Today in Fleet – Wednesday 19 July
All the key news in fleet…
Majority of motorists confused by tyre maintenance checks
A new survey from Venson Automotive Solutions has revealed that 69% of motorists don’t know the correct legal tyre tread depth limit of 1.6mm, which could leave firms at risk if their drivers are in an accident.
Of motorists surveyed by Venson, those aged 25 to 54 are most likely to be aware of the correct tyre tread depth.
However, 31% of all those surveyed said they don’t check the depth themselves, and rely on their annual MOT to uncover any cause for concern. Women (38%) were found to be more likely to rely on the MOT than men (25%).
A further 31% of respondents said they check their tyres every six months or so, but 7% only check their tyre tread before a long car journey.
Tyre pressure checks are equally overlooked, with 44% of respondents saying they only check the level before going on a long journey.
eDriving training course helps shape driver behaviour
Online driver training specialist, eDriving, has unveiled its new course to train, educate and motivate drivers to adopt safer behaviours behind the wheel.
Dubbed One More Second, the course will initially serve fleets in the following situations: training for newly employed drivers, refresher training for experienced drivers and targeted training for high-risk drivers.
Initially launched in the Unites States, the course is now tailored for UK drivers and reinforces the core principles of defensive driving – anticipating other drivers’ actions, identifying threats before they become problems, and avoiding risk taking behaviour behind the wheel that leads to distraction.
Designed by online learning experts, the two-hour One More Second course provides flexible and highly interactive content. Interactive exercises include full-motion video ‘journeys’ that help drivers explore the types of hazards they are likely to encounter in city, motorway and suburban settings.
The course also includes knowledge checks and learning checklists along the way to ensure that safety-critical information is understood and retained.
Low of 115g/km emissions for Fleet Alliance vehicle orders
Fleet Alliance has seen carbon emissions fall to an average of 115g/km per vehicle (-6.5%) for all new cars ordered in the last six months, as fleet buyers increasingly turn to green models for tax and environmental reasons.
The fleet management specialist reports that the majority of cars on the fleet, around 57%, now fall into the emissions category of 101-129g/km, with some 21% of the fleet between 75g/km -100g/km and 2% below 75g/km.
At the top end of the scale, just 5% of the fleet has carbon emissions of greater than 160g/km.
Fleet Alliance managing director, Martin Brown, commented: “We are seeing many more new green models, especially plug-in hybrids, coming through from the vehicle manufacturers with ever-lower carbon emissions across all popular model ranges.
“In terms of the volume sellers, Audi still remains desirable for user-choosers with their low carbon emissions and small tax charges, and the A1, A3 and A4 remain popular choices.
“The Vauxhall Astra is another popular model which is just outside our top 10 cleanest car chart with average CO2 emissions of just 93g/km, which indicates the strides the mainstream manufacturers have made in reducing emissions across their model ranges.”
Concerns about rise in ‘clocking’ for used car dealers
Motor dealers are concerned that mileage discrepancies and ‘clocking’ of used cars is becoming increasingly more common on their forecourts, according to new figures released by automotive data experts cap hpi.
In a monthly survey conducted with dealer networks across the UK, a quarter of UK dealers asked expressed concern that clocking and mileage discrepancies had worsened in the past 12 months.
Over a third (36%) of dealers are concerned that the incidence of clocking will have a negative impact on their business, making a dent in profitability.
Earlier this year cap hpi established that the number of cars showing mileage discrepancies rose to one in 16, a jump of 25% on 2014’s figures.
The practice of clocking takes place when drivers look to deliberately defraud second-hand car buyers when the vehicle is sold on.
BEN launches health and wellbeing survey for automotive industry
BEN, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for its workers, has launched a survey to seek insights from industry people which will help shape future services.
The feedback will also enable the organisation to ensure its health and wellbeing services remain relevant to those working in the industry.
By offering relevant support to the industry’s people, BEN aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the workforce, reducing absence, improving productivity and raising morale.
The survey takes five minutes to complete and is confidential and anonymous.