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Essential advice for Public Sector & Housing fleets

FLEET INTERVIEW with Ted Sakyi from Wates: Providing fleet solutions across the sector INDUSTRY NEWS Fleet updates from across the sector

LEGAL UPDATE Compliance is key for fleet managers

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WELCOME Fleet Manager Magazine Issue: Apr/May 2017

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elcome to the latest issue of Fleet Manager magazine. The certainty of Spring is upon us now that the clocks have gone forward and the lighter evenings are here. However, there's plenty of uncertainty, politically speaking, now that the Prime Minister has triggered Article 50 and that Scotland is looking to hold a second independence referendum the road ahead is not clear. We aim to keep you up-to-date with any policy changes that may take place as and when they happen, make sure you also regularly visit to stay updated. It has been a busy year already for staff at JDM and we are excited to announce the launch of our new Essential Service Fleet Operators (ESFO) Group that is open to all fleet professionals working within the Essential Services sector. Membership is free* and will ensure that the vital industry-relevant information we share in print, online and at our conferences is made available to those who wish to engage with us. It’s our way of bringing together the sectors we publish for and to form a more cohesive way of sharing best practice – to find out more see pages 4 and 5.

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as possible. The unit will develop with the Boards all fleet strategies and supporting policies for NHSS, and will implement and manage the national fleet management and telematics systems that will be used to provide management information to the Regions/Boards.

What is your role within the NFSU and how big is your team? In April 2016, I took on the role of General Manager and was asked to establish and lead the new National Fleet Support Unit (NFSU) and provide strategic leadership and professional technical / managerial advice on fleet management services across

PROFILE Name: Michael Jackson Job Title: General Manager Organisation: National Fleet Support Unit, NHS National Services Scotland Time at organisation: 15 years in NHSS FLEET NUMBERS Cars: Circa 7k LCVs: Circa 3k HGVs: Circa 100 Other: Circa 400

Working together achieves ‘best value’ for NHS Scotland set up in Scotland to A new National Fleet Support Unit (NFSU) has been efficiency across the NHS. maximise fleet acquisition, utilisation and operating all to Fleet Manager... Michael Jackson, its new General Manager, explains

When and why was the National Fleet Support Unit set up? The NHS Scotland (NHSS) Facilities Shared Services Programme Board was established to explore opportunities for NHS Boards to utilise resources in more effective and innovative ways. A National Fleet Management review was one of the Board’s early work streams. The aim of the review was to investigate and identify the potential synergies to be gained from greater collaboration of fleet management between the 22 NHSS Health Boards, in order to maximise efficiency without compromising operational effectiveness, and ultimately achieve Best Value. The National Fleet Support Unit (NFSU) was created in April 2016 as a result of the national review, which recommended that NHS Boards form Regional Fleet Management Operations supported by a national support function.

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How have you, personally, been involved in the National review? In 2011 I was asked to write a report for the Scottish Government Health Department on Vehicle & Equipment Funding and Fleet Management within NHSScotland. The high level paper advised on the options that were available for funding the replacement of vehicles within the NHSS fleets. Due to the pressures that currently exist with regard to revenue budgets, the paper also advised on ways in which the NHSS fleets could collaborate more effectively in order to improve the delivery of services and reduce revenue expenditure. Following on from this report, I was asked to carry out the National Fleet Management review. How are NHS fleets in Scotland supported by the unit? Collectively, NHSS has a huge fleet of vehicles – circa 10.5k, which are currently

managed by in excess of 30 different Fleet/ Transport operations, with a total net revenue expenditure of circa £62.5m/annum and a capital replacement value of circa £226m. The National Fleet Support Unit (NFSU) will be undertaking key fleet management and engineering duties on a national basis for NHSS and will support the development of a regional fleet management structure. This will help to ensure that the NHSS Fleet/Transport structure and operation is flexible, resilient and has an appropriate skill mix, in order to maximise service improvement, efficiencies and opportunities and ensure that the operation is responsive to the future needs of NHSScotland. The NFSU will provide support to NHS Boards through the planned Regional Fleet Management Operations, provide administrative support, develop national technical specifications for vehicles with the various Boards’ representatives and develop contracts with our National Procurement colleagues that will be used to procure the

NHSScotland. We will initially have a team of six people and we have recently recruited Shelley MacKay who has taken on the National Fleet Manager role and Trevor Perry who has taken on the role of National Fleet Engineer. Shelley’s previous position was a joint role where she managed both the Local Authority and NHS fleets within Dumfries and Galloway, and Trevor’s previous role was Regional Fleet Manager for The Scottish Ambulance Service. What are the key benefits expected from the creation of the NFSU? The main benefits that will be realised by the creation of the NFSU include: • Reduction in risk - through the introduction


The aim of the review was to investigate and identify the potential synergies to be gained from greater collaboration of fleet management between the 22 NHSS Health Boards

of systematic analysis of national systems and the pro-active reporting, it is hoped that there will be a significant reduction in the levels of risk for NHS Board in relation to their fleets.

structures and ensure that transport governance standards are achieved.

• National visibility and robust management information; will provide a wealth of information including how well vehicles are driven, utilisation, fuel consumption, vehicle location, etc. allowing for proactive decisions to be made based on real-time management information allowing NHS Boards to manage local fleets more effectively.

What type of vehicles do you run on the fleet and why? Across NHSS, we operate a very wide range of vehicles. These range from 38 tonne artics down to small car-derived vans. Our specialist vehicles include a fleet of Breast Screening trailers, the Blood Transfusion fleet, a wide range of estates and grounds maintenance vehicles and items of plant and of course there is the Scottish Ambulance fleet.

YAS looks to new technology when it comes to carbon reduction

• Reduce variation; a common national approach to fleet management through adoption of consistent practices and procedures across NHSScotland. We are introducing common fleet management and telematics system across NHSScotland, which will provide the ability to analyse data consistently across all 22 NHS Boards.

Do Electric Vehicles have a presence on any fleets?

You have introduced solar-power to some of the front line emergency A&E vehicles, what are the benefits?

Standardisation of vehicle specifications for NHS Scotland will result

in greater buying power

use? The solar panel trickle charges the manage batteriesfuel with natural How do you have approximately 150k employees; one daylight and artificial light. These solar panels mean that the of the options is for our FMS to have a fuel is purchased via of vehicle majority Across NHSS, there are currently around 60 Licence batteries can always beThe fully charged and there is no need for to Driver direct link to DVLA, similar fuel card contract. Once the new FLEET PROFILE a national low carbon vehicles, 51 of which are electric engines to be run to keep the batteries charged to support all checking agencies. • National Joint Fleet Procurement; FMS is operational, we plan to download and nine are hybrid. These are mostly cars the life-saving devices required in the vehicles. This also means Names: and small Alexis Environmental is one Patientand Co-ordination and standardisation of vehicle and there all fuel data from the Card provider into the vans Keech, Is fleet maintenance and various thatservicing there are no tailpipe emissions so no diesel fumes, or to theNOx be allocated Sustainability Manager are currently where it will specifications for NHSScotland will result in FMS ambulance. There Transport you outsource? operated in-house or do order, which carbon emissions. on Manager greater buying power, better utilisation of vehicles within the fleet. This will allow us Jeff vehicles Gott, Fleet carbon nine lowand vehicle assets, reduced operating costs etc. to profile and benchmark fuel usage across a further three electric vehicles and includesYorkshire Organisation: Ambulance Service NHS Trust This is very mixed across the Country. The management produce and vehicles. fleets cell NHSS fuel all six hydrogen Scottish Ambulance Service have a network • Operational resilience and control; the Fleet size: 1,350 vehicles reports for local review. of 16 workshops and they carry out the introduction of national systems and for the NHS in issue Is Grey Fleet Breakdown: • 303an A&E Double Crewed Ambulances (DCAs) majority of their work in their in-house a central support unit will give NHSS and (if so) how do you Scotland What key issues will affect the • 144 Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) workshops. the ability to consistently manage fleet manage this? of your fleet over the next road risk is an integral part of of the vehicles within management Reducing proportion regional large A local, a at operations • 416 Patient Transport Service (PTS) vehicles management five years? the plan, why? the NHSS fleets are leased with maintenance, is and training and national level. Local resilience will be PLUS Support estates Fleet, which Grey services, a huge NHSS has where the leasing companies are responsible improved through a larger joint operation, just cars We havelease level.officers’ school vehicles, at a local managed As with all fleets, acquisition and operating Business mileage across NHSS is around for the vehicle maintenance and this is working closely with a national support finished a tendering exercise for the provision carried out at locally agreed garages/ costs – Fuel, Maintenance and Leasing 120 million miles/annum and we therefore Fleet mileage function that can draw on a wider range of a National Fleet Management system and – continue to rise, which is creating cost recognise that driving is an essential part of workshops. There are a number of Territorial per annum: plan51 million kilometres of shared expertise. Recognition of gaps to utilise this to help local Boards we pressures on budgets. There are a number CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 >>> Health Boards who own their fleets and the and weaknesses within current operating manage their Grey fleet. The system will of reviews planned within NHSS, which will maintenance is sub contracted out as is the allow for all drivers to be detailed, record and have a direct impact on the operational maintenance of our other specialised owned and Driver’s What steps have Yorkshire Ambulance Service been of ambulance design toMOTs, reduce the impact of our vehicles Insurance when advise requirements of the NHSS fleet and it fleets that are operated by the Scottish checking. requireand taking to reduce vehicle emissions? in relation toLicences air pollution carbon emissions. is, therefore, imperative that the Fleet/ Blood Transfusion Service and the Breast options considering are currently We working We have been hard to cut fuelthe use to achieve Screening Service. Transport structure is flexible and resilient and as NHSS licence driver Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) embarked cost savingsfor and reduce ourchecking carbon footprint. We have and is able to respond positively to any planned changes that are required. on a carbon reduction programme in 2009. In line with assessed and consolidated our fleet to ensure that the The newly formed NFMU will have a big the Climate Change Act, the NHS as a whole has been correct number of vehicles are used for the correct purpose. part to play in helping to achieve this and challenged to reduce its carbon emissions by 10% by 2015 The vehicle type is essential to ensure fuel efficiency.  Our the new structure has been designed to help and 35% by 2020 until an 80% reduction is in place by vehicles are serviced up to six times a year to ensure that maintain our duty of care to staff, patients 2050. As an emergency service, stopping the use of our they are always running to the best of their capability. and the public; introduce governance 109 Double Crewed Ambulances fleet is not an option so alternative solutions have had to be We have increased our bunkered fuel use on our resilience into the operation; ensure andon have had solar panels fitted compliance with legislation; deliver service sourced. Our fleet is in more demand than ever with a 4% ambulance stations, which has reduced the miles travelled their roofs to help keep batteries improvements in areas which are weak; and, increase in emergency calls annually. to local refuelling stations. charged to support life-saving devices better utilisation of the staffing through Over the past few years YAS has been at the cutting edge Our staff assess the inflation of their tyres as part of their resource, implement and realise potential savings and cost avoidance in the various 38 FLEET Manager functional areas. The introduction of national telematics and fleet management systems alongside national driver licence checking and training strategies, will have a big part to play in our Risk Management strategy and will help to realise potential savings from managing the fleet more effectively and efficiently. n Specialist vehicles include a fleet of Breast Screening trailers • National expertise; provide the ability to develop dedicated national expertise to carry out fleet management and fleet engineering duties, currently undertaken multiple times, once nationally and consistently for NHSScotland. The formation of a dedicated professional service specialising in functional areas, such as, telematics analysis and reporting, development of technical specifications, vehicle procurement etc. to meet current and future operational requirements.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service has been taking giant steps when it comes to carbon reduction thanks to new technology. Environmental and sustainability manager Alexis Keech and fleet manager Jeff Gott have helped the organisation embrace innovation which has resulted in ground breaking new vehicle design, utilisation of solar power and hydrogen fuel. Here, they share their approach with Fleet Manager readers...

The NHS Scotland fleet is diverse and has to be ready for anything

the job description for many staff. We have a duty of care to ensure that our staff and the public in general are as safe as possible and reducing road risk within NHS Scotland is therefore an integral part of our plans.

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We have 109 DCAs in the YAS fleet which have had solar panels fitted on their roofs in the factory. These will then feed into new lightweight lithium batteries that we have fitted. What made you apply for grant funding for Hydrogen vehicles?

The World Health Organisation classified diesel fuel as carcinogenic in 2012. The vast majority of ambulance service vehicles in the UK are run on diesel. YAS wants to be at the cutting edge of new fuel technology. We have the advantage of a hydrogen refuelling station in Sheffield at the ITM Power site which is solely wind powered, ensuring that the hydrogen generated is entirely green fuel. Our PTS vehicles travel between 150 and 200 miles a day. Our A&E vehicles travel between 400 and 800 miles a shift. At present the EV battery technology is not advanced enough for our daily mileage needs. Also the recharging downtime is limiting for an active service. Hydrogen has the capability of filling this gap with a refuelling time of around three minutes for 2-3kg of hydrogen. What will the vehicles be used for when they arrive in June this year? Our hydrogen vehicles will be used as ambulance fleet manoeuvre support vehicles to test the boundaries of the technology. As there is at present only one hydrogen refuelling station in the region; the electric capacity of the Kangoo vehicles will provide a fail safe back-up for the vehicles if the hydrogen runs out. The support vehicles travel a maximum distance of up to 250 miles a day which is the capacity of the Kangoo hydrogen electric conversion (100 miles on electric and 150 miles on hydrogen). As more hydrogen refuelling stations are installed CONTINUED ON PAGE 40 >>

Fleet Manager magazine is a JDM Web Publishing Ltd and ESFO Group Publication. How have you been working with other public sector organisations to establish a refuelling infrastructure?

