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Today in Fleet: Tuesday 9 May

All the key news in fleet…

fuel pump

The Lib Dems claim the post EU-referendum sterling slump is responsible for 5p of the recent increase in the cost per litre of petrol.

Brexit has added 5p to a litre of fuel, claim Lib Dems

A post Brexit-referendum slump in the value of the pound has put an additional 5p on a litre of petrol, according to the Liberal Democrats.

The party says the average price of a litre of petrol has risen by 7p since the Brexit vote last June, of which 5p is down to the fall in sterling following the referendum.

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat Europe spokesman, said: “Theresa May claims that Brexit is going to be a great success. The reality is it’s going to make us poorer. The effects are already being felt.

“Around 5p of the increase in petrol prices since last summer is down to the shockwaves from the referendum vote. The rise in fuel costs will push up prices in the shops. This means consumers are going to be hit twice, once at the pump and again at the checkout.”

Driver on road

The research finds 28% of motorists have been involved in a collision because they weren’t looking at the road or checking their blind spot.

Eye tracking technology reveals drivers’ lack of attention at the wheel

More than 11 million motorists (28%) have been involved in a collision, either because they weren’t looking at the road or because they didn’t check their blind spot according to new research.

The analysis, carried out by Direct Line Car Insurance using eye tracking technology, also finds that nearly a fifth of motorists (18%) have been involved in a collision with another vehicle because they allowed their eyes to drift off the road while almost three million drivers have been involved in accidents with pedestrians (6%) and cyclists (7%) simply because they were not looking.

Connected cars

According to research firm Gartner, one in five vehicles will be connected by 2020.

Last spaces left at ACFO ‘Big Data’ seminar

Fleets have a last change to apply for tickets for ACFO’s spring seminar on the connected car and ‘big data’.

Taking place on 18 May at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire, the seminar will see speakers from Audi and Lex Autolease give their perspective on data usage, while Alex Ktorides, head of ethics and risk at legal and professional services firm Gordon Dadds, will tackle the legal side. Finally ACFO member Ken Needham, director fleet and logistics at London-based estate agency Foxtons, will deliver the view from a fleet decision-maker’s perspective.

To book a space at the seminar email Fiona Spencer at [email protected] or go to www.acfo.org.

drink-driving

The Road Safety Act of 1967 set the maximum limit at 80mg of alcohol per 100mL of blood.

Drink-drive casualties on the rise 50 years after alcohol limit introduced

Campaigners are reiterating their call for a lower blood alcohol limit for drivers 50 years after the introduction of the original limit as latest figures indicate rising numbers of drink-drive casualties.

Implemented on 10 May 1967, The Road Safety Act introduced the first maximum legal blood alcohol limit in the UK.

Provisional statistics for 2015 (the latest data available) from the Department for Transport indicate that 1,380 people were killed or seriously injured in accidents where at least one driver was over the limit – up 5% on the previous year.

Hunter Abbott, advisor to the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety and managing director of self-test breathalyser firm AlcoSense Laboratories, said: “There is no doubt that decades of Government-funded education and enforcement have saved thousands of lives. But we currently have the highest drink drive limit in the developed world. Lowering that limit based on newer research could save many more lives.”

Team Tusker does Tough Mudder

Team Tusker does Tough Mudder.

Tusker team completes Tough Mudder

A team of over 60 staff from Tusker have completed this year’s Tough Mudder endurance event to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the MS Trust and Cancer Research UK.

The team, which included CEO David Hosking, have already raised £13,661 including gift aid and are still taking donations at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/tusker

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.