Future Fleet Awards –recognising the best in industry

Outstanding public sector fleet management organisations and contractors can submit their case studies in order to win a Future Fleet Award from September 1 onwards.

Time for a mentoring scheme?

Is mentoring the answer to the growing problem of skills shortages in public sector fleet management? Phil Clifford thinks so, and he is calling on the industry to establish a system of mentoring to preserve vitals skills and experience for future generations.

Smarter charging solutions key to mass adoption of EVs

Smarter technology and more intelligent charging solutions are essential for the mass take-up of electrical vehicles, says Justin Meyer from Swarco eVolt.

Don’t get tripped up by grounds maintenance risks

According to Jason Petch MD at Gritit, too many organisations are failing to adequately plan to mitigate hazards in the outdoor environment that can impact employees and the public alike.

Industry leaders in fleet debate key challenges

We are going through a period of rapid change in this industry, where old polluting technologies are being replaced by newer, cleaner, and more sustainable means of propulsion. While this is a good thing, no one can deny that these new technologies bring them with a whole new set of challenges.

Wanted: new fleet talent

As the driver and technician shortage worsens, Phil Clifford argues that better incentives are needed to make working in municipal fleet management attractive to young people.

Automotive sector requires upskilling says VRA Chair

Rapidly changing vehicle technology means that the remarketing sector is going to have to undergo an unprecedented period of upskilling over the next decade, says Sam Watkins Chair at the Vehicle Remarketing Association.

Preventing air pollution with hydrogen

A national trade body is calling for more action to give public and private sector motorists access to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, to tackle air pollution, write Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of the British Compressed Gases Association, and David Hurren, Chair of the BCGA’s Gaseous Fuels Committee.

A clear view on direct vision

The Direct Vision Standard has its supporters and its detractors, but it is coming, and operators had better take note, whether they operate in London or not, says Phil Clifford.

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Motivational quotes .v. practical advice

Phil Clifford argues that inspirational memes are all well and good but if fleet managers want to improve and safeguard their operations they need to be aware of the letter of the law and take their responsibilities seriously.

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AA criticises scrapping of hybrid vehicle grants

Stuart Thomas, director of fleet and SME services at AA, says the Government’s scrapping of hybrid vehicle grants not only has negative environmental implications but also puts unwelcomed pressure on UK fleet operators.

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AA warns fleet managers could be left behind after government EV pledge

The AA has welcomed a government pledge to invest in the UK’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) industry but warns that fleets will only benefit if they receive adequate support.

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IMI calls for EV technicians' training and accreditation

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has been lobbying for the introduction of regulation for vehicle technicians working with electrically-propelled vehicles. It believes it is vital that training and accreditation is extended to those dealing with the latest automotive technology at the roadside. 

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Cefic welcomes deal to reform EU Emission Trading Scheme

The political deal to reform the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) has been welcomed by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), says Cefic director general Marco Mensink.

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Brigade Electronics welcomes plans for technology in Direct Vision Standard

Brigade Electronics says it welcomes the Mayor of London’s latest version of the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) which now includes the use of cameras and sensors and says changes to vehicle design cannot replace vehicle safety devices.

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Denis Naberezhnykh, of TRL, welcomes action on petrol and diesel vehicles

‘TRL welcomes the news that the UK Government will ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040. This is largely in line with the Government’s existing commitment to almost entirely decarbonise the transport sector by 2050, which would have required that sale of new vehicles from 2040 are restricted to zero-emission capable vehicles.

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Measures to cut emissions before 2040

Following the government's annoncement that diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040, Peter Millichap, UK director of marketing at Teletrac Navman, says the impact of this will be huge but points out that there are measures transport companies can take to reduce emissions right now.

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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Time for the UK Government to act

In the wake of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's report: ‘Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The future?’, TRL’s academy director Nick Reed, offers his view.

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Using social media when driving must become the new drink-driving

Following changes to the law from 1 March that introduce stricter consequences for phone use while driving, TRL’s head of transport psychology Shaun Helman, says attitudes and behaviours towards using social media when driving need to be changed.

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Fleet software to follow big data trend in 2017 predicts Chevin

Fleet management software will develop towards using big data in 2017, says Chevin Fleet Solutions.

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'Grey fleets pose risk' claims Licence Check

Grey fleets in the UK are at record levels, accounting for 40% of all vehicles on the roads, costing companies more than £5.5bn a year in mileage claims and car allowances but are badly managed, say fleet management specialists Licence Check.

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Close Brothers champions Regional Growth Fund

Close Brothers Asset Finance says it has brought more than 600 vehicles to the UK through its involvement with the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

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'Give IPT exemption for camera-fitted fleets'

In-vehicle CCTV specialist, Visiontrack is calling for the Government to waive the Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) for fleets adopting accident-reducing camera telematics technology.

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A good impression: why fleet age matters

Dominic Reid from Northgate Vehicle Hire considers how old vans can impact on customer service for local authorities.