How are the vehicles adapted to carry this technology?

across the region we will move the vehicles around to so more staff can use them. As Leeds is set to have a clean air zone implemented in 2017, we will be looking to locate this vehicle and similar vehicles in the city centre.

We have been working with Leeds City Council, York City Council, Bradford City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to ensure that a sustainable low to zero emission refuelling infrastructure is in place for the future. We are also working with a variety of organisations including Zero Carbon Yorkshire to look at the infrastructure across the region and see where there is the need to implement and install alternative refuelling technologies. Yorkshire missed out on the electric vehicle infrastructure funding through the Plugged in Places grants a few years ago so there is very little publicly-accessible electric vehicle infrastructure across the region. It is essential that local councils engage with the fleet users, like ourselves, who do not return to base regularly and will rely on recharging and refuelling infrastructure to ensure that we can continue to drive our vehicles throughout the day.

When the Hydrogen vehicles arrive do the drivers need any special training?

Why is it important for public sector organisations, in particular, to lead the green revolution?

The YAS driver trainer will have vehicle specific familiarisation training carried out by Arcola Energy prior to the vehicles being delivered, this will then be passed down through the normal training protocols. Training on how to operate the self service refuelling station will be given directly to the drivers by ITM Power, the owners of the refuelling station. Drivers will be trained how to refuel the vehicles at the hydrogen refuelling station as well as the safety aspects associated with the technology. As these vehicles are an electric hybrid, drivers will be trained how to plug in and recharge the battery within the vehicle as well as where to recharge if required. Driving the new generation of vehicles is exactly the same as driving any other vehicle on the road but the refuelling and recharging process is different. Regeneration technology means there is the capacity to recharge the electric batteries whilst driving the vehicles.

It is essential that the public sector leads in the green revolution as we have a responsibility to spend the British public’s money efficiently and we have an obligation to reduce and eliminate the emissions from our vehicles as well as our impact on climate change.

YAS has been working with other public sector organisations to ensure refuelling infrastructure is in place


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What are your plans for the future in terms of increasing the number of ‘green’ vehicles on your fleet?

We are in the process of assessing mileage and travel range and what technology is most applicable to our fleet. We are looking to work with hospitals to implement charging points for EVs. We need to ensure that the public infrastructure is in place before we can commit to new ‘green’ vehicles as our vehicles need access to refuelling across the region. We are part of a successful bid from Innovate UK with ULEMco to implement an innovative hydrogen dual-fuel technology hybrid system to one of our non-emergency Patient Transport Service (PTS) vehicles ( government/news/low-emmission-freight-and-logisticstrial-competition-winners-announced) on our PTS vehicles. Our vehicle will be converted and on the road by summer 2017. This vehicle will have up to an 80% reduction in tailpipe emissions. In the future, we are hoping to build a prototype hydrogen electric ambulance that will have zero emissions. The next generation of electric vehicles with a longer range have the capacity to fit into our fleet cycle. n


How will the Hydrogen vehicles be serviced and maintained?

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Yorkshire Ambulance Service

majority of vehicles across NHSS. A key function of the department is the assessment of Road Risk and the formation of long-term strategies and plans to reduce it as effectively

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daily vehicle assessment. This ensures the optimum efficiency for the vehicle as underinflated or overinflated tyres can affect fuel efficiency. We have also implemented ‘greener’ tyres across the fleet. We have worked with Leeds University and Manchester University as well as ambulance fitters to design an incorporated aerodynamic light bar, which actually improved the efficiency of vehicles over the standard design by 1mpg. We have run trials with a variety of different electric and hybrid vehicles. We tried a methanol fuel cell to eliminate the issue of idling within the fleet. YAS obtained funding from the Department for Transport for disruptive technology to reduce NOx emissions from our RRVs in 2016. During a normal shift, the vehicles could be stationary for 65% of the time with their engines idling to keep essential equipment functioning. It was also decided that it would be appropriate for the new fleet of DCAs to be fitted with solar panels and lithium ion batteries. Through a redesign and lightweighting project these vehicles are now some of the most efficient diesel ambulances in the country. YAS will have electric hydrogen vans in the fleet from June 2017. These have been financed by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) through its hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FEV) Fleet Support Scheme. YAS will be using the ITM Power hydrogen refuelling station located in Sheffield, one of the most northerly English hydrogen stations at present.



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In this issue of Fleet Manager Tim Ridyard provides our Legal update, with a round-up of relevant issues relating to transport law, especially in light of significantly higher penalties for Health & Safety offences. There's also an update relating to driverless technology. Tim will also be speaking at FM17 so if you have any questions you would like to ask please feel free to approach him at the event. As well as our usual round-up of news, reviews and features, we have a superb fleet interview with Ted Sakyi, who many of you will know as the award-winning Group Fleet Manager at Wates Group Ltd. Wates has a number of Public Sector and Housing association contracts and Ted talks about his role and how he'll be tackling future challenges.

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The hydrogen-electric vehicles have two elements regarding service and maintenance, the Renault Kangoo ZE will be serviced through a standard Renault service contract with the local main dealer, any repairs will be carried out by the same dealer under the vehicle’s standard warranty. The fuel cell system will be serviced and maintained by Arcola Energy and the software systems maintained remotely by the Symbio FCell in France via 3G or WiFi. Basic maintenance instruction will be given to the YAS Motor Vehicle Technicians. This will be mainly safety related in order to carry out initial assessment of a defect. At present there are very few specialist mechanics in the UK who maintain and service hydrogen vehicles. We will have an agreement in place with Arcola (hydrogen vehicle converters) and Renault for the maintenance programme. We are looking to get our YAS mechanics trained up to maintain hydrogen vehicles in the longer term.

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USEFUL INFORMATION Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust – ITM Power – Arcola Symbio – Arcola Symbio vehicle - ULEMco -

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In this issue 06 Industry news £23 million boost for hydrogen-powered vehicles and infrastructure.

12-13 Legal update Compliance is key for Public Sector fleets.

17-21 ESFO Group news

FM17 Manchester event review plus next event highlights.

24-26 The Fleet Interview

Ted Sakyi, Group Fleet Manager at

Wates Group Ltd talks about his role and meeting future challenges.

27 Public Sector news New vehicles keep services moving for North Lincolnshire Council.

31-33 Access all Areas

Advice and information on running and

procuring accessible vehicle conversions.


Commercial update

by new Mountjoy vans.

Portsmouth City Council contract supported 38-41 Focus on cars Review on Volvo’s impressive V40:

Designed around people.

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JDM launches Group for Essential Service Fleet Operators (ESFO) JDM was established in 2011 and since then as a company we have developed significantly but have continued to develop magazines and events for The Essential Service Sector. Our media today includes specialist printed fleet titles such as Fleet Manager, Utility Fleet Magazine and on a digital platform, Driverlink Magazine, as well as resources such as Fleet Manager Online. In 2015 and 2016 we launched our Public Sector and Housing conference events and for the Utility Sector, Utility Fleet Forum. In 2017 JDM is proud to announce the launch of its Essential Service Fleet Operators (ESFO) Group. Most importantly membership of the ESFO Group is free. The Group has been formed to ensure a cohesive approach to the sharing of best fleet operational practice. The main aim of the Group is to make sure that the information disseminated across the group whether that be in the form of printed magazines, informative industry newsletters, online content or conference events, remains free to access. By becoming a member of the group you will receive information relevant to you and will be able to network with likeminded individuals, form discussion groups and get introduced. Membership is open for those who manage driver risk, are responsible for fleet procurement or vehicle management and work within one of the following organisations, which we term the Essential Services Sector. • NHS Trusts • Local Authorities • Government Departments • Educational Establishments • Fire and Police Authorities • Housing Associations • Power Distribution • Water Authorities • Telecoms providers • Construction and Infrastructure contractors If you would like to join the ESFO group and start enjoying member benefits straight away, simply visit: www.jdmpublishing. esfo-group. Turn to page 16 to find out more about recent and upcoming ESFO Group events.

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£23 million boost for hydrogenpowered vehicles and infrastructure A

new £23 million fund to accelerate the take up of hydrogen vehicles and roll out more cutting-edge infrastructure has been announced by the government. Hydrogen fuel providers will be able to bid for funding in partnership with organisations that produce hydrogen vehicles to help build high-tech infrastructure, including fuel stations. The funding will boost the creation of hydrogen fuel infrastructure and uptake of hydrogen-powered vehicles. A competition will be launched this summer, and will invite proposals from public organisations, businesses and hydrogen operators. The government will provide match funding for successful bidders as part of its plans to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and deliver economic opportunities for the UK. Transport Minister John Hayes said: “The transition to zero emission road transport is both inevitable and desirable as it will improve air quality in many of our towns and cities. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles can play a vital role alongside battery electric vehicles to help us cut harmful emissions. “We know availability of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure can be a potential obstacle to the take up of hydrogen fuel cell

electric vehicles. That’s why we’re providing support to give interested parties the confidence to continue to invest in this new emerging technology to help us achieve our ambition for almost all new cars and vans to be zero emission by 2040.” Hydrogen vehicles can be quickly refuelled using a pump like a conventional petrol or diesel car, but instead use gas. They produce only water as a by-product and have a range of around 300 miles per tank, like conventional vehicles. The government is working closely with industry on the future direction of the UK

automotive sector and has allocated over £600 million for low emission vehicles over the course of this Parliament with an additional £390 million announced at last year’s Autumn Statement for ultra low emission vehicles and driverless cars. The announcement builds on the launch of the Industrial Strategy green paper published in January which outlined plans to fund new high-value economic infrastructure and reaffirmed government commitment to investing in energy innovation and to tackling the causes of climate change.

New Traffic Commissioners appointed in England TWO new traffic commissioners have been appointed by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Tim Blackmore OBE and Simon Evans will be traffic commissioners for the North East and the North West respectively and will take up their new roles from May 2017. Traffic commissioners are responsible for the regulation of bus, coach and goods vehicle operators, and registration of local bus services. Where appropriate, they can call operators to a public inquiry to examine concerns about vehicle and driver safety. They also deal with professional drivers at conduct hearings.

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Colonel Tim Blackmore currently heads the British Forces Post Office and was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport in 1992. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics and the Chartered Management Institute. Simon Evans is currently a Deputy Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England and Independent Member (Chair) of the Parole Board for England and Wales. He was previously a Fee Paid Judge on the Social Entitlement Chamber and a Lay Member (Chair) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel. Tim Blackmore will fill the post

vacated by Kevin Rooney, who took over the West of England in October 2016. Simon Evans will replace Beverley Bell when she steps down in Spring 2017. The Secretary of State has also appointed four new deputy traffic commissioners: • Mark Hinchliffe as Deputy Traffic Commissioner for the North East of England. • Jayne Salt as Deputy Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England. • Laura Thomas as Deputy Traffic Commissioner for the East of England. • Hugh Olson in Scotland.

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Technology Guide launched to benefit local authorities NEW guidance designed to help local authorities understand the opportunities and challenges they will face in the coming years as a result of rapidly accelerating advances in transport technology is now available. The second edition of the Institution of Engineering & Technology’s ‘Local Authority Guide to Emerging Transport Technology’ has been launched in association with ITS (UK).  The updated guide is targeted at local government officers, elected members and their consultants and explains how technology can aid delivery of a range of policy objectives, from reducing emissions to assisting smooth traffic flows.  Furthermore the guide features a variety of case studies demonstrating how innovative technologies are already being used to improve local transport services around the country.  IET President Jeremy Watson, said: “It is important that as new technologies emerge, local authorities are aware of the latest developments and are supported in obtaining the right information on whether such technology is the right option for them.”  “By exploring new procurement models and encouraging local authorities to specify technology in a more informed way, the report aims to help local authorities do more for less,” he adds.  Also contributing his comments to the guide, ITS (UK) president Steven Norris said: “There is no doubt that emerging transport technologies have the potential to provide local transport authorities with important tools to deliver their policy objectives.”  To view the guide visit:

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Self-driving car insurance and electric vehicle charge point measures introduced in Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill

New measures set out for autonomous vehicle insurance and electric vehicle infrastructure N EW insurance rules for self-driving cars and measures to improve provision of electric vehicle charge points have been introduced recently as part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill. It is hoped these measures will help the UK to become a world leader in these technologies by breaking down some of the barriers that could limit companies from testing them here. Measures around insurance for selfdriving cars will ensure better protection - a single insurance product for automated vehicles will now be able to cover both the motorist when they are driving, as well as the car when it is in automated mode. This will mean innocent victims involved in a collision with an automated vehicle will have quick and easy access to compensation. Self-driving vehicles will allow the driver to hand full control and responsibility to the vehicle when technologies are turned on. The measures follow a consultation by the Department for Transport on the issue of insurance for self-driving cars that closed in September 2016. The Secretary of State will be given the power to classify which vehicles are ‘automated’ and subject to the new insurance requirement. David Williams, Head of Underwriting, at AXA UK, said: “This is a positive

step forward that provides clarity to insurers to ensure we design our products appropriately. It keeps protection of the general public at its heart which we hope will encourage early adoption of some really impressive technology.”

