ICFM News

Posted On : 20th Jan, 2017

DVLA – Trade Plates
An update to the revised trade plate guidance is due to be published later this month. The revised guidance will advise customers that trade plates can be displayed anywhere on a vehicle providing these are both visible and vertical on both the front and rear of the vehicle. This means that they cannot be displayed inside the vehicle as the reflection of the glass will restrict visibility. In addition the trade plates should not cover the vehicle’s existing number plates as this could have a negative impact on road safety and enforcement.
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Fuel & Green
Businesses to drive electric car registrations to new landmark in 2017
By mid-2017, government and industry body Go Ultra Low says more than 100,000 plug-in cars will be on UK roads with the majority of the vehicles bought with corporate cash.
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Fleets to drive down emissions with £20m government handout
Vans will go electric and lorries will run on hydrogen dual-fuel under a £20 million government programme to cut emissions and improve air quality, Transport Minister John Hayes has announced.
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Insurance & Road Safety
CMA calls for review after Highways England contractor confuses truck with supercar

Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA) has called on Highways England to review its processes for handling Crown property claims against fleet operators, drivers and insurers, with cost exaggerations and data errors unacceptably common.
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Government funding for DFA as it launches partnership with RHA
Driver First Assist (DFA), the not-for-profit road safety initiative, is calling on fleet help in its goal to reduce deaths and life-limiting injuries on the nation’s roads after received £70,000 of government funding and launching a new partnership with the Road haulage Association (RHA).
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Disposals & Remarketing
Used LCV values remain buoyant at BCA despite end-of-year blip
Average values of ex-fleet and lease light commercial vehicles fell back marginally in December after three consecutive record months, according to the latest market analysis from remarketing giant BCA.
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Manufacturers
Fiat Chrysler and Renault face diesel emissions probes
The Department for Transport has asked for details of a United States probe into Fiat Chrysler diesel emissions software as a matter of urgency.
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Lawyers take legal action against Volkswagen group over emissions scandal
Law firm Harcus Sinclair UK is leading legal action on behalf of consumers against Volkswagen Group over the long-running emissions cheating scandal.
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Suzuki appoints new fleet chief
Suzuki has appointed Graeme Jenkins as its head of fleet at a time when the company recorded record UK sales in 2016 of more than 38,000 units with at least 14% of those attributed to fleet and corporate business.
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Fleet News
Brexit, air quality and tax, key issues facing fleet industry in 2017, says BVRLA
Brexit and the political and economic uncertainty that brings, closely followed by the UK’s growing air quality crisis will be the key issues the UK’s fleet industry faces in 2017, according to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA).
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Changes at Licence Bureau as company expands
Licence Bureau has moved into new on-site offices and appointed Katie Swingler as its new compliance manager after a successful period of growth for the licence checking and compliance company.
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European fleets to benefit as Alphabet launches leasing services in China
Alphabet International has launched into the Chinese market and says customers in Europe and other parts of the world requiring vehicles in the rapidly expanding market will benefit.
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First Ark cuts fleet costs by £210,000 by outsourcing operation
Social enterprise organisation First Ark has saved £210,000 by collaborating with Fleet Operations on a series of fleet initiatives, aimed at increasing value for money.
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Fleet Alliance expands with Neva Consultants’ acquisition
Vehicle funding and fleet management specialist Fleet Alliance has acquired a controlling interest in East Sussex-based Neva Consultants for a seven figure sum.
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Fleet Assist chief leads successful drive for charity’s two new minibuses          
The lives of members of a Northamptonshire community club are being transformed after a well-known UK fleet personality led a fund-raising drive resulting in the delivery of two new minibuses.
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Motor industry jargon causes customer confusion and misunderstanding
Motor industry jargon causes confusion and misunderstanding among the majority of customers, according to a survey by LeasePlan.
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National Windscreens appoints new board member to drive growth
National Windscreens, the UK’s largest independently owned windscreen repair, replacement and calibration specialist, has strengthened its board of directors with the appointment of John Smallman.
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Prime Minister’s tariff-free trade promise key to safeguard motor industry, says SMMT
Prime Minister Theresa May’s promise of tariff-free trade with European Union countries following the UK’s exit will not be easy to achieve but was essential or the viability of the motor industry would be threatened.
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Rising pump prices means fleets should focus on fuel card management
Fuel cards should be the “cornerstone” of a company’s fuel management policy, according to vehicle leasing and fleet management giant Arval.
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Salary sacrifice car scheme popularity to remain post-government changes, says Tusker
The popularity of company car salary sacrifice schemes among employers and employees will continue, according to one of the UK’s largest providers, Tusker.
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Severn Crossing tolls to be slashed by up to 75%
Drivers and businesses will benefit from proposed cuts to Severn Crossing tolls following the return to public ownership, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced, whilst on a visit to Wales with Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns.
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‘Smart’ data utilisation and ease of integration among 2017 fleet software trends
The focus of fleet management software will continue to shift in 2017 to facilitate organisations’ intelligent utilisation of a wider variety of both internal and externally-generated data, according to Chevin Fleet Solutions.
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Specsavers makes cost-effective eyecare accessible for small fleets
Managers of smaller fleets are being urged to consider driver eyecare as an “affordable and highly valued benefit” by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, which claims it is now able to provide eyecare benefits at a price equal to those of large corporate customers.
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Traffilog UK joins FORS as Associate member
In-vehicle technology company Traffilog UK has become the latest supplier to join the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) as an Associate member.
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Vans
Britannia Helps UK’s growing van fleet to keep clean
The record number of vans on the UK’s roads has led to a surge of enquiries for the UK-based manufacturer of Britannia automated vehicle washing systems.
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Mercedes Vans’ customer-focused back-up is key to Marshall Fleet Solutions’ switch 
Marshall Fleet Solutions has added another 30 Mercedes-Benz vans to its fast-growing 24/7 operation.
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Peugeot Partner vans selected by GSF Car Parts
The UK’s largest independent car parts supplier – GSF Car Parts – has selected Peugeot’s Partner van to renew the majority of its local delivery fleet across the UK.
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Volkswagen floors the opposition to win new agreement with Designer Contracts
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has extended its partnership with the UK’s largest flooring contractor, Designer Contracts, with the addition of 10 vans.
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