Financing the future: mitigating cuts through smart investment

Councils can still invest in services – despite further budget cuts – by using asset-financing techniques. investing in efficiency-focused technology may even provide assets at zero net cost, says Chris Wilkinson, of Siemens Financial Services

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Six tips for choosing the right fleet insurance

Leon Bosch, managing director of the motor trade practice at commercial insurance broker and risk management specialist Arthur J. Gallagher, outlines the key considerations for local authorities when choosing an insurance policy for their fleet.

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Too much technology fighting for our attention

'My local authority is in the process of installing in-cab tablets to all of our fleet but how many more attention-grabbing devices can our drivers handle?' asksPhil Clifford.

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Stand up for professional standards

Those of us that operate under the auspices of an Operator's Licence should be fully aware of the Statutory Guidance provided by the Senior Traffic Commissioner. The current guidance documents are dated 2013 but in August, the Senior TC published a consultation aimed at updating the wording, writes Phil Clifford.

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Transport managers must dig their heels in

The senior traffic comissioner is busy pointing out the professional duties of transport managers. But after years of erosion of our resources, the ability of many to meet these expectations is questionable, so it's time for us to dig our heels in, writes Phil Clifford.

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We're missing a trick with drivers' CPD

If you asked someone in the transport industry if they had a CPC, their positive response used to indicate that they were qualified as a Transport Manager. Not so simple nowadays as the legislators, in their wisdom, decided that the mandatory continual professional development (CPD) scheme that they introduced for HGV/PCV drivers would also be called a Certificate of Professional Competence, writes Phil Clifford.

LCV 2013 – the best is yet to come

With visitor registration now open we have begun our countdown to the sixth annual Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) Event. The event has come a long way since the first one day ‘Show and Tell' event in 2008. We hope you will agree that LCV has now established its unique positioning for the Low Carbon Vehicle community, combining a technology show with broad B2B focus, along with a Ride & Drive in a test track environment, delegations of international visitors and an extensive seminar programme.

The changing face of refuse collection - three key trends

The waste and recycling sector has seen many changes over the decades, particularly as the issues of sustainability and efficiency have grown to dominate the industry.As local authorities have adapted to meet new demands here are some of the key changes that we've seen as a refuse collection vehicle manufacturer:

Knowledge is power - Cenex plays a key role in assessing the Environment Agency's new light commercial fleet

Recently we were approached by the Environment Agency (EA) to review its light commercial vehicle fleet. The EA was looking for advice on a range of low carbon vehicles and fuels that are available for use in its operations.With the new and emerging generation of low-carbon vehicles, fleet decision makers have an alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles that can suit a wide range of applications. However, they need to determine whether a certain technology application will meet the financial and operational performance requirements.

Shedding the lbs to save the £s

It is well known that carrying unnecessary weight in a vehicle increases its fuel consumption. However, by how much has been debated for some time.

The roadmap to a hydrogen-refuelling infrastructure in support of fuel cell vehicles in the UK

In January 2013 the first public report of the UK H2Mobility initiative is due to be published. I am not alone in looking forward to reviewing the content of this landmark report and observing how it is received by the broad range of stakeholders with an interest in low carbon transport.

Driving energy efficiency

It was recently announced that the UK cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than any other European country in 2011, over achieving targets under the Kyoto protocol on climate change. Britain's emissions fell by 36m tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2011, a 6% drop, while France's fell 5% and Germany's 2%. The reductions across the main European economies keep the European Union on track for a 20% reduction (versus 1990 levels) by 2020. The political response from the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been to reiterate the importance of energy efficiency measures and decarbonising UK heating, power and transport.

Duty cycle and whole-life cost modelling

The recent Which? report highlighting the potential cost of ownership difference between running petrol and diesel vehicles showed the need for fleet decision makers to carry outduty-cycle-based whole-life cost modelling in order to understand what fuel types are most appropriate for their fleet operations.

National event remains a must-attend for low carbon vehicle community

Five years ago Cenex and the Technology Strategy Board launched the first National Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) Event. The aim was to establish a single large-scale Show and Tell event, aiming to showcase the very best of UK supply chain capabilities in emerging low carbon vehicle technologies.

Stornoway hydrogen vehicle trial reveals viability for hydrogen powered vehicles for fleet market

Earlier this year, the government launched a ground breaking project to ensure the UK is well positioned for the commercial roll-out of hydrogen-powered cars. The new initiative, UKH2 Mobility, aims to develop an action plan to make the cars available to British consumers by 2015.

Smart move trial highlights potential for electric vehicles within UK fleets

2011 marked the introduction of a new generation of refined and reliable EVs into the UK from mainstream automotive manufacturers. Combined with UK government grants for both car and van purchase and the creation of charging infrastructure, the momentum for plug-in vehicles will continue to grow as a range of new models are set for release.

Robert Evans highlights the potential of biomethane to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Robert Evans, Cenex.

Uniquely positioned between the technology provider and fleet user community, Cenex is always interested in ways low carbon vehicles can deliver real-world benefits. For example recently we were part of a major trial with Leeds City Council that involved the powering of refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) using biomethane fuel. The findings revealed that using biomethane can deliver both greatly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cost savings for UK local authorities.

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