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Category : Features

A clear case for telematics

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Although vehicle telematics has been around in one shape or form since the 1990s, it’s only now appearing on the radar for many fleets – particularly car operators – as the abilities of telematics … Read More »

LCV Expectations

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VAN Fleet World's inaugural LCV Round Table asked a panel of experts from van manufacturing, rental, telematic suppliers, auctions and residual value specialists, what they think the future could add to that list. Dan … Read More »

Budget 2014: Fuel benefit & van benefit charges to increase in line with inflation

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The move will mean added pressure for fleets and fleet drivers to switch away from free private fuel. Meanwhile the Chancellor also announced that the main Van Benefit Charge (VBC) rate will increase in … Read More »

Finance booms

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With a booming van market in the UK, it comes as little surprise that manufacturer-backed finance has also been experiencing healthy demand. When the high-street banks and other lending institutions moved rapidly away from … Read More »

The business climate in 2014…

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‘There are clear signs that economic recovery is taking place in a number of business sectors, but at the same time employers remain fully focused on cost reduction. That will continue to have a … Read More »

Smarter data

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What is it? Smart Witness is one of a growing number of dashboard cameras on the market, popular not only with fleets but increasingly with private drivers too. The device records court-admissible video footage … Read More »

Big data, big potential

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Over the last 10 years, firms have become overwhelmed by the relentless flow of information from multiple sources, in various formats and through an array of tools. Data comes from GPS and vehicle-tracking systems, … Read More »

Commercial Vehicle Forum 2013

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On 22 October, industry experts and representatives from some of the largest companies in the UK road transport sector took their seats in the British Museum lecture theatre for the Commercial Vehicle Forum 2013. … Read More »

Risky business

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‘Risk management is about drawing in data and then making use of that data,’ says Shaun Rowley, senior product marketing manager at BT Fleet. ‘A lot of companies gather data, but they don’t do … Read More »

How to make a fast-fit faster

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In much the same way that Formula One teams have refined the art of the quick pit-stop to give them on-track advantage, so the fast-fit industry itself is investing millions of pounds in making … Read More »

Trained drivers = fewer accidents

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Road fatalities are comparatively rare in the Republic of Ireland yet some of the country's drivers appear to be determined to make the situation worse, if the results of a recent survey carried out … Read More »

RAC Insurance issues best practice business tips for commercial fleet managers

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From a transport company perspective, key legislative changes and issues over the next 12 months include the introduction of Euro 6 engines, the arrival of the French Ecotax system and the impact of the … Read More »

Video reduces risk

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In-vehicle camera recorders are one of the tools that fleet managers have at their disposal to help improve driver behaviour and with it, reduce injury and damage, as well as fuel consumption. Cameras can … Read More »

Sprinter heads for silver

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‘We have a strategy to grow our volume, both new and used. We want to be number two by 2016, so we are aspiring to substantially increase our van sales,’ says Lawson. Mercedes will … Read More »

AutoGlass Eco-Drive

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Eco-Drive is AutoGlass’s internal project to reduce the cost and carbon footprint of its 1,000-vehicle fleet. With 90% of the company’s business now mobile, it trialled numerous telematics-based solutions before deciding the Lightfoot driver-monitoring … Read More »

Are you approved?

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As many fleet managers will know, some 25% of new 3,500kg gross vehicle weight (GVW) light CVs are not panel vans but conversions, involving a separate body built on a chassis cab, double cab … Read More »

Renault reviews truck range

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No truck manufacturer has ever renewed its entire range at one stroke – until now. Renault Trucks has been able to call on its incorporation in the Volvo Truck Group and the company’s existing … Read More »

Building bridges, removing barriers

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From its head office in Loughborough, the UK’s first centre of excellence for low carbon vehicle technologies, better known as Cenex, has been an ever-present organisation in the first steps of the move towards … Read More »

No train, no gain…

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Despite the best efforts of manufacturers to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions, fuel continues to represent around 20% of the overall cost of ownership of a van. Finding a way to reduce the … Read More »

The eyes don’t have it

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During the past 12 months we have seen one in three drivers fail the basic test of being able to read a number plate at 20 metres. I would not have believed these figures … Read More »

Back into contract hire…

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Following the economic downturn in 2008, a number of van fleets looked for more flexibility in their operations than that provided by the contractual obligations of contract hire. That in turn may have encouraged … Read More »

Rentals on the rise?

5 years ago / 0 comments

It is still difficult to gain a clear picture of the state of the European economy. Recently, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) cut its economic growth forecasts for the area as … Read More »

New racking at CV Show

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Ford Transit Custom, Mercedes-Benz Citan, and coming soon, the new Mercedes Sprinter – just some of the van models that will be launched in the next year. Van manufacturers try to minimise changes to … Read More »

30 years' young – White Clarke Automotive Solution celebrates RentMan anniversary

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Take us back to the beginning. Thirty years ago, nothing like RentMan existed. Can you sum up how you identified the market need and opportunity, brought it to life, and have kept it on … Read More »

Alternative cooling solutions

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As we move increasingly towards low emission vehicle use, particularly in an urban delivery environment, alternative methods of powering fridge and freezer compartments incorporated in vans will need to be found. Simply running the … Read More »

Contract hire still favourite for many fleets

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The market for light CVs below 3,500kg gross vehicle weight (GVW) was a tough one in 2012, finishing the year down 7.9% compared with 2011 at 239,641 registrations. Yet more contraction in the economy, … Read More »

CV Show Preview

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Mercedes-Benz Atego breaks cover Mercedes-Benz will use the CV Show to give the new Atego light truck its global launch. Spanning 6.5 tonnes GVW to 16.0 tonnes GVW, the latest Atego will come with … Read More »