As part of its massive vehicle display, Iveco is featuring the UK launch of its new Daily Electric LCV range, along with a number of other Daily variants. The new electric model will be offered in van, chassis cab and minibus styles, with gross vehicle weights from 3.5-5.0 tonnes and wheelbase lengths from 3.0-4.1 metres.
Following the success of its Van Excellence scheme, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has introduced a best practice programme specially for operators of small fleets.
The change will unify the charity with its subsidiaries IAM Drive & Survive, Professional Driver Services and Driver Retraining Academy.
The rebrand is the result of extensive research1 which highlighted a number of key findings. Firstly, drivers’ biggest concern is actually other drivers. Safety and fuel efficiency came out as the biggest motivators for younger drivers to take further training while insurance continues to be the most effective incentive.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has marked its return to the CV Show this year with the announcement of a new Converter Recognition Programme. Designed to build upon the brand’s existing and successful ‘Engineered to Go’ and ‘Engineered for You’ programmes, the new scheme not only extends the range of off-the-shelf and bespoke conversions on offer, but also further guaranties the quality of the products available directly from Volkswagen’s dedicated Van Centre network.
Fleetmatics Group PLC, a leading global provider of mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS), announced today that its Fleetmatics REVEAL Field App has been awarded with the Technology Award at the Van Fleet World Honours, held at the Royal Automobile Club in London, UK. The Van Fleet World Honours is one of the most prestigious events in the fleet calendar and attracts nominations from all over the UK.
The Freight Transport Association launched two new audits on 18 April, aimed at revolutionising the approach to raising standards of roadworthiness within vehicle fleets.
Regular, unbiased auditing of systems and their implementation can provide reassurance that an organisation is complying with its legal and moral obligations. Auditing can also be used to assess the performance of maintenance providers and pinpoint areas for improvement.
Brake, the road safety charity is calling on people to support world Earth Day on 22 April 2016 by making sustainable travel choices. The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “plant a tree” to help combat climate change, as trees absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. But it takes an acre of mature trees to absorb the CO2 produced by just one average car in a single year being driven around 26,000 miles. That’s why Brake is encouraging people to plant trees and also to consider if their journeys can be walked or cycled or taken on public transport instead to help protect our environment.
Brake is delighted to announce ARI as one of the headline sponsors of its 2016 Fleet Safety Awards.
Brake’s prestigious Fleet Safety Awards recognise the achievements of organisations and individuals working to reduce the number of crashes involving at-work drivers. Brake is currently inviting awards entries from fleet operators and suppliers; the deadline for entering is Friday 20 May 2016. Visit www.fleetsafetyawards.com, or contact Brake at firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out more about entering.
The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has opened the call for nominations to the 2016 Low Carbon Champions Awards. The deadline for submissions is Friday 13 May. The Champions Awards celebrate organisations that have made a real difference in the area of low carbon road transport. There are seven Award categories, ranging from cars to innovation, from fuels to publications, and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner that will take place alongside Cenex’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event (Cenex-LCV) on Wednesday, 14 September 2016.
Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging all road users to be ‘Blue Light Aware’, and to assist emergency services vehicles when required. GEM’s short video outlines the best course of action for drivers to take when they encounter an emergency vehicle.
As part of a UK-wide website refresh, Volvo Car UK has launched a microsite dedicated to fleet and company car drivers which will act as a ‘one stop shop’ for all things fleet and company car.
Members of the public are being sought to take part in a new study by the University of Southampton to understand people’s perceptions of automated vehicles.
Participants will be required to view a series of four to five second videos of a car (a white Tesla Model S) making lane changes, while driving down the motorway, and to decide whether it is being driven by a human driver or a computer. The survey, which can be done from any computer or mobile device, takes about 10 minutes in total.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has taken delivery of 12 new Nissan Leafs to help minimise its impact on the environment. The new all-electric fleet replaces a number of petrol cars, and will be used for transport between fire stations and for home visits in the community.
Each car has been given a livery saying “Red Fire Engines, Green Values”, underlining the service’s wish to be as green as possible. Charging points have been installed at nine fire stations in the region to maximise the fleet’s usefulness.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta has gone on sale in the UK with revised styling, enhanced specification, new technology, a simplified range structure and a new engine and transmission combination to meet the evolving demands of the premium hatchback buyer.
Hyundai Motor’s hydrogen success continues as Aberdeen City Council and Co-wheels car club add four ix35 Fuel Cells to their fleet of models. The cars will be made available to the public through the car club on a pay-as-you-go basis and to Aberdeen businesses for trial.
ATE (UK) Ltd has become a Van Excellence scheme recognised partner, joining over 40 other organisations that have been recognised as supplying valuable products and services to van operators.
Mark Cartwright, FTA Head of Vans, said: “We are delighted to announce that ATE has joined
Van Excellence as a recognised partner. The FTA-led scheme is extending its reach and provides best practice recommendations which lead to safety improvements and cost reduction. ATE’s products certainly support the safe and compliant operation of van fleets.”
Since its launch in 2010, Van Excellence has established itself as the industry standard for light fleet operators across all sectors. The scheme promotes high standards and now has more than 100 accredited commercial vehicle operators, covering 125,000 vehicles, and has established itself as the voice and benchmark of professional LCV fleet managers.
The Van Excellence Code was agreed by operators acting as a Governance Group and requires systems to be in place to check vehicle roadworthiness, driver entitlement, load security and other safety aspects. The standard exceeds the minimum requirements of the current law, selecting and adapting the requirements of O-licensing normally applied to trucks for the van sector.
Mark Cartwright will be leading a Van Excellence workshop at the forthcoming FM16 conferences taking place on 18 May in Manchester and 8th June in Towcester. ATE will also be exhibiting at the events.
For more information visit www.fleetmanagerevent.co.uk.
As their fleet grew from two to 49 minibuses operating from depots in Sheffield and Barnsley, Sheffield Community Transport (SCT) realised that they would need a reliable way to track their vehicles so they turned to Quartix Vehicle Tracking.
General Manager Ian Jenkinson, said: "When passengers phoned up to ask where their transport was, we wanted to be able to tell them without phoning the driver. The Quartix system does everything we want and is very straightforward."
The Quartix feature that SCT has utilised the most is live vehicle tracking, which requires no proprietary software and can be accessed through any internet-connected device or through Quartix’s free mobile apps. The system uses GPS satellites and Google Maps, backed by Street View and Traffic Integration, to give SCT a complete picture of their fleet’s whereabouts in real time.