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Category : Opinions

Youth policy

6 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

6 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 »

Unlocking the key

6 years ago / 0 comments

LH Please tell me a little bit about your company and the composition of its fleet, including who you lease through. GS We are a service … Read More »

Powered by technology

6 years ago / 0 comments

It was Albert Einstein who famously said that “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. Applied to modern-day … Read More »

A little less complication

6 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

6 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 »

Trials and errors

6 years ago / 0 comments

LH Tell me about the Bracknell Forest Council fleet. DJ The fleet is currently just over 50 vehicles, which are mostly commercial and passenger-carrying vehicles along … Read More »

Running rings

6 years ago / 0 comments

I can’t say that James Douglas reminds me of Brian Clough in any way, but the new head of fleet at Audi thought of the artful … Read More »

Damage limitations

6 years ago / 0 comments

How is your fleet made up? Peverel Services Ltd provides property-related services throughout the UK including property management, letting, security and protection systems as well as … Read More »

Is there a blurred vision on eyesight?

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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 »

Birthday wishes

6 years ago / 0 comments

Pendragon Contracts is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, having battled through the credit crunch, realigned its business and is now looking to grow its fleet … Read More »

Covering all bases

6 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 »

Whiskey on wheels

6 years ago / 0 comments

LH What’s the composition of Chivas fleet? TC Chivas Brothers is part of the Pernod Ricard Group, and we produce whisky brands such as Chivas Regal, … Read More »

The downtime dilemma

6 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 »

Growing pains?

6 years ago / 0 comments

As most mainstream car manufacturers scrabble about trying to retain market share, Kia Motors (UK) president and CEO Paul Philpott has a different kind of problem: … Read More »

Cream of the crop

6 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 »

The Sky isn’t the limit

6 years ago / 0 comments

As you might have seen earlier in this issue, Mazda is at a watershed: its range is almost about to be replaced in its entirety over … Read More »

Spoilt for choice?

6 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 »

The Insider: What goes on tour…

6 years ago / 0 comments

As summer draws to a close, I reflect on another season of company drivers taking touring holidays abroad, and bringing their cars safely home again. In … Read More »

At your service?

6 years ago / 0 comments

Service, maintenance and repair are expensive elements in the company car equation, but that does not mean they cannot be regularly reviewed by fleets seeking to … Read More »

Getting to know you

6 years ago / 0 comments

The new car registration figures for the first six months of the year highlighted some interesting trends impacting fleets and their choice of vehicles. While Ford's … Read More »

Moved by motor show and safety demos

6 years ago / 0 comments

The Moving Motor Show, precursor to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, enabled me to fulfil an ambition to drive up the famous hill climb course. I … Read More »

Skoda bares its teeth

7 years ago / 0 comments

Nice, cheery Skoda. Never too aggressive with their strategies, with inoffensive cars, and friendly, not too pushy, staff. Yeah, right. Skoda is a brand on the … Read More »

The Master Plan – James Taylor Vauxhall Motors

7 years ago / 0 comments

On the face of it, it doesn’t look like it’s been a good year so far for Vauxhall, with fleet market share showing a steep decline. … Read More »

Rental is driving me mental

7 years ago / 0 comments

Recently we discovered our drivers squeezing into smaller rental cars than due, within our specified grade. Used to a 1.6-litre hatchback, we are now seeing 1.2-litre … Read More »

Joined up thinking

7 years ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen has launched a new leasing programme aimed at local fleets. What surprised me was not how groundbreaking the initiative is, it isn’t, but the fact … Read More »