OTHER MEASURES Other measures set out in the Bill will mean easier access to infrastructure for electric vehicles. They could also ensure the right infrastructure is in place for the growing market for electric vehicles. Motorway services and large fuel retailers could be made to provide electric charge points and hydrogen refuelling stations under planned new laws. The measures could also make sure data about the location and availability of charging stations is openly available, and make it easier to use the different networks which are available. They follow a public consultation on measures to improve charging infrastructure. SPEED AWARENESS COURSES The bill will also introduce a stronger legal framework for diversionary courses – also known as speed awareness courses. The new statutory regime will ensure there is greater local accountability and financial transparency over their operation, and allow for a cap on the fees charged.

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what it means to you CHANCELLOR of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has now delivered his first Budget speech – the final spring Budget because he announced in last November’s Autumn Statement a rescheduling of the two major fiscal-related announcements of the Parliamentary year. Starting in the autumn, Britain will have an Autumn Budget announcing tax changes “well in advance of the start of the tax year”. From 2018 there will be a Spring Statement, responding to the forecast from the Office of Budget Responsibility, but no major fiscal event. As a result, the latest Budget coming just four months after the Autumn Statement has been viewed as a “transitional Budget” with no dramatic or radical announcements. Indeed many tax measures, including those relating to company car benefit-in-kind tax to the end of 2020/21, Vehicle Excise Duty for cars first registered from April 1, 2017, capital allowances, car fuel benefit charge, van benefit charge, van fuel benefit charge and Insurance Premium Tax had been previously announced. Here we highlight some of the tax changes and spending plans published in the 2017 Budget papers that impact on the company car and van sector and wider motor industry. COMPANY CAR TAX In 2017/18 the minimum company car benefit-inkind tax charge will be 9% (0-50g/km) rising to 37% (190g/km+). In 2018/19 and 2019/20, company car benefit-inkind tax follows the same well-established format. However, Budget 2017 confirmed the Autumn Statement 2016 announcement that the government would reshape company car benefitin-kind taxation from April 2020 to provide a stronger incentive for fleets to operate ultra-low emission cars (currently defined as being up to a maximum of 75g/km) and employees to choose them as company cars As a result, a mileage range element is to be introduced in 2020/21 applicable to zero emission cars and ultra-low emission cars (up to 50g/km) equipped with an electric battery and therefore able to be driven in zero emission mode. As the table below highlights, company car benefit-inkind tax rates increase as a model’s electric mileage range capability reduces. For internal combustion engine powered cars and plug-in vehicles with emissions above 50g/km, company car benefit-in-kind tax rates in 2020/21 start at 15% (51-54g/km), rising to 37% (160g/km+).

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VEHICLE EXCISE DUTY Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), as announced in the post-2015 general election Summer Budget, is being reformed from April 1. For cars first registered from that date, VED will be based on CO2 emissions - £0 for zero emission cars up to £2,000 for those with emissions above 255g/km (see table below). From the second year after registration for five years, all cars

emitting 1 g/km and above will be taxed at a uniform VED rate of £140 a year (£10 reduction for alternative fuel vehicles), plus a £310 supplement for cars costing more than £40,000. Zero emission cars will continue to be taxed at £0, but those costing more than £40,000 will be subject to the £310 supplement. After five years VED will revert to the standard rate of £140 (£0 for zero emission models).

CAR SALARY SACRIFICE SCHEMES AND CASH OR CAR ALLOWANCES New rules governing car salary sacrifice schemes and cash or car allowances come into effect on April 6, 2017, as announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement, but the Budget failed to provide clarity on the specifics. On December 5 last year, the government published a policy paper ‘Income Tax: Limitation on Salary Sacrifice’ that outlined the changes. However, there have been subsequent meetings with tax experts and industry bodies to discuss the impact of the proposals. As a result, it was expected that final clarification on the changes would be published with the Budget papers. However, that did not happen so expect to see a separate HM Treasury announcement confirming the minutiae of the new rules in the very near future.

AIR QUALITY & DIESEL VEHICLES The government has served notice that the “tax treatment for diesel vehicles” could change as it seeks to cut pollution from the transport sector and improve air quality. The government said it was committed to improving air quality and would consult on a detailed draft plan shortly that would set out how the UK’s air quality goals would be achieved. Alongside that, the government

said it would continue to explore what it called “the appropriate tax treatment for diesel vehicles”, which included engaging with stakeholders ahead of making any tax changes at Autumn Budget 2017. As a result, fleets can expect diesel vehicle tax changes - and potentially increases - as the government reinforces its air quality strategy and its mission to convert fleets and consumers to plug-in and ULEVs.

CAPITAL ALLOWANCES The main rate threshold for capital allowances for business cars, currently set at 130g/km, will be reduced to 110g/km of CO2 and the 100% First Year Allowance (FYA) threshold to 50g/km from April 2018, to reflect falling vehicle emissions, the Budget confirmed. The Chancellor also confirmed that the FYA for businesses purchasing low emission cars would be extended to April 2021. The government will further review the case for the FYA and the appropriate business cars emission thresholds from April 2021 at Budget 2019.

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COMPLIANCE IS KEY Road Transport Lawyer Tim Ridyard provides Fleet Manager readers with a legal digest on the relevant issues relating to transport law and highlights how issues can be addressed to ensure safety and compliance is an inherent part of any organisation


VER recent years there has been a shift in the way enforcement takes place: today one real danger area where criminal court proceedings can follow relates to serious workplace accidents (prosecutions for H&S offences or Corporate Manslaughter) or other incidents where gross negligence manslaughter may be alleged (e.g. badly maintained/ runaway vehicles cause accidents or deliberate tacho falsification leading to serious accidents). In early 2016 significantly higher penalties for H&S offences were brought into force leading to huge increases in fines from February that year. Much routine enforcement is now done via fixed penalties imposed against drivers when previously operators and drivers would be prosecuted e.g. for overloading or for drivers hours offences though that still occurs to a lesser extent. Operators and drivers are now often diverted by DSVA straight into the Traffic Commissioner Public Inquiry and Driver Conduct regimes,

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sometimes via the fixed penalty scheme reporting requirement. Whilst there has been a shift in emphasis e.g. to fixed penalties for drivers there is also concern as to whether the propensity to offend has dropped. This coincides with concerns with regard to resourcing of enforcement, not least frontline police numbers. In the Transport Select Committee report on Road Traffic Law Enforcement published in May 2016 the finding was: ‘As the number of traffic police has fallen, so too has the number of road traffic offences detected. However, the number of “causing death” offences, which will always be recorded where they occur, has not fallen. This is significant as this suggests that the reduction in overall offences that are recorded does not represent a reduction in offences actually being committed.’ ( pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmtrans/ 132/13202.htm - Paragraph 17)

If this is correct it suggests transport businesses (businesses that supply transport as their service or require transport to conduct their work) cannot assume that because their drivers do not tend to be involved in accidents or do not receive penalties (e.g. for mobile phone offences) they are compliant. Businesses must therefore be ever vigilant not only at operating centres and sites but in relation to drivers and vehicle use on the public highway, with suitable systems in place. Also, it is not possible for a business to carry out some kind of statistical probability analysis as to the likelihood of prosecution or other enforcement action. The bottom line is that the greater the lack of systems and the more complacent any individual business is the more likely an adverse incident will occur.


There is a new Definitive Guideline for sentencing Health & Safety offences (breach of duty to employees/ nonemployees and breaches of Health & Safety regulations) and Corporate Manslaughter. • effective 1 February 2016 even if offence committed before that date. • draconian revised regime with fine levels up to £10M for H&S offences. • sets out specified and very high starting points/bands for sizes of fine • the criminal courts must follow the Guideline. • fines are now unlimited even if sentenced in Magistrates’ Court. Every organisation must revisit its H&S systems in the light of this and contemplate where it might possibly be at risk and how it could manage or survive such fines. The impact of the higher penalties is already being

LEGAL ADVICE profoundly felt. It can produce arguably overly severe penalties for relatively less serious offences, when there may be an already very active health and safety regime within a business. Large and medium sized businesses are particularly affected but small businesses must not think that because they have low turnover or few staff this regime will not affect them too. During the period 1975 to Jan 2016 32 fines greater than £1M were imposed for H&S offences. (An average of 0.8 per year.) In the period Feb 16 to Oct 16 there were 16 fines greater than £1M. During the period 1975 to Jan 2016 there were 189 custodial or suspended sentences passed. Between Feb and October 2016 there were 30.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO ADDRESS THIS, TO MINIMISE RISK? • Revisit Health & Safety Policy, risk assessments and safe systems of work? • Staff awareness training at all levels • Clearly documented audit trial evidencing induction, training, systems etc. • Does your business need external H&S consultancy services? • Is there a clear top to bottom H&S regime throughout the business with clear lines of responsibility, H&S as standing items at senior management level etc? • Keep up-to-date with industry guidance: E.g. Safe coupling/uncoupling guide safety/safe-coupling-guide.pdf E.g. ‘Leading Health & Safety at Work’ - IoD / HSE publication leadership approach for transport businesses - how to achieve joined up transport management to ensure safe running • Auditing of external contractors and maintenance providers e.g. Bath Haulage case

DRIVERLESS TECHNOLOGY UPDATE (product liability, insurance, Construction & Use issues)


S advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated vehicle technologies (ADT) develop so must regulation be kept up-to-date to ensure there can be safe implementation and there are established legal parameters. What About Insurance for Self-Driving vehicles? A world of vehicles where drivers can hand over control and responsibility to the vehicle itself for part or the whole of a journey throws up many new legal issues, not least that of what happens when things go wrong and who is to blame if a vehicle’s operating system is faulty. How will vehicle insurance be dealt with? The question to be resolved has centred on dealing with insurance claims in cases where the driver has handed over control to the vehicle. How can victims be compensated following any accident, whether they are the driver or passenger in the automated vehicle or drivers/passengers in other cars vehicles or pedestrians? The New Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill has just been published (Feb 22nd) setting out the approach to vehicle insurance, amongst other things. The intention is that insurers will be liable for damage (including death or personal injury) where an automated vehicle is driving itself and the vehicle is covered by a policy of insurance at the time of the accident. If the vehicle is not insured then the owner of the vehicle will be liable. However, the insurer or owner of automatic vehicles will not be liable to the person who was in charge of the vehicle if the accident was due to that person’s negligence in allowing the vehicle to drive itself when it was not appropriate to do so. It will be permissible for insurance policies to exclude or limit an insurer’s liability where the accident occurred as a direct result of alterations being made to the vehicle operating system that are not permitted by the manufacturer or where there has been a failure to install software updates to the vehicle operating system required under the policy. In such circumstances the Bill provides for the insurer to be able to recover from the insured the amount that has had to be paid out to him/her. It has to be borne in mind that the overwhelming majority of accidents, said to be about 90%, arise through human error and insurers anticipate that automatic vehicles will have a

positive impact in terms of the reduction in the number and the seriousness of accidents. It may well be that insurance premiums will be able to be reduced correspondingly. In practical terms, where automated vehicles will be driving themselves and a collision occurs, for whatever reason, all parties affected will be able to make a claim against the insurance policy. There will be one insurance policy that covers the vehicle being driven by a human, as now, and also the vehicle being driven in automated mode. As insurers will have to make payments for vehicles that Highway Code/Construction of Use Regulations: The consultation that led to the above proposals also considered other necessary changes and can be found here: It sought views on whether to change the rules relating to a number of issues affected by the new technology: • one proposal is to allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel where the technology permits this, but still prohibit non-driving tasks that could be distracting. • an amendment in relation to hand-held mobile devices to allow drivers controlling vehicles via a hand-held device when engaging in remote control parking. • in order for a car to be remotely parked when the driver is outside the vehicle, there needs to be an amendment to the current rule forbidding unattended vehicle engines being switched on. • the current law will need to be amended to permit a driver to sit somewhere other than in the driving seat so long as control is maintained through a hand-held device. • the consultation suggests relaxing the “two second gap” Highway Code rule where there are active vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems as part of a platoon of vehicles, where a vehicle can brake simultaneously with the vehicle in front. The DfT does not propose relaxing any existing restrictions concerning driver distractions, e.g. eating/drinking, using handheld mobile phones, etc.

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EVENT SPEAKERS (left to right): Alexis Keech, Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance; Phil Clifford, Fleet Manager, St Edmundsbury & Forest Heath District Councils; John Luty, Head of Fleet Provision, North Lincolnshire Council; Phil Williams, Assistant Director, TPPL; Mike Holleran, Public Sector Account Manager, Alphabet; Mark Cheadle, Managing Director, JDM; Paul Gambrell, Transport Consultancy Manager, Energy Saving Trust; Ian Featherstone, Fleet Knowledge Manager, Energy Saving Trust; and (inset right): Tim Ridyard, Road Transport Lawyer.

