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FleetPoint 07/02/2020 04:27
McLaren Racing has put its new fleet of 24 Volvo FH Globetrotter XL tractor units into service, transporting all of the team’s equipment for this weekend’s season-opening F1 race in Spielberg, Austria. The new 4×2 left-hand drive trucks will stand out in the paddock thanks to their striking Mammoth Tree Metallic grey paintwork, featuring a flash of McLaren’s traditional papaya orange along the swage line. They have been supplied as part of a long-standing partnership with the Woking-based F1 team. Andy Collett, Key Account Manager at Volvo Trucks, worked closely with McLaren to tailor the new vehicles for optimum efficiency, […]
FleetPoint 07/02/2020 03:14
Exclusive research by PEUGEOT UK found nearly one in every four vans exceeded their maximum payload capacity in Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) roadside tests, placing both drivers and other road users at risk*. PEUGEOT UK demonstrates how this problem can be avoided through the Tradesmen Challenge, where competing Tradesmen use the innovative Overload Indicator technology to load vans as close to the legal load weight as possible. PEUGEOT’s research found 7% of van drivers were found to exceed their payload limit by 15% to 30%, placing themselves and other road users in significant danger, as overloading increases braking distances, compromises […]
FleetPoint 07/02/2020 02:36
Car accident rates in the UK are increasing rapidly as lockdown eases and drivers hit the roads again according to new analysis by AX. Early on in lockdown, the data revealed an 81% drop* in the first two weeks of April compared to first two weeks of March prior to restrictions being imposed, says the accident aftercare and vehicle management technologies specialist. However, accidents rose by 72% in May compared to April**, a considerable increase even before lockdown was significantly eased following the Prime Minister’s speech on 10 May. The research by AX involving thousands of non-fault incidents – where […]
FleetPoint 07/01/2020 03:59
Engenie, one of the UK’s largest rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, today announces that it has begun the internal process of re-naming to ‘Osprey’ as it gears up for rapid expansion to meet the demand of a burgeoning EV mass market. It is estimated that new limits on public transport aimed at minimising the spread of COVID-19 will lead to an extra one million cars on UK roads*. To limit the impact of this on UK air quality, the government is introducing new incentives to encourage drivers to adopt zero-emission vehicles. These incentives include potentially introducing a £6,000 scrappage […]
FleetPoint 07/01/2020 03:26
Ford is making the vast majority of its commercial vehicles connected as standard, helping customers and their businesses to thrive by boosting productivity, maximising uptime, and staying at the forefront of technology. The FordPass Connect modem is now fitted as standard across the seven core products in Ford’s commercial vehicle line-up, including Ford Transit, Transit Custom and Ranger. FordPass Connect connected services, which enable a range of remote productivity and convenience features via the FordPass Pro smartphone app, have now been made complimentary for owners across Europe. 1 FordPass Connect has also enabled over-the-air (OTA) software updates to keep commercial […]
FleetPoint 07/01/2020 02:59
TIP Trailer Services, market leading equipment services provider, is delighted to announce the launch of their new range of telematics-based digital and connected services, under the name of ‘TIP Insight’. Telematics has long since been a part of the transport industry and has proved crucial in keeping track of trailers and other assets, ensuring their safety and that of their cargo. However, new technologies have helped to drive customer expectations and TIP Insight takes the use of telematics a step further by collecting robust data about a trailer’s performance to provide operational efficiencies for those customers. In other words, TIP […]
FleetPoint 06/30/2020 03:25
These are exciting times for Mercedes-Benz Approved Used Trucks customer John Dinham Transport, which has just moved to a new base in Avonmouth. Proprietor John Dinham purchased his first pre-owned vehicle from Dealer City West Commercials in 2016, and has since added another 14. All are Mercedes-Benz models, with the exception of the latest – a 7.5-tonne FUSO Canter. Despite having a different badge on the front, it, too, is from the Daimler family; the FUSO Canter light truck range is sold and supported by Mercedes-Benz Trucks and its Dealer network in Great Britain. A 66-registered 7C18 model, the Canter […]
FleetPoint 06/30/2020 03:09
As part of a recent campaign to recognise the commercial workers who have tirelessly kept Britain moving during the Covid-19 pandemic, Goodyear has been searching for some of the most dedicated Highway Heroes on the roads today. During April and May, the tyre company invited nominations via LinkedIn for deserving commercial operatives, with one winner chosen each month to receive a brand-new set of premium tyres for their personal vehicle. With the competition now closed, two sets of Goodyear’s recently launched EfficientGrip Performance 2 tyres have been awarded to Graham Watson, Depot Manager at BMTR, Coleshill, and Martin Foster, Company […]
FleetPoint 06/30/2020 02:56
Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, Roads Minister Baroness Vere has announced today (Monday 29th June). Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle. MOT tests are important for road safety and ensure that […]
FleetPoint 06/30/2020 02:56
Land Rover has confirmed the new commercial Defender 90 and 110 models will restore the Hard Top name to its rugged 4×4 family. The versatile and durable Defender Hard Top will be launched later this year, combining unstoppable all-terrain capability with 21st-century connectivity to give professionals a unique combination of cargo space, practicality and premium comfort. The Hard Top name dates back to 1950, when the introduction of demountable Hard Tops gave early Series Land Rovers added security and protection from the elements. New Defender Hard Top continues this ethos, sharing its fixed metal roof and silhouette with the iconic […]
