The North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) and The Procurement Partnership Ltd (TPPL) are pleased to announce a new partnership that will enable NEPO Member Authorities and Associate Members to purchase and contract hire vehicles and plant at competitive rates, through the full range of frameworks that TPPL manage and administer. The partnership will be for an initial 3 years with an extension to 6 years subject to agreement.
This partnership will give NEPO Member Authorities access to TPPL’s full range of compliant purchase and contract hire frameworks for vehicles and plant. This, combined with access to TPPL’s market leading discount terms and additional benefits, makes it a compelling business proposition. These frameworks are of course also available for use by the wider public sector through NEPO’s free of charge Associate Membership scheme.
As well as competitive pricing and additional benefits from manufacturers, NEPO Member Authorities and Associate Members will enjoy the following benefits:
Councillor Veronica Dunn, Chair of the Collaborative Procurement Sub-Committee, said:
"The commencement of the Partnership Agreement with TPPL will ensure that North East Local Authorities and wider NEPO Members can continue to achieve value for money when procuring fleet assets. I am confident that NEPO working with TPPL will not only continue to deliver public sector savings, but will also realise wider benefits by utilising the additional technical knowledge and upskilling the North East market via supplier training."
James Russell, Director of TPPL, said: “We recognise that by blending public sector values with private sector ethos, we can maximise our members’ purchasing power, not just to save money but also to improve quality. We are delighted to have entered into this partnership and look forward to working with NEPO, its Member Authorities and Associate Members; to drive forward value for money procurement coupled with support and advice, as well as providing training and assistance for their suppliers in the North East’’.
For further information please contact Keith Lamb at NEPO (Telephone 0191 261 3940, Email firstname.lastname@example.org) or James Russell at TPPL (Telephone 07771 756420, Email email@example.com).
The Freight Transport Association’s much respected Yearbook of Road Transport Law 2017 sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres has now been published. Compiled by FTA’s team of transport legislation experts, the Yearbook is now in its 55th edition and has been fully updated for 2017.
An indispensable guide for anyone involved in the running of road transport fleets, the Yearbook is clear and concise and contains comprehensive information on general operations, employment, specialised operations and health and safety, plus key addresses and other contact details.
Every FTA member receives one free copy of the Yearbook and can also download it free of charge from their account on the FTA website at http://www.fta.co.uk/membership/member_information_services/yearbook.html Additional copies can be purchased from the FTA Shop at a cost of £42 for FTA members or £80 for non-members, with discounts for multiple orders. Further details are available from www.shop.fta.co.uk or by calling 03717 11 11 11.
University of Glasgow has chosen Intelligent Telematics to provide a 3G vehicle camera solution for its fleet operation to target insurance savings and encourage responsible driving. Intelligent Telematics’ industry-leading IT1000 device will initially be installed on 25 vans before being rolled out across a further 87 fleet vehicles made up predominantly of cars and minibuses.
The University selected the IT1000 cameras following a detailed review of 3G and SD card devices in the marketplace. “The IT1000 is clearly the standout solution that provides us with the complete package that meets our precise fleet requirements,” explained Ronald Ford, Transport Services Manager at University of Glasgow. “Over the past 12 months we have road-tested five other vehicle cameras, but all demonstrated one issue or another in terms of video quality, poor GPS or inadequate connectivity.”
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has commented on the publication of figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “2016 was another great year for the automotive industry, with nearly 1.5million new cars registered to fleets and businesses. BVRLA members buy many of these vehicles, and while these sales will be classed as fleet registrations, they are often leased to consumers.”
The UK’s current charging infrastructure needs development if the growth potential of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid EVs is to be fully realised for fleets, according to Arval.
Methods of accessing charging points are inconsistent, potentially creating a barrier for fleet drivers, says the leading vehicle leasing and fleet management company.