Sharing best practice and sustainability, top of the agenda at FM17 Manchester


HIS year’s first conference event for Public Sector and Housing fleet professionals FM17, with headline sponsor Alphabet, took place at Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel on the 7th March. The event welcomed over 60 delegates who were provided with excellent presentations and handouts from leading industry professionals on all aspects of commercial vehicle management as well as grey fleet solutions, sustainability

and transport law. Mark Cheadle, Managing Director at JDM again hosted the event and commented on how great it was to see so many familiar faces and made a special mention for those delegates who had travelled down from Scotland. Valuable opinions and advice was shared throughout the day which was aimed at those new to the role within fleet, and for seasoned professionals, bringing them all up-to-date with

all aspects of operation fleet management. The FM17 event proved to be an ideal networking opportunity with discussions held throughout the day with exhibitors and fellow delegates, and the feedback we received at JDM was excellent. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 >>>

The stage is set to begin a successful day of sharing best practice

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Delegates were able to network throughout the day

We are now looking forward to our second FM17 event of this year, on the 16th May at Whittlebury Hall near Towcester. At this event we will also be introducing our Essential Service Fleet Operators Group, which is free to join and we give you in future free access to all our content, whether that be in print, online or at our conference events. If you haven’t already joined visit If you would like to attend as a delegate at FM17 on the 16th May at Whittlebury Hall, please confirm your place by visiting, you will also find the Programme for the day and useful information about accessing the venue. On this page we have added a few of the highlights of the Manchester Conference, once we have finished both events we will put a full gallery online to view. On the following pages we have also added details of the exhibitors who will be the next FM17 event, so that delegates who wish to attend can plan their networking activities for the day. Exhibitors provided excellent advice for delegates

Hyundai provided vehicles to view outside the venue too

Steve Openshaw, Group Plant and Transport Manager from Eric Wright Group took the opportunity to show off his new BMW i3 - we featured Eric Wright in our last issue of Utility Fleet Magazine

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For Public Sector and Housing Fleet Professionals

16th MAY 2017 VENUE:

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You are invited to join us Following on from the success of FM17 in Manchester, we are now working on our next event – FM17 at Whittlebury Hall, nr Towcester – taking place on 16th May. As event organisers our focus is on the delegates attending. A vital part of this is providing modules from leading industry professionals who have, in essence, the same ‘day job’ as many of the delegates in the room. Their valuable opinion and advice is imparted to provide help to fleet and transport managers new to the role but also to other

seasoned professionals who will take away a new idea or two to help them refresh their role. We understand that there are many diverse roles within Fleet Management and so for 2017 we are concentrating on all aspects of commercial vehicle management as well as grey fleet solutions and sustainability. We have speakers from a broad range of organisations who will be sharing their ideas with delegates. So, on behalf of all at JDM, we would be delighted if you would join us.

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FM17 Conference exhibitors The following exhibitors will be available to speak to at FM17 Towcester, taking place at Whittlebury Hall on 16th May... QUARTIX Headline Sponsor ALPHABET Hello. We are Alphabet, a leading provider of Business Mobility. With both car and commercial vehicle funding and management expertise we are committed to excellence in everything we do. Based in Farnborough in Hampshire, we manage over 147,000 vehicles in the UK while Internationally Alphabet operates in 19 countries and supplies over 650,000 vehicles. Helping both private and public sector organisations to meet their changing business travel requirements and enabling employees to get to where they need to go as efficiently and effectively as possible. Innovative mobility products like AlphaElectric, enables organisations and their employees to switch to electric vehicles as part of their business travel mix. AlphaCity our corporate car sharing solution has also changed the way UK businesses finance, manage and use company cars. Alphabet’s portfolio of business mobility services includes a comprehensive combination of funding solutions and fleet management services, including consultancy, commercial vehicles, risk management, vehicle rental, accident management, maintenance and our very own app, AlphaGuide.

The Award Winning Quartix Tracking system has been fitted in over 300,000 vehicles throughout the UK, France and the USA. With continued development in supporting safer driving styles and providing sophisticated crash detection software, Quartix remains one of the most trusted telematics systems available in the market today.

ALLIED FLEET Allied Fleet designs and builds high quality vehicles to meet diverse transport applications including welfare vehicles, social transport, community safety and many other specialised needs. The company’s market leading special purpose conversions enable fleet operators to choose a vehicle that will suit their exact requirements.

YPO YPO is a leading public sector procurement organisation with over 40 years’ experience. YPO not only has a huge range of products and services at market-leading prices, but most importantly, the expertise to help you find the best solution. With ever-changing goalposts and increasing challenges, public sector organisations are finding themselves faced with high pressured decisionmaking. A purchasing partner like YPO can help you buy efficiently, ensure value for money and free up your precious time and resources.

HYUNDAI Since 2010 Hyundai has been providing reliable vehicles to public sector organisations and is an approved Crown Commercial Service supplier. It has a superb range to vehicles to meet differing needs such as the frugal i10, the robust Tucson and now the innovative new IONIQ. Hyundai is confident that its well-known five-year/unlimited mileage warranty, dedicated fleet and after sales teams and award winning line-up of products will continue to prove popular with public sector organisations for many years to come.

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CHEVIN Chevin is the leading global provider of enterprise Fleet Management Software. Their flagship system FleetWave®, is an easy-to-use web-based application that helps you manage and automate the complete lifecycle of vehicles and assets, within a single, integrated solution. FleetWave is proven to help organisations streamline processes, tackle inefficiencies and improve performance, as well as ensure compliance, reduce costs and mitigate risk.



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When Wakefield Council realised their existing fleet system couldn’t handle the increasing demands of their fleet and transit operations, they recognised an all-encompassing solution was required which QI VAN SYSTEMS would bring together all vehicle, workshop, plant and driver management activities into one system.

For more than four decades, Sortimo International GmbH “We needed a system that could cover all transport-related matters as a total solution our end-users,” said Peter Johnson, Qi Van Systems (Qi) isforaallfamily owned has successfully developed, Transport Services Manager, “In our case, the end users also consisted of three fleets: Wakefield District Council’s fleet, Yorkshire prestige commercial vehicle convertor manufactured and sold, tailored vanPurchasing rackingOrganisation and mobile and West Yorkshire Police LGVs.” that has been trading successfully from transport solutions. In addition to shelf systems for all and odometer information, thereby eliminating manual entry The OJEU tender process selected AssetWorks as the preferred its Telford premises, 32 years. The company and delay of datafor fromover fuel islands to the maintenance system. is able supplier of this software solution. AssetWorks FleetFocus fleet lightweight commercial vehicles, Sortimo produces BOXXes As a Wakefield a vehicle fuels at a fuel site, the data is validated bysolution, management software solution manages every aspectsto of fleet offer customers complete vehicle conversion and cases for tradesmen, service andvehicles industry. Alltovan AssetWorks’ FuelFocus and is instantly available in the FleetFocus from cradle grave,racking and includes comprehensive on a single site. Every vehicle is tracked and managed system for billing and reporting. This feature guarantees that only preventive maintenance (PM)and schedules, work solutions can be moulded to meet your requirements are work requests,all WMDC’s known vehicles will be authorised, fuelled, and with orders, labour tracking and inventory management. using an industry leading Order Management and Tracking long lasting, robust, proven and sustainable. They provide a one system on one database the administration is the “This decision was based upon [AssetWorks] not only offering a System (OMTS). Qi’s company ethos is to become a supply secure and safe solution for your load and occupants. absolute minimum. leading edge solution, but also understanding the complex partner of choice to its customers through engagement, With the help of AssetWorks’ KeyValet, Wakefield also operates a challenges faced in the integration of a number of our different project management continued this vision is completely desk-lessand service for their motor innovation, pool allowing systems and databases,” said Tom Shipp, Project Manager. for short term hires of internal pool and external vehicles, embedded throughout the business andhire forms part of even including bicycles and travel passes. All bookings are made “[AssetWorks] had a proven track record within the public sector our values. remotely and electronically through self-registered portals or apps in fleet solution design to reduce costs, increase productivity and and the keys distributed securely by code at the KeyValet boxes. improve the quality of service. The AssetWorks provides TTC DRIVER PROTECT TM

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Since the Council implemented the AssetWorks FleetFocus TTC DriverProtect® is a division solution, it has realised a number of measurable achievements of the TTC Group dedicated in service, staff and compliance, including: to delivering work-related road safety. The company • Vehicle turnaround timehas was improved by 3% in the first year implementation experience working with both privateofand public sector • Customer complaints reduced almost daily to near zero organisations is committed to minimising workplace roadfrom safety • Full compliance with health and safety regulations risk and optimising driver-related business performance. • KPIslife generated to assist in management of We can help you manage the complete cycleautomatically of compliance, council prosecutions for speeding, vehicle turnaround, driver administration and risk managementperformance for your and drivers, many more efficiencies whether they use a company vehicle• or TTC Costtheir savingsown. amounted to over 10% during the first financial year DriverProtect - Protecting your people, Protecting your In addition to FleetFocus, Wakefield also moved forward with business, Protecting your brand. AssetWorks’ FuelFocus fuel management system and KeyValet automated motor pool management system. TM

This automated control of pool vehicles has produced major savings for the Authority plus and has ensured a manageable and fully reportable solution to recognise trends and misuse.

Moving forward, Johnson anticipates Wakefield’s relationship with AssetWorks to grow well into the future, especially in regards to mobile technology through the AssetWorks SmartApps suite of mobile applications where Wakefield are a key member of the Special Interest Group that designed the mobile applications.

AssetWorks FleetFocus fleet management solution is designed to help fleet and asset managers minimise expenditures while maximising the efficiency of their organisation. The FleetFocus solution includes comprehensive preventive schedules, work order and labour tracking, as well as parts and inventory management.

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Innovative solutions are key to driver and vehicle compliance, says Jaama


HE progression of fleet management is exceptionally fast-moving and businesses need industry leading software to keep pace with this progression. Jaama’s programme of continuous investment in its Key2 product range ensures that its customers are always at the cutting-edge when it comes to technology and innovative solutions. Jaama’s multi-award winning Key2 software provides fleets with a comprehensive solution covering all aspects of handling vehicles, driver management and journey management both from an operational and a compliance perspective. Today’s fleet decision-makers are seeking smart “self-service” solutions focusing on intelligent process driven functionality that reduces the requirement for regular manual intervention from the fleet team. Just launched is Jaama’s ‘My Vehicle App’, which is a genuine fleet industry gamechanger delivering significant benefits to both drivers and fleet managers. Unlike other apps, ‘My Vehicle App’ provide drivers with more than just ‘flat’ information. The ‘My Vehicle App’ interactive functionality enables drivers to: • Update odometer readings • Undertake daily vehicle checks prior to any journey and flag any defects requiring rectification • Record essential accident details along with related photographs at the scene.

Crucially, information uploaded by drivers via the app automatically populates the associated records held within Key2. The incoming information then automatically triggers in-house rule sets and notifications such as defect rectification action required, accident alerts and service realignments if the vehicles mileage profile has changed. ‘My Vehicle App’ was designed following extensive customer, technological and usability research. Jaama managing director Martin Evans said: “Auto triggering of processes streamlines operations, saves time, increases efficiency and reduces costs because fleet managers will receive real-time data. ‘My Vehicle App’ also improves audit trail accuracy to help meet duty of care regulations.” PROMOTING BEST PRACTICE Jaama is fully committed to promoting best practice and ensuring that Key2 delivers the functionality to enable users to meet industry best practice operating standards. Jaama is heavily involved in the fleet industry and includes the association with the following organisations: • An Associate member of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) • A partner to the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence programme designed to raise standards and improve the image of the UK’s growing van sector • An ICFM sponsor and managing director Martin Evans a board member • An active member of the Association for Driving Licence Verification. Fleet decision-makers collectively managing more than 800,000 vehicles are

ABOUT JAAMA Jaama is the industry’s leading fleet management software innovator. Its multi-award winning, web based Key2 Management system is a totally integrated vehicle, asset, driver and workshop management solution covering all aspects of fleet management from acquisition to disposal vehicles, plant and asset related equipment.  As a certified Microsoft® Gold development partner, Jaama use the latest technology to provide its world-wide customer base with cost control, improved integration, operational and administrative efficiencies, simplified management reporting and legislative compliance. Jaama provides vehicle and driver management software

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currently using Key2 with many of them actively adhering to FORS, ICFM and Van Excellence standards. KEY2 DELIVERS KEY INTELLIGENCE DATA There is an abundance of data available for Fleet managers to access. However it is essential that systems are in place to only collect the worthwhile data and most importantly systems should have the capability of manipulating the data to provide meaningful management information. It is also critical that systems have inbuilt rule sets that recognise issues and exceptions surrounding non-compliance and automatically notify the nominated managers for immediate intervention. Key2 actively manages, monitors and analyses data, with automated tolerance checks and notifications being carried out by the system. Exception reporting reduces fleets cost through automated notification of issues that need immediate action and resolution. Key2 delivers integrated personalised graphical charts to ensure that key performance indicators relevant to individual users can be viewed at a glance. Managing director Martin Evans said: “Jaama continues to invest heavily in Key2 and associated technologies such as ‘My Vehicle App’ to give fleet decision-makers the information they want, in the format they want and when they want it, to enable informed strategic decisions to be made.” For further information: website; email - enquiries@; telephone - 0844 8484 333.

systems to a wide range of public and private sector car and commercial vehicle fleets as well as leasing and rental companies that operate fleets ranging from city cars to HGVs. Critically, Jaama’s Key2 fleet management technology has the capability to interface with existing software systems used by finance, HR and procurement departments and with systems operated by third parties including the DVLA enabling customers to further improve efficiencies through online business transactions such as driver licence validation checks. Continual advancements in functionality of the core web-based Key2 software system ensures excellent customer retention; however the company is not resting on its laurels and continues to invest to ensure delivery of cutting-edge asset and driver management solutions to businesses.



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Fleet Numbers 1,033 Light Commercial Vehicles • 401 Cars

Birmingham Council contract paves the way for change at Wates

Wates Group Ltd is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned construction, development and property services companies and employs over 4,000 people The business also works with over 10,000 supply-chain operatives and partners to successfully deliver a variety of projects throughout the UK – many of which include contracts for Local Authorities and Housing Associations. Group Fleet Manager Ted Sakyi speaks to Fleet Manager about his role and his plan to meet future challenges including reviewing Wates’ entire fleet operation, with a focus on delivering best practice and best-value across the Group.

