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Fleets targeted Road pricing is


still on agenda

in King Review
In his first Budget, chancellor
Alastair Darling raised more than a
few eyebrows when he announced
that national road pricing is still a
real possibility.
His announcement, which came
amid a string of incentives to get
company car drivers into greener
Carrot and stick approach may be used to force drivers into less polluting cars cars, appears to contradict an
earlier statement by transport
BY DANIEL ATTWOOD minister Ruth Kelly.
Ms Kelly said that questions over
Green transport expert Professor Julia King privacy, fairness and operability
has highlighted the need for fleets – and remained in relation to national
public sector fleets in particular – to adopt road pricing.
less polluting vehicles in her second report “We have been trapped in this
on decarbonising road transport. sterile debate about road pricing,”
The report’s impact on future Govern- she said recently. “There are real,
ment transport policy is likely to be substan- practical things we can do today to
tial and, through a carrot and stick approach, tackle congestion.”
will force company car drivers into less Rather than spending more time
polluting vehicles. Government respect for debating national road pricing, she
Prof King’s recommendations is such that said opening around 500 miles of
the publication of her report was timed to motorway hard shoulders to
coincide with the 2008 Budget statement, vehicles, along with local congestion
which contained policies directly related to charging, are preferred options for
some of her 40 recommendations. managing road capacity now.
Several of those are aimed at influencing Public sector bodies should choose cars like the Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi, which emit no She said funding was being
fleet managers and user-choosers over more than 130g/km of CO2, recommends Government adviser Professor Julia King dedicated to towns and cities to
which cars they should select, as well as allow them to develop and imple-
encouraging public sector fleets into cleaner One of Prof King’s recommendations is to encourage drivers into the lowest suitable ment local congestion charging,
vehicles. that all public bodies should set the average CO2 emission cars. She recommends that with the £200 million a year
“The recommendations included in the emissions of new vehicles procured for any price incentives be based on carbon Transport Innovation Fund
King Review are wide ranging and, of all the administrative purposes to 130g/km of CO2 emissions rather than technology. extended for an extra four years.
Budget news, the chancellor’s confirmation within three years at the latest. Zero emission electric vehicles are high- But now the chancellor has
that he has decided to act on the recommen- Her report also recommends that public lighted, with Prof King saying that options reopened the debate about a
dations made is likely to have the most sector organisations should have a work- that facilitate the efficient use of electric national road pricing scheme. “The
profound and long lasting impact on fleets,” place travel plan in place within the next two vehicles, such as smart-metering, time-of- Government reaffirms its commit-
Mike Waters, head of market insight at years, and that local authorities should day pricing, and fast charging points, should ment to exploring national road
Arval, said. promote car clubs. be introduced. pricing,” he said.
Gary Killeen, commercial leader at GE In an attempt to influence user-choosers However, Edmund King, AA president, As a result, the private sector has
Capital Solutions, Fleet Services, added: over their car choice, Prof King recommends offered a note of caution. He said steps must been invited to tender to run
“Taking the Budget and the King Review that clear information on the running costs be taken to ensure that the proposals in the projects that monitor and charge
together, it looks as though we have the and emissions of different vehicles must King Review are not just a “green smoke- motorists based on what time of day
beginnings of a cohesive environmental be provided. screen” to allow the Treasury to take in they travel, the distance travelled
strategy for cars that covers both fleet and This must be backed up by “strong and more cash. and the route chosen.
private vehicles.” consistent price signals” from Government daniel.attwood@emap.com

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IN BRIEF Minister calls for green technology Carmakers


Fleets are coming under increas-
ing pressure to adopt cars with
play by supporting the develop-
ment of new, cleaner technologies
put faith in
emission-reducing technology.
Transit minister Rosie Winter-
ton made the call for such tech-
– and we are already making
progress in a number of ways.”
In her speech, the minister
sales teams
nology to be adopted at a highlighted the fact that a number Tough economic conditions
conference of national transport of local authorities across York- mean that staff reductions at
Kier runs on LPG operators in Sheffield. She prom- shire are already looking at how motor manufacturers look set to
Kier Building Mainte- ised that the Government will they can use biomethane in their continue in 2008 – although
nance has ordered 22 help fleets to adopt it. fleets. certain fleet departments are
Ford Transit vans In a keynote speech at the Ms Winterton said support for boosting their numbers to win
running on liquefied Yorkshire Green Fleet event, the Rosie Winterton the development of greener new business.
petroleum gas (LPG) to minister said the Government vehicle technologies is expand- Colin Bruder, managing direc-
deliver ser vices in the wants to encourage the develop- generations to come we need to ing. This includes at least £30 tor at motor industry consultancy
London Borough of ment of cutting-edge technology research, develop and rapidly million for a new Low Carbon Network Automotive, says that
Hammersmith and “Tackling carbon emissions adopt low carbon transport tech- Vehicles Innovation Platform to staff numbers fell at most
Fulham. The vans are from transport remains a chal- nologies,” she said. “The Govern- support research and develop- manufacturers during 2007 as a
being supplied by Kier lenging issue. For the sake of ment has an important role to ment projects within the UK. continuation of a long-term trend.
Fleet Ser vices. He said that this momentum was
likely to continue.

