Sustainable Fleet Solutions Seminar and BMW i3 test drives – 6th March 2014

Fleetdrive are hosting a series of free seminars offering support and advice to fleet managers on a variety of fleet subjects. They are particularly useful to employees who combine fleet responsibility for cars and commercial vehicles with another role in their organisation as well as those who are new to vehicle management. Join us on Thursday 6th March for our SUSTAINABLE FLEET SOLUTIONS SEMINAR in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and BMW. We will be offering impartial, practical advice and guidance for businesses looking to introduce electric vehicles in their fleet, as well as demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits. There will also be an opportunity to take a test drive in the award-winning BMW i3 electric car. DATE: 6th March 2014 TIME: 10am-12pm COST: Free (Pre-registration is required) VENUE: Harleyford Marina, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 2DX Companies that run ultra-low carbon vehicles can benefit from; reduced refuelling costs…

Lives at risk as flood-hit drivers IGNORE ‘Road Closed’ signs

AA Special Operations are urging a review of road signage around flooding areas and warning drivers of the penalties for ignoring them. The AA have attended around 3,200 flood-stricken vehicles since December, many of which were the result of drivers wilfully ignoring or misunderstanding road closure signs. Studies have shown an estimated 680,000 UK drivers would ignore ‘Road Closed’ warnings, putting themselves at risk of danger, as well as a £50 fine. Darron Burness, Head of the Flood Rescue Team at the AA, said: “While our crews have heard every excuse, it’s become clear that the signage around flooding isn’t as effective as it perhaps should be. “Part of the problem is that the ‘road closed’ sign isn’t always completely understood. “Some people may think it’s just advisory, as it’s a temporary sign just like those often seen at roadworks. “For example, a lady…

New animation highlights benefits of Electric Vehicle options

Fleetdrive have joined up with the Department for Transport and the Energy Saving Trust to produce a series of animations designed to help all motorists, but particularly small fleet operators, understand how new technology for drive trains operate. The animation, ‘Which car is most efficient for you?’ features a voiceover by TV presenter Robert Llewellyn and explains the differences between petrol, diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, extended-range electric vehicles and pure electric vehicles. It offers a comprehensive guide to drivers and fleet decision-makers about which technology is likely to be most efficient for their driving needs. There are short animations about each of the individual technologies, lasting around two minutes each, as well as a longer 10 minute version for people who are keen to learn more about low and ultra-low emission vehicles. All of which can be viewed in our website video gallery at…

Fleets warned that new “green” fuel could cost more & increase CO2 emissions

The Government is being urged to carry out comprehensive testing of a new “greener” petrol that could cost UK drivers billions of pounds a year and increase harmful CO2 tailpipe emissions, according to What Car? The E10 fuel contains 10% bio-ethanol and is being rolled out across the UK as part of the Government’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conforming to the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive. However, in its research – said to be the first real-world tests of the fuel – What Car? says it’s testers discovered that E10 is less efficient than the current E5 (up to 5% bio-ethanol) blend of fuel across every engine type tested. This means cars have to use more of the new fuel, costing drivers much more each year. Editor-in-chief Chas Hallett is calling for the Government to carry out comprehensive, UK-focused testing in order…

Motorway ‘stealth’ cameras receive backing

Highways Agency plans to enforce the 70mph limit on motorways have been welcomed by road safety charity Brake. Under the agency’s plans, the new cameras, which could be grey rather than yellow according to reports, will be used along stretches of “smart” motorways including the M1, M6 and M25 in a move to improve traffic flow and journey times. The move has been greeted by road safety charity Brake, with deputy chief executive Julie Townsend saying: ‘Speed cameras are an extremely well evidenced, cost-effective way to improve safety and reduce deaths and injuries on roads where they are placed, preventing families going through the trauma of a sudden bereavement or life-changing injury. ‘Put simply: speed cameras reduce speeding, which helps to prevent deadly crashes. Breaking the speed limit is risky and illegal, so only drivers who break the law will face fines.’ However, former…