Posted On : 10th Feb, 2017

FTA Van Excellence Operation Briefings
FTA’s Van Excellence Operational Briefings provide companies with a unique opportunity to explore operational best practice across a range of key areas. Whether you are an existing Van Excellence member, or an operator keen to know where to begin, the Van Excellence briefings are designed to assist you. The briefings take place during March in London, Birmingham & Harrogate. For further details please click here
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New vehicle tax rates from 1 April 2017
The way vehicle tax is calculated will change for cars and some motor homes that are first registered with DVLA from 1 April 2017.
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Fuel & Green
Government urged to invest in plug-in vehicle servicing training for technicians
Millions of pounds of taxpayers cash is being spent on promoting plug-in vehicles via grants that subsidise acquisition costs and investment in charging points, but that cash will be wasted if the government won’t help independent garages and the wider industry keep up with the switch to electric, according to the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).
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Taxation & Finance
BVRLA calls for a rethink on planned VED changes
The new Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) regime will hit the car rental industry with a 400% tax rise, damaging its ability to purchase the newest, cleanest vehicles and provide affordable mobility to millions of customers.
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Insurance & Road Safety
New calls for drink-drive limit to be cut in England and Wales
Renewed calls have been made for a cut in the drink-drive limit in England and Wales after new government figures highlighted a significant rise in the number of people killed or seriously injured in accidents where at least one driver was over the limit when compared to 2014.
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Support for tougher sentences for those who kill on the road, says IAM Roadsmart survey
A survey by the UK’s biggest road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has shown road users want the law to be far stricter on those who cause death and serious injury when driving.
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Disposals & Remarketing
Company car average values accelerate at BCA to near record levels
Average values for ex-company cars sold by BCA have kicked off the New Year in style by increasing for the first time since last October, reaching £10,163, the second highest point on record.
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Hitachi Automotive Systems and Honda to establish joint venture to develop electric vehicles
Hitachi Automotive Systems and Honda Motor Co. have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding  aiming to establish a joint venture company for the development, manufacture and sales of motors for electric vehicles.
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New corporate sales manager joins Mitsubishi’s expanding team
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has taken on a new Corporate Sales Manager as part of the expansion of the retail and fleet sales team.
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UK new car market kick-starts 2017 with milestone for alternatively fuelled vehicles
The UK new car market achieved a 12-year high in January, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
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Vauxhall calls for vehicle fire database
Speaking to the Transport Select Committee Vauxhall representatives called on Government to help the automotive industry gain access to information about vehicle fires held by insurers.
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Fleet News
Activa contracts launches definitive company car or cash allowance online calculator
A new web-based company car or cash allowance calculator has been launched by Activa Contracts giving employers and employees in-depth analysis on the critical costs at the click of a button thereby simplifying the decision-making process.
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Benfield retires from Sandicliffe Motor Contracts
Gary Benfield has retired after 10 years in the driving seat at Sandicliffe Motor Contracts
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Charity warns of gridlock Britain
New provisional figures from the Department for Transport show that motor vehicle traffic has reached a record high.
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Chevin celebrates growth with appointment of global sales and marketing director
Fleet management software provider Chevin Fleet Solutions has announced the appointment of a new global sales director to drive its continued worldwide growth.
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The G3 Group strengthens management team
The G3 Group – the turnkey automotive brand – has strengthened its management team with the appointment of an operations director and a client relationship manager.
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Majority of human drivers ‘don’t bully’ autonomous vehicles
Human drivers do not yet know enough about autonomous vehicles to take advantage of them, according to new research from TRL, the global centre of innovation in transport and mobility.
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New head of compliance joins Alphabet’s executive team
Mobility and leasing experts Alphabet GB has announced that Leanne Christmas has joined the company’s UK executive team as its new head of compliance.
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North Ayrshire Car Club success drives down ‘grey fleet’ use at council
North Ayrshire Council is celebrating a successful first 18 months of its car club service after recording huge reductions in CO2 emissions and a surge in membership as a result of moving away from ‘grey fleet’ use thus saving £1.2 million in mileage claims.
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Quartix appoints two new directors
Vehicle tracking company Quartix has appointed two new directors to its board: Ed Ralph as chief operating officer and Lynne Austin as director with responsibility for the company’s UK fleet operations.
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Tusker launched new finance product for drivers at end of salary sacrifice scheme
Salary sacrifice specialist Tusker claims to have made it easier for drivers to own their car at the end of their Car Benefit Scheme agreement, with the launch of Tusker Driver Finance.
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Walter Lilly sets new standards for its supply chain by championing FORS
One of London’s foremost providers of prestige residential construction services, Walter Lilly, is now using its Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Champion status to formally acknowledge the role of a safe and efficient supply chain throughout its operations.
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FTA says Driver CPC training must remain flexible as Europe looks to reform
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is concerned that proposed revisions to the European Commission’s Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) Directive could limit operators’ ability to provide relevant training for their drivers.
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