Wates Group Ltd

Describe your role as Group Fleet Manager at Wates I joined the Wates Group in January 2016 as Group Fleet Manager, following eight years as Transport for London’s Road Fleet Manager. This is a newly created position. Previously vehicles were managed at a local level by various fleet administrators but, as more contracts were secured by the Group, it became evident that someone was needed to oversee the entire fleet and establish a centralised operation. I was ready for a new challenge and this role certainly provided one. The first task that the new team was immediately tasked with was to source a new fleet for Wates Living Space’s brand new £50 million Birmingham City Council social housing maintenance contract. In less than three months we had to source, equip and brand a new fleet of more than 200 vans, which we achieved in time for the start of the contract on 1 April 2016.

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Since then, we have been bringing the entire fleet operation together to improve efficiency and establish best practice. We have looked at everything from our supply chain to operating frameworks, KPIs to support terms and have now made inroads towards establishing consistency across the Group. Why was it important to centralise the fleet operation and what significant changes to the way the fleet is managed have been made? Centralising the fleet operation means that Wates’ reputation for quality, safety and sustainability is second-to-none. Now, no matter where a vehicle is located in the country, the company’s vehicles are managed in the same way and everyone is aware of the high standards that we expect. We have implemented significant changes but have also


The all electric Nissan e-NV200 van in use on the Wates’ Birmingham City Council social housing contract made sure that the team has engaged with members of staff at all levels throughout the process to discuss their views and explain why certain changes were necessary. This positive dialogue meant we had better support and were able to make improvements across the board from vehicle design to driver safety. This also helped us greatly in our goal to streamline our systems, processes and operations. We hope that, by mid-2017, everything will be in place and we can focus our efforts on the day-to-day running of the fleet. A particularly significant change has been to source all of our vans on contract hire, with maintenance packages. Lease agreements have also been extended from four to five years, with each van averaging 60,000 miles. What type of vehicles do you run on the Wates fleet and are you ‘buying in’ to the idea of EVs? It is important for us to ensure that our core fleet comes from a

smaller number of manufacturers so that we get the best terms through our leasing companies and dealer networks. As a result, our fleet mainly consists of Vauxhalls and Renaults – the smaller vans include Renault Kangoo and Traffic vehicles, in addition to Vauxhall Corsa and Vivaro models. There are also some larger vehicles on the fleet, including Renault Masters and Vauxhall Movanos. We currently have no requirement for HGVs. Wates most definitely buys in to the idea of using electric vehicles. Indeed, we have already taken on two Nissan eNV-200 vans for the Birmingham City Council contract and are also looking at taking another 10 (both Nissan eNV-200 and Renault Kangoo ZE vans) to be used on various contracts around the country. This fits well with the prospect of a new Ultra Low Emission Zone in London being introduced, with other cities set to follow suit. Providing these vehicles are fit for purpose, which they are in terms of range, power and space, we are happy to operate them. In support of this we are rolling out charge points at a number of Wates offices and sites. All of this only

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improves our green credentials and fits the company’s environmental ethos. How much does technology affect your role and what initiatives have you rolled out recently – or plan to roll out – utilising new technology?

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Working with a large number of suppliers to meet a very tight deadline has meant that all involved have had to work well together and communication was key to this success

Technology is key to everything we do. Our fleet could not be managed in such a cohesive way if it wasn’t for the electronic systems we have in place to support our operations. We use Jaama’s Key2 fleet software that is a totally integrated vehicle, asset and driver management solution. We also have a vehicle tracking system fitted to all vans, supplied by MATRIX. This monitors driver activity such as harsh braking, acceleration, speed, cornering etc. We analyse data from this system and take proactive action with drivers accordingly – for example, by offering driver training. We have recently started trialling a PDA system that requires drivers to complete a daily vehicle defect check on their vehicles. The means that they cannot download their daily work schedule until the defect report has been submitted. Additionally, we are also looking at fitting forward-facing cameras to our vans to assist in accident reporting and settling ‘at fault’ claims as quickly as possible. How have you worked with suppliers to deliver the right fleet solution in terms of the Birmingham City Council contract? Working with a large number of suppliers to meet tight deadlines has meant that all involved have had to work together, with excellent communication. Arval showed huge commitment during this process and worked collaboratively with us to identify the right vehicles for the job, before fitting them out. My experience working for leasing companies in the past helped greatly and enabled me to understand things from the suppliers’ point of view.

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How do you manage fuel use within the organisation? From a fleet perspective, we currently use the All-Star fuel card and monitor miles per gallon via our Matrix database. We have also recently reviewed the racking on our vans, which led to a decision to remove roof racks to help boost fuel economy. Vehicles are also fitted with speed limiters which are set to 68mph. Does Wates Group have any fleet accreditations and have you achieved any industry recognition? We are looking to FORS as a benchmark of best practice. This is very important to us, especially as we’re working with so many local authorities and social housing providers. Although synonymous with HGVs, the same model can be used for vans as the same principles apply. From a personal point of view, I am proud to have been recognised over the years by various organisations for work that I have been a part of. In particular, I picked up the award for Green Fleet - Public Sector (250+ vehicles) in 2012, won Van Fleet of the Year in 2013 and Best Fleet of the Year in 2015 (1001+ vehicles). Most recently, the Wates Group was presented with Most Improved Commercial Fleet of the Year at the Commercial Fleet Awards 2016 – proving that the hard work was worth it. What key issues will affect the management of your fleet in the future? Keeping a lid on costs, driver safety and mitigating risks will always be on-going issues. Additionally, wondering where Brexit will take us is also on my mind, as I am sure it is for many people. However, until we know exactly what the Government’s plans are and how new policies and procedures will be handled it’ll be business as usual! n


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ORTH Lincolnshire Council has updated its fleet with 16 new Mercedes vans to replace older or hired vehicles and keep its front line services moving. Delivered by a local dealership, the new vehicles include smaller 2.2 tonne vans to be used by the dog wardens and community wardens. Larger 3.5 tonne panel vans for the library and handyman services, and a number of 3.5 tonne tippers to be used by the highways and neighbourhood services teams. The new vans replace existing fleet vehicles between 11 and 12 years old and others on long-term hire. Built to the latest Euro 6 emissions legislation, the new vehicles are significantly cleaner and help the council reduce its carbon footprint. The vans are fitted with on-board weighing, satellite tracking, daytime running lights and are speed limited, reinforcing our commitment to keeping North Lincolnshire’s roads safer. Cllr Neil Poole, Cabinet Member for Environment at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Keeping our fleet up to date helps us to

Fleet Management and Vehicle Engineering Manager John Luty (left) with Cllr Neil Poole, Cabinet Member for Environment at North Lincolnshire Council reduce the burden of older vehicles which can cost a lot to maintain. Our new vans are fitted with the latest technology to make sure they are safe, provide good fuel economy and reduce emissions. “By investing in new, more reliable vehicles, we can also make sure we keep running the key services our residents rely on.”

Car club drives down local authority ‘grey fleet’ use NORTH Ayrshire Council is celebrating a successful first 18 months of its car club service after recording huge reductions in CO2 emissions and a surge in membership as a result of moving away from ‘grey fleet’ use thus saving £1.2 million in mileage claims. The programme is operated by Enterprise Car Club, which has been helping the council develop and pilot potential business travel facilities.   According to the council, utilising the car club and shifting business away from ‘grey fleet’ has resulted in a 37% reduction in CO2 emissions, or 9.1 tonnes of CO2 annually.   A significant communications programme a month ahead of the launch saw 250 employees sign up in advance. The appeal of the car club continues to grow, according to the local authority, with more than 500 members currently. These vehicles are now in constant use and are travelling almost 11,000 miles every month.   Last year, Enterprise Car Club added three electric vehicles owned by the council to the original eight vehicles

provided. More recently, the council responded to increasing demand by adding another three new cars to the programme. Councillor Jim Montgomerie, cabinet member for place, said: “As a council we are forward-thinking and innovative in our approach to tackling environmental issues.   “Over the past three years, the council has delivered a series of programmes to improve sustainability and tackle climate change. Our recycling rate is one of the best in Scotland, while we have saved 11,000 tonnes of CO2 by replacing 7,000 street lights with LEDs.   “There is a whole lot more being done across the Council and our pilot programme with Enterprise Car Club is one of them. We are delighted that it has proved so successful since it was introduced in November 2015.”   Usage policy for the council vehicles was set to eliminate common employee issues, in particular the early and late drop-offs at the office that could make the car club inconvenient for people who live further away.  

As a result, cars can be taken home overnight for early-morning meetings or brought back to base the following morning at each employee’s convenience. The council is currently piloting the programme and looking at the potential of making permanent arrangements for business miles.   Mr Montgomerie continued: “We were spending approximately £1.2 million on business miles and that simply needed to change.  The scheme is about changing the mind-set of our staff and making it the norm for employees to book car club vehicles for meetings.   “Using your own car and claiming mileage should become the exception to the rule. The car pool scheme saves the Council money, reduces our carbon footprint and is really positive for staff. It allows them to leave their own car at home which takes away all the hassles of traffic, parking and minimises the wear and tear on their car.   “The feedback from staff using the scheme is always positive. We are always looking at ways to develop it further.”

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Met Police to add 250 EV and hybrid models to its fleet LONDON’S Metropolitan Police Service is set to introduce electric and hybrid vehicles to its fleet. The organisation aims to roll out 250 electric or hybrid models in a bid to help solve London’s air pollution problem. Around 700 police vehicles are expected to be replaced throughout 2017 and the Met have confirmed that the model will be similar to the BMW i3, which has been trialled as an emergency incident response vehicle. Met’s head of fleet, Jiggs Bharij, has stated that the force is looking at a range of plug-in hybrids and alternative fuel-powered vehicles, that will be fully operational and available at all times.

New Maxima buses for Dumfries and Galloway Council DUMFRIES and Galloway Council have taken ownership of two Maxima buses from Mellor Coachcraft. The buses, based on the Iveco Daily 72C17, have been fitted out with 30 seats and a luggage pen with added hand rails and open topped luggage box to provide maximum functionality when transporting school children. The vehicles have been equipped with a Sentinel Cycle Hotspot which includes sensors, a nearside camera and an audible warning to cyclists. These Maxima have been fully configured with safety in mind with the installation of reversing camera and warning alarm which can be disabled for night time use. Douglas Kirkpatrick, Transportation Manager for the council said: “We were delighted to receive the new 30 seat Maxima’s. These perfectly sized buses are ideal for our rural area, will be an excellent addition to our fleet and will ensure the safe and reliable transport of school pupils across our rural region for years to come.”

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National award for NWAS vehicle & equipment manager S

TUART RANKINE, NWAS vehicle and equipment manager, has been presented with a prestigious award at this year’s Ambulance Leadership Forum (ALF), hosted and run by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives. Stuart was recognised in the Support Services category for his efforts in delivering thousands of pounds of savings across the Trust. Derek Cartwright, NWAS Chief Executive, said: “Stuart moved from Operations to managing a small but significant team, delivering everything from vehicles to equipment to uniform, to keep services running smoothly. Stuart and his team have delivered thousands of pounds of savings across the Trust. They have set up excellent audit tools, been actively involved in vehicle design and frequently produced business cases to the Board detailing proposed improvements and efficiencies

Derek Cartwright, NWAS Chief Executive (left), with Stuart Rankine, NWAS Vehicle and Equipment Manager, and his wife Ruth that ultimately support frontline services. Stuart is a credit to the Trust and a true unsung support services asset.” Stuart said: “I am proud to receive this award and I very proud of the team that I work with who have helped to make it all possible. I would like to thank Derek for nominating me and appreciating my work over the years. I will continue to enjoy my role within the Trust and look forward to future challenges.”

(l to r) Cllr John Beckett, Cllr Eber Kington and Cllr Clive Woodbridge with an Epsom & Ewell sweeper

Epsom & Ewell announces simpler fleet for Simply Weekly Recycling EPSOM & Ewell Borough Council has announced that Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) has won the contract to provide 75 vehicles for its new weekly collection service, called Simply Weekly Recycling, due to be rolled out this Spring. The 10-year contract (with the option to extend for 10 years) comprises

the provision of 12 Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs), along with minibuses, tippers, sweepers and grounds maintenance equipment. SFS has been providing fleet services to the Authority for 11 years and under the new contract will continue to manage the council’s workshops as well as the maintenance of the vehicles.


realof benefits of Fuel implementing an 4Four Benefits an Integrated Management System Integrated Fuel Management System

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Should you invest in a fuel management software system for your fleet operation?