ICFM calling for


Defleet answer “Market conditions are not
Wilsons Auctions has going to improve this year and
signed up to use the 1link will probably be worse than the
Disposal Network last,” he said. “Manufacturers
e-commerce platform. need to do everything to main-

formal standards
Michael Tomalin, Wilsons tain profitability.
group sales director, said: “During the last few years,
“The platform will allow our most carmakers have reduced
customers such as large headcount at their UK offices
fleets and manufacturers to and started using third party
control the movement, help where appropriate. The
inspection and preparation signs are that this will continue.”
of the vehicles they defleet BY JOHN MASLEN charge of one of the largest assets Bruder said that decisions
through us online.” within an organisation. My vision taken to reduce headcount
Businesses have been urged to is to ensure that all individuals often affected departments that
Green consultant insist that their fleet managers with fleet responsibility have been were under the greatest pressure
Provecta has developed have formal qualifications to carry trained by the ICFM and gained to maximise sales, such as the
a three-tier green fleet out the role. an ICFM qualification. fleet department.
consultancy ser vice. In addition to training becom- “Hand in hand with this objec- However, this is at odds with
Provecta Footprint ing a formal requirement for fleet tive, we need to reach a position certain manufacturers who have
utilises software to managers, suppliers should also where all job advertisements expanded their fleet sales teams
measure, manage and ensure staff have formal qualifica- involving a fleet remit, either to exploit new business avenues,
reduce a fleet’s carbon tions to show they can effectively managing a fleet or working particularly among companies
footprint and improve deal with their customers’ require- within a fleet supplier, specify the which operate fleets of 25 vehi-
running costs. Provecta ments, according to Roddy individual should hold an ICFM cles or less. Renault, GM UK,
will provide CO2 Graham, chairman of the Institute qualification. Mazda, Citroën and non-tradi-
information to its online of Car Fleet Management “Fleet management is a profes- tional fleet manufacturers such
mileage reconciliation (ICFM). sion. What we should be looking as Hyundai and Kia, among
software system, He made the call during the Roddy Graham, ICFM chairman for is a properly trained and quali- others, are all redoubling their
MyMiles. organisation’s 15th annual confer- fied fleet industry.” efforts in fleet as the sector takes
ence last week, telling delegates: in fleet management without rele- The ICFM is an independent an ever-increasing share of the
Days downtime “If you cannot get a job these days vant qualifications? not-for-profit organisation that UK’s new car market.
Days Contract Hire is in vehicle procurement without “It does not make sense, espe- furthers education of car fleet Last year the number of new
extending its service holding relevant qualifications, cially when the person with managers. cars registered to businesses hit
booking and driver why should you be able to get one overall responsibility is usually in fleetnews@emap.com almost 1.3 million.
direction contract to include
downtime management
with All Fleet Services. This
three-year contract follows EVENTS ROUND-UP
the effectiveness of All
Fleet Services’ call centre in
responding to drivers’
service booking requests.
Experts to give detailed Budget debriefing
A detailed briefing on some of fuel for private mileage and a the most of the opportunities the
the biggest Budget changes to new VED system. This year, a changes have presented.
affect the fleet industry in a new 10% benefit-in-kind tax level To purchase tickets for the
UK FUEL decade will be provided at the expert analysis of the key areas will be launched which provides conference on April 22, call
PRICES Risk in Fleet conference.
Following chancellor Alistair
affecting fleets.
Among the issues affecting
the opportunity for major
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Government opts not IN BRIEF

to change AMAP rates Roads not rail


Britain’s road network has
BY DANIEL ATTWOOD tions on how AMAPs should be Such comments have left many chancellor’s statement as an grown 15 times faster than
amended, chancellor Alistair in the industry unsure about attempt to reassure employees rail under Labour. The
Despite predictions that the Darling has decided to leave the future plans for the rates. who have opted into employee car figures, contained in a
controversial Approved Mileage rates unchanged. “Although we are surprised that ownership schemes. parliamentary answer and a
Allowance Payment (AMAP) rates However, Mr Darling has left there has been no change to However, the underlying issue letter from Network Rail,
would be amended, the Govern- some uncertainty about any future AMAP rates, we welcome that the with AMAP rates remains – show that 405 miles of new
ment has left them unchanged. reforms after he said: “The Government’s review has now employees are increasingly motorway and trunk road
AMAP rates are used to calcu- Government will take decisions been concluded and can appreci- complaining they are out of pocket have been constructed
late the tax-free rate at which on whether to align the tax/ ate the challenges and complexi- because of increases in fuel costs, since 1997. Over the same
employees who use their own National Insurance contribution ties that were involved,” said Gary which have not been counteracted period, 27 miles of new
vehicles for business are reim- treatment of AMAPs in light of Killeen, commercial leader at GE with a rise in AMAP rates. railway have been built.
bursed. They have been fixed at the outcome of the HM Revenue Capital Solutions, Fleet Services. “Rising motoring costs had put
40p for the first 10,000 miles and & Customs’ consultation on “We would, however, welcome a the Government under pressure Vauxhall solution
25p for every mile thereafter for collecting tax on benefit-in-kind long-term statement.” to increase the AMAP rates,” said A multi-million pound
the past six years. and expense payments.” David Brennan, managing Nick Sutton, chairman of Provecta. deal between Vauxhall
Disquiet over the rates reached A spokesman for HMRC added: director of LeasePlan, added: “Motoring organisations and Commercial Vehicles and
a climax late last year when the “Budget 2008 said that tax-free “This provides a level of confi- trades unions had claimed that Burnt Tree Vehicle
UK’s largest union – Unison – said mileage allowances (AMAP) rates dence for drivers in employee car the two current thresholds failed Solutions will see the
it would consider strike action if and thresholds would be main- ownership schemes, who might to cover the cost of using all but rental company take
the rates were not increased. tained at current levels. The chan- have wondered if they were still the smallest-engined vehicles on 2,370 new Vauxhalls
Ignoring this threat, and follow- cellor keeps all taxes and reliefs going to be cost-effective.” the road.” into its fleet this year.
ing almost 12 months of negotia- under review.” Others have interpreted the daniel.attwood@emap.com The deal is part of the
£65 million the Burnt
Tree Group will spend
this year on increasing

