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Natalie Middleton

Fleet World’s five-minute industry briefing: This week’s top stories

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This week’s top fleet industry stories…

Today in Fleet – Friday 10 July

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All the key news in fleet…

Vehicle theft hits highest level in four years

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Thefts of vehicles have risen by more than 50% to hit their highest level in four years.

New Enterprise car club creates low-emission transport hub

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Enterprise has expanded into Amesbury, providing five new car club vehicles that are available 24/7 to enable local mobility options.

Over 350,000 home chargers expected in UK by 2025

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Surging interest in plug-in cars will see more than 350,000 homes across the fitted with an electric home charging system in the next five years.

Carbon offset service eyes new car market

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A new service has launched in the UK to enable used car buyers to offset their carbon emissions – with plans to expand into new cars, … Read More »

Millions lost from parking fees to hit councils hard

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Councils are set to lose millions in parking fees and charges as a result of lockdown, prompting some difficult decisions ahead.

Private parking tickets up by a quarter

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The number of parking tickets issued by private parking firms in the UK shot up by nearly a quarter (24%) in 2019/20, with a new ticket … Read More »

Styling upgrade for Peugeot 108

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Peugeot’s 108 city car has been upgraded for 2020, featuring a new range of colour changes and interior trim enhancements to bring fresh new choices.

Fleets and auto sector overlooked in chancellor’s ‘mini-Budget’

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Plans set out by the chancellor to get the UK economy back up and running have left the fleet and auto sectors disappointed for their lack … Read More »

SEAT el-Born electric concept to arrive as Cupra hot hatch

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SEAT performance spin-off Cupra is to launch a hot hatch version of the SEAT el-Born concept next year in a change of plan for the brands.

Today in Fleet – Thursday 9 July

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All the key news in fleet…

Net Zero Transport Board meeting shapes government transport decarbonisation

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The Department for Transport has held the first meeting of the Net Zero Transport Board; a group of industry leaders who will guide government transport decarbonisation … Read More »

Average values at BCA up 76% post-lockdown as used car demand rockets

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Used car values at BCA rose 75.7% in June compared to April, illustrating the rocketing – and trend-bucking – demand being seen in the industry.

Oxford’s first rapid charger marks cornerstone in ‘world-first’ charging project

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Oxford’s first rapid charger in Oxford has now gone live; part of plans to deliver a ‘world-first’ charging network to support widespread EV adoption.

Dealer closures bring impact on fleet SMR

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Double-digit closures of dealers following the lockdown could bring servicing and warranty challenges for fleets, emphasising the need for proactive SMR garage network.

DriveTech programme to improve road safety for young drivers

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DriveTech is to deliver young novice driver safety programmes in conjunction with South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership to help improve road safety.

New data dashboard to steer fleets through ‘new normal’

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A recently launched car, van and truck data dashboard could help operators cut costs and optimise their fleet as the sector starts to emerge from the … Read More »

Entry deadline for Brake’s UK Fleet Champions Awards 2020 extended

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Brake’s UK Fleet Champions Awards 2020 are now open for entries until Friday 17 July 2020 – giving fleet operators, suppliers, manufacturers and individuals further time … Read More »

Today in Fleet – Wednesday 8 July

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All the key news in fleet…

Major update for BMW connected cars brings new eDrive Zone function

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BMW has deployed its biggest vehicle software upgrade to date, bringing a range of services for its connected cars, including a new eDrive Zone function on … Read More »

Arval team reorg brings extra support for SMEs and corporate fleets

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Arval UK has reshaped its commercial team after re-evaluating its approach to both SMEs and corporate fleets as a result of rapid market developments.

‘Triple threat’ factors to hit fleet SMR

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A “triple threat” to service, maintenance and repair is emerging in the wake of the pandemic and needs to be tackled by fleet to keep vehicles … Read More »

Hyundai i10 N Line pricing and specs revealed

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Hyundai is introducing a performance-inspired version of the i10, bringing increased power, chassis enhancements and a number of styling additions.

Fleet plans to adopt EVs revealed in new research

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UK fleet intentions to adopt electrified vehicles have risen rapidly in the last 12 months, in particular for plug-in hybrids.

Today in Fleet – Tuesday 7 July

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All the key news in fleet…

Workplace parking levies and road charging can support shift to greener transport

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Tougher actions such as workplace parking levies and road use charges could help support the shift to sustainable transport, helping to meet net zero targets.

Geotab and Ford bring integrated telematics solution to Europe

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Geotab’s integrated telematics solution for Ford vehicles is now being made available in Europe, bringing advanced fleet insights without the need for third-party hardware installation.

Personal safety is top priority in return to driver training, says IAM RoadSmart

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IAM RoadSmart is ramping up to the return of driver training with a number of new guidelines to ensure training is carried out as safely as … Read More »

New Škoda Octavia vRS to arrive as petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid

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Škoda has revealed further details of the fourth-generation Octavia vRS, which arrives this autumn and will offer a choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid power.