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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 […]
FleetPoint 01/22/2020 05:31
An increasing number of vans are being returned to Fleet News 50 (FN50) companies early, in a possible sign that fleets are taking action to minimise their exposure to ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) charges. London launched its ULEZ in April 2019. It means that vans which do not comply to Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel emissions standards face a daily £12.50 charge to enter the city centre. This has led many national fleets to relocate vans which do not comply with these standards to areas of the country which are not affected by the charge. But it also appears many […]
FleetPoint 01/22/2020 05:15
Transport for London (TfL) has revised the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) to ease the fitting of sensors to articulated lorries. The update is designed to prevent false positive warnings from sensors going off unnecessarily when the vehicle is turning left. Sensors to warn a driver when a cyclist or pedestrian is coming up on the inside will be mandatory for some HGVs entering Greater London under new rules coming into force on October 26. The DVS is designed to reduce the risk of accidents caused when vulnerable road users enter blind spots around HGVs. It is part of London Mayor […]
FleetPoint 01/22/2020 04:58
Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) demonstrator project, E-Flex, today reveals findings that over four in five (86%) fleet managers plan to deploy electric vehicles (EVs) within the next five years. The research, conducted by Opinium in partnership with E-Flex, surveyed 500 fleet managers across the UK on their attitudes to fleet electrification. Cost of EV deployment Whilst over a quarter (27%) of fleet managers are already deploying EVs, almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents said they are concerned about rising energy costs. Over half (55%) cited the high initial purchase price as the main barrier to EV adoption, with almost half (48%) identifying worries […]
FleetPoint 01/22/2020 04:47
Four-in-10 of all new vans on sale do not come with an alarm as standard, according to an exclusive investigation by What Car? Vans. The findings follow research highlighting how more than 43,000 vans have been stolen since 2016, with a further 117,000 broken into, costing drivers and businesses more than £61.9 million in lost tools and other items**. Analysis of all new vans on sale today by What Car? Vans found just 58% of models come with a factory fitted alarm as standard*. Another 36.5% were found to offer a factory fitted alarm as an optional extra, while 5.5% […]
FleetPoint 01/22/2020 04:32
Today Delta-EE, the specialist new energy consultancy, launches a new report into public EV charging infrastructure. This highlights the UK is one of the leading European countries for chargepoint infrastructure, with nine EVs per public chargepoint – a better ratio than recommended by the European Commission of 10 EVs per chargepoint. Despite the UK being one of the leaders in Europe, there remains disparity across the regional distribution of charging infrastructure with London, Scotland, South East and South West having the greatest density of infrastructure. In contrast, JD Power’s recent survey highlighted 64% of respondents are concerned about the availability […]
FleetPoint 01/21/2020 06:30
Nearly a fifth of Isuzu D-Max, Dacia Sandero and Ford Fiesta models failed their first MOT test last year, new data from popular car owner companion website and app KnowYourCar has revealed. All road-going vehicles are required to have an MOT certificate on their third birthday. When 2016-registered D-Max models, petrol-powered Sanderos and diesel Fiestas were tested for the first time, 19% failed – with the same issue causing the most failures for all three models: ‘headlamp aim out of alignment’. The same issue also caused the majority of 2016 Honda Jazz models to fail their first MOT test, although […]
FleetPoint 01/20/2020 05:15
As the UK works towards net zero emissions by 2050, new initiatives and policies are emerging that have provoked increased discussion surrounding the future of electric vehicles (EVs). News stories in recent months have focused on everything from the potential of green number plates to quicker adoption of EVs or stories on how flying electric taxis will revolutionise how we travel. Some of these predictions have been floating around for a long time, seemingly always just one more year away. So here, I aim to give you an insight into what the top trends in electric fleets will be in […]
FleetPoint 01/20/2020 04:51
UKTV has invested in online car repair marketplace Clickmechanic.com using its multi-million pound investment fund, UKTV Ventures. The online start-up, which allows motorists to get quick online quotes and book pre-vetted mechanics, has secured £1m worth of commercial airtime across the broadcaster’s network of channels. ClickMechanic’s real-time, online quoting engine is the first of its kind in Europe and empowers users to get the best deal possible and ensure they pay a fair price. Andrew Jervis, co-founder and CEO of ClickMechanic, says: “We’re excited for this fantastic opportunity to reach millions of new consumers. To be partnering with and having […]
FleetPoint 01/20/2020 04:36
