ICFM News

Posted On : 15th Dec, 2017

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.

Taxation & Finance
Government confirms Spring Statement 2018 date
The government will publish its Spring Statement on Tuesday, 13 March, 2018, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced.
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Fuel & Green
Agreement reached on European proposals to tighten safer and cleaner car rules
Agreement has been reached to significantly raise the quality level and independence of vehicle type approval and testing, increase checks of cars that are already on the European Union market and strengthen the overall system.
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CO2 levels on the increase with fleets turning to petrol as leasing market grows
The total business fleet leasing market for cars and vans has grown 2.5% year-on-year to 1,338,000, according to findings from the latest Quarterly Leasing Survey carried out by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA).
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Electric Nation launches ‘Smart Charging Guide’ as 500 chargers are installed
Electric Nation has launched a ‘Smart Charging Guide Summary’ and, simultaneously, the project has achieved a significant milestone of installing 500 home electric vehicle smart chargers for trial participants.
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Heathrow welcomes 50th electric vehicle as part of pledge to ‘Go Electric’
Heathrow has reached a key milestone in its pledge to ‘Go Electric’ with the delivery of the 50th electric vehicle to the airport’s fleet.
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Leeds plans to introduce Clean Air Zone, but FTA warns of business cost increases
Leeds City Council is planning to introduce a charging Clean Air Zone with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) urging West Yorkshire businesses to make their voices heard or risk incurring significant additional operating costs as a result.
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RAC warns petrol and diesel likely to rise by up to 3p a litre in run-up to Christmas
Petrol and diesel prices could rise by as much as 3p a litre in the run-up to Christmas as a result of the main oil and gas pipeline system in the North Sea being shut for weeks to undergo emergency repairs.
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100 not out! Slimming World continues its commitment to hybrid
Slimming World, which claims to be the UK’s most popular slimming organisation, is upholding its status as a loyal Lexus fleet customer by taking delivery of its 100th car for its all-hybrid fleet.
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Insurance & Road Safety
ATS Euromaster reveals shocking number of drivers running on underinflated tyres
ATS Euromaster is urging drivers to book a free vehicle health check after its nationwide tyre pressure tests revealed an alarming 55% of customers – fleet and retail – surveyed were running on underinflated tyres.
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Downwell Group cuts insurance costs with connected vehicle cameras
Downwell Group has reduced annual insurance premiums by 20% and experienced a significant drop in crash frequency since adopting a connected vehicle camera solution from Intelligent Telematics.
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Disposals & Remarketing
‘Be prepared for economic uncertainty in 2018’ used car sector told
Being prepared for potentially quite sudden economic shifts could be the key task facing the used car sector in 2018, according to the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA).
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Manufacturers
ITV tunes into the benefits of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

ITV, the UK’s oldest and most successful commercial television network, is now calling on the best-selling Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to keep its millions of viewers up-to-date with the latest news and current affairs.
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SEAT maintains position as fastest growing brand in ‘true fleet’
SEAT UK has achieved ‘true fleet’ sales growth of 54% year-to-date and has maintained its position as the fastest growing manufacturer in the channel, according to the company.
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Fleet News
APD launches customer satisfaction app in latest round of product enhancements

APD says it has made it even easier and quicker for companies to collect driver feedback and comments via their smart phone, tablet or desk top with the roll out of a new app.
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Car dealerships will become ‘marketing hubs’ as finance goes online
The owners of car dealerships may argue their place is essential in the supply chain, but they have actually been proving the online model for years, as much of their wholesale stock is now sourced via online channels, either direct through supplier portals or through online auctions, it is claimed.
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CD Auction Group appoints Cullen as pool fleet management manager
CD Auction Group, the online vehicle remarketing and fleet support company, has appointed Simon Cullen as its pool fleet management manager.
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Chevin celebrates ‘another fantastic year’ and says there is more to come
Fleet software specialist Chevin is claiming “another fantastic year” after a string of global contract wins and being named Derbyshire’s ‘Business of the Year’ with the strong promise of more to come in 2018.
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Cost of traffic congestion to UK business accelerates to almost £1bn
The cost of traffic congestion to UK business has risen by almost £150 million in the past year, according to research conducted by TomTom.
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Government’s Industrial Strategy provides ‘clearer signposting to future of fleet’
The Government’s newly-unveiled Industrial Strategy provides important signals about where fleets may be heading in the medium-long terms, according to Arval.
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Hybrids can’t replace diesels without fleet policy changes, says FleetCheck
FleetCheck is warning of poor fuel economy and an increase in emissions for fleets moving to plug-in hybrids, unless accompanied by significant fleet policy changes.
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ScottishPower makes fuel go further with Trakm8 telematics
ScottishPower, one of the UK’s leading energy companies, has achieved a significant fuel efficiency increase in its first year of deploying driver behaviour technology from Trakm8.
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Vans  
Iveco’s 7.2-tonne Daily is the perfect fit for Connect Plus Services
Connect Plus Services, which operates and maintains the M25 motorway network including all adjoining trunk and slip roads on behalf of Highways England, has taken delivery of its first Iveco 7.2-tonne Daily chassis cabs.
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Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. the best route for Brighton & Hove buses
Brighton & Hove Buses has added six 100% electric Renault Kangoo Z.E. Vans to its fleet to support its workshop.
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