Funding approved for congestion-busting projects its fleet.

Pollution falls
Three major research projects Rather than simply being told The Government has
aimed at improving congestion there is a queue ahead, drivers published the latest air
and journey times have been will be told how to avoid it. pollution figures. They
awarded more than £8 million. The project, which will be reveal that the trend of a
The projects, which will see trialled in York and London, will reduction in air pollutant
firms working with academic develop the system using emissions is continuing.
institutions and network military “situation awareness” However, particulates,
operators, have been awarded technology. emitted by diesel vehicles
the funding through the The second project – Foot- in particular, rose slightly.
Government’s Future Intelligent Lite – is designed to encourage
Transport Systems initiative. safer and more environmentally- Supermarket fleet
“Congestion and pollution are friendly driving styles through
problems that both affect the the development of driver/
economy and are frustrating for vehicle interface systems. The
road users. With the number of project aims to give drivers
vehicles on the UK’s roads set information – for example via an
to rise, we need to find solutions in-vehicle display system – that Congestion affects the economy and is frustrating for road users
– and new technology will play a will help them to drive in a way Supermarket giant
key role,” said science and that is safer, cuts congestion using existing forms of and manage car-sharing clubs. Sainsbur y’s has taken
innovation minister Ian Pearson. and reduces emissions. information communication It then hopes to identify and deliver y of the largest
The first project is Freeflow, Finally, the user innovation technology to enhance develop new ways for existing fleet of hybrid vehicles in
which will provide drivers will project will investigate how transport systems – such as technologies to help address the UK after choosing
meaningful traffic information. transport users are already workers using email to organise transport challenges. 400 Toyota Prius
models. The supermar-
ket chain wants to cut
CO2 emissions by 25%
VAT recovery for parking CD-ROM tutoring launched by 2012.

National Car Parks (NCP) has card that enables users to pay a The Institute of Car Fleet completing study sessions. Change at BEN
launched Gateway, a national car month in arrears. Management has launched a As with the traditional hard- BEN, the automotive
parking payment card. No coins are needed by the CD-ROM version of its copy versions, the new industry charity, has
This follows a two-year user and the cards are accepted introductor y and certificate modules include full user announced that after almost
investment programme to develop at more than 330 NCP car parks level programmes to help guidance together with hints five years’ service, Gerard
and deliver the initiative, which is across the UK. boost training levels through- and tips on effective self- Barclay will be standing
a business account facility avail- NCP says that with the poten- out the industr y. study. down as chief executive.
able to all companies, including tial for full VAT recovery, an The CD-ROM–based The five certificate level Christopher Macgowan
local authorities and public automatic saving of 17.5% programmes are designed to modules cost £96 each. takes over as chief
bodies. becomes available to companies offer fleet managers greater The introductor y certificate executive from April 1.
Gateway is a deferred payment using the card. flexibility and convenience for level module costs £61.