LONG ANSWER: For most fleet organisations, fuel makes up a large portion of the budget. In fact, in a survey conducted by SHORT ANSWER: Yes! the Miles Consultancy (TMC), 33% of fleet managers are concerned about fuel costs reductions, and 31% are concerned with LONG ANSWER: For most fleet organisations, fuel makes up a large portion COUNCIL CASE STUDY preventing fuel fraud. fuel may alwaysby bethe a significant portion of your fleet budget, there is a way to take back control of the budget. In fact,While in a survey conducted Miles Consultancy (TMC), fleet managers are Investing concernedinabout fuel costs reductions, and 31% are system. of33% youroffueling operations: an effective fuel management software WHEN Wakefield Council realised their concerned with preventing fuel fraud. 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Gauging fleet investments with real-world data capture By Luke Redfern, Project Manager at Cenex


OR air-quality management purposes, the end goal will always be for battery-electric vehicles to deliver zero tailpipe emissions. However, with electric vehicles very new to the market, Euro standards provide the proxy measure for reductions in pollutant emissions from diesels, with a downward trend expected with each older vehicle being replaced. That latter assumption has now been strongly challenged, as data has demonstrated that the laboratory compliance required for Euro standards doesn’t carry over into the real world. Furthermore, variability between different cars and vans can be marked. This adds a level of complexity to decision-making for fleet renewal at a time when clean-air zones are being proposed for a number of the UK’s main cities. As with London’s Low Emission Zone, the introduction of other clean-air zones means fleet managers with operations in those cities need to consider the realworld operations for all fleet vehicles, not just those that currently have telemetry fitted. This is where low-cost data collection and emissions estimation solutions become a business priority. Cenex has been developing a new approach, called CLEAR Capture, which enables fleet operators and local authorities to measure driver behaviour, route choices, local traffic patterns, and performance for categories of vehicle that don’t have telemetry already fitted, and compare it against industry standards. This will ultimately produce more accurate total cost of ownership and emissions modelling. As a simple and unobtrusive method to track current vehicle fleets, the CLEAR Capture system can be installed in either the cigarette lighter or the OBD port,

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both of which are easy to access. The fleet doesn’t need external technology support to install the no-hassle, plug-and-go tracker. Typically, organisations don’t collect journey-specific data, instead focusing on annual or quarterly reporting, which means vehicles are not segmented appropriately. However, if the vehicle fleet is first divided into specific classifications based on journey type and driving style, the data will become more actionable and provide insight to make better purchasing decisions that meet the company’s unique operational needs. Segmenting vehicles by those that make regular stops, urban delivery versus long haul, and load type will allow fleet managers to specifically analyse the full range of their procurement needs rather than a general overview of the entire fleet. Fleet managers should also identify reasonable ranges of comparable low carbon or low emissions vehicles upon which they can benchmark their fleets’ performance. In the CLEAR Capture model, car fleets are compared against an electric vehicle (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and rangeextended electric vehicle (REEV). Vans are only compared against an electric model due to technology maturity and market availability, but extra analysis of gas and biofuels can be added. Heavy-goods vehicle (HGV) fleets are more complex, but Cenex is working to develop a version of the CLEAR Capture analysis for vehicles above 2.2 tonnes. The benchmarks need to be based on other real-world market data. Using aggregated data on duty cycles allows the energy consumption (and range) of an electric vehicle to be more accurately forecast. Relying on manufacturers’ data can produce wildly optimistic estimates

of total cost of ownership (TCO), because they tend to significantly underestimate energy consumption compared to realworld driving patterns. Finally, the reporting structure needs to be simplified. Too often we see driver behaviour and vehicle usage reports that are full of good information, but so complicated that they become too arduous to digest. The Cenex team will provide fleet owners with tailored walk-throughs of their reports, offering the service and technical knowledge to support implementation. A clear, action-oriented report should start with procurement objectives and end with a road-mapping exercise that identifies the vehicles and technologies that work for the fleet. This will give fleet managers an unbiased look at the best low emissions technology to meet their fleets’ specific needs. Whether operators are considering the business’s sustainability, compliance, or brand reputation, the opportunity to invest in green fleet technology is here. Armed with the data that shows how a fleet operates today, fleet owners will be able to confidently invest in the technologies of tomorrow that will deliver cost efficiency and emissions reduction without the burden of trial and error. For more information please contact:


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If you’re a Public Sector fleet operator it’s likely that, at some stage, you will have to procure and run accessible vehicles as part of your fleet operation. There is a whole host of information you need to know surrounding these vehicles – from accessibility regulations and type approval to driver training and licensing requirements. Here we take a look at some of the issues...


UBLIC SECTOR organisations have long been required to provide accessible vehicles for use by the general public and for other services offered through local authorities and healthcare organisations. This can include easy access buses, minibuses and smaller Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs). Of course, when it comes to running Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) there are specific Government regulations that should be adhered to. The Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) have been rolling out since January 2016 and all singledeck buses have needed to be compliant with schedules 1 and 2 of the regulations. The full implementation of the regulations will be complete in 2020. Your PSV may need to have access for disabled people depending on the age of the vehicle and what it is used for. In general, the PSVAR 2000, introduced since 31 December 2000, applies to all buses and coaches running on a local or scheduled service. To view the regulations in full please visit: www. The requirements include: • Space for a wheelchair, with suitable safety provisions, depending on whether the wheelchair is carried facing forwards or backwards. • A boarding device to enable wheelchair users to get on and off vehicles. • Priority seats for disabled passengers. • Criteria for steps. • Handrails to assist disabled people. • Visual contrast of features like handrails and steps to help partially sighted people. • Easy-to-use bell pushes throughout the vehicle. • Audible and visible signals to stop a vehicle or to request a boarding device. • External equipment to display the correct route and destination. For a PSV to be compliant with these regulations it will need to have a valid PSV Accessibility Certificate. Operators can apply for a certificate using the PSV A1 application form on the GOV. UK website. Alternatively, vehicles may comply with European Directive 2001/85/EC or UNECE Regulation 107.02, which contain similar provisions, as long as they also comply with the route and destination requirements of the PSVAR.


When it comes to specially converted Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles all types must undergo a strict safety testing and approval regime before being offered for sale. This is why working with a trusted supplier will help you make the right and complaint choice. Type Approval provides peace of mind for you when purchasing a WAV. There are different routes to achieving

approval, each with different test requirements and your supplier will be able to provide all the information you need on this. There are three main routes to approval: European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) This testing process ensures that vehicles meet all relevant environmental, safety and security standards. As it is not practical to test every single vehicle made, one production vehicle is tested as being representative of the ‘type’. A number of performance requirements will apply to a given vehicle type ranging from tyres through to exhaust emissions and braking systems. Once a vehicle is approved, the manufacturer should have processes in place to produce a Certificate of Conformity (CofC) for each vehicle manufactured. National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA) National Small Series Type Approval is a UK national scheme for low volume manufacturers who intend to sell only in the UK. The advantages of NSSTA are relaxed technical requirements for some subjects, a more pragmatic approach to the Conformity of Production (CoP) requirements, and reduction in administrative requirements. Like ECWVTA, once the design is approved, individual vehicles do not need to be tested. Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) Individual Vehicle Approval is a UK national scheme. IVA is a means of checking that individual vehicles have been designed and constructed to modern safety and environmental standards. IVA does not require CoP as it is based on inspection of each vehicle, although most body builders and converters will work with manufacturers to ensure there is no warranty compromise. It should be noted that you can find out more about Type Approval legislation at this year’s CV Show. The IAAF, which will be situated on stand 4D02, will be discussing the issues affecting the industry. CONTINUED ON PAGE 33 >>>

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ACCESSIBLE VEHICLES a number of reasons. Namely their specification – quality and size, also their availability which was essential to our build schedule and lastly price, they were very competitive.” The doors provided by Vapor Ricon are from their Electric Swing Plug Series which benefit from advanced technology and have inbuilt qualities such as; two independent door actuators that are timed to allow rear panel closure first to enable correct sealing in addition, the actuators have a mechanism that automatically locks when the vehicle is in motion to prevent the door opening. The door system also benefits from entrapment detection and, in an emergency, the system has mechanical release controls both internally and externally which disengages drive when required. Vapor Ricon automatic door systems have been utilised in the North American Bus and Coach industry for a number of years and the company has recently introduced them into the UK. Complete automatic door systems can be purchased similar to those used by WH Bence or separate components including door controls, door panels, seals and door accessories. Control options range from simple electromechanical systems to more complex micro-processor based systems. Mike Dickinson, sales manager for Vapor Ricon said: “We are delighted our doors were perfect for this project and thrilled it was a variety of things that prompted WH Bence to choose our products. “We are extremely experienced in providing access solutions for a range of vehicles and proud Vapor Ricon doors were incorporated into this particular worthwhile project.” Vapor Ricon is pleased to offer a wide range of domestic and commercial products to aid vehicular access. In addition to its new door range is the renowned S and K Series of lifts, ramps, rotating seats and secure restraint systems. All of which provide a complete passenger access solution for the transport industry. For further information about Vapor Ricon products visit or call 01509 635920.

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER... WHO CAN DRIVE? MPV drivers (under section 19 permits only) are required to have held a full car (B) entitlement for at least two years and be aged 21 or over. Minibus drivers who passed their car driving test before 1st January 1997 will normally have a D1(101) - minibus, not for hire or reward - entitlement on their licence. Drivers who passed their driving test from 1 January 1997 were not granted the D1 entitlement on their licence. If a driver can comply with all of the following conditions they may drive, on behalf of a noncommercial body for social purposes but not for hire or reward, if they: • are the holder of a full licence authorising the driving of vehicles in category B; • have held that licence for an aggregate period of not less than 2 years; • are aged 21 or over, and receive no payment or consideration for so doing, other than out-of-pocket expenses; Drive a vehicle included in sub-category D1 which has no trailer attached and has a maximum authorised mass: • not exceeding 3.5 tonnes, excluding any part of that weight which is attributable to specialised equipment intended for the carriage of disabled passengers, and • not exceeding 4.25 tonnes otherwise. DO I NEED AN OPERATOR’S LICENCE? An operator’s licence allows a person or an organisation to operate passenger carrying vehicles in return for any kind of reward. You are likely to require an operator’s licence of some type because “hire or reward” will exist in the majority, if not all, transport operations. Non-profit making bodies will be eligible to operate under a section 19 standard permit (or a section 10b in Northern Ireland). A permit allows organisations to levy a charge for transport, but at a not-forprofit rate. Section 19 permits can be issued by the Community Transport Association (CTA) to members, local authorities and by the DVSA. Private or commercial companies that operate for a profit will need to apply for a PSV operator’s licence. Where only one or two minibuses are run a restricted operator’s licence may be sufficient. These are issued by the Traffic Commissioner for your area. WHAT ADDITIONAL TRAINING SHOULD DRIVERS RECEIVE? In all cases it is a good idea to have drivers assessed and trained in driving specific vehicles such as minibuses and passenger safety before they take passengers out. MiDAS - Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme - provides a structured programme for the assessment and training of drivers. Under the MiDAS arrangements drivers

are reassessed every four years to ensure they remain competent. A similar scheme is also available for MPV and car drivers and training has been developed to assist those regularly, or occasionally, carrying a wheelchair user by car. The course content is tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual(s) concerned. Typically course content includes the legal obligations of carrying a wheelchair user, the types of lifts available (and how to use them), how to securely fix a wheelchair to the vehicle, best practice on wheelchair users getting in and out of the vehicle. IS IT NECESSARY TO INSPECT THE SAFETY OF THE VEHICLES? A nominated person should be responsible for ensuring that a full schedule of inspections takes place including: • Daily walk-around check by the driver using a pre-printed form (which should be retained as a record) prior to taking the minibus out. • A weekly supervisor check may be appropriate, particularly if there are a lot of different drivers using the minibus during the week. This will help to ensure that daily checks are being done thoroughly and nothing is being missed. • Servicing as per the vehicle manufacturers recommendations is completed. • An inspection leading to the issue of a MOT test certificate. A new minibus requires an MOT from year 1. • Safety inspections to a check road safety items similar to that for an MOT and with a maximum interval between inspections of 10 weeks. • Where a passenger lift is fitted to the vehicle it will need servicing every six months.

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Preaching to the converted Specialist fleets have endless choices available to them when it comes to getting vehicles converted and now a host of safe, practical and energy efficient options are there for picking


N THE past choosing a converter was not always an easy job and finding a trusted converter that would discuss things with you every step of the way was a task in itself. Today, however, standards have been raised and there are a whole host of options available to fleets from professional companies that will work with you to ensure that all your requirements are met. Many well-established converters already have knowledge of the industry and can provide solutions that fit the bill - from design, to testing, to manufacture. They have specialist teams of designers, engineers and body builders that have extensive experience in converting vehicles for specialist Public Sector and Housing Association fleets. Professional converters will work with fleet managers to bring compliant, ISO 9001:2000 quality standards solutions across a wide spectrum of modifications and this includes working with Type Approval Engineers to provide certification when required (see more about Type Approval on page 31). For Local Authorities and Housing Associations in particular fitting vans out with racking is an essential part of the job so it's important to choose a supplier that you can work well with. The latest designs in racking are something that organisations should be making the most of because they are lighter in weight than ever before, safer and more flexible. For small and large fleets alike you can find converters that provide equipment that is up to the job and represents a good long-term investment. This investment becomes even more attractive when it can be transferred to a new vehicle after its original vehicle gets to the end of its fleet life. Many conversion businesses have the capability to adapt vehicles for Public Sector organisations that have a need for mobility and wheelchair accessible vehicle markets. They can also convert and adapt vehicles for minibus operators and for those organisations who have a variety of specialist vehicle needs, including ply-lining, shelving and roofracks - such as for the different trades within housing associations. Finally, good conversion companies have experience of working with all major commercial vehicle manufacturers so they know exactly what works best when it comes to adaptation and can advise accordingly.

