Most fleets don’t appeal driver fines

Most organisations (61%) do not appeal Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) even though they may receive more than 60 fines a month in some cases, according to an ACFO survey. More than 50 car and fleet managers from a wide cross section of businesses, who have registered to attend ACFO’s all-day members-only seminar entitled ‘Another Fine Mess?’ next month, were surveyed. Half of respondents say they receive an average of up to nine parking fines per month. However, 14% of respondents receive 20-29 fines a month, 9% receive 30-39 fines a month and 9% receive more than 60. ACFO director John Pryor, who is involved in organising the seminar, said: “Managing PCNs relating to parking and moving traffic offences can prove to be a legal, financial and HR administrative nightmare for fleet decision-makers and company car and van drivers alike. “In the build-up to the…

Fleetdrive MD appointed with other BVRLA New Committee Members

Simon Oliphant, Chief Executive of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, has been named as Vice-Chairman of the BVRLA and will take over as Chairman of the association when Peter Cakebread steps down in May 2015. The appointment was announced at the BVRLA‘s AGM, in which several changes were made to the Committee of Management. Six new members were added: Tim Buchan, Chief Executive of Leasedrive Zenith Benoit Dilly, Managing Director of Arval UK Victoria Hudson, Managing Director of Eurohire Vehicle Rentals Tim Porter, Managing Director of Lex Autolease Mark Servodidio, Managing Director of Avis Budget UK Robert Shaw, Operations Director of Europcar Group UK Making way for these new members are Bart Beckers of Arval UK, David Bird of Leasedrive, David Brennan (formerly of LeasePlan UK), Kaye Ceille of Avis Budget UK, Alison Chadwick of Thrifty Car Rental and Andrew Morley of Prohire. Commenting on…

Fleets using Windows XP may be risking security

Fleets still using the Windows XP operating system may be compromising their online security, says fleet management software company Chevin. Microsoft ended active support for Windows XP in April and will not issue any security patches if weaknesses are found or if it comes under malicious attack from viruses. Managing director Ashley Sowerby explained: “Windows XP was introduced in 2001 and is now almost prehistoric in IT terms, dating to a time before web use was common. However, it is still very commonly used by fleets, especially as workstations. “While it is not an open-and-shut case, these fleets may be placing themselves at risk. They may have other security protection in place, such as firewalls and anti-virus software, but XP is always going to now be a vulnerability in their systems.” Sowerby added that even if fleets were sure that their XP based systems…

Fiat announces pricing & specs for 2014 Ducato

Fiat Professional has announced UK details for the sixth generation of its best-selling Ducato, which is available to order now priced from £19,995 – up by £350 over the outgoing model. As announced last month, the latest Ducato goes on sale alongside sister models the Peugeot Boxer and Citroën Relay focused on robustness/reliability, efficiency/low running costs and new high-tech content. The latest model features a new exterior that’s intended to combine state-of-the art “car design” with LCV features to showcase functionality, efficiency and robustness. The new front end features new headlights with integrated daytime running lights, LED on Tecnico models, and a bold new grille design, finished in “chrome shadow” or “piano black” depending on the model. The chunky new front bumpers help to define the muscular look of the new Ducato and, because they’re comprised of four sections, they also help reduce running…

Kia recalls 7,000 Sportage and Soul models in UK

Kia has announced a recall of around 7,000 Sportage and Soul models in the UK due to a possible fault with the vehicle’s seat-belt pre-tensioner. The recall applies to certain Sportage models built at Kia’s Zilina, Slovakia factory between October 2011 and November 2012 and to certain Soul vehicles built at Kwangju in Korea between August 2011 and March 2012. The fault does not affect the new Soul just announced in the UK. Kia said the possible fault means that some pre-tensioners may not work properly due to a faulty piston within the mechanism. The fault was discovered as a result of on-going monitoring of customer vehicles. The company said that it is not aware of any injuries resulting from this possible fault. Kia will contact all affected UK owners and advise them to take their Sportage or Soul model to their nearest dealer…

WARNING: Fleets targeted by catalytic converter thieves

Police forces across Britain are warning about the high number of catalytic converter thefts, which is causing considerable cost to UK businesses. The current trend for rising metal prices is increasing the instances of this theft and with precious metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium included catalytic converters are a valuable component. However, the value of detachable devices from vehicles doesn’t stop there. Thieves are also removing tyres and aluminium door panels. For companies relying on vehicles for the day-to-day running of their business, crimes of this kind can be expensive to deal with and cause disruption. The cost of vehicles being off the road hits balance sheets and repairs can often be more costly due to thieves’ hastily removing parts and causing more damage. Sarah Mallaby, head of motor claims at Allianz Insurance, said: “We know that criminals are targeting fleets of…