www.fleetnews.co.uk 20.03.08 3
NEWS

Free scheme to FleetNews


Europe
target grey risk New Euro members www.fleetnewseurope.com

BY JOHN MASLEN

A ground-breaking free risk


software are provided and in
return the suppliers can advertise
other products to customers.
each company and will automati-
cally include the employer’s grey
fleet policy. It can automatically
slow car sales decline
management service designed to In this case, employers signing block vehicles over a certain age BY PHILL TROMANS
help manage grey fleet drivers up to the service through the All- and will limit the vehicle offers
more effectively is targeting in-One “company car opt-out shown to staff to match company January’s European car sales fell slightly year-on-year, dropping 0.3%,
companies throughout the UK. purchase scheme” get an online policy. according to figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers’
The web-based initiative has driver risk management Drivers who fail to provide all Association.
been launched after claims that programme. details will receive reminders and A total of 1,308,761 cars were registered in the first month of 2008,
the majority of grey fleet vehicles In return, drivers are shown their designated manager will compared to 1,312,131 in 2007. The market dropped in the established
are not safe, with one survey new and used car offers available also receive updates. western European countries, although in new EU member states sales
revealing that two-thirds of grey through the leasing firm’s parent The move follows All-in-One’s were up 20.1%.
fleet cars are not fit for the road. company, UK Car Group. purchase of ProAffinity, the Of the five major markets, only Germany registered more cars than
The new Cash Allowance Duty Drivers using private cars on privately-owned company that last year, up 10.5%. Registrations in Britain dropped by 2.1%, France by
of Care Service is available online business are given a unique user developed the risk management 5.6%, Italy by 7.3% and Spain by 12.7%. The fall is attributed to the global
to all fleets as a free service name so they can log on and software. credit crunch.
provided through All-in-One update their records, undertake All-in-One Leasing managing
Leasing.
It is free of charge because of
document checks and provide
details of vehicle servicing and
director Tony Williams, said:
“Our conversations with fleets
SALES TRENDS
the business model behind the maintenance to help the employer show huge concern about opt-out European January ‘08 January ‘07 Variance
service, which is similar to the with its duty-of-care require- drivers. We now have the ability Austria 21,884 22,430 -2.4%
one adopted by internet giants ments. A small fee is charged for to manage this unsatisfactory Belgium 56,846 55,832 +1.8%
Google, Yahoo and MSN, where driving licence checks. situation.” Denmark 13,211 11,697 +12.9%
free services such as email and A website will be created for fleetnews@emap.com Finland 21,519 16,893 +27.4%
France 162,116 171,651 -5.6%
Germany 220,742 199,686 +10.5%

Livingstone stands firm on charges Greece


Ireland
Italy
33,583
47,609
232,207
31,694
45,819
250,385
+6.0%
+3.9%
-7.3%
Porsche has now made a formal “The aim of the CO2 charge Luxembourg 3,981 3,908 +1.9%
application for judicial review to element and discount of the Portugal 15,818 14,463 +9.4%
try to force the mayor of London, scheme is to cut CO2 emissions Spain 101,630 116,423 -12.7%
Ken Livingstone, to amend his by reducing the number of very Sweden 17,033 20,599 -17.3%
new congestion charges for high high emitting cars driving in The Netherlands 66,379 68,663 -3.3%
polluting vehicles. central London,” she said. United Kingdom 162,097 165,603 -2.1%
However, the mayor has In response, Porsche filed its Total 1,176,655 1,195,746 -1.6%
refused to amend the charge, judicial review request, giving the European Free Trade Agreement
which will see cars that emit more mayor 21 days to respond. Iceland 1,432 968 +47.9%
225g/km of CO2 charged £25 to Andy Goss, managing director Norway 9,901 12,685 -21.9%
enter London. of Porsche GB, said: “The new Switzerland 19,322 18,292 +5.6%
“Porsche has a clear vested £25 charge will have no meaning- Total 30,655 31,945 -4.0%
interest in attempting to block ful impact on congestion.” EU new members
this ground-breaking scheme,” The Campaign for Better Trans- Bulgaria 3,326 3,067 +8.4%
said Mr Livingstone. port has come out in support of Czech Republic 10,082 9,147 +10.2%
Estonia 2,464 2,617 -5.8%
Michele Dix, managing direc- Transport for London over a
Hungary 12,343 12,339 +0.0%
tor of planning at Transport for “necessary and progreesive trans-
Latvia 2,191 2,662 -17.7%
London, pointed out that the prin- port measure”.
Lithuania 2,273 1,465 +55.2%
cipal aim of the scheme remains ■ Boris Johnson woos fleets –
Poland 28,367 22,770 +24.6%
tackling congestion. page 9 Ken Livingstone: standing firm
Romania 29,495 21,931 +24.5%
Slovakia 4,783 3,501 +36.6%
Slovenia 6,128 4,941 +24.0%

Conference focuses on vehicle crime


Total 101,452 84,440 +20.1%
Europe total (EU+EFTA) 1,308,761 1,312,131 -0.3%

Fleets concerned by vehicle roadside technology. International Association of


crime will learn about new
developments to it at the
National Vehicle Crime
International smuggling
routes will highlight the
gateways that other countries
Auto Theft Investigators.
UK branch president Dr
Kenneth German believes the
Italian tax boost for biofuel
Conference in Warwickshire in provide to organised crime conference offers an essential The European Commission has authorised an Italian tax reduction to
May. groups in the UK. opportunity to share expertise stimulate the production and use of biodiesel. The measure modifies
Delegates at the two-day Keynote speakers at the and discuss current trends in and prolongs a previously approved scheme and introduces a supply
conference will be given an conference, which takes place tackling vehicle crime. obligation for biofuels.
insight into the latest develop- on May 7-8, include representa- ■ Further details can be found
ments to target vehicle crime, tives from the Association of on the IAATI website at www.
Fleet News Europe is sponsored by
with additional sessions on Chief Police Officers and the iaati.org.uk
www.bca-europe.com

