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Category : Opinions

Earning the right, every day

6 years ago / 0 comments

  Some jobs, you might think, are just a case of turn up for work, grab a coffee, put your feet up and watch the orders … Read More »

On the road: A bumpy ride

6 years ago / 0 comments

Which particular aspect of the UK's crumbling road infrastructure are you currently least gruntled with? Endless potholes? Incessant roadworks? Inadequate gritting in winter? Country lane surfaces knobblier … Read More »

The Insider: Things I hate to hear

6 years ago / 0 comments

I’ve been in fleet a long time now so for a change, I thought I’d share a few of the things I’ve really hated hearing over … Read More »

A touch of class

6 years ago / 0 comments

From the second quarter of 2015 Ford is launching its up-market Vignale sub-brand and the first model to wear the badge is the new generation Mondeo. … Read More »

Fleet on Fleet: Tim Watts of Perfect Circle

6 years ago / 0 comments

You’ve worked on both sides of the fence previously, running a fleet and then for a leasing company. What was it like branching out on your … Read More »

What I've Learnt: TMC's Paul Jackson

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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 »

Right place, right time

6 years ago / 0 comments

  Often successful careers are partly ability, partly huge work ethic, and partly being in the right place at the right time. Ken Ramirez, managing director … Read More »

Clamping down on "crash for cash"

6 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 »

Fleet on Fleet: John Pryor of ACFO

6 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size: 590 user-choosers, 700 cash out, 30 vans   How are you finding being chairman of ACFO? It was and is a great honour. Arcadia … Read More »

Driver power

6 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 »

Q&A: Bob Saynor of the EST

6 years ago / 0 comments

    Why is the scheme being replaced? When we introduced short-duration ecodriving training to the UK in 2009 the concept was virtually unknown in the … Read More »

Pod life

6 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 »

What I’ve learnt

6 years ago / 0 comments

On personal and work values It is very important to know that your company’s core values match your own personal values. This starts at the interview … Read More »

Look at the small picture

6 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 »

The lion’s share

6 years ago / 0 comments

The new management at the head of Peugeot in the UK is convinced that the firm can raise itself above the other volume brands and carve … Read More »

Democratising the electric car

6 years ago / 0 comments

How large do you predict the European market will be for the Model S? Our hope for Europe is that we sell a comparable number of … Read More »

What I’ve Learnt: Robert Pieczka, marketing & business development director at Arval

6 years ago / 0 comments

The growing influence of technology The effective management of a business fleet is a moveable feast. The world around us has always changed but the rate … Read More »

Getting the (Ad)Blues

6 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 »

Fleet on Fleet: Paula Maxwell of Longhurst Group

6 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size: 158 cars, 12 vans, 337 grey fleet   In what sector does Longhurst operate? Longhurst Group is the parent company for three subsidiaries located … Read More »

What SMEs want

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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 »