FleetPoint 06/29/2020 05:34
Newly formed logistics operator Synergix has installed a Mandata TMS system to consolidate each of its key business functions and reports significant savings on personnel – before even the first load is shipped. Based in High Wycombe and formed by long-standing industry practitioners, Anthony Champness and Jon Payne, Synergix is starting with around 30 vehicles, to provide a next-day and nightly groupage, and full and part-load service from the greater London and midlands regions. Co-Director Anthony Champness explains: “We wanted to create a logistics service which gives our customers ‘eyes-on’ control along every inch of the supply chain. To do […]
FleetPoint 06/29/2020 03:27
The number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in road collisions fell by 70% during lockdown, transport secretary Grant Shapps has revealed. Government figures show the use of motor vehicles dropped by around 60% between February and April – as a result of the ‘lockdown’ restrictions announced on 23 March. Speaking to the Transport Committee on 25 June, Mr Shapps said fewer vehicles on the road during lockdown resulted in a 70% decline in the number of KSIs. Figures also show that traffic is now starting to increase – to 70% of pre-lockdown levels – as restrictions are eased. […]
FleetPoint 06/29/2020 03:13
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed plans for the first all-hydrogen bus town in the country. Speaking to the Transport Select Committee last week, Shapps said following the popularity of the first all-electric bus town, it was time to “push hydrogen forward” and roll out a similiar hydrogen initiative. In February, the UK Government unveiled £50m plans to create the first all-electric bus town. Industry leaders, campaign groups and academics have since called on Shapps to create the UK’s first all-hydrogen bus town. Referring to hydrogen buses as a “fantastic innovation”, Shapps said the plans would be of particular […]
FleetPoint 06/29/2020 02:36
After experiencing significant demand during lockdown, the ever growing Rolec EV Charge Online network now benefits from new software updates, a fresh new look and new features, for both chargepoint operators and EV drivers to enjoy. With over 4,000 charging points registered and operating via the back office management system, EV drivers can simply locate a chargepoint using their mobile phone, check its status and availability, then simply plug in and recharge without subscription, membership and connection fees. Rolec are adding more and more chargepoints to the network on a daily basis, meeting the demand and requirements of businesses and […]
FleetPoint 06/29/2020 02:24
Commercial customers of Bridgestone are being given a timely boost from the world’s largest tyre and rubber company, thanks to a provision of supported training courses aimed at helping them back on their feet following lockdown. During the third quarter of a very difficult 2020, the company’s comprehensive range of accreditations – which helped secure three National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) staff training awards in the past five years – are to be offered at heavily subsidised rates to dealers for the first time. By providing the wide range of qualifications, Bridgestone hopes to re-engage with – and empower – […]
FleetPoint 06/29/2020 02:12
Specialist transport operator, Brit-Pol is embarking on an expansion programme with the addition of 160 new trailers from Krone, which will take the family-run business into new markets throughout the Benelux countries and wider Europe. Formed just over 10 years ago, the fast-expanding company runs an average of 89 vehicles, delivering auto parts and general cargo to UK and Benelux destinations. Now, says Transport Operations Director, Adam Zegocki with the new trailer equipment due to be phased in over the coming 6 weeks and despite the pressures brought by Coronavirus, the business is fast set to become a truly pan-European […]
FleetPoint 06/26/2020 03:07
The long list of new vehicle derivatives, trim levels and new car options is leaving buyers confused and stressed, according to new research by Britain’s leading new car buying platform and consumer champion, What Car?. As buyers return to new car showrooms after the Covid-19 lockdown, research by What Car? shows more than one-in-five new car buyers are left confused by the bewildering number of derivatives and vehicle specifications available. Interviewing 1500 new car buyers, What Car? found the number of vehicle specifications is the most stressful factor in buying a new car for buyers. This is despite the fact […]
FleetPoint 06/26/2020 02:51
Yesterday (25 June 2020), the Committee on Climate Change published their 2020 Progress Report. One of the key recommendations is to bring forward the ban on petrol and diesel vehicles to 2032. Alfonso Martinez, managing director of LeasePlan UK, said: “We support the call for a more ambitious approach from the UK Government to the EV transition. The industry has made terrific progress over the past three to four years, not just in the range of models but in the improvement of technology and decrease in price. Therefore, a 2032 deadline should be entirely achievable target if we continue to […]
FleetPoint 06/26/2020 02:24
Since the UK’s plunge into lockdown on 23 March the nation’s reliance on truckers to deliver food, medicines and the all-important personal protection equipment to NHS frontliners has been massive – and the penny has finally dropped. The UK haulage industry does an incredible job – not just in times of hardship but every single day of the year. Now, the Road Haulage Association has launched ‘HGV Heroes’ – a campaign that recognises the industry’s workers and the job they do, 24/7/365. From now until 13 August, the RHA will be celebrating the industry’s driving force with HGV Heroes which […]

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