Leading commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd has announced it has appointed industry professional John Seddon to the post of Fleet Sales Manager to cover sales of its product range for the Midlands region – for ITUK this means from the West Midlands right across to East Anglia.
Reporting directly to Martin Bragg, National Fleet Sales Manager at ITUK, John Seddon brings extensive sales experience and product knowledge to this role, having worked for many years in both the VW and Mercedes-Benz UK truck and van dealer networks.
Ford has lent a helping hand to hard-pressed council staff investigating the damage from the devastating December floods which hit the north of England. Ford Ranger 4x4s were deployed to help the City of York and Cumbria County Councils with the clean-up and repair efforts, and continue to support vital recovery operations.
Ford Rangers provide the ability to tackle challenging terrain, particularly acute in Cumbria, where 6,500 properties were flooded and 1,600 bridges have had to be surveyed for damage. Two Rangers are still in daily use in the county.
Two of the UK’s leading fleet industry organisations are to forge closer links to promote the benefits of professional fleet management and the importance of training and education, coupled with the implementation of best practice.
ACFO and the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM) will have representation on each other’s boards, share membership initiatives and join forces to collectively promote the benefits of each organisation and their respective conferences, seminars and other events.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has launched a new course to help organisations improve the safety of their fleet drivers.
RoSPA’s Driving Mentor and Assessor Programme was developed after working with energy firm SSE. The safety charity was tasked with helping to improve the standard of driving across the company’s fleet of 7,500 vehicles, which clocks up in excess of 40million miles each year.
The course, aimed at employees who are responsible for in-house driving assessments, provides attendees with the skills to assess and mentor drivers.
Announcing its forthcoming Van Excellence Operational Briefings, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said that drivers and people will be the main focus of the three events scheduled to take place in April this year.
The programme will examine the ramifications - often serious and sometimes catastrophic - of something going wrong, and will look at the strategies and processes operators could and should be putting in place to measure, manage and reduce the risk and impact of shortfalls. The FTA Van Excellence Operational Briefings are sponsored by Van Excellence Industry Partners ATS Euromaster, Bott Ltd, BT Fleet, Hertz Van Rental, Lex Autolease and Tom Tom Telematics.
The IRTE Skills Challenge - an exciting annual competition that aims to find the best bus and coach technicians and apprentices in the UK and Ireland – is now open for registration.
Founded by the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) in 2011, this event invites operators large and small to test the skills of their technicians and apprentices against each other in a bid to discover the best in the bus and coach world.
Held each year at S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol, the competition includes theoretical and practical assessments in mechanical, electrical, and bodywork categories, with a particular focus on safety and compliance. It presents an invaluable opportunity for technicians to measure their skills against those from other operators, and to highlight and raise standards across the industry.
Business Mobility provider Alphabet has revised and updated its free ‘Greener Motoring’ advice guide for drivers.
Aimed primarily at car-driving employees, the revised guide contains easy-to-follow practical advice and money-saving tips for reducing fuel bills and carbon emissions.
Updates in the new version of the guide reflect changes in technology, performance and motoring costs since Alphabet first published it in 2010.
Four cities, Nottingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes and London, have been awarded significant funds today (25 January 2016) to promote green vehicle technology after successfully bidding for a share of a multi-million pot created to support the take-up of plug-in electric cars across the UK.
The freight industry needs a single online point where logistics operators can log in to find all their Government-held transport data, is the view from the FTA.
Responding to the Government’s consultation on the Motoring Services Strategy - which covers work of DVSA, DVLA and VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency), the Freight Transport Association has called for a ‘One-Stop-Shop’ which integrates digital services and meetsindustry needs.
The FTA raised concerns that Government agencies still fail to consider the needs of commercial fleet operators when designing online systems, and identified at least five different points where vehicle operators had to access digital information in order to satisfy the requirements of operator licensing.
Fleet leasing and business mobility experts Alphabet today announced the launch of its new mobile app, AlphaGuide. The app is free to download from the app store for Apple, Android and Windows Phone devices.
Accessible bus manufacturer Mellor Coachcraft has appointed Lorna Miller as National Sales Manager.
Patrick McGillycuddy is to become Head of Group Fleet Services at Volkswagen Group UK, taking over from Steve Catlin who moves to another senior role within the Group in the UK.
McGillycuddy, who will take up his new position on 15 February, joins the Group Fleet Services function from ŠKODA UK, where he has been Head of Fleet for the past two and a half years. Prior to joining the Volkswagen Group he held roles at Vauxhall, GM and Peter Vardy.
Volvo’s ground-breaking XC90 SUV has received further recognition for its role in redefining the SUV segment – this time in the familiar Volvo territory of safety – receiving the 2015 Euro NCAP Best in Class award for both Large Off-Road and Overall Performance categories.
Dublin, 13th January 2016: One of Ireland’s oldest automotive distributors has secured the distribution rights for both the U.K. & Ireland for LDV commercial vehicles. The Harris Group is bringing LDV back and marked its return with the launch today of the LDV V80, available in four models, including a chassis cab.
The Fleet Safety Awards is a prestigious annual event, run by Brake, the road safety charity...
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is staging a Logistics Skills shortage Summit in March to help employers in the logistics industrytackle the problem of recruiting and retaining staff.
According to Manpower UK - recruitment of engineers and technicians is the most difficult with professional drivers being the third. There is currently a shortage of 45,000 HGV drivers in the sector with employers also having problems recruiting in other areas, such as warehousing.
Independent electric vehicle charge point installer, has just launched their first crowd funding campaign.
Elm EV are aiming to raise £210,015 investment to develop their own unique charge point for UK and international markets, whilst allowing investors to own shares in the company.
Upgraded buses will complete more than a million greener journeys a year helping improve air quality
Nearly 450 buses in England will be fitted with green technology to cut harmful emissions by up to 90%, after the successful bids for around £7 million of Department for Transport (DfT) funding were announced recently (3 January 2016)
The Clean Bus Technology Fund 2015 is being awarded to 18 local authorities across England to retrofit 439 buses with technology to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions in pollution hotspots. Due to their high mileage and long operational life, introducing greener buses can significantly help air quality in town and city centres. The buses upgraded from this fund will complete more than a million journeys a year.
The UK’s biggest and best event for the road transport, distribution and logistics industries is now open for visitor registration via the official website www.cvshow.com
The 2016 Show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 26-28 April, has already attracted close to 400 exhibitors, a number that’s set to grow further in the weeks leading up to the event.
With over 19,500 visitors attending CV Show 2015, the event remains the ‘go-to’ event for anyone involved in operating commercial vehicles, logistics and distribution based businesses.
UK new car registrations for 2015 beat 2.6 million units for the first time, sealing four years of consecutive growth. The market has posted increases in all bar one of the past 46 months and a bumper December – the biggest ever, up 8.4% – saw 180,077 new cars registered.
Overall, the market rose 6.3% in 2015 to 2,633,503 units – exceeding forecast and outperforming the last record year in 2003 when 2,579,050 new cars left the UK’s showrooms. This is only the fourth time that the market has surpassed 2.5 million vehicles in a full year.
Growth was enjoyed across all sectors, with UK fleets boosting demand by 11.8% to reach an all time high of 1.3 million units. Appetite in the private sector, meanwhile, was also robust, up 2.5%.
Gains were reported across all fuel types, with petrol and diesel registrations up 8.4% and 3% respectively with equal market shares. Alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) demand, meanwhile, grew 40.3%, securing the biggest ever market share of 2.8% for a year. Plug-in hybrids experienced phenomenal growth, with volumes more than doubling, while pure electric vehicles saw an uplift of around 50%.