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Category : Opinions

Order of service: How service plans could aid SMEs

3 years ago / 0 comments

Service plans sales have grown in the retail sector and could play a useful cost control role for SMEs too. Curtis Hutchinson, editor of Motor Trader, … Read More »

Changing the law for autonomous vehicles

3 years ago / 0 comments

Nick Terry, a partner at Burton Copeland LLP Solicitors, explains why adapting the current law governing motor vehicles may not be enough to cater for the … Read More »

Brand with a plan: How Vauxhall’s servicing initiative will benefit fleets

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A new Vauxhall fleet initiative for servicing SME vehicles is to be welcomed. Curtis Hutchinson, editor of Motor Trader, reports. Last year was a record breaking … Read More »

Supply demands: Why fleets should research their suppliers

3 years ago / 0 comments

The integrity of your suppliers is fundamental in running a successful fleet, says The Insider. The availability of robust independent data quantifying the return on investment … Read More »

Q&A: John Watkins, executive chairman of Trakm8

3 years ago / 0 comments

John Watkins, executive chairman of Trakm8, on developments within the group and the broader telematics marketplace. What are the plans for the Trakm8 group following its … Read More »

What I’ve learnt: John Ellis, MD of Nexus Vehicle Rental

3 years ago / 0 comments

First impressions count The importance of first impressions cannot be underestimated; the impact of your first interaction with a customer, supplier or member of your team … Read More »

SEAT targets user-choosers for ongoing growth

3 years ago / 0 comments

SEAT is aiming for “double digit” growth in sales by optimising its product range and focusing on higher-value segments than previously, according to chairman of the … Read More »

Canterbury tales: An interview with Longleys Private Hire Ltd director, David George

3 years ago / 0 comments

Telematics can transform a business. It certainly did for Longleys Private Hire, which installed a system and found its business crippled as a result. The Canterbury-based … Read More »

Q&A: Eric Feunteun on Renault’s EV programme

3 years ago / 0 comments

How healthy is the EV market? The growth of EV volumes is quite impressive; over 50% worldwide, and also on a European basis. Among that Renault … Read More »

Time to act on autonomous vehicles: Selwyn Cooper of Volvo

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Selwyn Cooper, head of Business Sales, Volvo Car UK, on how developments in autonomous driving are likely to benefit fleets. There is not a day that … Read More »

What is the point of telematics if you don’t use it?

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The majority of fleets now use one of the seemingly numerous telematics solutions available in the UK. These systems use a combination of technologies to monitor … Read More »

A question of attitude

3 years ago / 0 comments

If you use local dealers to source and service your fleet vehicles then you might find it useful to know what they think of the brands … Read More »

Phoning it in

3 years ago / 0 comments

News that the Department for Transport has opened a public consultation on the possibility of increasing penalties for using a hand-held phone while driving has left … Read More »

What I’ve learnt: FleetEurope’s John Yarroll

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Taking the long-term view I’ve spent over 40 years in the rental and leasing industry; my formative years were spent in large, often multi-national corporations, the … Read More »

Q&A: James O’Neill, UK sales manager at Ensto Chago

3 years ago / 0 comments

Why is it important for businesses to have charging points for their plug-in company cars and vans? The evolution of ‘smart’ homes and offices means … Read More »

How a multi-supplier purchasing strategy can help future-proof your fleet

3 years ago / 0 comments

When the Office of National Statistics (ONS) announced the latest inflation rate for the UK, there was a snippet among its figures that should have acted … Read More »

Premium choice

3 years ago / 0 comments

No-one’s ever been fired for sourcing German cars for their company’s fleet. As well as being desirable for user-choosers, especially those with an eye for what … Read More »

Practice what you preach: The IAM’s David Batten

3 years ago / 0 comments

As one of the UK’s highest profile road safety charities, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has a commitment to making Britain’s roads a safer … Read More »

The Insider: Quantifying the unquantifiables

3 years ago / 0 comments

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy evaluating a new product and trying to make a business case for it, and then seeing how … Read More »

What I’ve learnt: Selwyn Cooper, head of business sales, Volvo Car UK

3 years ago / 0 comments

Acting as the head of business sales Looking back over my 20 years with Volvo, I’ve been fortunate enough to work across all departments within … Read More »

Testing times: What the Government's MoT plans could mean for fleets

3 years ago / 0 comments

The Government has got itself hot under the collar about extending the first MoT for cars from three to four years. The move was announced last … Read More »

Interview: Francis Bleasdale, fleet and remarketing director at FCA

3 years ago / 0 comments

It can be hard to keep up with the various comings and goings of the Fiat Group and its various brands, which have been through many … Read More »

The Insider: Feeling the (Ad)Blues

3 years ago / 0 comments

This month, I’m suffering from the AdBlues. Having read the available information, taken on board the published advice and informed our drivers well in advance, reality … Read More »

Pimlico Plumbers: A very modern old-fashioned fleet

3 years ago / 0 comments

Stopping to chat with busy mechanics during a tour of Pimlico Plumbers’ HQ, managing director Charlie Mullins’ pride in his company’s in‐house fleet management operation is … Read More »

The Insider: A wishlist for 2016

3 years ago / 0 comments

Let’s start with the return of the spare wheel to all vehicles as standard. Damaged tyres are one of the biggest causes of trouble in fleet, … Read More »

What I've Learnt: Robert Pilkington of Ebbon-Dacs

3 years ago / 0 comments

Don’t assume you can do it all yourself Earlier in my career, when I was IT director, I felt that I was capable of designing … Read More »

The power of choice: Ford of Britain's Andy Barratt on the brand's growth plans

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Only halfway through his first year as Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, Andy Barratt, may have taken on the role in one of the … Read More »

Clouds on the Horizon: a look at forecasts for 2016 new car sales in the UK

3 years ago / 0 comments

No sooner had the festive period passed and the celebration of record breaking registration levels in 2015 subsided, when the frantic new and used car trading … Read More »

On the road: a beast of burden

3 years ago / 0 comments

Not so much the elephant in the room as the Nellie on the bonnet, one of the less trumpeted pitfalls of increasingly stringent pedestrian impact legislation … Read More »

Tyred out?

3 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet managers need to do more about the tyres fitted to the cars and vans they operate. That's one of the clear messages from research conducted … Read More »