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The latest designs in racking are something that organisations should be making the most of because they are lighter in weight than ever before, safer and more flexible



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Essential Fleet Services: Geared for growth in 2017 and beyond The team at Essential is delighted to announce a number of exciting changes within its business, providing specialist vehicle contract hire, maintenance and rental solutions to the public and large corporate sectors. SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM Greg Taylor has been appointed Managing Director, effective immediately. Greg joined the business in June 2016 as Commercial Director, having previously been operations director at ALD Automotive, bringing with him over 20 years senior leadership experience in the contract hire and leasing industry. Greg will lead the board and is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the business. Greg said: “I’m really excited to be leading Essential Fleet at a time of operational transformation and growth. There is no doubt that this business is now delivering on its great potential. I’m confident that investment in our people, operating sites, technical expertise and owned rental assets will bring the continued success that we are all working so hard to achieve. Delivering value and service excellence to our customers is at

the forefront of everything we do.” Essential is also delighted to announce that Mark Gallimore has been appointed commercial director. Mark joins Essential on 3 April from his current role at Alphabet where he’s filled a number of senior management positions, bringing with him a wealth of contract hire and leasing experience. Mark will lead and develop the existing customer relationships, and grow a customer service support team that brings together all vehicle in life processes including vehicle purchasing, fleet administration and vehicle disposal. Essential Fleet Services Chairman, Andrew Cope, has significantly increased his investment in the business and since January has been taking an active role as executive chairman. Andrew has had a long career in the contract hire world having been founder and chairman at Zenith, leading the business through five MBO’s, and more recently executive chairman and

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owner at FMG. Andrew will be using his wealth of knowledge and experience in supporting the ambitious sales and growth targets that the business has set for the coming years. Andrew said: “The whole specialist vehicle world is changing at a faster pace today than at any time. It’s extremely exciting to be involved in a business at the forefront of that change.” RECENT CONTRACT AWARDS The Essential business had a strong start to 2017 with a number of major contract wins, including Harlow Borough Council, Cardiff City Council, Milton Keynes Education Trust and Ayton Products. With a diverse range of vehicles, ranging from minibuses and LCV’s to specialist HGV’s, these contracts demonstrate Essential’s ability to win new customers based on a combination of great service, specialist knowledge and competitive pricing. INVESTMENT IN OWNED RENTAL ASSETS As part of its continued commitment to satisfying increasing customer demand for rental refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) and tippers, Essential has invested further in its owned rental fleet. The company has added over 50 brand new vehicles including Dennis Eagle 26t RCVs, Faun Zoeller RCVs on a Mercedes chassis, DAF LF 150 7.5t 4X2 Rigid Tippers, and large numbers of Welfare Vans. All these brand new Euro 6 compliant vehicles will be available to rent from April. Bookings can be made online at


Grafter is top of the tree for arboricultural specialist W

HEN arboricultural specialists Woodmen UK Ltd needed to replace an incumbent fleet vehicle, the North Wales company specified a new 17-plate Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne rigid to work on its expanding range of tree maintenance, tree surgery and woodland management contracts for commercial, domestic and industrial customers. The Isuzu Grafter chassis has been specified with a purpose designed

tipping body that incorporates a wood chipper and tooling pod, as well as a range of working lights at both the rear of the truck and above the tooling pod for night-time work. Mike Roberts, Financial Director at Woodmen UK Ltd., said: “The Isuzu Grafter is absolutely fantastic, its build quality is superb and the vehicle is definitely built to last. The compact overall footprint of the vehicle is much narrower and shorter than its predecessor yet it can carry over 2.5

times as much payload. “Without doubt, the Isuzu Grafter is totally fit for our purpose. It is easy to drive and the all-round visibility from the cab is excellent. We couldn’t ask for a better vehicle to operate on our arboricultural projects.” The specification of the tipper body on the 17-plate Isuzu Grafter follows on from an Isuzu D-Max pick up, also supplied to the company. Going into service last year, the Isuzu D-Max also featured a similar tipping body conversion as the Grafter.

Portsmouth City Council supported new vans from Mountjoy MOUNTJOY, a leading provider of building and maintenance support services in Southern England, has extended its exceptional partnership with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles by taking on a further 17 Transporter T30 Startline panel vans. The deal follows Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles providing 110 Transporters, 10 Crafters and 10 Caddys to Portsmouth-based Mountjoy in September last year, meaning nearly 150 vehicles have been supplied to the company within the last six months. The new Transporters see Mountjoy extending its fleet to well over 200, with the vehicles wrapped, branded and racked out to offer optimum use of space. Mountjoy tradesmen will use the vehicles to carry the equipment needed to undertake the firm’s refurbishment projects and continue to deliver a responsive repair service to housing tenants as part of its key contract with Portsmouth City Council. The T30 Startline panel vans were supplied to Mountjoy offer proficient payload, Bluetooth technology and all-round parking sensors, making them perfect for Mountjoy’s requirements. The design and practicality of the Transporter, along with its renowned reliability, excellent build quality and efficient engine have been key to Mountjoy continuing its

partnership with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Mountjoy carries out refurbishment projects for a variety of customers, and construction developments including design and build across both the public and private sectors. Dan Carlin, finance director at Mountjoy said: “The vehicles allow us to deliver flexible and tailored services across Southern England and look fantastic in the Mountjoy wrapping and branding. The vehicles’ hands-free technology continues to be a real benefit for the tradesmen; they find them practical and efficient.”

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Sophisticated next generation Fiesta will arrive this Spring THE next generation Ford Fiesta range offers a version to suit all needs when it goes on sale this Spring continuing through Zetec and Titanium variants to hightech B&O PLAY series, luxury Vignale and sporty ST-Line models – which will become available this Summer. The Fiesta will be launched with the most sophisticated range of driver assistance technologies and connectivity features ever in a volume small car in Europe, as part of the most comprehensive line-up of variants in Fiesta’s 40-year history. It will be the first Ford to deliver an enhanced version of Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection that can detect people who are in or near the road ahead, or who may cross the vehicle’s path, using light from the Fiesta’s headlights at night. Also offered for the first time on Fiesta is Ford’s Active Park Assist with Perpendicular Parking, which helps drivers find suitable spaces and park hands‑free nose-to-tail and side-byside with other cars. Further enhanced for Fiesta, the technology can now apply the brakes if drivers do not respond to system guidance and proximity warnings while performing forward and reverse manoeuvres, and a collision with a parked car or obstacle to the front or rear is imminent. Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director, Ford of Britain, said: “Ford’s 40-year reign of the UK car market began in 1976 when the Fiesta was first launched. Since then Fiesta has been firmly established as part of the fabric of Britain – and remained at the top of the sales charts for the last eight years. “With so many new Fiesta faces coming this year, including B&O PLAY Editions for music lovers and the luxurious Vignale execution, it’s set to stay at number one.”

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Hyundai’s IONIQ Electric and ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles expand the variety of ultra low emission cars available in the UK

Hyundai Motor joins Go Ultra Low campaign as electric cars line-up for a record year H

YUNDAI Motor UK has signalled its commitment to an ultra-low emission future by joining Go Ultra Low, the government and industrybacked campaign that exists to highlight the benefits of plug-in and fuel cell electric vehicles. Hyundai joins Audi, BMW, Kia, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen in the consortium of industry-leading vehicle manufacturers committed to raising public awareness of ultra low emission cars and vans in the UK. The Korean manufacturer’s move reinforces the direction of travel for the automotive industry as the popularity of these vehicles continues to rise. Today, there are more than 35 plug-in models available to UK motorists – four times the number on the market just five years ago – with more new versions set to be launched this year. The launch of the Hyundai IONIQ Electric adds to an ever increasing range of electric cars to suit almost every lifestyle. 2016 was a record year for electic car registrations, with 36,907 hitting the UK’s roads, up 29% on 2015. This increase brings the total number of EVs registered to more than 87,000 and if this rate of growth contines, Go Ultra Low predicts that there could be in excess of 100,000 ultra-low emission cars on our roads by mid-2017. Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low,

said: “Hyundai joins the Go Ultra Low campaign at an exciting time for the electric car industry, as the variety and capabilities of ultra-low emission vehicles make them an increasingly attractive option for UK motorists. 2016 was an unprecedented year for plug-in vehicle registrations as more and more motorists realise the cost-saving and environmental benefits of driving an ultra-low emission car. We expect this year to be better still with even more new electric vehicles coming to market.” Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, said: “Becoming part of the Go Ultra Low campaign demonstrates how seriously Hyundai Motor takes low-emission motoring. Our IONIQ EV is already making waves in the plug-in market, while our ix35 Fuel Cell is the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered car. Both these vehicles demonstrate our commitment to care for our customers, providing innovative, technology-packed cars that enhance their lives while benefiting wider society.” Go Ultra Low is a collaborative campaign and is the first of its kind, bringing together a consortium of vehicle manufacturers, government and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). You can find out more about plug-in and hydrogen-powered cars and vans at


New MINI Countryman range includes plug-in hybrid


HE new MINI Countryman is the biggest and most versatile model to be launched in the brand’s 57-year history. With its larger external dimensions, and increases in space throughout the cabin and luggage area, it offers occupants even greater comfort and a genuinely premium ambience. Useful new features such as electric tailgate control with touch-free opening and unique options, including a fold down picnic bench at the rear, add to the ownership experience The Countryman’s on- and off-road ability is readily apparent throughout its design, which fuses familiar MINI styling with the tough look of a crossover thanks to the extended

ground clearance, large wheel arches and short overhangs. For the first time MINI is offering a plug-in hybrid model with the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. Drawing from expertise gleaned from across the BMW Group, this new hybrid features a turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor, reducing fuel consumption to 134.5 mpg yet also enabling a 0-62 mph time of just 6.9 seconds. The rest of the line-up is powered by an all-new range of engines sourced from the latest MINI TwinPower Turbo generation, offering outstanding performance and efficiency. With between 136 – 192 hp and 220

-400 Nm of torque, the new MINI Countryman can sprint from 0-62 mph in as little as 7.2 seconds, while fuel consumption reaches 64.2 mpg and C02 emissions drop as low as 113 g/km. Reflecting customer demand for high-end features, equipment levels on the new MINI Countryman have been bolstered versus the outgoing model. Additions to the standard equipment list include a Satellite Navigation System, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Emergency E-call and Active Guard among others.

ALL-NEW 3008 SUV SCOOPS CAR OF THE YEAR 2017 THE all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV has been named the 2017 ‘Car of the Year’ at the Geneva Motor Show by a judging panel comprising 58 European journalists. It impressed the judging panel with its combination of style, interior design and performance. This prestigious trophy joins the 20 other prizes the 3008 SUV has already won since its launch at the start of 2017. The vehicle is the fifth Peugeot to win the Car of the Year prize and the first SUV to be honoured with the accolade in its history. Peugeot’s success in the awards dates all the way back to 1969, when the 504 saloon scooped the award. The all-new 3008 SUV majors on technology with its state of the

art Peugeot i-Cockpit® interior layout, offering a more intuitive and engaging driving experience, with a compact multi-function steering wheel, 12.3” head-up digital instrument display and 8.0” capacitive touchscreen which is accompanied by stylish satin chrome piano key toggles. The all-new 3008 SUV also offers a number of driving aids and other high-tech equipment, as well as seamless connectivity. Nearly 100,000 customers have already placed orders in Europe with 84% opting for the Allure, GT Line or GT trim. The ‘Car of the Year’ prize is awarded by a judging panel comprising 58 experienced journalists from 22 countries, who have been assessing each model’s entry since early 2016.

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V40: DESIGNED AROUND PEOPLE Volvo leads the way with clever technology


T’S easy to understand why Volvo’s V40 has been so popular with customers. The manufacturer takes great care in every detail to provide one of the most user-friendly vehicles available, one that’s designed around people. Not only is the V40 extremely good looking on the outside, the interior has been developed with a strong emphasis on ergonomics, comfort and an engaging driving experience. It has a wide instrument panel, that, together with the fluidity of the door design, creates a spacious, “large-car” feeling that provides a relaxing atmosphere with a true Scandinavian flavour. The V40 is available with a fully graphic instrument cluster that expresses emotional functionality, always displaying the most important information in any given situation

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right in front of the driver. The driver can choose between three graphic themes: Elegance, Eco and Performance. One of the most widely appreciated features related to the Sensus offer, Volvo On Call, allows Volvo drivers to communicate directly with their car via a smartphone application to lock, unlock, check fuel levels, locate and check mileage on the car. For individuals and fleets alike it is great to see Volvo right at the forefront of innovative technology when it comes to safety. There is a whole host of features that give peace of mind to the driver including a Blind Spot information System and Pedestrian and cyclist detection technology. Since the

introduction of model year 2016 all versions of the Volvo V40 have been equipped with Drive-E powertrains – offering a world-class blend of driveability and low CO2 emissions. To deliver the desired responsive, smooth and fuel-efficient ride, the Drive-E engines are teamed either with Volvo Cars’ new eight-speed automatic gearbox, six-speed automatic gearbox or a sixspeed manual tuned for improved fuel economy. Versions with the automatic gearbox have paddles on the steering wheel for


SAFETY AND SUPPORT Just some of the ways V40 has it covered... PARK ASSIST PILOT The Park Assist Pilot makes parallel parking easy and precise by taking over and operating the steering wheel while the driver handles the gearbox and controls the car’s speed. LANE KEEPING AID This feature applies extra steering torque to the steering column when the car gets close to a lane marking and is about to leave the lane. The system is active at speeds between 40mph and 124mph.

manual gear shifting when desired. There’s a really good range to choose from including a D4 turbo diesel comes with 190hp and 400 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption in a V40 with a manual gearbox is up to 74.3mpg, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. In addition there is the D3 producing 150hp and 320 Nm of torque, while the Drive-E D2 has 120hp and 280 Nm. It’s this version with manual gearbox, that is our top choice as it comes with CO2 emissions as low as 94 g/km corresponding to fuel consumption of 79mpg. The Momentum edition is a good choice too as it raises the comfort and safety of V40 to new heights by including: Active Xenon Headlights, Electric folding mirrors with ground lighting, front scuff plates, interior lighting with mood lighting with selectable colour theme, dimmable LED daytime running lights front, sound system high performance with 5 “ colour display and Bluetooth. n

CROSS TRAFFIC ALERT Cross Traffic Alert uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the driver to crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. ROAD SIGN INFORMATION Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs in the instrument display. Road Sign Information can be combined with the SPEED ALERT FUNCTION, which provides the driver with a visual warning in the speedometer if the speed limit is exceeded. ACTIVE HIGH BEAM The Active High Beam technology in the Volvo V40 helps the driver utilise high beam more efficiently. It offers automatic switching between high and low beam at the right moment.

