehicles and infrastructure
  • Ensure you’re up-to-date with all the very latest air quality strategies and technology presented by  experts from OLEV, NECA, and EV evangelist & motoring journalist Quentin Willson!
  • Test Drives will form an important part of the day, giving you a real ‘touch, taste, feel experience’, enabling you to make an educated decision when it comes to your transport operation.
  • This event is FREE and comes with complimentary breakfast, lunch and all day refreshments!
  • Places are limited, to reserve your space please click here

Fuel & Green
Diesel no longer the default option for corporate travel, says Venson
Diesel is no longer the default option for business journeys, but it does have its place alongside future newer alternatives, according to Venson Automotive Solutions.
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Fleet MPG Marathon reveals ‘most remarkable’ results in event’s history
The most remarkable results in the history of the Fleet World/ALD Automotive MPG Marathon were recorded at this year’s event, according to organisers, including the highest ever figure for a diesel car and a petrol-engined competitor nearly topping 100 mpg, proving that ‘green’ engine technology in all its forms was moving on in huge strides.
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London Mayor told to cut car use to tackle pollution, congestion and health challenges
An independent commission of transport and environment experts has put pressure on the Mayor of London to be bold on reducing car use across the capital, to tackle the city’s ‘chronic’ air pollution, congestion and health challenges.
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London Mayor urges vehicle makers to compensate for toxic diesels
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is calling on vehicle manufacturers to contribute to his Air Quality Fund in recognition of the “negative impacts” their diesel vehicles have on air quality and public health in the capital.
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MPs join forces to re-launch joint air quality inquiry into government plans
Four House of Commons committees have teamed up to scrutinise the government’s plans to reduce the harmful effects of air pollution on public health and the environment.
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New UK air pollution figures reveal shocking lack of emission reduction progress
New official air pollution figures reveal the government has failed to make any progress in bringing down the number of illegally polluted regions across the UK in the 18 months after a court ordered ministers to do so, it is claimed.
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Insurance & Road Safety   
Government’s four-year MoT change proposal could cause road deaths 
Controversial planned changes to the MoT test would increase the number of unsafe vehicles on Britain’s roads, according to government figures obtained by consumer motoring site HonestJohn.co.uk.
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New calls for cut in drink-drive limit as breathalyser device marks 50 years of use
Renewed calls have been made for the drink-drive limit in England and Wales to be reduced – along with an increase in ‘visible policing’ – as the breathalyser device marks 50 years of use by UK police.
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Disposals & Remarketing
90% of dealers to review vehicle fuel profiles in 2018 amid diesel concern
Almost 90% of dealers plan to review their vehicle fuel profiles in 2018 in response to consumer uncertainties around diesel, according to a survey by Cox Automotive, parent company of remarketing giant Manheim.
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Key speaker on 2017 Budget added to line-up at VRA seminar
Analysis on the 2017 Budget and what it means for the motor industry – less than 24 hours after its details have been revealed on 22 November by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond – has been added to the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s (VRA) free-to-attend annual seminar.
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Brake goes on new car registrations as business confidence declines
New car registrations fell for the sixth consecutive month in September – down 9.3% to 426,170 units from a record 469,696 12 months previously – according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles appoints new head of fleet
David Hanna has been appointed to the role of head of fleet for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. He replaces Chris Black who left the brand earlier this month to pursue interests outside the Volkswagen Group.
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Fleet News
Employers recognise divorce and separation as leading risk to mental health
A nationwide evaluation of the impact of divorce and separation on employees has started with the aim of helping major employers come to grips with a risk to productivity still regarded as taboo by many HR and wellbeing professionals.
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Epyx offering audit trail to prove ADAS safety recalibration for fleets
Epyx is offering a new service that allows fleets to create an audit trail for recalibration of any Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) fitted to their cars or vans.
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Expanding Fleet Assist wins new contracts as it breaks through 800,000-vehicle mark
Fleet Assist, the supply chain management specialist for the UK fleet, leasing and rental industry, has seen the number of company cars and vans passing through its garage network break through the 800,000 mark.
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Fleets must be on their guard over removal of vehicle OBD-II Port and GDPR impact
Fleet managers have been warned to be wary of signing up to long-term telematics contracts that require the ‘plug and play’ technology to be plugged into vehicles’ onboard diagnostic-II (OBD) port, which are shortly expected to become obsolete.
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RAC, Europ Assistance, Falck, and VHD announce the creation of ERA Automotive
A new alliance created to enhance global coverage, unrivalled levels of technical expertise and customer experience in road services, has been formed by bringing together the major European road services assistance providers – RAC, Europ Assistance, Falck and VHD.
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Rental income more than doubles in second year of operation at Meridian
Income has more than doubled during the second year of operation at medium-term rental specialist Meridian, the company has reported.
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Marston’s raises a toast to Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
One of the UK’s top pub businesses and a leading brewer of premium cask and bottled beers is calling time on its long-established, mixed-marque van fleet after deciding to work towards an all-Mercedes-Benz line-up.
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Mercedes works with Scottish Ambulance Service to improve patient care
The Scottish Ambulance Service has this year added more than 180 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter ambulances to its fleet.
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Pets At Home achieve Van Excellence with r2c Online
Pets At Home has joined r2c Online, using the best practice compliance platform and pre-use check app to help them achieve accreditation to the Freight Transport Association managed Van Excellence scheme.
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