CD Auction Group, the leading online vehicle remarketing and fleet support company, is expanding its operations in Corby with an additional site featuring a 24-hour, 7-days a week vehicle reception centre.
The move will make CD Auction Group one of very few remarketing centres in the UK that can accept vehicles on a 24/7 basis; making it significantly more convenient for vendors to deliver cars and commercial vehicles for fleet management, refurbishment or auction.
SAFETY, FIRST : Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles leads the way with Autonomous Emergency Braking now standard on all vans
Volkswagen is to become the first commercial vehicle brand to fit all its vans with autonomous emergency braking systems (Front Assist with City Emergency Braking), meaning all customers ordering a new Caddy, Transporter or Crafter van from 1 June will be guaranteed safety as standard.
According to Thatcham Research, the motor insurers’ automotive research centre and respected experts in safety, security and crash repair, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems are ‘probably the most significant development in vehicle safety since the seat belt’ and have the potential to save more than 100 lives and 120,000 casualties over the next ten years.
Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) has teamed up with the Isle of Man Government to unleash a stunning and completely unique BAC Mono police car.
The world’s only single-seater, road-legal supercar has captured the hearts of petrolheads around the world for offering the purest driving experience possible, and the Isle of Man police will now benefit from having the ultimate driver’s car at their disposal.
A true first for the Isle of Man police force, the supercar will now become an active member of the fleet and will also be on show at a number of local festivals to encourage safe and responsible driving.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched its comprehensive annual guide to UK Automotive, Motor Industry Facts 2017, today.
From vehicle registrations and production, to supply chain, CO2 and Brexit SMMT’s Motor Industry Facts provides all the latest data and background information on the UK automotive industry.
The 34-page guide is a one-stop-shop covering all of the latest statistics relevant to the sector including answers to questions like:
Every UK public sector ambulance service now fits Michelin tyres on a first-choice policy, with the premium tyres delivering long lasting performance and maximum safety for the lifesaving ‘blue light’ services, whilst helping to deliver better value for the taxpayer.
All 10 NHS ambulance services in England have signed a first-choice policy, alongside those of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – each agreed under the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Supply and Fit Tyres framework.
The Crown Commercial Service supports public bodies, including the emergency services, to save money and achieve commercial benefits, including on tyre purchases and fitting.
Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the network that keeps the lights on for 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, and the leading electric vehicle manufacturer Nissan have signed an industry-leading partnership.
The two organisations, through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), will work together to explore a range of innovation projects over the next six years.
The projects will look at how electric vehicles (EV), batteries and other technologies can support energy networks. They will also explore how new technologies can enhance the capacity, capability and resilience of the region’s power network to make it more active and responsive to the growing and changing demands of both domestic and commercial customers.
Devon County Council has enhanced its community transport vehicles with the installation of a series of wheelchair lifts to support its users.
Commissioned through Courtside Conversions the Faiveley Vapor Ricon Europe lifts were part of a scheme for six, brand new nine seater Citreon Relay vehicles to become wheelchair accessible.
“We were selected as the preferred supplier to Devon County Council and had no hesitation in specifying the S2038X Vapor Ricon lift to fulfil the brief which required an internal passenger lift with a walk-through platform and a minimum platform length of 1500mm,” said Emmie Birchmore Courtside Conversions. “It has proved to be reliable in other conversions and we felt it was ideally suited to this vehicle and its intended uses.”
Six New Citroën C3 models go into service with Stoke-on-Trent City Council. This is one of the first major orders for New C3 from a public sector organisation.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has taken delivery of a fleet of six New Citroën C3 models, which is part of an order for ten New C3s in total. This is one of the first major deliveries of New C3 to a public sector organisation. The cars will be used to assist Stoke-on-Trent City Council team members working with vulnerable residents.
The fleet is finished in a wide range of colours, taking full advantage of Citroën’s bi-tone colour schemes for New C3, which provide a contrasting roof colour to compliment the chosen body colour. All models are powered by Euro-6 diesel engines, which meet the most stringent European emissions regulations yet. On-board equipment includes satellite navigation for each car.