www.fleetnews.co.uk 20.03.08 5
BUDGET ANALYSIS

Budget shifts fleet focus on


to lower-emission vehicles
Mixed reaction from fleet industry as cars emitting more than 160g/km CO2 are hit the hardest
BY DANIEL ATTWOOD polluting vehicles or pay the
price.
Companies that provide cars for “If you’re a company car driver
their employees were sent a clear or business with a fleet of execu-
environmental message from the tive saloons with higher emissions
chancellor after his first Budget – more than 160g/km CO2 – this
made it financially more attractive is last-chance saloon time,” said
to choose low-emission cars. Mark Chessman, deputy manag-
While the front pages lambasted ing director, Lloyds TSB Autole-
Alastair Darling for his “hangover ase. “Now is the time to review
Budget”, which penalised drink- the number of higher-emitting
ers and drivers, the reaction from cars you have in your fleet – or
the fleet and leasing industry has face significant increases in cost.”
been more mixed. Two areas are of most impor-
Alphabet referred to it as tance for fleets – the changes to
“disappointing”, Masterlease said the capital allowances system and
it “lacked substance or clarity” to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).
while Bourne Business Consult- Next April, the capital allow-
ing said it was a “watershed” for ance scheme will be replaced by
company cars. an all-new system. The changes
What all commentators agreed will affect companies who buy
on was that fleets and company vehicles outright and fleets that Higher-polluting vehicles were hit the hardest in chancellor Alistair Darling’s first Budget
car drivers need to focus on lower- lease company cars.
From next year, company cars expensive cars with low CO2 emis- industry talking. The fleet and small but noticeable effect in
emitting more than 160g/km of sions may need to be reviewed, business sector will bear the encouraging fleet adoption of
CO2 will attract a 10% writing and could result in contract hire brunt of a £1.2 billion increase to greener vehicles,” said Gary
down allowance (WDA), while becoming more attractive for VED in the 2009 and 2010 tax Killeen, commercial leader at GE
sub-160g/km cars will attract a expensive cars with low emis- years, said Alphabet. Capital Solutions, Fleet Services.
20% WDA. sions.” However, there is a silver lining But as Alastair Kendrick, from
However, there are questions. From April next year, leased said Masterlease. “We have a Bourne Business Consulting,
“We are not clear if capital cars emitting more than 160g/km year’s breathing space. This gives warned: “The penalties at the
allowance pools linked to CO2 will CO2 will have 15% of the relevant the industry time to adapt higher end may mean executives
have a balancing charge/allow- payments disallowed. computer systems and processes opt out of car schemes.”
ance, or whether tax relief will The Government is also consid- to meet the new CO2 require- There could also be other
have to be claimed into perpetu- ering the option of applying the ments,” added Mr Tatlock. issues for fleets to manage.
ity,” explained Peter Tatlock, disallowance only to the final busi- But there remains uncertainty “Increased fleet administration is
Masterlease managing director. ness user in a chain of leases. over what effect the changes to a possibility due to a potential
Paul Roberts, director at Lex, The changes to the VED bands the VED rates will have. “The rush to register higher emitting
Chancellor Alistair Darling added: “Funding decisions for (see panel below) have also got the increases will have an ongoing cars prior to April 2010,” warned
Lex director, Paul Roberts.
Fleet managers will welcome
BUDGET 2008 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW the delay in introducing the fuel
duty increase, but as LeasePlan
■ April 6, 2008, sees the introduction charge multiplier will increase at least managing director David Brennan
of a 10% band (13% for diesel cars) in line with inflation. explained, the relief will be short-
for benefit-in-kind tax (BIK) on ■ There will be changes to the lived. “The delay in the two pence
company cars with CO2 emissions of existing van fuel benefit legislation so a litre duty rise is welcome,
120g/km or less. that it mirrors that for company cars. although it’s just delaying the
■ From April 6, 2010, the 15% ■ From April next year, Vehicle Excise inevitable. Businesses would be
company car tax band will be lowered Duty (VED) rates will be reformed into happier if it had been discarded
from 135g/km to 130g/km CO2 13 bands. Band A – the cleanest cars A two pence per litre rise in completely,” he said.
emissions. – will not be liable for VED. However, fuel duty has been postponed Fleets should also take note
■ Company cars capable of running cars that produce more than 255g/km that more increases are on the
on E85 biofuel will receive a 2% BIK of CO2 (bands G to M) will pay up to pence a litre on April 1, 2009. ■ From April 1, 2009, leased cars way.
tax discount from April, 2008. £950 for their first year’s road tax and ■ There will be a further 0.5 pence a emitting more than 160g/km CO2 will “The Budget proposes to link
■ The Approved Mileage Allowance then up to £455 every year after. litre fuel duty rise on April 1, 2010. have 15% of the relevant payments increases in fuel duty to inflation
Payments (AMAP) rates remain ■ From next year, a VED incentive to ■ From April 2009, capital allowance disallowed. after 2009. This will have a multi-
unchanged. encourage the take-up of Euro V of company cars will be reformed. ■ The 100% first year allowance for plier effect, with index-linked tax
■ The fixed figure on which the fuel diesel vans will be introduced. The Expenditure on cars with CO2 the cleanest cars will be extended to increases magnifying the impact
benefit charge paid by employees who rate has not yet been announced. emissions above 160g/km will attract March 31, 2013, and the qualifying of the huge rises in fuel costs that
drive company cars and receive ‘free’ ■ The planned two pence a litre fuel a 10% writing down allowance CO2 emissions threshold will be are affecting not only road users
fuel for private use is based will rise duty increase has been postponed (WDA) and expenditure on cars with reduced to 110g/km from 120g/km. but all areas of business and
from £14,400 to £16,900 in April. until October 1. CO2 emissions of 160g/km or below ■ A new fund to explore national commerce,” warned Mark
■ From April 6, 2009, the fuel benefit ■ Fuel duty will rise again by 1.84 will attract a 20% WDA. road pricing is to be established. Sinclair, director of Alphabet.
daniel.attwood@emap.com

