ICFM News

Posted On : 1st Dec, 2017

Fuel & Green
Chargemaster to install 150 charging points in Lancashire
Chargemaster, the UK’s largest provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, will install 150 new charging points across Lancashire, following a successful bid by Lancashire County Council to the Department for Transport’s Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund.
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Drivers less likely to buy or choose diesel following Budget changes, says CLM survey
Drivers are less likely to buy or choose a diesel as their next car following the introduction of the tax changes in the Autumn Budget Statement, according to new research from CLM Fleet Management.
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IMI calls for government investment in electric vehicle technician training
The government has been urged to invest in training vehicle technicians to work on plug-in vehicles in addition to ploughing money into establishing a larger national network of recharging points.
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In-vehicle fuel consumption meters to be mandatory from 2020
The European Union is considering mandating for the fitment of fuel consumption meters in new cars and light commercial vehicles from 2020, according to reports.
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Lobbyists call for a national network of Clean Air Zones in illegal pollution battle
Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have told MPs that the government was failing to protect the health of people across the UK by lacking leadership and political will over illegal air pollution.
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Real-world emissions primarily determined by vehicle selection not driving style
Driver training can improve fuel economy and reduce vehicle emissions, but will not eliminate the amount they exceed motor manufacturer published laboratory test figures, according to a new analysis by Emission Analytics.
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Shell powers formed by joining motor manufacturer EV recharging network
Oil giant Shell is to install High-Power-Charging (HPC) electric vehicle recharging points on forecourts across 10 European countries including the UK.
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Taxation & Finance
Government confirms 2018/19 car and van fuel benefit and van benefit charges
The government has confirmed the car and van fuel benefit and van benefit charges that will apply from 6 April, 2018.
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TMC welcomes Budget move on flat-rate travel and subsistence claims
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to return to a less-cumbersome regime for settling travel and subsistence claims.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Analytics firm launches new workplace driver risk, aptitude and knowledge platform
Predictive analytics firm Cognisess has launched Cognisess Drive – a cloud-based assessment platform designed to improve driver performance on and off the road.
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Call for drivers to ‘slow down, make space and move on’ when passing breakdowns
The RAC has taken the unusual step of releasing photographs of a horrific accident which occurred last Thursday evening (23 November) on the westbound hard shoulder of the M4 near Swindon to draw attention to the significant risk of breaking-down on the motorway.
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Keyless entry vulnerability: Thatcham Research offers guidance to concerned drivers
A spate of vehicle thefts exploiting keyless entry systems has led to Thatcham Research – the motor insurers’ automotive research centre – to issue new security advice to drivers.
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Police data shows 10% rise in vehicle vandalism in three years
The number of vehicles vandalised in England and Wales has increased by 10% in the last three years, according to data seen by RAC Insurance.
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Police dish out £5.5m in fines for drivers’ phone use since tougher penalties introduced
Police in Britain have handed out more than 27,000 fines to drivers for illegally using a mobile phone since March this year, when the penalty for the offence doubled, new research by car reviews website Carbuyer.co.uk has revealed.
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Time is of the essence: speed down save lives, says Venson
More than a quarter (28%) of people driving on business-related trips speed because they set off too late or don’t allow enough time for their journey, according to a survey by Venson Automotive Solutions.
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Disposals & Remarketing 
Expansion for Wilsons Auctions with acquisition of Newport Auctions

Wilsons Auctions has bought South Wales auction company Newport Auctions for an undisclosed sum.
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Quality of ex-fleet stock helps Epyx pass 2,000th trade buyer disposal platform mark
The number of trade buyers using Epyx’s 1link Disposal Network platform has passed 2,000 for the first time.
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Manufacturers
SMMT President calls for faster, concrete progress in agreeing Brexit transition period
The government has been urged not to undermine the UK automotive industry’s hard won competitiveness due to slow progress on Brexit.
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Fleet News  
APD launches live company car driver satisfaction tracker
APD Global Research has launched a definitive ‘live’ tracker on business driver satisfaction which includes franchise dealers and independent service networks.
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English council parking profits accelerate 10% to record high
English councils made a record £819 million from their parking operations in the last financial year.
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Fleet Alliance wins Leasing Broker of the Year Award
Glasgow-based Fleet Alliance was named Leasing Broker of the Year at the Leasing Broker Federation’s annual awards.
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Improved mobility, driverless and electric vehicles key in UK’s new industrial strategy
Improved mobility, the introduction of autonomous vehicles and a transition to zero emission vehicles are key features of the government’s new Industrial Strategy, which was revealed this week.
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Technology investments underused by more than half of UK businesses
More than half of UK businesses (56%) have invested in technology over the past five years that has been underused, according to research by TomTom Telematics.
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Vans  
Concept Group extends partnership with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
Document management expert Concept Group has taken delivery of five Caddy vans from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
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Top driving tips for first time van drivers from IAM RoadSmart
Driving a van for the first time requires some thought – although they are in the same licence group as a car there are some real differences which could catch first time drivers out, according to IAM RoadSmart.
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