Posted On : 6th Jan, 2017

Highways England
Dart Charge: Up to 1.1m Dart Charge accounts are managed by Highways England, of these 75,000 are business accounts. Following our recent meeting with Highways England, which covered concerns raised by our members, Highways England are hoping to introduce a number of new initiatives in 2017 and are happy to discuss directly any issues you are having trouble resolving.
The latest Dart Charge stakeholder newsletter is available to download from your members area, containing advice, stats and contact details.
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Fuel & Green
BVRLA members concerned about new vehicle emissions test

Members of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) have expressed concern over the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), because it is likely to identify higher CO2 emissions for vehicles than the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) which has been in use since 1992.
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Fuel prices to rise in 2017 predicts retailers
Fuel prices could accelerate to around 128p per litre by mid-2017 hitting economic recovery, according to the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).
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Taxation & Finance
Budget date set for March 2017

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, has announced that the government will publish its next spring Budget on Wednesday, 8th March, 2017.
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BVRLA calls for cuts to company car tax on ULEVs to be brought forward
Cuts to company car benefit-in-kind tax for ultra-low emission vehicles should be brought forward, according to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA).
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Insurance & Road Safety
Brake teams up with Arval to help companies improve road safety to save lives
Road safety charity Brake, with the support of vehicle leasing and fleet management company Arval, has announced new training courses throughout the UK to help companies improve the safety of their at-work drivers.
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Drivers back blanket block on mobile phone use
Drivers’ use of mobile phones has been called an ‘epidemic’ and now two-thirds of motorists believe the government should introduce technology to disable certain phone functions for the sake of safety, according to new research.
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European Commission outlines plans for safer cars and commercial vehicles
The European Commission has published a list of 19 “life-saving safety technologies” that could be made mandatory on new vehicles in the next update of European Union vehicle safety rules expected next year.
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Fleets told to review duty of care systems after truck crash faulty brakes horror
Fleets have been urged to review their duty of care systems and procedures after the owner of a haulage firm and the company’s unqualified mechanic were convicted of manslaughter after a defective tipper truck careered out of control killing four people.
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Ministers plans to block drivers from using mobile phones
Drivers could be blocked from using their mobile phone in vehicles amid plans being drawn up by ministers and technology companies to cut the death and injury tolls on Britain’s roads.
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Vauxhall appoints new fleet marketing and Motability manager
Richard Roberts is the newly appointed fleet marketing and Motability manager at Vauxhall with responsibility for the marque’s fleet marketing and operations, Motability sales and fleet sales order fulfilment.
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Vauxhall appoints new national commerical vehicle sales manager
Andy Savage is the new national commercial vehicle and B2B sales manager at Vauxhall with effect from this week.
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Fleet News
A year in review: The wackiest things to damage windscreens in 2016
Autoglass has asked customers to reveal the wackiest things to damage their windscreens in 2016 and there were some downright unfortunate responses.
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ATS Euromaster expands Arval tyre supply deal
ATS Euromaster has further cemented a 20-year relationship with vehicle leasing and fleet management company Arval with a new deal.
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DFC installs RAC Telematics to deliver fleet support for Northern Ireland businesses
Increasing numbers of businesses in Northern Ireland are benefitting from the cost saving features of vehicle telematics technology, according to a Belfast-based vehicle management company.
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Fraikin deal helps Birmingham hospitals save time and money and boost reliability
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has contracted Fraikin to support its fleet – and is now reaping the rewards of increased uptime, reliability and lower costs.
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Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions installs RAC Telematics
Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions has signalled its confidence in telematics and connected vehicle technology by installing RAC devices in all of its new commercial vehicles.
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Prestige Fleet Servicing to further expand network
Prestige Fleet Servicing is looking to expand its network of independent fleet service centres by a third in the first quarter of next year to meet rising demand.
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Transport Minister extols the virtues of the fleet industry
Transport Minister John Hayes has recognised the importance of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and told a room of representatives from the industry that the government would work with the sector to tackle the “big issues”.
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UK car sales at record high in 2016
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said 2.69 million cars were registered last year, 2% higher than in 2015.
Courtesy of the BBC
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2017: the year for more car sharing, says Alphabet
2017 will herald a continuing rise in car sharing, according to Nick Butler, head of corporate mobility at Alphabet.
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FTA Van Excellence briefings to return in spring 2017
The Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Van Excellence Operational Briefings return in spring 2017 with a line-up of speakers, exploring risk and driver management and discussing best practice and compliance issues.
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JCDecaux signs up for more Renault Trafic and master vans
JCDecaux UK, the UK’s leading outdoor advertising company, has called on the Renault Trafic and Master to help spread clients’ messages across the UK.
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Mercedes-Benz Citan powers into Boulting Group fleet
Warrington-based engineering company Boulting Group has invested in a new fleet of 20 Mercedes-Benz vans.
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Mercedes-Benz Vans are the healthy option for Theo’s
One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of marinated chicken and accompaniments has commissioned a new fleet of temperature-controlled Mercedes-Benz vans to distribute its products nationwide.
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RAC launches first dedicated Truck Rescue Patrol
The RAC has launched the first of its dedicated Truck Rescue Patrol vehicles aiming to keep haulage and logistics customers on the move.
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Reconomy becomes latest company to ‘champion’ the FORS standard
Reconomy, a provider of outsourced recycling and resource management services, has joined FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) as a ‘champion’.
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SGM puts safety first with Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
SGM Distribution went once again for the safe option when it invested in two more Mercedes-Benz vans.
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