For individuals and fleets alike it is great to see Volvo right at the forefront of innovative technology when it comes to safety

BLIND SPOT INFORMATION SYSTEM The V40 offers the radar-based Blind Sport Information System (BLIS). The technology can monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles up to 70m behind the car. Of course it still informs the driver about vehicles in the blind spots on both sides.

PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST DETECTION TECHNOLOGY If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car as it approaches from behind and collision is imminent, there is an instant warning and full braking power is applied. The technology also detects if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. CITY SAFETY The City Safety system that is active at speeds up to 31mph. The car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops - or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast. DRIVER ALERT CONTROL Driver Alert Control is designed to detect and warn tired drivers. The system can also cover other situations where the driver is distracted. The control unit calculates whether the driver risks losing control of the vehicle.

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THE WAIT IS NEARLY OVER But still time to register for the CV Show 2017 T

HE CV Show 2017 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 25-27 April, and is a superb opportunity for fleet managers and other transport professionals to get right up-to-date with the latest models, conversions, technology and accessories from the world of commercial vehicles. So if you haven’t already registered, there is still time to do so. Simply go to Almost 21,000 visitors attended CV Show 2016, and to accommodate the rising number of visitors and exhibitors this year’s show will be 10% bigger than last year’s. It is the largest and most comprehensive road freight transport, distribution and logistics event staged in Britain, catering for every operator’s requirements and purposely designed to give you a truly rewarding and informative day spent out of the office. All under one massive roof, at the UK’s best connected venue by road, rail or air, you will find hundreds of exhibitors spanning the whole road transport, distribution and logistics supply business. From truck, van and trailer manufacturers through to

fork lift trucks, insurers, tyre, telematics and training providers, fuels and lubricants suppliers and a whole lot more. These are two dedicated zones within the CV Show expressly designed to make it easy for visitors to find sector suppliers. To ensure your vehicles are kept running at maximum efficiency, the Workshop zone will showcase everything from OE components and replacement parts to maintenance management systems, garage, workshop and bodyshop equipment. For those moving goods to be kept at a constantly controlled temperature the Cool zone is a must visit. Here you will find a huge range of refrigerated vehicles and bodywork, side by side with the latest fridge units, monitoring equipment and other products specific to cold chain operations. CV Show Director, Rob Skelton, said: “Yet again, the CV Show promises visitors the opportunity to fulfil all of their sourcing needs under one roof. In 2017, the show is significantly bigger and we look forward to building yet again on visitor numbers, which increased to almost 21,000 in 2016.”

Simply apply for your free ticket by visiting and put 25 – 27 April 2017 in your diary now!

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What to look out for at this year’s CV Show... Trailers to draw the crowds in April A NUMBER of the industry’s leading semi-trailer manufacturers will be pulling out all the stops to ensure visitors to this year’s CV Show are kept in tow. The wide variety of trailers and innovative designs, all of which help freight operators improve their efficiency, are the perfect complement to the 2017 Show, which sees the return of three major truck manufacturers. Major trailer makers, including Cartwright, Chereau, DonBur, Ekeri, Gray & Adams, Lawrence David, Montracon, SDC, Tiger and Transdek will be on-site, with innovations designed to save hauliers money by maximising space and improving fuel economy. CV Show Director, Rob Skelton, said: “To the general public, a trailer is just a trailer. But to hauliers and fleet managers, there are many innovations in their design that allow operators to reduce their costs and improve their environmental performance, which are increasingly important in the logistics industry." As well as the trailers themselves, CV Show 2017 will give visitors an insight into some of the key trailer-related safety and security systems on offer, as well as associated components such as tail-lifts, loader cranes and forklifts.

Other great stands to visit: ATE UK Ltd: 3D74 Chevin: 4D120 Ingimex: 5F110 Jaama: 4H75 Red Forge: 4G02 Sortimo: 5H30 TBC Conversions: 5F80

IAAF to highlight industry threats THE Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) will be taking its key messages surrounding the Commercial Vehicle (CV) sector directly to industry personnel. IAAF plans to lead the discussions on issues affecting the trade such as type approval legislation and MoT extension proposals for vans. IAAF has welcomed many of the recent amendments approved by the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee (IMCO) as part of the forthcoming type approval legislation, and the federation will be available to provide more details about the current situation and what it means for the sector. IAAF has led the fight against the initial proposals, arguing that a level playing field should be provided to ensure consumer freedom of choice when repairing and maintaining vehicles. With proposals to extend the frequency of MOTs currently at the consultation stage, IAAF will be highlighting the dangers involved and the risks that threaten driver safety. IAAF will also inform promote the many advantages of joining the federation such as access to cost-effective fleet management solutions, a health and safety advisory scheme from GTG and an array of networking opportunities. The CV Show has built a reputation as the best attended, largest and the most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event held in Britain and IAAF will be on hand to network with like-minded industry professionals. • IAAF will be exhibiting on stand 4D02

TomTom Telematics to exhibit connected driver tech TOMTOM TELEMATICS will demonstrate its latest developments in connected fleet management systems at this year’s show, helping businesses achieve greater control over process efficiency, compliance procedures and driving standards. Visitors to the TVG (The Vehicle Group) stand will be able to take a first-hand look at the advanced solutions for truck and van operators available with the WEBFLEET fleet management system – from specialist driver terminals to dedicated applications, including truck navigation, tachograph management, and predefined route and itinerary order creation. A wealth of applications for the ruggedized PRO 8275 driver terminal will be showcased, including Truck Parking Europe and dedicated apps to help streamline field to office processes, including vehicle checks and proof of delivery. The TomTom PRO 2020 will also be in action at the show, a compact award-winning device that combines RFID driver identification, mileage logbook, working time management and high-level driver performance technology. • TomTom Telematics will be exhibiting at the TVG stand 5F65

VW e-load to make UK debut

One of the smallest electric vans ever created will be making its UK debut at this year’s CV Show. The VW e-load up! is based on VW’s smallest passenger car, yet despite its diminutive proportions it has a load capacity of almost 1,000 litres and a 360kg payload, making it the ideal vehicle for urban deliveries in areas where both space and emissions are restricted. The e-load up! will be sharing stand space with the VW eCrafter. Although the company has said it has no immediate plans to market the e-load up! in the UK, it is interested to gauge public reaction to it at as a potential future addition to its portfolio. • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be exhibiting on stand 4G10

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Fleet Events and Conferences in 2017r COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHOW 25th - 27th APRIL NEC, BIRMINGHAM The CV Show is the best attended, largest and the most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event held in Britain, providing truck and van operators with far greater choice than any other exhibition serving this vital industry. The Show attracts close to 21,000 business visitors and its central location at the NEC Birmingham, ensures a truly nationwide attendance. For operators it is the annual meeting place and for sector suppliers the ultimate showcase for your products and services. Visitor registration is now open on the event’s website where you will be able to apply for a free ticket.



Annual Conference

For Public Sector and Housing Fleet Professionals

16th May



This conference provides an opportunity for fleet professionals to hear from leading experts on key road safety issues. Additionally, organisations pioneering fleet safety measures will share best practice case studies. The conference will cover topical issues including: company driver safety, safe vehicles and road safety analysis and action. Ellie Pearson, professional engagement manager, said: “Brake’s Fleet Safety Conference is the perfect opportunity to hear from leading fleet safety academics and fleet operators, on how to successfully manage road risk. “This well-established event is an excellent networking opportunity, and I would urge anyone responsible for at-work drivers to attend.”

*FREE places available to fleet professionals working within the Public Sector, for a Housing Association and members of The ESFO Group.

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The UK’s live showcase event for construction professionals interested in Construction Equipment, Plant, Tools & Services; highlighting new construction equipment, on-site services, alongside live machine and tool demonstrations.

The new and improved National Refuse Championships are returning! Formerly known as the World Refuse Championships, this exciting charity event last took place in 1995, and involves 32 teams and 160 participants competing in a relay race of strength, fitness and endurance. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society. A highly competitive and sociable event The National Refuse Championships provides a great opportunity to recognise drivers and loaders for their effort and hard work throughout the year.



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BVRLA FLEET TECHNOLOGY CONGRESS 2017 5th JULY WILLIAMS F1 CONFERENCE CENTRE, OXFORDSHIRE OX12 0DQ The 2017 Fleet Technology Congress will explore the latest developments in connectivity and autonomous technology Speakers will discuss which technology will help vehicle rental and leasing companies offer smarter, safer and more efficient road transport. Delegates will hear about the big issues, the main challenges and the opportunities for presented by these technological developments. A series of interactive panel debates and keynote presentations will share the latest strategic thinking in this fast moving environment.






RWM is the most established resource management trade show in Europe, with a heritage stretching back nearly 50 years. This year the event will host more than 500 exhibitors and over 200 hours of free to attend CPD accredited seminar content covering every aspect of the industry. In addition to the near endless opportunities for product research and upskilling, visitors can also benefit from a number of show features designed to entertain and inform.

This show gives emergency responders access to the very best knowledge, training, technology, kit and support networks to prepare for future incidents. It will feature a host of new learning opportunities including CPD-accredited seminars. Around the indoor and outdoor exhibition visitors will be able to see and handle the latest kit and discuss their needs with over 400 suppliers. Communications, IT, PPE, public safety, training, rescue kit, fire safety, vehicles, emergency planning, road safety, medical kit and operational equipment will all be covered. Many exhibitors will be demonstrating solutions and technology on their stands, while water rescue demonstrations will take place on the Pendigo Lake outside the exhibition hall.




Mythe Barn, Pinwall Lane, Sheepy Magna, Atherstone, Leicestershire


27TH SEPTEMBER 2017 About the event The conference is FREE* to attend for all those involved with fleet management and procurement working within the Utilities, Contractors and Essential Services Sector and members of The ESFO Group. The tens of thousands of vehicles operated by this sector are an absolutely vital resource in supporting, maintaining and building the infrastructure of the UK. Managing those vehicles and drivers is an ever more demanding and complex task for those fleet professionals. Utility Fleet Forum is the unique event that will provide the very best advice and solutions, tailored specifically for this sector. The event venue Mythe Barn, is a unique event space set in rural surroundings. We have the exclusive of the venue for Utility Fleet Forum and the day includes: refreshments, conference, exhibition and all extra activities.

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Congratulations to the Fleet News award winners THE Fleet News awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by BBC News anchor Huw Edwards and attended by more than 1,400 people at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 15 March. It was a big night for a number of familiar faces from within the Public Sector, Housing Associations and contractors including: Maurice Elford, Fleet Manager, London & Quadrant Housing Trust who scooped Fleet of the Year (up to 250 vehicles) and also Most Improved Fleet of the Year; Dale Eynon, Head of Defra Group Fleet Services, Environment Agency, who won Fleet of the Year (1001+ vehicles); and Ted Sakyi, Group Fleet Manager, Wates, who received highly commended in the Most Improved Fleet of the Year category. Our congratulations go to all.

SMMT calls for faster take-up of latest low emission buses THE Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is calling on bus operators to take faster action on updating their fleets, as new figures show replacing London’s buses with Euro VI vehicles could cut NOx emissions produced by buses in the capital by up to 75%. New Euro VI diesel buses meet the latest strict EU emissions standards, dramatically reducing NOx production compared with the previous Euro V standard. The latest Euro VI buses have proved they work in real world road tests and if 7,500 of the oldest buses in London were to be replaced, this could prevent up to 4,500 tonnes of NOx from entering the capital’s air. This is in addition to advanced exhaust filtering technology, which captures 99% of soot particulates. It has been a legal requirement for all new heavy duty commercial and passenger vehicles in Europe to meet tough Euro VI emissions standards since 2014, with vehicles also tested on the road to ensure they meet strict levels in the real world. However, a loophole in UK regulation permits operators to continue to buy Euro V models. Manufacturers have been calling for this loophole to close, to ensure that people across the UK benefit from air quality improvements as soon as possible. This is set to happen later this year.

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New dynamic response vehicles for SCAS F

OLLOWING a five-year, £30,000 fundraising campaign, two brand new dynamic response vehicles were formally handed over by Sonning Common Vauxhall to local community first responders at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust’s (SCAS) Reading Resource Centre. Two Vauxhall Mokkas and have been converted internally and externally to dynamic response vehicles (DRVs). They have been equipped with collision dashcams as well as the same in-vehicle communication system from Terrafix that is used in SCAS emergency rapid response vehicles and ambulances. The new DRVs save valuable seconds by directing CFRs to the exact location of every patient they are sent to using the Terrafix system; this was previously done by CFRs talking to SCAS Emergency Operations Control room through a combination of a pager and radio system.

DfT motoring agencies: business plans for 2017 to 2018 published ANDREW JONES, Under Secretary of State in the Department for Transport, has announced the publication of the 2017 to 2018 business plans for the DfT’s Motoring Agencies: • The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). • The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). • The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). The business plans set out: • The services each agency will deliver and any significant changes they plan to make. • The resources they require. • The key performance indicators, by which their performance will be assessed. These plans allow service users and members of the public to assess how the agencies are performing in operating their key services, managing reforms and the agency finances. The business plans are available to view electronically at







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