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Category : Opinions

Wrecks to riches

5 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

5 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

5 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 »

Skoda looks to soar

5 years ago / 0 comments

Patrick McGillycuddy has only been head of fleet at Skoda since the end of last summer, but it’s been a stellar few months with sales soaring … Read More »

Disc world

5 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

5 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 »

The Leon roars

5 years ago / 0 comments

Neil Williamson is sitting on SEAT’s stylish Geneva show stand, and he’s in a good mood. With good reason. Having been head of SEAT in the … Read More »

What lies beneath?

5 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 »

Q&A: FleetCor on Allstar Premier Programme

5 years ago / 0 comments

What is it? Allstar Premier Programme is a two-card solution and it brings together the fantastic network of Allstar, which we’ve got already and is in … Read More »

Anti-social media – when "selfies" become selfish

6 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 »

Q&A: Citroën's Yves Bonnefont on the new C4 Cactus

6 years ago / 0 comments

Why have you decided to re-invent the C line? We are very happy with the development of DS. We launched something that was totally new and … Read More »

What I’ve learnt: Damian James of ACFO

6 years ago / 0 comments

Making the move from running a fleet to advising others on theirs I have been in fleet management for 16 years. During that time I have … Read More »

Alternative thinking

6 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 »

Foundations for growth

6 years ago / 0 comments

  Volvo is looking set for a formative 12 months. The New Year marked the launch of its all-new D4 diesel engine, the first developed in-house … Read More »

SMEs in the UK still caught in funding squeeze

6 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 »

Fleet on fleet: Nigel Trotman of Alphabet

6 years ago / 0 comments

As an ex-fleet manager what was it like moving to the other side of the fence? It was definitely a bit of a culture shock – … Read More »

The missing ingredients

6 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

6 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?

6 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 »

Fleet on Fleet – Brad Wilkie of Kelway

6 years ago / 0 comments

You have a wide remit – was fleet part of the job originally? Where does your fleet experience come from? My remit is to be responsible … Read More »

Easy money?

6 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 »

What I’ve learnt – Richard Schooling of Alphabet

6 years ago / 0 comments

Car ownership is no longer the be-all and end-all Historically, your car signalled perceived personal status and conferred a degree of authority, ie the more expensive … Read More »

Q&A: FleetCor UK's Callum Gibson on the firm's developments

6 years ago / 0 comments

What were your priorities when you joined Fleetcor? Fleetcor UK has three customer facing brands: Allstar, Keyfuels and The Fuel Card Company. The key driver for … Read More »

On the road: A queue too far

6 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 »

Q&A: Leasedrive's Roddy Graham on the HgCapital deal

6 years ago / 0 comments

What does the deal involve? HgCapital has bought the business and all existing shareholders (management and LDC) have reinvested to the value of 20% of the … Read More »

In the dark

6 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

6 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 »

Back in contention

6 years ago / 0 comments

Peugeot has sought to reinvent itself in recent years. Once a major volume player, up there behind Ford and Vauxhall, and one of the biggest fleet … Read More »

Fleet on Fleet – Ian Luckett of Lucketts Travel interviewed

6 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size 109 coaches and minibuses   Lucketts is a family-owned, multi-award winning coach and travel company. How did it all start? The company was started … Read More »

Fleet and its role in UK PLC

6 years ago / 0 comments

  Gerry Keaney has been surprised. In his first year as chief executive of the BVRLA he’s been able to tour the fleet industry and what … Read More »