Today in Fleet – Tuesday 18 July
All the key news in fleet…
Honda celebrates 100th dealership to sign up to fleet programme
Glyn Hopkin Honda has become the 100th dealership to sign up to Honda’s Platinum Programme.
Relaunched last year, the scheme aims to increase the volume of fleet sales and aftersales driven through Honda’s 163-strong UK dealer network and provides bespoke training for all dealer principals, sales managers and sales advisors. This enables them to offer fleet customers face-to-face support, ranging from which vehicle is best for their mileage, through to taxation or contract terms. The programme also offers corporate customers a 48-hour test drive.
Marc Samuel, fleet sales operations manager at Honda UK, said: “Fleet and corporate custom is pivotal to our success, so creating a programme that would allow us to enhance our engagement with them is paramount. The fact that the majority of the dealer network has backed the incentive is extremely encouraging to see.”
Finalists announced for Brake’s Fleet Safety Awards 2017
Brake has revealed the organisations that have made it through to the final stage of its Fleet Safety Awards 2017.
This year’s finalists include household names such as FedEX, Royal Mail Group, and British Gas, as well as smaller companies including TMJ Interiors, AbbVie and Reflex – see here for the full list.
The winners will be crowned at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday 28 September 2017.
Latest Autoglass ADAS calibration centre opens
Autoglass has opened a new calibration centre for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), located in Coventry.
Situated close to the airport retail park, the facility brings the total Autoglass network of static calibration sites to 30 following the launch of the first site in 2015. Autoglass plans to have a total of 45 calibration centres operational over the next year, complementing the company’s UK-wide mobile calibration service.
Mark Andrews, regional operations manager, said: “We’re working towards the goal that if a static calibration is needed to be done in workshop conditions rather than a dynamic calibration from one of our highly trained technicians, our customers will not have to drive longer than 15 minutes to get to an appointment.”
Aston Barclay spearheads digital developments with new app
Aston Barclay has launched a new Buyer App as part of a series of new digital developments.
Free to download on the App store in Android or IOS format, the app makes it easier for buyers to find used stock and will be followed in December by a Vendor App that will enable vendors to send video message offers and promotions.
Meanwhile, digital pods are being installed in the auction halls, the first in July in Westbury, to enable buyers to search for stock from across the group and to check on provisional bids.
Other digital initiatives include the installation of ‘Mega’ screens at auction sites as well as digital pods to enable buyers to search for stock from across the group and to check on provisional bids.
Fleet risk management to come under spotlight at National Road Safety Conference 2017
Local authority teams at this year’s National Road Safety Conference will be able to find out more about work-related road safety and the latest tips and strategies for engaging with businesses on the issue.
Taking place on 14-15 November at the Radisson Blu Manchester Airport, the event’s Fringe agenda will include a presentation from Paul Leatherbarrow, road safety officer, Wirral Council, who plays an instrumental role in the local authority’s ‘Mind Your Business – Road Safety at Work’ project.
Also speaking at the event will be Glen Davies from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), who will look at the vital need to raise road safety standards throughout public procurement.
Most expensive airport parking revealed
Drivers can pay up to three times more to park at some airports in the UK, new research finds.
The analysis by Admiral found that Luton Airport topped the list of parking charges, with a two-week stay at their standard on-site car park coming in at £191. By comparison, the equivalent car parking space at Exeter Airport cost £65 – a difference of £126.
The second most expensive UK airport was London City at £181, followed by Gatwick Airport.
Admiral also found price discrepancies between different terminals at the same airport, with a stay at Gatwick North costing £175 compared to a bill of £167 at Gatwick South. And at Heathrow, while a stay at Terminals 2, 3 and 4 is priced at £146, drivers will pay £10 more if they park at Terminal 5 (£156).
Three out of five councils slash roads budget
Councils across England have cut their funding for roads maintenance, street lights and school crossing patrols for 2017/18 despite the fact that revenues from parking tickets are expected to significantly rise.
AA analysis of 363 local authorities found 62% have slashed their budget, with spending on roads maintenance to fall by an average of £900,000 among those councils affected.
In response, AA president Edmund King said: “Drivers will be frustrated that in many councils the additional income from increased parking charges won’t be reinvested in improving the state of local roads. Far too often drivers are viewed by every level of government as wallets on wheels.”
Milton Keynes taxi firm invests in EVs
Skyline Taxis has deployed four EVs for operation in Milton Keynes with the help of the local council.
The taxi firm has invested in one Nissan LEAF and three Tesla Model S 75D cars, part-funded by the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant.
The move follows a pilot scheme in 2015, which saw Skyline trial a 24kWh Nissan Leaf for a four-week period – although the vehicle was well-received by customers and drivers, the company took the decision to wait for the release of the 30kWh Leaf, saying that the fewer charges and a longer range would significantly improve the drivers’ experience and earnings.