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FTA Van Excellence welcomes Hitachi Capital as partner

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The industry-led initiative aims to enhance standards of van operator compliance, celebrate operators who demonstrate excellence and represent the interests of the van industry. After passing the evaluation to meet the standards of the … Read More »

Ford’s Joe Greenwell becomes head of RAC Foundation

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Greenwell will formally take over the role of chairman at the transport research charity on 15th July 2013, replacing David Quarmby CBE who has been in the position since July 2009. Prior to becoming … Read More »

Britain’s first Bio-LNG filling station opens for business

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The new station will allow gas-powered or dual-fuel trucks to use Bio-LNG fuel and will operate in a similar way to a traditional petrol station. Bio-LNG is a blend of liquefied natural gas (LNG) … Read More »

Search for Scotland’s greenest transport business begins

5 years ago / 0 comments

The VIBES Transport Award, sponsored by the Energy Saving Trust in Scotland, recognises businesses based in Scotland that have made an effort to significantly reduce transport-related fuel consumption. VIBES is urging businesses that have … Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Sprinters keep Kerr’s Tyres on the right track

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Kerr’s Tyres’ fleet of 15 vans is now dominated by Sprinters chosen, says managing director Norman Kerr, for their combination of reliability, comfort, safety and low overall cost. Kerr’s acquired its latest vans through … Read More »

Northgate repositions as complete fleet management provider

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The company, renowned for offering flexible vehicle hire, is setting itself up as an independent fleet management provider to offer customers a solution that provides complete control over their vehicles and drivers whilst offering … Read More »

Fraikin expands rental fleet

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The new order comprises a range of vehicles suited to particular markets, including 30 VW Crafters with extra-long wheelbases together with 30 Transit Luton vans with tail-lifts – a first for the company. In … Read More »

Winners of 2013 Van Fleet World Honours announced

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This year’s event was once again held at the esteemed Royal Automobile Club at Pall Mall, London, where the crème de la crème of the fleet industry were present. This year’s award winners comprise: … Read More »

Peugeot says hybrids LCVs on way & targets fleet with Mu scheme

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Speaking at last week’s ACFO Conference, Foden said hybrid is the growth area but added that there would be room in the fleet parc for traditional internal combustion engine and electric-powered vehicles. Peugeot plans … Read More »

Courier firm wins six months’ use of Mercedes Citan

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Proprietor David Elgey scooped his prize at dealer Ciceley Commercials’ launch event by correctly guessing the 65.7mpg economy figure of the Citan 109 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and 108 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY models. Now Elgey is testing … Read More »

2013 Microlise Transport Conference

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At the MAN sponsored event hosted by Quentin Wilson, over 400 delegates heard from a number of leading industry figures about how they are bringing best practice to their transport and logistics operations. The … Read More »

New app blocks mobile calls, emails & texts behind the wheel

5 years ago / 0 comments

Dubbed Driver Distraction Prevention (DDP), the app can be installed on employees’ phones and will cut off and block all voice calls and lock the keypad to prevent any texting (or emailing) less than … Read More »

Small operator makes the mark with Van Excellence

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Launched by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) in 2010, the scheme has seen a variety of large operators including BT Fleet, Balfour Beatty and Sainsbury’s join. The latest addition to the accredited partners list … Read More »

Iveco’s Nikki King recognised with FTA everywoman Award

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King has become the first recipient of the Spirit of everywoman Award, made in recognition of the significant contribution that she has made to the commercial vehicle industry over the past 25 years. Maxine … Read More »

Accurate mileage capture dominates fleet operators’ top 5 telematic needs

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The company, part of the Automotive & Insurance Solutions Group of Companies, undertook research among 20 of the UK’s leading independent business fleet managers, which shows that the top five needs of operators in … Read More »

EST launches free online transport carbon footprinting tool

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The “Fleet Health Check Online” tool provides organisations with an accurate business transport carbon footprint, as well as recommendations for next steps to help reduce costs and emissions.  The tool has been designed for … Read More »

Toyota Hilux proves plane success for London City Airport

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The pickups – two HL2 models and an Invincible – will be used for carrying out various airfield activities and have been fitted with extra lights, communication equipment and bird scaring equipment. As well … Read More »

Tim Porter appointed as new Lex Autolease MD

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Porter joins Lex Autolease from parent company Lloyds Banking Group, where he was commercial director of Lloyds Bank’s small and medium-sized (SME) operations in England, Scotland and Wales. This role involved the management of … Read More »

Fleets to trial moDrive low-cost telematics solution

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Starting from this month, the two fleets will be carrying out rigorous in-field trials of the new moDrive telematics solution, which is aimed at cutting fleet fuel bills and carbon emissions, reducing wear and … Read More »

Ambulance service puts flexibility first with Sprinter fleet

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The vehicles are based on Sprinter 316 CDI Medium-length vans with 3,880kg gross weights and will be used to collect patients from home and return afterwards. The Sprinters are designed for maximum flexibility – … Read More »

Volvo launches new FL & FE trucks with host of service features

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In conjunction with the launch of the new vehicles, Volvo Trucks is presenting an extended service offer. The highest level – the “Gold Contract” – encompasses servicing, repairs and a full telematics system. The … Read More »

Teletrac launches enhanced integration with Garmin

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The Fleet Director platform developed by the GPS fleet tracking and telematics software provider is already used by over 20,000 fleets to track more than 200,000 vehicles globally. Thanks to the enhanced integration, fleets … Read More »

British Gas says 520-Transit order is "no brainer"

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The Transit was chosen by British Gas primarily for its class-leading economy and low emissions, provided by its Dagenham-built 125hp 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine, as well as its ability to meet the needs of … Read More »

EU investigates alleged fuel price fixing

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European anti-trust regulators raided the offices of BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Norway's Statoil yesterday (Tuesday 14th May) due to concerns that ‘the companies may have colluded in reporting distorted prices’. The European Commission added that … Read More »

RAC targets large fleets with new accident management service

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The RAC Accident Management service has been launched following a £2m investment in a new IT platform and builds on the RAC’s strength of brand to secure strong commercial terms in the supply chain … Read More »

Driving performance tools deliver £216,000 of fuel savings for Telent

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The company has dramatically reduced incidents of speeding, idling, harsh braking and other such efficiency failings among 250 of its drivers following the introduction of driving performance tools from TomTom. WORKsmart fleet management combines … Read More »

Europa outsources fleet management to Fleet Alliance

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The company operates a fleet of around 240 commercial vehicles and 110 cars throughout the UK and first appointed Fleet Alliance two years ago to source all new vehicles using its competitive tendering to … Read More »

Fleets urged to adopt "repair first" culture for windscreens

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The call comes from independent fleet management specialist Venson Automotive Solutions, which says that many companies still choose replacement as the automatic option despite the fact that the cost of repair is on average … Read More »

ATS Euromaster rolls-out TyreCheck tool

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After a successful pilot that began in March 2013, ATS Euromaster’s team of 40 fleet inspectors have started to use the tool, manufactured by TyreCheck, this month. The team inspects more than 340 commercial … Read More »

NAMA LCV Commercial Vehicle report – April 2013

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The report shows that during April the average values of used LCV’s at auction rose from £4,293 to £4,497, equivalent to a 5% increase between March and April. With conversion rates staying at 80% … Read More »