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What I've Learnt: TMC's Paul Jackson

7 years ago / 0 comments

That people are “lazy” Everyone has times when they know they could make a change for the better but they end up giving into the temptation … Read More »

On the road: Creature comforts

7 years ago / 0 comments

  For most of my childhood, my grandmother lived in a quayside cottage overlooking a muddy creek on the Fal estuary. Every day at 6.00pm, her … Read More »

Q&A: Tom Gardiner of Aviva

7 years ago / 0 comments

How serious is the crash for cash problem? Fraudulent “slam-ons” – road traffic accidents deliberately caused in order to claim for whiplash compensation – increased by … Read More »

One year on

7 years ago / 0 comments

How time flies, whether or not you are having fun. It’s almost a year since we instigated our fleet’s mileage capture scheme and as HMRC mileage … Read More »

On the road: Switching off

7 years ago / 0 comments

Remember that delicious spat, almost a decade ago now, between Bill Gates and General Motors, in which the former suggested that ‘If GM kept up with … Read More »

Clamping down on "crash for cash"

7 years ago / 0 comments

The rate of reported fatal road accidents in the UK has dropped by 40% in the last fifty years; thankfully our roads continue to become safer … Read More »

Driver power

7 years ago / 0 comments

Everyone who has stepped inside a car showroom has a view on car dealers. Most people will also have a story to tell, chances are it … Read More »

Pod life

7 years ago / 0 comments

  I’m hearing a lot about autonomous driving at the moment. We already have cars which will brake if we don’t, keep us a safe distance … Read More »

Look at the small picture

7 years ago / 0 comments

  With the UK economy finally back to pre-recessionary levels, there's some unexpected dynamics developing in the new car market. Private demand for new cars is … Read More »

Getting the (Ad)Blues

7 years ago / 0 comments

  I have come to the conclusion that working in the product development department of the AA or RAC must be a brilliant job – looking … Read More »

What SMEs want

7 years ago / 0 comments

The new car market in the UK continues to defy all expectations with May heralding the longest period of sustained growth since the 1980s as businesses … Read More »

On the road: Turning heads

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Itself reeking gently of self-promotion on the part of the car leasing company responsible (which shall remain nameless… Ha!), an email landed recently suggesting that … Read More »

Beefing up local solutions

7 years ago / 0 comments

  New car sales have powered out of recovery mode into full blown growth, with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revising upwards its … Read More »

What I've Learnt: Venson's Simon Staton

7 years ago / 0 comments

The right values The most important lesson I have learnt in my working career is that you can’t know everything and you can’t control everything. What … Read More »

Wrecks to riches

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Long gone are my days of frequenting breakers’ yards to pick up parts for whatever old wreck I was driving around in at the time. … Read More »

Q&A: CD Auction Group on its new defleet programme

7 years ago / 0 comments

How does it work? ‘Under the Fleet Crystallisation programme, CD Auction Group will offer to pay the vendor an agreed value for any vehicle within 56 … Read More »

Gear up to accountancy standards transparency

7 years ago / 0 comments

The ongoing consultation process around the proposed accountancy changes to formulate a common standard for all leased assets including company cars has put forward the proposal … Read More »

Disc world

7 years ago / 0 comments

  So, those little coloured paper discs which prove to all and sundry we have paid our car tax, and which have caused so much grief … Read More »

Thinking locally

7 years ago / 0 comments

  While Ford has long been the biggest player in the UK fleet market, recent years have seen a renewed focus on appealing more to smaller … Read More »

What lies beneath?

7 years ago / 0 comments

  If you run company vehicles, I bet you have been faced with the scenario where a car is involved in an accident, but repairable, yet the … Read More »

Anti-social media – when "selfies" become selfish

7 years ago / 0 comments

There is a time and a place for most things – and the taking of so-called ‘selfies’ is one very important example. It can always be … Read More »

Alternative thinking

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Of all the brands impacted by the downturn, Mitsubishi could argue a convincing case for having one of the most miserable and long-lasting experiences. Sales … Read More »

SMEs in the UK still caught in funding squeeze

7 years ago / 0 comments

So it’s official: those long talked-about green shoots of recovery are finally growing. The UK economy is coming out of recession, and doing so not only … Read More »

The missing ingredients

7 years ago / 0 comments

  How committed are car retailers to serving and satisfying your needs as a fleet boss? It’s a simple question with a myriad of answers, often … Read More »

On the road: 'Kerbing' the wear and tear issues

7 years ago / 0 comments

  One of the great heartbreaks of testing lovely press cars is in returning the odd one, shamefaced, to the press office sporting some form of … Read More »

Camera shy?

7 years ago / 0 comments

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. These days most of us have a camera on our phones and Google “got-a-digit-in-every-pie” offers one set … Read More »

Easy money?

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Was it really only last month that I used that cliché “the camera never lies” in my column? Coincidental then that I recently read news … Read More »

On the road: A queue too far

7 years ago / 0 comments

The most recent survey figures I can unearth suggest that, in 2012, traffic congestion cost our economy more than £4.3bn – equating to some £491 per … Read More »

In the dark

8 years ago / 0 comments

I was out running the pavements in the middle of town the other evening and was slightly alarmed to notice how many street lights weren’t working. … Read More »

What I’ve learnt

8 years ago / 0 comments

Mapping the journey In 17 years as a consultant in the fleet industry, I’ve seen a significant shift in the relationship between companies and their fleet … Read More »