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Category : Comment

A hard habit to break

8 years ago / 0 comments

It’s probably 20 years ago that a colleague passed the comment that someone was leaving the company and she wondered if he would take his pot … Read More »

Total recall

8 years ago / 0 comments

Following my comment in last month’s column about VOSA’s lack of interest in pursuing a handbrake recall, I subsequently saw the Which? press release which noted … Read More »

Reputation management

8 years ago / 0 comments

The recent scandal where horse meat was being passed off as more palatable fare drew unfortunate attention to several leading food retailers and their processes. But … Read More »

Taking a lead in Europe

8 years ago / 0 comments

UK fleet bosses may not know it but they have a distinct advantage over their European counterparts when it comes to using main dealers to source … Read More »

On the road: Aiding and abetting

8 years ago / 0 comments

It’s pretty much the norm now that, in an increasingly irascible attempt to assess honest mechanical engineering rather than sly, over-solicitous electronics, I spend a good … Read More »

What I’ve learnt

8 years ago / 0 comments

Employees People are the life blood of any organisation. It is people who make an organisation. They ultimately determine how successful an organisation will be through … Read More »

Maintaining focus…

8 years ago / 0 comments

There's a popular misconception that fleets only use main dealers for sourcing cars. When it comes to service and repair work they go to an independent … Read More »

Reputation management

8 years ago / 0 comments

The recent scandal where horse meat was being passed off as more palatable fare drew unfortunate attention to several leading food retailers and their processes. But … Read More »

The eyes don’t have it…

8 years ago / 0 comments

During the past 12 months we have seen one in three drivers fail the basic test of being able to read a number plate at 20 … Read More »

Volvo thinks locally

8 years ago / 0 comments

Volvo has decided it needs to get closer to small business and is using its dealer network and the Daily Telegraph to do so. As a … Read More »

Motoring seems to be increasingly erratic, The Insider reckons.

8 years ago / 0 comments

Use of a handheld mobile phone whilst driving will also attract an increased fine, now set at £90 rather than the previous £60. Illegal since 2007, … Read More »

Nissan’s electric shock

8 years ago / 0 comments

Every now and again carmakers launch a car they know will have legs in the fleet sector. Often it's the latest generation of a tried-and-tested favourite, … Read More »

Green’ish

8 years ago / 0 comments

Am I the only person increasingly confused by the conflicting views bandied about on reducing the environmental impact of our company cars? Let’s start with fuel. … Read More »

What I’ve learnt

8 years ago / 0 comments

Comment – What I’ve learnt On running a trade association I had worked for a BVRLA member for many years and thought I had a good … Read More »

On the road: Reaching the limit

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My part of the world, Mudfordshire, has long been considered particularly pastoral. Hastily constructed from tweed, self-importance and indeterminate pieces of steam-powered Victorian engineering, the county … Read More »

Cenex puts a cost on carrying

8 years ago / 0 comments

It’s well known that carrying unnecessary weight in a vehicle increases its fuel consumption, but by how much has been debated for some time. At Cenex, … Read More »

Relationship management

8 years ago / 0 comments

The working relationship between dealers and manufacturers can run the gamut from good and bad through to downright ugly. While both sides know the way to … Read More »

Youth policy

8 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 … Read More »

In a hole

8 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 … Read More »

A little less complication

8 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 … Read More »

The many ways of reporting mileage

8 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 … Read More »

Is there a blurred vision on eyesight?

8 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 … Read More »

Lip service is not enough

8 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 … Read More »

When fleet management isn’t fleet management

9 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 … Read More »

Self-registrations and you

9 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 … Read More »

Going spare

9 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 … Read More »

Covering all bases

9 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 … Read More »

The downtime dilemma

9 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 … Read More »

Cream of the crop

9 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 … Read More »

Spoilt for choice?

9 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 … Read More »