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Youth policy

4 years ago / 0 comments

Aged 17, I thought I knew everything. When I was 18, I knew I knew everything. The trouble with experience is that you don’t know you don’t have any until after you’ve experienced whatever … Read More »

In a hole

4 years ago / 0 comments

I’ve just been reading a live traffic report that says: ‘One lane closed due to emergency repairs on the motorway, with traffic queuing over a distance of 15 miles and a delay of 70 … Read More »

A little less complication

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Even in these straitened times car manufacturers can find themselves needlessly investing sizeable budgets into winning the hearts and minds of user-choosers, when something less prosaic and … Read More »

The many ways of reporting mileage

4 years ago / 0 comments

Mileage reporting is in my thoughts this month. Mindful of the fact that HMRC declared an intention to step up their checks on company business records generally, I had been keen to confirm our … Read More »

Is there a blurred vision on eyesight?

4 years ago / 0 comments

How are your rods and cones faring? The human retina contains two types of photoreceptor cells, known as rods and cones. Cones allow us to see fine details, and give us colour vision, but … Read More »

Lip service is not enough

4 years ago / 0 comments

There is a common theme running through chats I’ve had in recent months with bosses of car companies and dealer groups. At some point in the conversation fleet comes up and the desire to … Read More »

When fleet management isn’t fleet management

4 years ago / 0 comments

I think it was Charles Darwin who believed that species adapt to suit their surroundings and thus survive. I think presently we are seeing a fine example of this among insurance and accident management … Read More »

Self-registrations and you

4 years ago / 0 comments

A casual look at the new car market appears to show a sector in rude health, having been through the ravages of the recession and now in growth mode. Indeed, year-on-year sales growth has … Read More »

Going spare

5 years ago / 0 comments

It’s those round black things which are vexing me again, or rather the lack of them. In recent years, it has become the trend for many motor manufacturers not to fit a spare wheel … Read More »

Covering all bases

5 years ago / 0 comments

The new car market has been a tough place to operate for most car brands since the onset of the economic downturn. Old ways of doing things have been questioned, revised or jettisoned in … Read More »

The downtime dilemma

5 years ago / 0 comments

Recently, Vauxhall loaned us an Ampera for evaluation. And a very good car it is too. It’s also a long time since I drove a car which turned so many heads. And it set … Read More »

Cream of the crop

5 years ago / 0 comments

One the mostly fiercely contested parts of the fleet market is the premium sector. Here sales have remained strong throughout the recession, with models such as the 3 Series and C-Class regularly appearing in … Read More »

Spoilt for choice?

5 years ago / 0 comments

Businesses are tightening up choice lists in a way that has not been seen for a while. The move is often cyclical with companies tending to be relatively hands-off during the good times, while … Read More »

The Insider: What goes on tour…

5 years ago / 0 comments

As summer draws to a close, I reflect on another season of company drivers taking touring holidays abroad, and bringing their cars safely home again. In principle, we don’t have a problem with our … Read More »

At your service?

5 years ago / 0 comments

Service, maintenance and repair are expensive elements in the company car equation, but that does not mean they cannot be regularly reviewed by fleets seeking to improve cost efficiencies. An important factor in managing … Read More »

Getting to know you

5 years ago / 0 comments

The new car registration figures for the first six months of the year highlighted some interesting trends impacting fleets and their choice of vehicles. While Ford's trusty Fiesta continues to dominate the registration figures … Read More »

Moved by motor show and safety demos

5 years ago / 0 comments

The Moving Motor Show, precursor to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, enabled me to fulfil an ambition to drive up the famous hill climb course. I thoroughly enjoyed my day out and would urge … Read More »

Rental is driving me mental

5 years ago / 0 comments

Recently we discovered our drivers squeezing into smaller rental cars than due, within our specified grade. Used to a 1.6-litre hatchback, we are now seeing 1.2-litre superminis. Our policy allows a mid-size engine hatchback … Read More »

Joined up thinking

5 years ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen has launched a new leasing programme aimed at local fleets. What surprised me was not how groundbreaking the initiative is, it isn’t, but the fact that it was not already in place. Reading … Read More »

Camels, cars and CO2

5 years ago / 0 comments

In the old days, one’s wealth was dictated by the number of cows or camels one owned. Today’s drivers still focus on the perceived number of horses under the bonnet though, rather than understanding … Read More »


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