ICFM News

Posted On : 3rd Mar, 2017

Insurance excess deductions for company car drivers
Our current fleet policy states that company car drivers have to pay our motor insurance policy excess (£250), for all accidents which are their fault. I believe this has resulted in accidents either not being reported, therefore increasing end of lease repair costs, or, accidents are reported as ‘damaged whilst unattended’. We are currently reviewing our policy and I am interested to know what other companies do? Is it best practice to charge the driver at all? are there other processes we should be considering? Any feedback would be much appreciated.
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ICFM
Ambit becomes first business to join ICFM’s corporate investor programme
Ambit is the first company to sign-up to ICFM’s newly-launched Corporate Investor Programme designed to further raise the standards of fleet industry professionals and overcome a skills and knowledge shortage inside many employers.
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ICFM launches new Masterclasses with focus on salary sacrifice schemes
Imminent changes to car salary sacrifice scheme and cash or car allowance rules will be under the spotlight at the inaugural ICFM Masterclass.
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THINK! Mobile Phone Campaign
Use of mobile phones were are contributory factor in 22 fatal and 75 serious road accidents in 2015, and revealed as as one of the top four concerns for road safety in a 2016 survey.
From 1 March, the penalties will increase for those caught using a handheld phone while driving. Both the fine and penalty points will double: from £100 to £200 and from 3 to 6 points
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BusinessCar – Fleet Software roundtable
BusinessCar is launching a series of roundtable events in 2017 to help fleet managers keep up to date with the latest technology, share best practice, reduce operational costs and increase fleet efficiencies.
The first roundtable will be held on the 23rd of March at the Tower Hotel in central London and focuses on how businesses can best utilise fleet software in a modern world to drive savings and improve duty of care. Free to attend, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk with other fleet managers within the industry and software experts about how to make data really work for your business. The roundtable starts in the morning around 9.30am, and includes refreshments and a working lunch. There will be a number of open discussions, plus a presentation from sponsor, Chevin. The event will close by 2pm.
Spaces are limited. If you’re interesting in attending or have any queries, please email: editorial@businesscar.co.uk.

DVLA
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
Ambulance service set to save millions with introduction of electric vehicles
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) calculates that it could save up to £2.5 million in fuel costs over the next four years under a plan to introduce electrically powered rapid response vehicles (RRVs) into its fleet.
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Chancellor urged to raise first year VED rate to tackle air pollution
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has been urged to increase first year Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates so the extra costs of diesel pollution are reflected in the price of a new diesel car.
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Motor manufacturers unite to promote low emission vehicle benefits
Motor manufacturers joined forces to promote the benefits of low emission vehicles with the largest display of alternatively fuelled vehicles demonstrating the range and diversity of cars and vans available.
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Motorists applaud plans to install electric vehicle charging points at petrol stations
A new survey reveals that 85% of motorists would now consider buying an electric vehicle or choosing one as their company car.
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Shell launches its first hydrogen refuelling station in the UK
Shell has opened its first hydrogen refuelling station in the UK at its Cobham service station on the M25.
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TMC MPG data reveals £3,000 difference in driver fuel costs in identical cars
New ‘real-world driving’ data reveals that some fleet drivers are getting 40 fewer miles per gallon (MPG) than colleagues who drive identical models.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Brake teams up with Arval to deliver first Pledge training course of the year

Road safety charity Brake, with the support of vehicle leasing and fleet management company Arval, will deliver its first Pledge training course of 2017 on Tuesday, 14 March, in London.
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Businesses face fleet insurance increase after “crazy” government decision
Businesses can expect fleet insurance premiums to increase – perhaps by 10% – following what the Association of British Insurers called a “crazy” decision to change the way personal injury compensation payouts are calculated.
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Government to reform whiplash insurance claims with pay-out cap
The government has announced a series of measures to reform whiplash injury insurance claims triggered by road traffic collisions.
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Regulatory & Legislation
Parking machines “won’t be ready” to take new £1 coins

The introduction of the new £1 coin will lead to parking chaos as tens of thousands of machines will not be ready to accept the coins in time, according to the British Parking Association.
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Police launch crackdown on drivers’ mobile phone use as new penalties are introduced
Police forces nationwide, with the government’s backing, are cracking down on drivers’ use of hand-held mobile phones in the week that penalties for the offence were doubled.
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Manufacturers
Ford envisages vans and drones working together to solve ‘last mile’ deliveries
Vans and drones could work hand in hand to improve mobility in urban areas in one example of Ford’s vision for the ‘City of Tomorrow.
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Ford and Fiat’s new cars blasted by Euro NCAP for safety failings
New cars from Ford and Fiat have been slated by the European New Car Assessment programme for their performance in crash tests.
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Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev to jointly develop driverless vehicle fleet system
The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev have agreed to jointly explore development of mobility services with fleets of electric driverless vehicles for public and on-demand transportation.
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Vauxhall announces senior fleet moves
Vauxhall has appointed Tim White as its new national fleet sales manager and Steve Beattie has been promoted to the post of national contract hire and leasing manager.
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Fleet News
Activa Contracts launches flexible Rental Plus vehicle solution
The increasing demand for vehicle flexibility at a competitive rate coupled with changing employment conditions and tightening duty of care legislation has resulted in Activa Contracts launching Rental Plus.
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Award-winning PVS appoints Podbury to support further growth
Fast-growing, award-winning fleet consultancy and advisory service Puddy Vehicle Solutions (PVS) continues to expand with the appointment of Kelly Podbury as business manager.
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New research identifies ADAS blind spots amongst UK fleets
The adoption of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in UK fleets is accelerating but the industry’s knowledge is struggling to keep up with the pace of change, according to new research from Autoglass.
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Norton Way Corporate Sales wins Best Fleet Operation Award
Norton Way Corporate Sales (which includes Norton Way Nissan) won the prestigious Award for “Best Fleet Operation” at the AM Awards held at the ICC in Birmingham on 9th February 2017.
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Pendragon Vehicle Management becomes Van Excellence partner
Pendragon Vehicle Management has been acknowledged as a Van Excellence recognised partner.
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SMH makes multi-million pound investment in fleet vehicle management
SMH Fleet Solutions is to invest around £16 million in vehicle fleet management, logistics and support services and claims it is one of the UK’s largest financial investments in the sector.
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Vans
FORS brings ‘Professional’ training to the CV Show
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is taking its FORS Professional brand to this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, to promote the range of training it offers and delivers to members. 
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FTA Van Excellence briefings to highlight consequences of road traffic collision
The Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) 2017 Van Excellence Operational Briefings taking place this month will use a live action case study to demonstrate the need for vigilance and compliance at all levels of the logistics process.
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Jaama to highlight sophisticated new software functionality at 2017 CV Show
Fleet industry asset management software system provider Jaama will be showcasing new functionality introduced to its multi award-winning web-based vehicle, driver and workshop management solution Key2 at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show.
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