Fleets urged to establish a Safe Driving policy that includes night driving advice

Following the clock change, Specsavers Corporate Eyecare is advising employers to establish a Safe Driving policy that includes specific information on driving at night. Suzanne Randall, corporate account manager for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: ‘Basic considerations, like planning a journey and checking the route beforehand, can improve a driver’s safety. Simply trying to time meetings for earlier in the day to avoid driving after dark, will have a positive influence. Adequate eyesight and regular eyecare are of course prerequisites for all drivers but it is amazing how often this aspect is neglected. ‘ Night-driving considerations include: See and be seen – Headlights not only enable the driver to see to drive at night, but also allow other road users to see you. If in doubt, put your lights on. Do not wait for it to get dark, or for the streetlights to come on….

Ford caps the price of servicing and maintenance for older vehicles

Ford has launched a new service called Motorcraft4+, aimed at capping the price of servicing and maintenance for Ford LCVs and cars that are over four years old. Motorcraft 4+ offers national maximum price service options – £119 for a minor service, and £189 for a major service – as well as a maximum MOT price of £35, reducing to £30 when combined with a Motorcraft Service. These prices include all required service parts, labour carried out by Ford-trained technicians and VAT. More than 550 Ford dealerships across the UK will offer the Motorcraft 4+ package, and customers can now book a service appointment online at any time, by visiting Ford’s Online Service Booking website and selecting their vehicle model. Vehicles serviced through the Motorcraft programme also receive free roadside assistance, Ford’s eCHECK 30-point visual inspection, and benefit from the Ford Accident Management service,…

Highways Agency reforms could save £2.6bn, says DfT

Plans to turn the Highways Agency into a government-owned company could save £2.6bn over the next 10 years whilst benefiting motorists with a more effective road network and a greater say in how their roads operate. So says the Department for Transport as it launches a consultation on the reforms. The DfT says that the proposed changes, which form the next steps in the ‘Action for Roads’ command paper that was published earlier this year, would mean that new company will have a lot more freedom in day-to-day operational decisions, but will remain fully accountable to the Secretary of State, Parliament and, more importantly, to motorists. The plans also reform for the establishment of a new watchdog that will be set up to better reflect the views of motorists. This will encourage greater transparency of the Agency and its performance. The reforms to the Highways Agency…

Fleetdrive Proud to be Commended at GreenFleet Awards 2013

The winners of the 2013 GreenFleet Awards were announced at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday October 17, where Fifth Gear presenter Jonny Smith revealed the winners. Fleetdrive were ‘commended’ as Vehicle Leasing Company of the Year, an award which represents the vehicle leasing company that has made the biggest strides towards environmental considerations in its leasing policies. “Being shortlisted to the final was a great achievement for us. Our small business in Marlow were up against some of the biggest names in UK vehicle leasing. The fact that our work at the forefront of electric vehicle adoption together with our commitment to reducing the carbon footprints of fleets has been recognised in the industry makes our team very proud,” said Mike Potter, Managing Director at Fleetdrive. The Renault Kangoo ZE was announced as the electric vehicle of the year and the industry innovation award went to the BMWi3.

Free resources for fleet managers – get your ‘distractions guidance pack’

Fleets are being urged to sign up for a free guidance pack on tackling driver distraction published by Brake for Road Safety Week. Produced by Brake’s Fleet Safety Forum, the pack includes a survey report, best practice guidance for managers and an advice sheet for drivers, and is available for free to organisations that register for Road Safety Week. The guidance includes advice delivered at a recent Brake webinar on tackling driver distraction, and the advice sheet provides practical tips for drivers on how they can avoid distraction. They are published alongside the results of a recent Brake survey of fleet managers, sponsored by Licence Bureau, focusing on how fleets are tackling this risk. The resources are part of a resource pack for employers on driver distraction, available for free to companies that sign up for Road Safety Week, which is coordinated annually by Brake…

BMW 4 Series Convertible is unveiled

BMW’s replacement for the 3 Series Convertible promises better efficiency and improved performance. The 4 Series Convertible, based on the 4 Series Coupe, will be available with a choice of two petrol and a diesel engine at launch, with prices starting at £36,675 on the road. Manual versions of th 184hp 420d SE have CO2 emissions of 133g/km, while those fitted with the optional eight-speed automatic have CO2 emissions of 127g/km. Petrol variants at launch are an all-turbo line-up including the 245hp 2.0-litre 428i and 306hp 3.0-litre 435i. The dimensions of the new car differ significantly from the outgoing BMW 3 Series Convertible. The overall length of 4,638mm has been extended by 26mm; the wheelbase has grown by 50mm and, together with the wider front track. Unlike its rivals the Audi A5 Cabriolet and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible, the BMW 4 Series has a three-piece…

Company car CO2 emissions and mileage fall to new low

The average carbon emissions of new company cars fell to an all-time low of 126g/km during the first six months of 2013, according to fleet data. The data, based on 96,000 vehicles, shows that over the past 10 years average CO2 emissions have fallen by 24% as manufacturers continue to introduce efficient low CO2 models into the marketplace and record numbers are ordered by businesses. The figures show that the rate of reduction in emissions has improved more recently with average CO2 emissions falling by 20% in past five years alone and now below the UK’s average of 133g/km in 2012. The research shows average mileage fell by more than 2,400 miles, from 18,500 miles in the first six months of 2012 to 16,000 in the first half of 2013. Over the past decade average mileage has fallen by more than 6,000 miles –…

Could the Peugeot 308 be your next company car?

Available to order now, the new Peugeot 308 will be priced from £14,495 OTR and will offer a four-trim line-up with efficient petrol and diesel engines, most with Stop&Start for class-leading low CO2. The new model is intended to build on the product values of stylish design, impressive driving experience, class-leading efficiency and high-quality fit and finish as well as offering an excellent, stress-free driving experience. A full range of petrol and diesel engines is available from launch, and includes the 1.6-litre HDi 120 with CO2 from 82g/km. The arrival of the New 308 helps further enhance the Peugeot brand’s environmental commitment to low CO2 motoring which is already second to none, and by May 2013 average emissions across the range were just 116.3g/km. From launch the 308 will be available with five petrol and HDi diesel engines, all offering class-leading fuel economy and…

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