www.fleetnews.co.uk 20.03.08 7
NEWS INSIGHT

Boris woos fleets in race


to be new London mayor
Tory candidate says he would scrap planned £25 congestion charge for high-polluting vehicles
BY DANIEL ATTWOOD point. Even Transport for London
(TfL) admits that the new £25
Fleets planning to acquire vehi- charge will reduce emissions by a Boris Johnson: no plans to
cles in tax bands A and B in order minimal amount – 2% at best – extend the congestion charge
to avoid paying the London and, by allowing band A and B
congestion charge have been vehicles in for free, congestion
advised to delay any such moves may actually get worse.
until after the mayoral election in To have such a true-blue
May. Conservative campaigning from
In an exclusive interview, the the building that was once
Conservative candidate for the controlled by the capital’s leftist
mayor of London, Boris Johnson, council, the GLC, and which often
who is neck and neck in the had anti-Government slogans
running with incumbent, Ken hanging from the window through
Livingstone, told Fleet News that which Mr Johnson now admires
if he his elected on May 1, he will the view of parliament, must leave
not allow vehicles that produce a bitter taste in Mr Livingstone’s
less than 120g/km of CO2 into mouth.
the zone for free. He also Boris Johnson knows his trans-
confirmed that he will scrap Mr port policy will make or break his
Livingstone’s plans to charge election campaign. He says he
high emitting vehicles – those has no plans to extend the conges-
that produce more than 225g/km tion charge, but neither will he
– £25 to get into central London. scrap it.
From his office in County Hall, However, he will hold a consul-
which during the 1980s was a tation on the western extension
Labour bastion of anti-Conserva- to the congestion zone, which
tive thinking led by Ken Living- was introduced despite wide-
stone, Mr Johnson couldn’t resist spread opposition.
taking a side swipe at his rival. He promises that if the major-
“Livingstone has moved the ity of residents affected by the
goalposts,” he says, referring to extension want it removed, he
the mayor’s move from a conges- will abolish it with the zone revert- producing fewer emissions,” he point is ... err, what is the point? It minister Rosie Winterton said she
tion to an emission charge that ing back to its original size. points out in a lucid moment is a tough job but somebody has will give local authorities new
targets cars that emit more than “I want to stop clobbering which is a far cry from the got to do it.” powers to penalise utility
225g/km of CO2. motorists,” assures Mr Johnson. bumbling character most would With Ken Livingstone, fleet companies that fail to ensure road
“It is to prove he still has the “I want to make travel by car into recognise from the television. managers know where they stand works are properly managed and
spirit of Che Guevara running in London slightly less hellish.” “Therefore I will re-phase – if you have to drive into London coordinated.
his blood. However, this comes from the traffic lights to get traffic flowing then come in a low emission Now Mr Johnson says he
“He wants to stick two fingers mouth of a committed cyclist who more smoothly… Basically I am vehicle, and be prepared to have should have the same powers.
up at the fat cats.” wants to see Londoners get back against cars coming into London, an expensive, slow, disjointed But, still, it wouldn’t be the first
When Mr Johnson launched on their bikes. But the pro-motor- but if they are going to and are journey. With Mr Johnson, it is a time teams at opposing ends of
his transport manifesto, Mr ist rhetoric continues. willing to pay the charge, then unmapped road ahead, although the political spectrum have lifted
Livingstone called his rival He promises to reverse the they should have the right to have there are a lot of encouraging each other’s ideas.
“remarkably dim”, so there is no current TfL strategy of synchro- a smooth journey.” answers for those who must drive While it is up to those living in
love lost between the pair. nising traffic lights against motor- During the interview, however, into the capital on businesses. the capital to choose their next
However, Mr Johnson has a ists. “If traffic is moving it is one can’t get away from the Mr Johnson has committed to mayor, their decision will have a
feeling that Mr Johnson is trying making it easier to pay the conges- dramatic effect on every fleet that
too hard to please, in this case, tion charge. needs to enter the capital or even
Fleet News readers. Last year almost £95 million circumvent it.
He is on a mission to get elected was raised in penalty charge And Londoners’ decision will
and, while the transport policies notices from those who failed to not be easy.
in his manifesto have been well pay the congestion charge before They must chose from a
thought out, his off-the-cuff, entering the capital. committed anti-car socialist who
buffoonish style perfected on “I will move to an account- wants vehicles out of London or a
Have I Got News For You, may not based system,” he promises. true-blue Conservative who
serve him as well as he hopes. This means fleets can register seems, at present, too eager to
One can’t help wondering with TfL and receive a monthly please all travellers.
whether he considers being bill in arrears. There is another choice – the
mayor of London with the same Mr Johnson also wants the Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick
lax attitude he had when he was mayor to have powers to penalise – who wants to solve London’s
appointed shadow arts minister. utility companies that are respon- chronic transport problems by
When asked why he had been sible for poorly-run roadworks. bringing back trams.
appointed he said: “Look, the But just a month ago transport daniel.attwood@emap.com

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�������� This week’s vehicle market news and information Edited by Julian Kirk

