ICFM News

Posted On : 8th Dec, 2017

Industry Events
Go Ultra Low Fleet Summit 10th January
Pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles have never been more popular in the UK, with more than 125,000 new registrations since 2011. The Government’s aim is to end sales of conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 – and UK businesses are playing a leading role in achieving this.
The Go Ultra Low Fleet Summit will be led by a keynote speech from Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry. Also, for the first time, the Summit will feature two session streams, to help provide organisations with the right level of information.
Session One: Are EVs right for my business?
This session is designed to provide an overview of running a low emission fleet for professionals with limited experience. It will include an explanatory overview of relevant industry topics, including technology types, Government support and infrastructure, using case studies and testimonials from organisations currently running low emission vehicles on their fleets.
Session Two: Growing your low emission fleet
This interactive session will be led by case studies and testimonials from organisations that have successfully grown their low emission fleets. This will include practical advice on how to expand your electric fleet and educate your company car drivers.
Each of the seminars will also include a panel discussion and Q&A featuring influential automotive fleet professionals from across the industry.
The summit will culminate in a drinks reception held in the SMMT showroom.
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If you would like to attend the invitation-only event, places are very limited, please  email goultralow@smmt.co.uk by 18 December, highlighting which seminar you wish to attend.
DVLA
DVLA opening hours: Christmas and New Year

Friday 22 December 8am to midday (drivers premium line will be open until 4pm)
Saturday 23 December 8am to 2pm
Christmas Eve closed
Christmas Day closed
Boxing Day closed
Wednesday 27 December 8am to 5.30pm
Thursday 28 December 8am to 5.30pm
Friday 29 December 8am to 5.30pm
Saturday 30 December 8am to 2pm
New Year’s Eve closed
New Year’s Day closed
Tuesday 2 January 8am to 7pm

Customers will be able to use their online services throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

Fuel & Green
A third of all company cars to be electrified in four years
A third of all company cars will be electric or plug-in hybrid by 2022, according to a survey of fleet managers.
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Fleets call for clarity on clean air according to Mercedes-Benz Vans survey
New research from Mercedes-Benz Vans UK suggested confusion and concern was rife among businesses over environmental policy on the anniversary of the ‘Great Smog’- Tuesday (5 December, 2018) marked 65 years since the Great Smog of London – the worst air pollution event in UK history.
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London Ultra-Low Emission Zone expansion consultation launched
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a public consultation on the next phase of his hard-hitting plans to tackle the capital’s toxic air, reduce filthy emissions and protect the public from harmful pollution by expanding the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
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Petrol and diesel most expensive for three years as prices go up by 2p a litre
Petrol and diesel rose by more than 2p a litre in November taking the average price of both fuels to their most expensive for three years, new RAC Fuel Watch data shows.
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UK government to face another court hearing over toxic pollution
A judge has ordered a High Court hearing in ClientEarth’s latest case against the UK government over illegal and harmful levels of air pollution in the country.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Clancy Group becomes Driving for Better Business safety champion
Clancy Group, parent company of civil engineering business Clancy Docwra, has become the latest Business Champion for the Driving for Better Business campaign.
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Drivers caught using a handheld phone falls 11% following tougher penalties
The number of drivers stopped for illegally using a handheld phone while driving in the three months after the introduction of tougher penalties in the spring compared to the three months immediately before fell by just over 1,700, new data seen by the RAC shows.
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Police forces launch operational push to stop drink and drug-driving over Christmas
The traditional festive season police operation to stop people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has been launched.
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Social media addicts, drink and drug-driving and mobile phone use worry drivers
Motorists’ biggest worries are people updating social media or sending text messages while driving, drink or drug-driving and mobile phone use, according to IAM RoadSmart’s third annual Safety Culture Survey, which examines the attitudes and concerns of UK drivers.
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Manufacturers
New car and van sales continue to fall: fleet investment key to improve air quality
Company car sales fell significantly in November – the eighth consecutive monthly decline in new car registrations – according to latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which attacked the government for its diesel vehicle tax strategy.
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Fleet News
CLM achieves Investors in People accreditation for 20 continuous years

Newport Pagnell-based CLM Fleet Management has again been awarded accreditation against the Investors in People (IIP) standard.
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Ebbon-Dacs upgrades home page for Leaselink e-procurement platform
Ebbon-Dacs, the European e-procurement specialist for major leasing and fleet management companies, has announced an upgrade to the home page of its e-procurement platform Leaselink that will enhance the experience of end-users.
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Fleet industry ‘positive’ about 2018, but managers have much to do predicts BVRLA
The vehicle rental and leasing industry is “feeling positive and ready to embrace the market opportunities it sees in the months ahead”, according to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), which has unveiled its ‘2018 Industry Outlook Report’.
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Highways England lightening the load for motorists and hauliers this Christmas
A £15 billion investment on motorways and major A-roads is helping motorists and hauliers this festive season get to their destinations quicker and with fewer delays, according to Highways England.
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Nationwide Vehicle Contracts tops list of UK’s largest leasing brokers
Manchester-based Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has been named the largest leasing broker by fleet size with the launch of the ‘LBF T30’ – the Leasing Broker Federation’s Top 30 companies by fleet size.
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Pendragon to reduce premium brand focus following review
Pendragon, the UK’s largest motor dealership group, it to reduce its premium brand franchise locations over a three-year period and to sell its United States business.
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Wise takes on new board-level role at expanding vGroup international as it restructures
Motor accessory essentials provider vGroup International has restructured following rapid growth as the company moves into the next phase of expansion.
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Vans  
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles promotes crash avoidance technology to fleets
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which in June became the first van manufacturer to fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems as standard to all its vans, has teamed up with the Driving for Better Business (DFBB) campaign to support a series of events designed to demonstrate the benefits of crash avoidance technology to fleets.
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