TomTom Telematics and transport management software specialist OBS Logistics have joined forces to create a new vehicle checking solution for haulage and logistics operators, helping to capture accurate information for Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) compliance records.
The CALIDUS VEhub mobile app helps drivers to check blind spot indicators, cameras, tyres and fuel quickly and efficiently on TomTom PRO 8275 TRUCK driver terminals. It was developed using the TomTom Telematics .connect API and works in tandem with the WEBFLEET fleet management system.
Quartix identified in London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report for third year in succession
Quartix has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses across the UK.
To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers.
Quartix was founded in 2001 and is an award-winning vehicle tracking company operating in the UK, France and the USA. Over 9 500 fleet customers and 12 major insurance programmes use Quartix’s telematics technology which was designed and developed in house. The system is easy to use, internet based and offers various features to cater for fleet management or individual needs. Quartix floated on the AIM in 2014 and has made substantial and significant progress from day one.
Commenting on the award Andy Kirk, company director and one of the founding members said: “It was a great achievement to have been recognised as one of the 1,000 companies to inspire Britain for the third consecutive year. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams at every level. At Quartix, we are all about creating robust innovative products, supporting our customers and looking after our staff, everything else flows from that.”
The BVRLA is pleased to announce Matt Dyer as the new chairman of the association. He takes over from Hitachi Capital Corporation’s Simon Oliphant, who has stepped down to the position of vice-chairman after completing a two-year term.
Matt has been with LeasePlan for over 20 years including roles with LeasePlan Corporation and LeasePlan International. He joined the BVRLA’s Committee of Management in August 2014, and was appointed to the position of vice-chairman in May 2016.
Commenting on his new position, Matt said: “As the new Chairman of the BVRLA, it is an honour to be in a position to drive positive change within the industry I have been associated with for more than 20 years. The BVRLA has been dealing with changes in the industry already with thoughtful and innovative ways and I will endeavour to help contribute to the purpose and vision of this group.”
The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has opened the call for nominations to the 2017 Low Carbon Champions Awards. The awards are for organisations that have made a real difference in the area of low carbon road transport and the winners will be recognised at a gala celebration event to be held in the autumn. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 16 June.
The LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards celebrate examples of outstanding and innovative practice in accelerating the shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and reducing road transport emissions.
There are seven award categories – plus two special awards - ranging from cars to innovation, from fuels to publications. The Award categories are:
Renault has demonstrated dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which allows vehicles to charge while driving. Renault has participated with Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom in designing a DEVC system capable of charging an electric vehicle dynamically with a charge of up to 20 kilowatts at speeds up to, and in excess of, 62 miles per hour (100kmh). The DEVC
system has been designed to support real-world implementation of dynamic charging. The two Renault Kangoo Z.E. vehicles can pick up charge in both directions along the track.
The dynamic charging demonstrations took place at the 100-metre test track, built by Vedecom at Satory, Versailles, near Paris, within the FABRIC project. Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom installed the primary part of the DEVC system in the test track, whilst Vedecom and Renault installed the secondary part onto two Renault Kangoos Z.E.. The DEVC system will shortly be handed over to Vedecom to perform tests for FABRIC. The tests will evaluate the operation and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles for a wide range of practical scenarios including vehicle identification and authorization on entering track, power level agreement between track and vehicle, speed and alignment of vehicle along track.
Gasrec believes the UK Government is missing an immediate and easy opportunity to improve UK air quality by yet again failing to propose effective policies to tackle high polluting heavy vehicles, which are responsible for nearly half of all diesel related air pollution across the UK.
Rob Wood, Gasrec CEO, said: “If enacted without modification, the revised UK Air Quality Plan would be a massive victory for the diesel lobby, leaving diesel as the ‘fuel of choice’, at least in the commercial vehicle sector, where electric does not and will not work. The plan also refuses to provide government leadership in procurement practices, which should allow all alternative fuels to compete fairly in government fleet tenders.
“Sadly, the government is failing in its duty to the public by refusing to learn from progressive solutions being implemented across many European countries where low emission natural gas vehicles – which are increasingly available for the UK market – are already having a significant impact on emission reduction.
