Finishing touches being put to Europe conference
Coventry City Council hastaken delivery of a fully electric Smart car as part of a 100-car market trial prior to the introduction of thetwo-seater vehicle. The car will be made available on a lease arrangement toselected UK corporatecustomers.
Cliniserve has takendelivery of 27 new Renault Master 120.35 vans through Renault Trucks distributor MV Trucks. The vans willreplace the company’sremaining Iveco vehicles.By the end of the year,Cliniserve will have anall-Renault ﬂeet of 70 vehicles.
Porsche’s forthcoming four-door Panamera will come with a hybrid option. Thetechnology seen in theCayenne Hybrid prototype will enter the market at theend of the decade, after thelaunch of the regular Panamera.
Peugeot and Citroënhave added a new engineto their MPV offerings.Both the Peugeot 807and the Citroën C8 now offer a 2.2-litre HDidiesel engine with173bhp and 295lb-ft of torque. It returns42.8mpg with CO2emissions of 191g/km.
Final preparations are beingmade for the seventh annual
Europe Conferencein Brussels next month. The event chairman will beChristopher Macgowan, a former chief executive of theSociety of Motor Manufacturersand Traders in the UK and now vice-chairman of the Motorists’Forum. There is a record speaker line-up for this year’s event,sponsored by Hyundai and BCA, which has already attracted a number of top-level directors asdelegates.Issues covered at the event include green ﬂeet in Europe,market expansion, the future of residual values, ﬂeet safety,technology, the manufacturer viewpoint and an internationalperspective. Among the speakers will be Vincent Rupied, internationaldirector of the Corporate VehicleObservatory, Steffen Schick,chief operating ofﬁcer, Fleet Logistics, and Pascal Serres, vice-president, ALD Interna-tional. This year’s event takes placeat the Marriott Hotel, Brussels,on February 7.For information, ticket salesand sponsorship enquiries,contact Luke Clements on 01733468325 or email email@example.com.
Full details of the conferenceare available on the dedicated
Europe website at www.fneuropeconference.com
and its sister company CAP, the vehicle data specialist, would like to hear from ﬂeet oper-ators. We are preparing a feature andreport on ﬂeet operators’ experi-ences, and CAP is offering a TomTom satellite navigation unit as an incentive to take part. Onelucky respondent will be drawn at random to win the sat-nav system. All responses will be treated instrictest conﬁdence and your name/company will not bepublished, but we do need your details for you to be eligible to winthe prize draw. We have threequestions for you:
Have you changed your ﬂeet car supplier in the past three years on the grounds of unsatis-factory ordering processes or customer care in general duringthe conﬁguration and orderingstage? (Yes or no)
Have you experienced prob-lems conﬁguring cars with theexact combination features andoptions that you require? (Yes or no)
What percentage of your timeas a ﬂeet manager is spent solving vehicle speciﬁcation and conﬁgu-ration issues? (Answer as a percentage)Please email your answers to:ﬂeetnews@emap.com and put “FN/CAP response” in the subject line.Responses must be receivedbefore January 25, 2008, and thename of the lucky TomTom winner (but not their responses!) will appear on the
website – www.ﬂeetnews.co.ukOne in 10 employees who drivefor work admitted they fell asleep while at the wheel during thepast 12 months. During the sameperiod, 2% fell asleep three timesor more while driving. The consequences of noddingoff while at the wheel can bedevastating. An estimated sixpeople die each week in crashescaused by tired drivers. The ﬁgures, from research by road safety charity Brake andbreakdown recovery ﬁrm GreenFlag, are from a survey of 4,640drivers including 2,510 who drivefor work. The poll was conductedat random and included a rangeof motorists, including company car, LCV and HGV drivers.“It’s crucial that companiesintroduce thorough proceduresto ensure employees are not endangering themselves andothers when driving for work,”said Cathy Keeler, head of campaigns for Brake. “But drivers themselves must alsotake responsibility. Gettingbehind the wheel when you’venot had enough sleep is deadly.” The research found that people who drive for work are morelikely to drive after insufﬁcient sleep. Half of employees whodrive for work say they some-times drive after less than ﬁvehours’ sleep. According to the Department for Transport, drivers who get behind the wheel after less thanﬁve hours’ sleep have only a onein 10 chance of staying fully awake on a lengthy journey.David Richards, marketingdirector for driver trainingcompany DriveTech, said:“Driving tired is a very seriousissue and journey planning is thekey to being safe.”
Decline in ﬂeetmarket predicted
BY DANIEL ATTWOOD
The ﬂeet market will decline inthe coming years as managersenforce stricter policies to reduceannual mileages and ultimately acquire fewer cars, according tothe operations manager of Lloyds TSB Autolease.David Kershaw told
that the European Commission’sdecision, which will ultimately force carmakers to cut averageCO
emissions to 130g/km withinfour years, will result in at least another 5% being added to thecost of a new car. “As always, it will be the customer who will pickup the bill,” he said. This additional cost, coupled torising fuel bills and growing pres-sure to reduce carbon emissions, will force ﬂeet managers to reas-sess downwards the size of their vehicle ﬂeets.“There will be a decline in theﬂeet sector,” he said. “Companiesare now taking seriously the needto adopt technologies such asteleconferencing and cut unnec-essary car journeys. Companies will reduce business mileages andtherefore will need fewer cars.”In addition, it is going to beincreasingly difﬁcult to conﬁ-dently predict residual values of models as they adopt different solutions to reduce emissions. This means ﬂeets could be caught out if they favour one technology,such as biofuels, over another before they have proven them-selves in the market.“We are not convinced about biofuels,” said Mr Kershaw, whose company has more than130,000 vehicles under itsmanagement. “Biofuel is like LPG– it is not a long-term solution.” The new rules will also have animpact on ﬂeets that opt for diesel-only vehicles. Most carmakersagree that diesel engine technol-ogy has been developed as far asis practical, with any further developments being too costly. Therefore, ﬂeets should expect the popularity of newer, cleaner petrol engines to take hold.
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David Kershaw, operationsmanager, Lloyds TSB Autolease
Tired driverdangers arehighlighted