Fleetdrive Retain Title as ‘Best Small Fleet Green Leasing Company’

For the second successive year, Fleetdrive Electric has won the Best Small Fleet Green Leasing Company category in the 2014 Small Fleet Leasing Awards. Category judge Ty Smith, Arval’s head of SME Sales praised us on having a: “Comprehensive approach to green vehicle leasing for their customers and an impressive array of industry partnerships to support their offering.” Run by the websites Business Car Manager and Business Vans, and supported by Alphabet, Arval, LeasePlan’s Network brand, Lex Autolease, Nexus Vehicle Management and Applied Driving Techniques, the Small Fleet Leasing Awards highlight the very best companies providing leasing services to the SME sector. This is the second year the industry awards have been staged by Business Car Manager to celebrate the excellence of professional standards among the UK’s leading small fleet leasing companies and, this year for the first time, manufacturers. Fleetdrive continue to stand…

Real-time driving licence checks

The recently launched Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV) is now working closely with the DVLA on a new digital service for fleet customers to check driving licence data in real-time. Subject to licence holder consent, the new secure digital web services technology will enable ADLV members, and other organisations meeting DVLA requirements who sign up to the service, to perform 24/7 real-time licence checks for the first time. The new system, which is scheduled for launch in early 2015, will also enable faster batch processing of licence data. Ultimately, it is intended that the new service will replace the DVLA’s current Electronic Driver Entitlement Checking Service (EDECS) system, which is used by members of the ADLV to provide secure driver licence information to many UK fleet operators of all sizes across UK industry. Fleet users of the service will also continue to have…

Fleet managers warned about ‘disruptive’ passengers

Fleet managers should be wary of the potential distraction passengers can cause drivers, after a recent survey showed many drivers find passengers ‘a disruptive and potentially dangerous influence’. A third of drivers have fallen out with a passenger while travelling and in 15% of instances, tensions have reached such a point that the driver opted to throw the passenger out of the vehicle, according to the survey by Admiral Insurance. Three-quarters of drivers also admitted to feeling more nervous when they had somebody in the car with them. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager at MileageCount, said: “You have a situation with two people in the confined space of a car or van, with the driver having to concentrate and be in control while the passenger can be a distraction, so it’s not surprising this sometimes causes conflict. “Fleet managers should be aware of this…

Mercedes-Benz recalls C-Class over steering fault

Mercedes-Benz has recalled more than 8,000 UK-based C-Class models due to a steering fault. The recall concerns 8,145 C-Class models built between January 17 and September 22, 2014. The potential problem centres on the steering column coupling lock, which may not have been installed correctly at Mercedes’ German factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen. Owners of affected models would typically hear a noise from the steering column but Mercedes insists there is no threat of steering loss. Dealers will contact owners and the correctional work should take about 30 minutes at no cost. This latest recall follows a withdrawal issued last week of 28,000 C-Class models in Germany, and 10,500 in the US.

Fleets urged to help tackle pedestrian and cyclist casualties

Brake is calling for employers to play their part in preventing pedestrians and cyclist casualties after research found 54% of companies don’t provide driver education on protecting pedestrians and cyclists. Newly-released Government figures show six people are killed and 157 seriously injured every week while walking or cycling. At least 24% of road deaths and serious injuries involve a vehicle being driven for work. The Brake and Licence Bureau research also found: Two-thirds (68%) don’t instruct drivers to slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops Six in 10 (61%) don’t instruct drivers on looking twice and checking mirrors at junctions for cyclists or motorcyclists. Nine in 10 (89%) don’t plan routes to avoid schools and residential areas. Eight in 10 (80%) don’t use blind spot sensors and seven in 10 (70%) don’t use blind spot cameras on large commercial vehicles;. Almost half…

Company car remains important employee benefit

Six out of ten (62%) company car drivers state the offer of a similar choice and value of vehicle is an important consideration in any future decisions they make regarding job moves, according to new research from Lex Autolease. Lex Autolease’s Report on Company Motoring, compiled from independent surveys of more than 1,400 businesses, company car drivers and employees who use their own vehicle for work purposes. It found more than two-thirds of businesses (67%) believe the company car is an important employee benefit and one in five (20%) plan to upgrade their car policies in the next two years to help secure, retain and motivate the best employees. When asked to rank the most important factors in choosing a company car, drivers put reliability at the top, followed by fuel efficiency and safety. In contrast the brand of car was ranked as the…

All-new Ford Mondeo available to order

Ford Motor Company has opened its order books for the all-new Ford Mondeo, which will be available in the UK in five-door and four-door (hybrid only) bodystyles, plus as an estate developed specifically for Europe. All-new Mondeo petrol engine options will include the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost from launch, with Ford’s fuel-efficient and surprisingly powerful 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine – that was named International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third time in a row – joining the line-up in early 2015. ECOnetic Technology models will be available, powered by 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines with anticipated CO2 emissions of 94g/km and 107g/km. Separate all-wheel drive variants join the line-up early next year. The four-door Mondeo Hybrid combines a specially-developed 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery to provide optimised fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. Mondeo Hybrid is…