New Accord
prices rise by Chauffeur package This
week
up to £2,500 BY JULIAN KIRK

Honda has announced pricing Jaguar is aiming to boost sales of


for its new Accord saloon, with its XJ saloon with the launch of its
certain models rising by up to new package aimed at the
£2,500 as the Japanese car- burgeoning chauffeur market.
maker targets Audi and BMW. Available to any customer who
The new Accord, which goes buys a long wheelbase XJ, the
on sale on June 1, will be priced Jaguar Chauffeur Programme is
from £19,250 for the 2.0-litre designed to ensure buying,
petrol ES – a rise of £2,000 over owning and maintaining a model Mini-test – p13
the current entry-level version. is an “effortless experience”. Peugeot Expert Tepee
The new Euro V-compliant It includes:
i-DTEC diesel will be from ■ Replacement vehicle (and a
£21,050 – a £2,450 premium Public Carriage Office-licensed
over the old i-CTDi model. model for chauffeurs in London).
Honda claims the pricing ■ Priority servicing and repairs, Jaguar is targeting the chauffeur market to boost XJ sales
sends “a powerful statement of with models jumping the queue at
intent to the established the service centre to ensure David Spencer, head of Jaguar ownership and real-world
premium carmakers”, and adds minimum downtime. Corporate Sales, said: “The XJ economy.” Long-term – p13
that the Accord offers “excep- ■ Free membership to Quintes- long wheelbase is already a strong The programme is available on Citroën Relay
tional” value for money. The sentially Jaguar Global Concierge competitor in the rapidly expand- all long wheelbase XJs, although
manufacturer expects the Service, a package which gives a ing chauffeur market. the key focus will be on the
majority of sales to be of the chauffeur’s clients access to “It costs £7,000 less than its £47,292 twin-turbo V6 diesel
mid-level ES GT spec, which exclusive restaurants, hotel reser- nearest competitor and is best in Executive version. A higher spec
comes with 17-inch alloys, half- vations and other services. class when comparing wholelife Sovereign is also available at
leather seats, cruise control, ■ Tailored finance options with costs and benefit-in-kind tax bills. £53,292. The 4.2-litre V8-engined
body kit, sports suspension and contract hire packages of 18, 24 “With the lowest company car petrol Sovereign costs £59,892.
climate control as standard. or 36 months, with or without tax bill and strong residuals, Jaguar is also offering a 48-hour Road test – p15
The diesel will cost £21,900. maintenance, and with a range of accompanied by support from the demonstration loan (PCO- Vauxhall Corsa SRi
The Tourer estate version flexible mileage limits from 10,000 Jaguar Chauffeur Programme, licensed for London) for those
will go on sale in September. to 50,000 miles a year. chauffeurs can enjoy hassle-free considering a long wheelbase XJ.

THINKING CAP
Hardworking Martin Ward scours the globe for the week’s insider fleet intelligence
MONDAY recognition, and it is all thanks TUESDAY WEDNESDAY seconds while travelling at up to
Went to the LDV Maxus factory to Russian owner GAZ, which Down to Watford to see the 31mph. We drove a 125i on a
on the outskirts of Birmingham bought the company last year. Peugeot Bipper – a new variety of roads and there was
with our forecast manager for The paint shop is state-of-the-art, concept from the manufac- no body roll or shake and, more
commercial vehicles, Ken too. turer, and using shared parts importantly, not one single
Brown, who worked there up It builds 78 vehicles per day, and design with Citroën and squeak or rattle.
until two years ago. with many more sent in kit-form Fiat. The Bipper measures I spoke to Kevin Rice, head of
It’s a good number of years to other countries in crates. We 3.86 metres long – shorter design for the 1 Series project,
since I last visited the plant, too. went into the Special Vehicle than a Peugeot 207 – but With the 1 Series Convertible and he told me that it was always
The exterior of the building has Operations (SVO) department has a 610kg payload with a going to be a cloth-top – there
not changed – it is still very where a number of vehicles 2.5 cubic metre loadspace. Down to Jerez in Spain to drive was no intention of having a tin-
Victorian schoolhouse – and the were being finished by hand in a It can carr y goods that are the new BMW 1 Series top. BMW expects to sell around
factory is steeped in history. variety of guises, including 1.5 metres long but this Convertible, the fourth variant 3,800 per year, with the 118i
Originally a World War One mobile post offices, police vans, increases to 2.5 metres with in the family following on from being the best seller, taking 35%
ordnance factory belonging to ambulances, drop-sides and the passenger seat folded the five and three-door of sales.
Vickers, it was then taken over tippers. The line also now flat. There will be two models hatchbacks, and the Coupé. The The BMW will soon be joined
by William Morris in the late produces vehicles that available when it goes on sale Convertible is BMW’s first by another premium compact
1920s and then built military previously had to go its SVO on June 1: Urban and Urban compact soft-top for more than soft-top, the Audi A3 – like
vehicles, mines and the Horsa department, which improves Plus, with a choice of two 30 years. buses, you wait for ages, then
glider. quality and decreases build engines: 1.4 HDi 70bhp with But it has certainly been two come along at the same
The interior and new time. An interesting day, where CO2 emissions of 119g/km, worth the wait. It oozes quality, time.
processes were, in Ken’s words, we saw flat pieces of steel at one and a 1.4-litre 75bhp petrol. has a good choice of engines
Martin Ward is
a “shock” to him, and to me. end and a variety of finished Prices are expected to start and a fantastic roof system CAP’s manufacturer
Things have changed beyond vehicles at the other. from around £8,000. which goes up or down in 22 relationships manager

