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Today in Fleet: Monday 22 May

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All the key news in fleet…


Although the true fleet sector fell -25.1% in April, Dataforce noted that April 2016 was the highest on record since its records began in 2004.

Triple whammy for UK true fleet market in April

The UK’s true fleet market fell 25.1% in April as it bore the impact of three less business days, the usual hangover from the UK plate change plus the new Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).

However, the figures from Dataforce show that it was the Private Market that took the hardest hit with a 28.5% fall and somewhat predictably the Special Channels had the highest April month on record with Dealership and Manufacturer’s contributing the most (setting their own record for April). Overall, the market was down -19.8% last month.

Within the true fleet market, Mercedes, Hyundai and SEAT were able to produce positive growth despite the challenging conditions.

LeasePlan's Q1 2017 gross profit increased by 5% to EUR 399m on the back of 6% fleet growth.

LeasePlan’s Q1 2017 gross profit increased by 5% to EUR 399m on the back of 6% fleet growth.

LeasePlan fleet size and profits rise

LeasePlan has published its first quarter 2017 results, showing a rise in profits and turnover on the back of an increase in its fleet size.

The results show that gross profit increased by 5% year on year to EUR 399m while total underlying revenues were up by 6% to EUR 2.4bn compared to Q1 2016. Lease revenues increased by EUR 115m, largely driven by a 6.3% increase in the number of vehicles under management, which rose from 1.6 to 1.7 million. Growth continued in all segments and in all major markets with relatively strong contributions from Germany, the Netherlands and Italy.


The Transport Scotland walking campaign is intended to inspire people who are travelling less than two miles to walk.

Scottish commuters challenged to leave car at home 

Scotland’s transport minister has called on Scottish commuters to walk to work to “reap the health and environmental benefits”.

The campaign builds on previous walking campaigns to inspire people who are travelling less than two miles to walk, with Humza Yousaf saying: “The environmental benefits of walking are already well known, so we’re also highlighting the positive impact on physical health, mental wellbeing and general quality of life. Even this modest change can make a difference.”

People clapping at conference

Brake’s 2017 Fleet Safety conference takes place this Thursday 25 May at the St John’s Hotel, Solihull.

FORS to deliver keynote speech at Brake Fleet Safety Conference

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, will provide the keynote speech at this year’s Brake Fleet Safety Conference.

At the event, which takes place this Thursday 25 May 2017, John Hix, FORS director, will introduce the scheme to attendees and talk about the importance of training to reduce road risk. His talk, ‘Setting the standard, reducing road risk’ will look at specific ways that the FORS Standard raises the bar and delivers on its promise to make fleet operations safer and more efficient.

Both FORS and Brake Professional members can also benefit from discounted bookings for the event. For more details, click here.

Garages repairs

Thatcham’s free Repair Focus event will have a particular focus on the increasing cost and challenges in repair.

Thatcham bodyshop event to cover key industry challenges

Thatcham is running a free Repair Focus event looking at the increasing cost and challenges in repair.

Taking place on 6 June, the event is being extended into the organistion’s Repair Technology centre, giving visitors a chance to see the practical repair challenges presented by the increasing complexity of modern vehicle technology and materials.

To register, click here.

For more of the latest industry news, click here.

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.