Today in Fleet – Wednesday 19 April
All the key news in fleet…
SEAT reports best Q1 fleet results
Continued growth in the true fleet channel helped SEAT UK Fleet secure its best quarter one results to date. True fleet sales for the first three months of the year rose 86% compared to the same period in 2016, helping to increase overall fleet sales in Q1 by 32%. The overall growth comes despite a planned 45% reduction in rental volume.
True fleet sales were driven by SEAT’s new Ateca SUV as well as the new Leon and Ibiza, which is available for exclusive first UK fleet test drives at this year’s Fleet Show.
Vehicle registrations at highest ever total
The number of vehicles registered for the first time in Great Britain reached 3.3 million in 201 – up 2.6% on 2015 and marking the highest annual total ever recorded.
The annual vehicle licensing statistics from the Department for Transport show the number of cars registered for the first time in 2016 was up 2.4% – this is the fifth consecutive year that the total of new car registrations has risen. New van registrations were up 1.0% while ULEVs saw a 40% in new registrations to 41,819 units – up from 0.9% one year previously and 0.5% two years before.
One in six drivers think running a red light is legal
A large number of drivers are risking penalty points on their licence by potentially dangerous behaviour behind the wheel.
Research by insurer Admiral has found one in six drivers believe it’s legal to run through a red light with the same number also taking their eyes off the road to adjust the radio. One in 10 said they have also checked their phone while driving while one in seven have drunk non-alcoholic beverages or eaten at the wheel in the past month.
New national sales manager at JCT600 VLS
JCT600 Vehicle Leasing Solutions has appointed Kerry Clark as national sales manager.
The new senior appointment will see Clark take on responsibility for managing the company’s eight-strong team of territory and account managers as well as overseeing the internal telesales and sales support consultant teams.
Clark joins from the Volkswagen Group where she spent 19 years in various roles, latterly in the position of national fleet sales manager. She has also worked as a franchise manager for Unipart.