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FleetPoint 01/29/2020 04:50
PRIM Fleet Standards, a national road safety accreditation scheme, has appointed a new Ambassador – Pertemps Driver Training. PRIM Fleet Standards works closely with organisations to recognise them for their commitment to reducing road risk across their fleet. Uniquely, they award organisations of all fleet types and sizes, who are focusing on reducing road risk through pro-active risk management. Organisations enter the accreditation at a Bronze level and are awarded higher levels accordingly, throughout the journey of the standard with Platinum being the highest level of achievement! Pertemps Driver Training have been appointed as a nominated training partner and will […]
FleetPoint 01/29/2020 04:08
Go Plant Fleet Services has won the gold medal for its approach to Corporate Social Responsibility. The nationwide specialist fleet provider has been awarded top marks by EcoVadis – the global ratings platform that evaluates sustainability. Its overall CSR score places the company in the top five per cent within the vehicle renting and leasing industry. It’s the first time Go Plant Fleet Services has achieved the coveted gold standard and HR manager Sheldon Gayfer believes it’s an achievement that acts as a demonstration of credentials. He said: “EcoVadis is an external platform that measures and assesses a broad range […]
FleetPoint 01/29/2020 04:06
New response time targets for accident and emergency provision in the region prompted North East Ambulance Service to bolster its frontline fleet with another 44 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters. Supplied by local Dealer Bell Truck & Van, all are 5.0-tonne 519 CDI models with muscular 3.0-litre V6 engines which transmit their 190 hp outputs to the road via optional, seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearboxes. The medium-length L2 chassis are fitted with fully equipped box bodies by German specialist WAS. North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) runs a Mercedes-Benz-dominated fleet which now extends to 158 emergency ambulances. It operates a rolling […]
FleetPoint 01/29/2020 03:31
UK drivers should brace themselves for change: life on the roads is going to get harder and more expensive over the next decade, according to Highways magazine editor, Dominic Browne, in the first publication of 2020. “A combination of environmental legislation, tortuous urban congestion, budget constraints and rising public concerns over air pollution and carbon mean the introduction of tougher restrictions on where, when and how you drive,” he says. “As prices come down for electric vehicles, driving a petrol or diesel vehicle in major cities could become the new smoking – and enforced as much by social taboo as […]
FleetPoint 01/28/2020 05:00
The BVRLA has today published its 2020 Industry Outlook for Commercial Vehicles report, charting the main challenges faced by the sector and providing insight into how they are being overcome. The association, whose 1,000+ member organisations are responsible for over 5 million vehicles, including 20% of all trucks and vans on UK roads, has collaborated with Motor Transport and ten automotive leaders to provide a collective industry view. The 22-page report highlights a trend that shows demand for rented and leased commercial vehicles is increasing as operators look for flexible options during this continuing period of uncertainty. BVRLA Chief Executive […]
FleetPoint 01/28/2020 04:46
Paragon Software Systems has introduced a zoning tool in the latest version of its routing and scheduling software. Using Zone Editor, transport operations will now be able to further streamline planning processes by automatically factoring in geographic restrictions such as Low Emission Zones. The new functionality will allow geographic zones to be specified and stored within Paragon’s routing and scheduling software to help manage the increasing complexity of urban distribution plans. For example, transport planners will have the ability to create areas where low emission vehicles must be used for all deliveries. The tool includes pre-configured zones for London’s Congestion […]
FleetPoint 01/27/2020 05:46
The average price of a used car in December was £13,542 up from £12,976 in December 2018, reveals the Auto Trader Retail Price Index. After removing the impact of stock mix (changes in the types of vehicle entering or leaving the market), on a like-for-like basis prices contracted by -3.3%. Despite the second half of 2019 proving challenging for the industry, the year overall ended with like-for-like price growth increasing by 0.6% when compared to 2018, meaning the average price of a used car was £12,800. Supply of EVs almost triples but falls short of demand – keeping prices high […]
FleetPoint 01/27/2020 05:30
Leading driver training provider, Fleet Source, is set to become the largest independent Virtual Reality (VR) driver training provider in the UK, with a major expansion of its VR training programme. Fleet Source CEO, Nick Caesari, said: “It really is time for something new in driver training and we’ve invested heavily in the very latest VR solutions to bring learning to life for commercial drivers. “Our bespoke content and leading-edge equipment is designed to truly engage with professional drivers, using real life experiences in order to change behaviours, make our roads safer and save lives. “We’ve had tremendous feedback from […]
FleetPoint 01/27/2020 05:23
