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Ford and Volkswagen to Collaborate to Create New Autonomous Vehicles by 2022

Ford and Volkswagen to Collaborate to Create New Autonomous Vehicles by 2022

​A new range of vehicles is music to our fleet-loving ears, and some big brands have hit the ground running straight into 2019. It has been recently announced that Ford and Volkswagen will be forming an alliance to develop and build new commercial vehicles for global markets, with these exciting developments starting in 2022. To support the array of environmentally friendly initiatives taking place to tackle the use of fossil fuels, Ford and Volkswagen have recently signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate further collaboration on mobility services and... Read full article

Do Older Drivers need to take more Precautions on the Road?

Do Older Drivers need to take more Precautions on the Road?

​The recent news of a crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh on a notorious junction in Sandringham has put the spotlight on road safety for older drivers. Although Prince Phillip, aged 97 walked away unhurt after his Land Rover overturned near the royal estate in Norfolk, this has raised the issue of older drivers right to the forefront. We’ve outlined some key talking points for older fleet drivers and some important precautions and advice to stay safe on the roads. There have been many attempts to form petitions to introduce compulsory, age-related driving tests... Read full article

New Gas Refuelling Station Opened by Ocado

New Gas Refuelling Station Opened by Ocado

​If you own a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) as part of your fleet, you’ll understand the issues with refuelling this big machine, as these can be hard to come by. As technology and efficiency are always on the rise, fear not as the online supermarket brand Ocado has recently opened its first natural gas refuelling station, located at its Hatfield Customer Fulfilment Centre. The company are the first of its kind in the UK to self-fund the purchase of an onsite grid connected station, allowing the facility to accommodate up to 80 vehicles. This site was both built and... Read full article

Fleet Drivers Beware of Future Legislative Changes

Fleet Drivers Beware of Future Legislative Changes

​The London Pollution Charge goes live in April 2019, with up to 2.5 million vehicles being affected. Charging £12.50, the ultra-low emission zone net will capture 60,000 vehicles a day and this charge is in addition to the £11.50 congestion charge which will continue to stand across London’s roads. OUCH! So, some 1.5 million diesel cars registered before 2016, 500,000 petrol cars registered before 2006, 400,000 vans, 55,000 HGVs and coaches will be targets to lower the overall pollution levels and improve the flow of traffic within Central London. The... Read full article

New Scrappage Scheme for Vans in Preparation for Central London ULEZ

New Scrappage Scheme for Vans in Preparation for Central London ULEZ

As we all know, London is a very congested city and the thought of regularly driving on these roads can be a headache. In recent weeks, it has been revealed that there is a new £23 million scrappage scheme being implemented by the government to help remove the most polluting vans off of central London’s roads, in preparation for the ultra-low emission zone legislative changes (ULEZ). Announced by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, this scheme is designed to encourage small and micro-businesses to switch to cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles such as electric... Read full article

Pothole Plague – Record Number Reported to Local Councils

Pothole Plague – Record Number Reported to Local Councils

​For avid drivers, a smooth road when driving your vehicle is a perfect match made in heaven. Has your trip ever started with rolling down your windows, taking in the fresh air… then ending with you hitting a pothole and damaging your tyre? Across the country, potholes have become a bane, with a record number of these being reported by members of the public to local authorities, up by 44% year-on-year, according to the RAC. The main cause of these potholes are harsh winters and hot summers. Authorities up and down the country, not including London, saw the... Read full article

The Impact of Brexit on the Fleet Motor Industry

The Impact of Brexit on the Fleet Motor Industry

​On Friday 29 March 2019, Britain will have completed its transition to leave the European Union. While many campaigners have pre-empted the outcomes of this political decision, many are still left unsure of its impact on many industries across the UK. From the outset, there is a common expectation among fleet-lovers that there will be a very short-term decline in sales for finance brokers and dealers. However, this is expected to dissipate within a few years post-Brexit. A recent poll conducted by Paragon quizzed individuals on how they thought Brexit would impact on... Read full article

Preparing for the Inevitable Takeover of Telematics

Preparing for the Inevitable Takeover of Telematics

We all need a helping hand from time to time. If you’ve ever conquered a long journey along a motorway for hours on end, it’s inevitable that you would use the sat-nav in your vehicle to complete your journey in an unfamiliar town or city. Sometimes, we underestimate the importance of technology-assisted devices in our vehicles, although this is set to change in future. We live in a world where we have access to devices which make our lives that little bit easier, for example the simple black box can keep premium costs down, improve driver behaviour and... Read full article

Autonomous Vehicles to be Driven on London’s Roads Before Christmas

Autonomous Vehicles to be Driven on London’s Roads Before Christmas

​As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago on a previous blog, electric vehicles are closer than we may presume. In the lead up to Christmas, autonomous vehicle trails are set to be carried out by a government-backed consortium across London’s roads. This development will begin across Hounslow as a starting point for the consortium’s ambition to have a fully-functioning fleet of driverless-cars making journeys between London and Oxford into the new year. These vehicles will map the streets of London, allowing them to understand road signs, lane marketing and... Read full article

Tesco to Supply Electric Vehicle Charging Points Across the Country

Tesco to Supply Electric Vehicle Charging Points Across the Country

​We all love a trip to the supermarket. Especially in the run up to the festive holidays, it’s a time to stock up on Christmas dinner luxuries and last-minute presents. If you’re an owner of an electric vehicle (EV), as part of your company’s fleet, we’ve got some great news for you. As part of a newly-fledged partnership, Volkswagen (VW) and Tesco have combined to allow EV drivers the chance to charge their car at their local supermarket. This new scheme will introduce more than 2,400 EV charging stations across 600 Tesco stores nationwide by... Read full article

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