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Today in Fleet – Monday 12 June

All the key news in fleet…

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Chris Grayling has retained his position as transport secretary.

Chris Grayling reappointed as transport secretary

Chris Grayling has retained his cabinet post as transport secretary as prime minister Theresa May reshuffles her cabinet after losing her Commons majority.

Grayling, Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell, was previously appointed to the post on 14 July 2016 and has held a number of government posts, including employment minister under the coalition government, as well as Justice Secretary and leader of the House of Commons.

Activa Tax Guide app on mobile phone

The Activa app incorporates OpRA calculations, enabling users to find out if the cash alternative would increase their tax burden.

Activa augments tax app with cash or car calculator

Activa Contracts has added to its ‘Tax Guide for Fleets’ app with a new tool that enables drivers to calculate if a cash alternative offered by their employer will increase their tax bill.

Developed in partnership with the tax experts at BCF Wessex, the app supplements Activa Contracts’ recently launched web-based company car or cash allowance calculator and has been enhanced to reflect all the spring Budget tax announcements including reforms to car salary sacrifice and car or cash allowance tax rules known as Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA).

BCF Wessex director Jeff Whitcombe said: “A huge number of company car drivers are offered a cash allowance as an alternative to a company car. The new way that Benefit-in-Kind tax is calculated may give them a financial headache if they don’t consider the effect cash alternatives now have on the cash or car decision. We believe we are the first to introduce this particular functionality to a Benefit-in-Kind tax calculator.”

(L-R) Chris Wilson, senior sourcing and supplier manager at Vitality, and Carlos Montero, CCO of FleetEurope.

L-R) Chris Wilson, senior sourcing and supplier manager at Vitality, and Carlos Montero, CCO of FleetEurope.

New Vitality Nurse service hits the road with help of FleetEurope

Life insurance provider Vitality has deployed 22 liveried MINI Coopers supplied by FleetEurope for the launch of its new Vitality Nurse service.

The new vehicles will improve the insurance application process for VitalityLife customers, enabling a team of field-based nurses to visit customers at a convenient time and place to carry out medical screenings and improve the insurance application process.

The fleet of MINI Cooper 1.5 hatches with Tech pack were chosen for their safety features and efficient running, and have been liveried and supplied on a 36-month, 45,000-mile contract hire agreement, with the flexibility of a pooled mileage arrangement. The vehicles also come with personalised number plates and tracking systems.

FleetEurope is also providing tailored fleet management services, including fixed cost maintenance, fuel card management, breakdown assistance and comprehensive accident management support.

Jaama product manager Andy Bradley

New product manager Andy Bradley has a 16-year business career behind him including a decade at Jaama.

Jaama recruits new product manager 

Andy Bradley has joined fleet and asset management software company Jaama as its product manager.

The appointment sees Bradley return to Jaama after having previously spent a decade at the firm, including four years in a customer support role and a further six years in project management.

In his new role, Bradley will focus on ensuring legislation, tax changes and new initiatives from Whitehall departments, the DVLA, DVSA and HMRC are accommodated within Key2 product enhancements, as well as ensuring customer needs are met, for example through the forthcoming launch of Jaama’s ‘User Voice’ online platform for Key2 users to log their development suggestions.

Car behind cyclist

The ‘Close Pass’ operation is being deployed by more police forces to ensure drivers leave a safer gap when overtaking cyclists.

Latest police forces implement ‘Close Pass’ operations

Motorists who drive too close to cyclists when overtaking are being pulled over by Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire police under a new initiative.

Led by the Roads Policing Unit / Tri Force, which covers all three forces, the operation is run on hotspot roads with a high number of ‘near misses’ and uses plain clothes police officers on bikes to identify drivers who pass dangerously close. Drivers are stopped and offered road-side education on how to pass cyclists safely as an alternative to prosecution. Police are also be looking out for cyclists behaving dangerously.

The initiative was first used by West Midlands Police in 2016 and could be adopted by other forces too.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.