CD Auction claims the remarketing process is changing as fleets and dealers demand fewer vehicle movements for environmental reasons and the need for greater efficiency. The auction company predicts volumes of vehicles sold off-site will soar to 50% of vehicles sold in 2020. The company uses the latest technology to auction vehicles from a collection hub or de-fleet facility which removes the need to move the vehicles to an auction centre. It saw off-site sales reach 25% of its total sales volume in December 2019. Commenting on the trend, Andy Brown, managing director at CD Auction Group said: “With the […]
FleetPoint 01/27/2020 04:59
Hertz has rolled out new software across the UK and Europe to give customers accurate and transparent pricing for repairs when vehicles are returned. The new Damage Matrix data service was developed with Audatex to address the need for accurate repair pricing and greater transparency when customers return vehicles. Powered by Solera’s comprehensive vehicle database the platform was developed to support rental car companies in providing a clear breakdown of costs and the bill to be closed off in the presence of the customer upon return of the vehicle, as required by Leaseurope, the European Federation of Leasing Company Associations, […]
FleetPoint 01/27/2020 04:48
BP Chargemaster has opened the first public rapid charging hub on the M6 – and the first in the North West of England – is now live, with six 50kW rapid chargers located just off the motorway at the Caton Road Park and Ride site near Junction 34. While the 12 standard 7kW charging points will serve electric vehicle drivers who need to park for several hours to use the Park and Ride facilities to head into Lancaster, the six rapid chargers will help drivers making journeys up and down the M6. The opening of the charging hub marks a […]
FleetPoint 01/27/2020 04:38
Following recent media coverage, the AA has confirmed its patrols are told not to stop on smart motorways – but says it is not alone in providing such guidance. Earlier this month, the BBC’s Inside Out programme featured a segment on smart motorways, during which former AA patrolman of the year Tony Rich said crews are instructed to wait for a broken down vehicle to be towed to a safer location by Highways England. The story was picked up by the Express, who wrote: “smart motorway networks are considered so dangerous AA breakdown crews are not allowed to stop on the […]
FleetPoint 01/24/2020 04:16
Fleet management specialist Fleet Operations is urging fleet operators to ensure their drivers have regular eyesight tests following new research which shows that thousands of drivers lose their licence each year in the UK due to poor eyesight. The latest government figures reveal that 19,644 drivers had their licences revoked between January 2017 and September 2019 because their eyesight did not meet the required standard, the equivalent of 134 drivers per week, or more than 7,100 a year1. “All employers have a duty of care to confirm that any employees who drive either a company car or their own vehicle […]
FleetPoint 01/24/2020 04:04
‘Final mile’ delivery specialists in the UK, together with tradesmen and other operators working in urban areas, can now choose a competitively priced, fully electric van which offers up to twice the cargo volume of similarly sized competitors. West Midlands-based Bevan Group yesterday (Thursday 23 January) announced the signing of a landmark partnership agreement with conversion specialist Voltia, under which it has been awarded a licence to assemble and market the zero-emission Nissan-based vehicle in Great Britain and Ireland. The decision by one of the commercial vehicle sector’s most dynamic businesses to enter the fast-growing EV arena reflects the quality […]
FleetPoint 01/23/2020 06:28
Specialist freight forwarder DG International is launching Horizon, a cloud-based, single-platform solution bringing end-to-end digitisation, visibility and integration to supply chain management. Designed with customer’s varied needs in mind, Horizon can be tailored to different business objectives. Rather than being an ‘out-of-the-box’ solution, the platform offers complete visibility over the supply chain enabling customers to request quotes, book shipments and manage freight movements online. Through Control Tower, Horizon’s satellite tracking system, customers can see exactly where their shipments are on each journey. In addition, the platform’s cloud-based advanced analytics and real-time reporting inform cost-saving decisions and dri.
FleetPoint 01/23/2020 06:17
A pioneering project to ensure that connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and their infrastructure are protected against rising cybersecurity threats, has been named as a winner of a government competition. ResiCAV – a ground-breaking programme that looks at how the mobility industry will detect, understand and respond to emerging cybersecurity threats in real-time – is one of seven projects announced as part of the project. The ResiCAV consortium will receive a grant to help CAVs develop real-time responsiveness to cybersecurity threats. The consortium will set out the requirements and specifications for Vehicle Security Operations Centres (VSOCs) that support the monitoring […]
FleetPoint 01/22/2020 09:28
Prisoners at HM Prison Featherstone are being given a life changing opportunity to forge careers once their sentences are complete, thanks to the world’s largest tyre manufacturer Bridgestone and its award winning training offering. In an attempt to address the skills shortage in the truck tyre industry – and instil pride into prisoners’ lives – Bridgestone has partnered with the prison to offer a hat-trick of commercial tyre training qualifications, dubbed as being ‘indispensable’ amongst dealers and fleet customers. Up to 30 Featherstone students will gain IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) accredited qualifications featuring Bridgestone’s REACT roadside technician, commercial […]

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