Fleetdrive urge drivers to put mobiles out of reach

In support of road safety week (Nov 19-26) Fleetdrive are raising awareness about the dangers of talking and texting at the wheel, helping to reduce the number of people tragically killed and seriously injured on UK roads every year. Texting and talking while driving claimed 23 lives and caused 74 serious injuries in the UK in 2011 and Fleetdrive is urging drivers to avoid the temptation. Texting has been found to make drivers 23 times more likely to cause a crash, potentially killing or maiming innocent road users. Yet this message clearly isn’t getting through to drivers – research conducted by Direct Line earlier this year revealed that nearly three in 10 drivers (28%) texts at the wheel and one in 13 (8%) do this at least once a week. People who text at the wheel are taking enormous risks with their own and…

BBC reports electric cars still too expe

BBC reports electric cars still too expensive – they have not been talking to us! Peugeot iOn now £159+VAT per month for businesses http://ow.ly/fsHIN

Toyota announces recall for Toyota Avensis, Corolla and Prius

Toyota has registered recalls for certain Avensis and Corolla models (July 2001 to March 2009) and for Prius (July 2003 to April 2009) with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA). All models are previous generation, i.e. not new models currently on sale. On certain Avensis, Corolla and Prius models (July 2001 to April 2009) there is a possibility of an issue with a component in the steering system, prompting a knocking or rattling and possibly a reduction in steering response. In such circumstances, the vehicle will remain safe to drive. There have been nine reported cases of this issue in Europe and no reports of any associated accidents. Toyota dealers will inspect the extension shaft to determine if it needs to be replaced and, if confirmed, will replace it. The inspection and repair will take approximately one hour. Also, on Prius models there…

Could the Tesla Model S persuade you to lease electric?

Tesla has unveiled a fully-electric executive saloon called the Model S, which offers a 300-mile range on a single charge – three times more than the 100 miles typically offered by other EVs currently on the market. A right-hand drive version will be available in the UK towards the end of 2013. Pricing starts at £31,000 in the US for a lower-powered entry level model, capable of 150 miles before recharging, and rises to £44,000 for the full-blown 300-mile range car. A spokesman said transportation costs and the need to tailor the vehicle for the UK market would push the price up a little, although the car will qualify for the Government’s £5,000 plug-in grant. Expect pricing to start at just under £40,000 for the entry level car, rising to £50,000 for the extended range model –not including the £5,000 grant. In comparison, the…

Do we need this ? -Any one know how many

Do we need this ? -Any one know how many problems are caused by poorly constructed van conversions? My guess not many! http://ow.ly/fd8ZS

Dutch Firm Design ‘Smart,’ Glow-in-the-Dark Highway

The first prototype of the Netherlands’ “Smart Highway” – featuring a glow-in-the-dark roadway using temperature-sensitive paint – was open for public viewing during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The design will first be implemented on a section of highway in the Netherlands’ Brabant province in mid-2013. The Smart Highway concept, created by design firm Studio Roosegaarde and infrastructure management firm Heijmans, captured the Dutch Design Award for best future concept. The goal of the Smart Highway project is to make roads more safe, interactive and sustainable by using interactive lights, smart energy and road signs that adapt to specific traffic situations. Over the next five years, this will be accomplished employing such innovations as glow-in-the-dark roads, dynamic paint, interactive lights that switch on as vehicles approach, induction priority lanes for electric vehicles, and wind-powered lights, according to Studio Roosegaarde. The Dutch design firm…

BMW builds the most reliable lease cars

BMW produces the most reliable company cars in the UK, according to a survey of the 50 largest contract hire and leasing companies. Companies in the FN50 are asked to name their most reliable cars and vans based on the number of breakdowns and warranty claims. BMW repeated its double victory in the 2011 FN50 survey coming top as most reliable car manufacturer as well as having three cars in the top 10 with the top spot taken by the 3 Series. The Volkswagen Golf has moved up one place from last year, while the third-placed Audi A4 is five positions higher than in 2011. The Honda Civic (predominantly the 2006-2011 model) takes fourth place after a brief absence from the top 10, while Honda demonstrates its consistence in producing reliable cars with the Accord in fifth position, retaining a long record in the…

You can rely on a Ford Transit…

The UK’s most popular van is also the most reliable. The Ford Transit came top of the FN50 van reliability survey while Ford’s small van, the Transit Connect, retained its second place from a year ago. Last year’s top performing model, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, took third place. Volkswagen’s most popular vans, the Transporter and the Caddy are fourth and fifth respectively, retaining top five positions. The survey asks FN50 companies to rank their best performing vehicles for reliability based on breakdowns and warranty claims. Mark Ovenden, managing director, Ford of Britain said: “Ford is extremely proud that the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect have taken the top two spots in this reliability survey which is based on hard facts. “This is a tribute to the passion and dedication of our designers and engineers at Dunton who make quality the highest priority, and which…