Highways experts are developing pioneering technology to eliminate one of the biggest risks facing England’s roadworkers. Highways England and its partners are joining forces to create automated vehicles to lay cones on the country’s motorways and major A roads – and prevent workers having to lift an average 10 tonnes of equipment per shift. Cones are needed to protect road users and road workers while essential improvements or maintenance is carried out on the busy routes. But dramatic footage released today by Highways England shows how terrifying it can be for the workers who traditionally put the cones out, working […]
FleetPoint 01/20/2020 04:21
From the 2040 ban on petrol and diesel vehicles to the introduction of Clean Air Zones, WLTP and RDE, 2019 was a year of pivotal moments for the automotive industry. WLTP was one of the biggest stories in the leasing industry in 2019. Because it records higher CO2 scores than the old regime, many vehicle manufacturers have had to rethink their entire lines. For fleet managers and company car drivers, the impact of WLTP has also been acutely felt, as uncertainty around BIK tax and Brexit continue to cause anxiety. More so than ever before, fleet providers are now playing […]
FleetPoint 01/20/2020 03:59
A leading vending machine and office coffee service provider has increased productivity after installing Trakm8 telematics. Lavazza Professional supplies Klix vending systems and Flavia coffee brewers to businesses across the UK. It operates around 80 company cars for its technicians and sales team. The company recently changed telematics providers and found that installing Trakm8 telematics across its fleet has freed up a lot of time for employees. Keeley Mayne, Area Service Manager for Lavazza Professional, said: “The reduced time it takes to do fuel reporting has made a major impact on our business. Before Trakm8, it took each driver 60 […]
FleetPoint 01/20/2020 03:46
Boris Johnson, the UK Prime minister, is being urged to step in and call a complete halt to shared space road design across the UK. The National Federation of the Blind UK (NFBUK) says shared space schemes – where features such as kerbs, road surface markings and designated crossing places are removed – continue to adversely affect many blind, partially sighted, disabled and vulnerable pedestrians. The charity has long campaigned against the schemes, which are intended to create a safer road environment – based on the theory that drivers will reduce their speed because of uncertainty over who has priority. On 7 […]
FleetPoint 01/20/2020 03:27
Approximately one in 15 drivers stopped by Police Scotland over the festive period tested positive for alcohol or drugs. The force’s festive drink and drug drive campaign ran between 1 December and 2 January and saw officers breathalyse 8,687 drivers at the roadside. In total, 580 people were arrested for drink (395) or drug (185) driving offences – equating to just under 7%. Of those caught drink driving, 29 drivers failed a breath test the morning after drinking. The number of arrests is similar to the level recorded during the 2018/19 campaign – when 565 offences were detected from 8,632 tests. Police Scotland describes […]
FleetPoint 01/16/2020 05:42
Blackheath Products, a leading supplier to the construction and furniture industries, entered 2020 with an eye-catching ‘new’ fleet following the completion by Graphics Depot of a major rebranding programme. A division of the multi-faceted Bevan Group, Graphics Depot removed the existing liveries and applied its customer’s latest, eye-catching design to no fewer than 16 trucks which were already in service. Blackheath Products is a £28 million turnover business, and operates from a base with 100,000 sq ft of warehousing in Halesowen, West Midlands. It supplies decorative laminate, melamime-faced boards, solid surfacing and acrylic panels to the construction industry, as well […]
FleetPoint 01/16/2020 04:29
Moixa, the developer of smart battery and electric vehicle (EV) charging software, and Honda today unveil a smart EV charging project with Islington Council to optimise its vehicle fleet at the town hall. The project will reduce harmful air pollution, save money for essential services and help Islington achieve its 2030 net-zero carbon emissions target. Moixa and Honda will support Islington Council to achieve its ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ) emissions standard across its fleet of 500+ vehicles. The council’s goal is to electrify its entire fleet, cutting 1,400 tonnes of dangerous carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from local air pollution every […]
FleetPoint 01/15/2020 03:33
Fleet management software is essential for running a car rental business. These tools give rental establishments more control over general fleet operations, including: Vehicle maintenance and scheduling. Fleet Operations, including expenses. Fuel cost tracking. Vehicle count and inventory. The technology provides valuable insight into operating expenses such as fuel and maintenance costs that can go unchecked without software. When it comes to fleet management, managers know that efficiency and tracking are critical metrics to success. There are many benefits of using fleet management software to run a car rental company. Below are some of the most important ones. A Detailed […]
FleetPoint 01/14/2020 05:46
Prices of used hybrids and electric cars reached a record level in Q4 2019 according to the latest used car report from Autorola. Average online prices rose to £19,021 in Q4 from £12,594 in Q3 on the back of a strong demand, low supply and a fall in average age and mileage from 43 months in Q3 to 21 months in Q4. “We are seeing an unprecedented demand from the trade for used hybrids and EVs. All part exchanges and unwanted or replica stock that reaches our online platform are snapped up quickly thanks to a rise in consumer demand,” […]

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