Fleet managers should order duplicate livery to reduce repair downtime

Post-crash vehicle downtime costs fleets hundreds and even thousands of pounds a day and disrupts business effectiveness, but efficiencies can be significantly improved by ensuring duplicate car and van graphics are stocked by the livery supplier. Frequently, according to Tobin Jenkins, managing director of vehicle graphics and wrapping company Sign Language, vehicle wrapping and livery is the final item to be thought of when getting a vehicle back on the road following a road traffic crash. However, to help improve operating efficiencies for customers, Sign Language analyses their past 12 months’ crash statistics to determine vehicle damage “hotspots” across the fleet. Using the resulting data, a duplicate “repair kit” stock of vehicle wrapping and livery on a panel-by-panel basis will then be produced and held by Sign Language. It can then be dispatched to the vehicle repairer for same-day delivery if ordered before 1pm…

Are your drivers legal?

// Many drivers face a fine of £1,000 if they fail to update their photo-card driving licences, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. It started issuing photo-card licences 15 years ago and more than 30 million drivers now have one. These are usually valid for 10 years and there is a legal requirement for drivers to renew the photograph at the same time as they renew their licence. However, two million drivers have failed to do this. And this means they could be fined up to £1,000 should they be pulled over by the police, who then discover that the photo and licence is out of date. Even failing to notify the DVLA that you have changed address could be costly. Victoria Ford from the DVLA believes the reasons for updating the photograph on your licence are clear. “Appearances can change and…

Do your fleet drivers need an eye test?

// Research from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare reveals that one in three drivers do not meet the legal standard of vision for driving. Over a period of eight months, Specsavers carried out screening tests on visitors to its Drive Safe roadshows. Previous studies had estimated the number of drivers with substandard vision to be one in six. This new evidence suggests the actual figure could be worse still. The increased risk to all road users is clear but there are also implications to be considered by employers. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that an employer’s duty of care extends to all work activities, including driving for work purposes – even if this constitutes only an occasional short trip for a meeting. With one in three drivers likely to fail to meet the legal eyesight requirements, employers too are at serious risk if they…

Companies could save £350,000 by switching 10% of their fleets to electric

// Companies could cut the running costs of their fleets by an average of £350,000 and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 5% (830 tonnes) each year by replacing 10% of their current vehicles with electric models. The potential savings were identified in a British Gas study, conducted by TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory. The report found that converting 50% of a fleet to electric vehicles would result in an average annual cost saving of £1,753,000 for companies and reduce CO2 emissions in Britain by around 26% (2,320,000 tonnes). The report found that some sectors can achieve greater benefits than others from a 10% switch to electric vehicles. Fleets in the financial services sector stand to make the highest average fleet saving at £484,000 a year and could cut annual CO2 emissions by 5.7%, or 800 tonnes. The top five sectors that would…

Fleets need smarter spending strategies

// Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) are calling on the fleet industry to integrate effective procurement into strategic business planning to aid their chances of success or survival in what will be an even tougher next 12 months. In 2013, the industry will once again have to deal with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) business mileage audits, duty of care and rising fuel costs challenges, says ERA. However, ERA’s smarter spending tips aim to provide business fleets with a basis for tackling next year’s key procurement challenges. Smarter spending tips: • CO2 emissions legislation – come into force in April 2013 for writing down allowances and lease restrictions. Every company car over 130g/km CO2 emissions will face a restriction on the amount that can be written down for tax purposes. Regardless of whether you buy or lease your company cars, this will affect the overall…