“We would argue that any level of pollution is bad and that best available technology should always be used as long as it does not incur excessive cost. Indeed new dedicated natural gas heavy commercial, buses and refuse vehicles are now considerably cleaner than their diesel counterparts. Even the government’s own recent Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership report published in January, reveals that compared to a diesel Euro VI engine, a gas equivalent reduces NOx by 41 per cent and NO2emissions by 74 per cent.”
On the area of public sector vehicle procurement, Gasrec argues that the government should be leading by example.
Millbrook Group, the leading independent vehicle testing and validation services provider, has completed work on its large climatic chamber. It is used for conducting environmental tests on passenger cars and LCVs, as well as commercial, public service, and military vehicles.
The chamber is capable of testing to customer specifications and industry standards, ensuring that a vehicle can operate reliably in any operational temperature likely to be encountered across the globe. Testing procedures can be conducted in temperatures as low as -60°C, and up to +85°C (both ±2°C), to test a vehicle’s performance in even the harshest environments. This helps to ensure that a vehicle is entirely fit for purpose, functional, dependable and robust.
As well as temperature variance, the chamber can create relative humidity levels from 3% up to 98%, to provide a testing environment that accounts for all eventualities in real-world use. The temperature and humidity settings can be changed during use to simulate how a vehicle may respond to variable day and night conditions. The facility also has solar array compatibility to accurately recreate solar load on a vehicle, in addition to the changing temperatures.
Due to a high level of last minute interest, the deadline for entering Brake’s 2017 Fleet Safety Awards has been extended to Friday 9 June 2017. Fleet operators and suppliers who want to be in with a chance of winning should enter online at www.fleetsafetyawards.com.
The awards, which honour the achievements of fleet operators and suppliers working to help reduce the number of road crashes involving at-work drivers, will be presented during an evening ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, on Thursday 28 September 2017.
This year’s awards will be offered in the following categories:
together with guidance notes for entrants, and book tickets for the awards ceremony.
Or contact Brake on 01484 559909 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
***Today is the last chance to book your free* place*** We are closing delegate registrations today at 6pm for next week's FM17 conference at WHittlebury Hall on the 16th May. Come along and learn more about managing grey fleet, running a sustainable fleet, managing your assets, vehicle procurement, staying compliant, the role of the fleet manager, driver training plus much more... superb lunch and refreshments included. * T&Cs apply. Don't miss this opportunity to attend call 0161 792 3223 or email email@example.com or register online at www.fleetmanagervent.co.uk.
Lightweight reusable vehicle graphics specialists Spedian™ is extending its offering into the United States following the signing of an exclusive licensing deal with US-based Modagrafics, the fleet services graphics provider.
There are so many ways you can update your knowledge or sharpen your skills these days: you can read blogs, magazines and attend webinars, just to name a few. So why bother with in-person conference or workshop? It’s easy to read a material from the privacy of your own office, you don’t need to make conversation or talk about the issues you are reading about.
Following on from the success of our previous Fleet Management-focused Public Sector and Housing conferences, we now have our next event.
FM17 has already taken place on the 7th March in Manchester but booking is still open for the 16th May at Whittlebury Hall, nr Towcester.
As event organisers our focus is on the delegates attending. A vital part of this is providing modules from leading industry professionals who have, in essence, the same ‘day job’ as many of the delegates in the room. Their valuable opinion and advice is imparted to provide help to fleet and transport managers new to the role but also to other seasoned professionals who will take away a new idea or two to help them refresh their role.
Conference events are also an ideal networking opportunity, we find that many people do keep in touch after the conference and continue swapping best practice ideas. Sometimes it’s easy to feel isolated in your role and it’s great to think that, once a year, you can meet up with colleagues from different organisations (even it is for a good moan)!
We understand that there are many diverse roles within Fleet Management and so for 2017 we are concentrating on all aspects of commercial vehicle management as well as grey fleet solutions and sustainability. We have speakers from a broad range of organisations who will be sharing their ideas with delegates.