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LCVs: PEUGEOT EXPERT TEPEE TEST/CITROËN RELAY LONG-TERMER

Peugeot’s faithful servant


The roomy Expert Tepee aims to banish van-based MPV prejudices as it targets shuttle business
BY TREVOR GELKEN

Van-based MPVs have been


BEHIND THE WHEEL
around for years but the problem Forget your usual MPVs – this vehicle is BIG. Sit in the driver’s seat and look
with these vehicles is two-fold – behind you and it seems as though you are staring into a long tunnel. This Tepee
firstly, a lot of people don’t want to seats eight people – and that’s eight fully grown adults, not very short people
be seen driving a commercial and three contortionists.
vehicle and, secondly, some The front two seats are ‘captain’s’ variety with fold-down armrests. The driver’s
drivers are wary of their size. seat offers adjustable lumbar support, which is a great plus for oldies like me.
You can see their point. Driving There’s acres of legroom for those second and third-row passengers and even
a van isn’t like driving a car. It’s a with all the seats in place, there is still plenty of space for a pile of suitcases in
lot more demanding, especially the back.
when trying to park in the tight The second and third row of seats come out, if you fancy having a 20-minute
spaces at Tesco. wrestling match with them, and the cavernous interior is revealed in its full glory
But Peugeot is aiming to banish – no fewer than six cubic metres of space.
at least some of these problems In the front, the dash is straight from the Expert van – a chunky yet reasonably
with the launch of the new Tepee stylish affair – while the floor features proper carpeting in place of the Expert’s
people carrier. The Tepee may be wipe-clean plastic variety.
an MPV version of the new Expert The HDi engine is the well-known and respected unit that graces many of
van but the whole package is Peugeot’s cars and vans and fires up with a muted thrum which doesn’t intrude
based on the Peugeot 807. The in the cabin. On the road, the enormous length of the vehicle can soon be
firm will be hoping to attract forgotten as the power steering is nicely-weighted (just on the heavy side) and
chauffeur and fleet shuttle busi- the Tepee’s road manners are impeccable.
ness. seats and the higher-powered However, it’s a different matter while trying to manoeuvre in tight spaces.
The Tepee is offered in two engine. The basic on-the-road FACT FILE As editor of Fleet Van magazine, I didn’t find it a problem but those new to the
guises – long and short wheel- price is £22,557. world of commercial vehicles could well find themselves in a spot of bother in
Model: 2.0 HDi
base – and with a 1.6-litre HDi some car park situations.
Max power (bhp/rpm): 120/4,000
turbodiesel engine offering 90bhp
or a 2.0 HDi with 120bhp. Five/
VERDICT Max torque (lb-ft/rpm): 225/2,000
Max speed (mph): 99
six seats are the norm, with a The Tepee offers an awful lot of
0-62mph (secs): 14.5
third row up for grabs as a paid- metal for the money. It eschews
Fuel consumption (mpg): 37.7
for option. There are two trim the pedestrian looks of some of
CO2 emissions (g/km): 198
levels – Comfort and Leisure. its brethren and will provide
Prices (OTR): £22,557
Our test model was the long- faithful service both as a fleet
On sale: Now
wheelbase Leisure with eight car and as a lifestyle companion.

Dealer sets a shining example


Citroën garage comes up trumps with crash repairs – and our Relay got an unexpected wash, too
BY TREVOR GELKEN pre-packed sandwiches slammed Well, my local dealer, Kent ers, which will mean that when

Regular readers may remember


into the back of it.
This is always a time when we
Elms Citroën, of Southend-on-
Sea, deserves a big slap on the
it’s time to change vans, the
buyer is likely to stick with that
FACT FILE
Price: £15,150
that our Relay was about to go relish the chance to appraise the back for making the repair dealer.
Mileage: 20,556
into the bodyshop to have its rear efforts of dealers as they don’t process as painless as possible. Certainly if I was a fleet opera-
Company car tax bill (2008)
doors straightened out. The always appreciate that we are After taking the van to the tor, I’d want to know that if some- 22% tax-payer: £55 per month
damage happened when a journalists and will be writing garage for an assessment, which thing went wrong my local Insurance group: 5
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter full of about the service they offer. was carried out using a digital garage would help sort out the Combined mpg: n/a
camera, it was booked in a few problem promptly. Test mpg: 37.5
weeks later and a courtesy I’m also quite chuffed with CAP Monitor RV: £4,325/28%
vehicle was waiting for me when myself for solving another Expenditure to date: Nil
I arrived (although it didn’t have problem. Vans of this size are a Figures based on three years/60,000 miles

a drop of fuel in it). nightmare when it comes to


After a few days in the work- transporting small loads. with a ratcheted load-restraining
shop, the Relay was restored to For example, put a few bags of strap (£5).
its original pristine condition and shopping in the back and by the And, of course, when the van
as I handed back the keys to the time you get home, your items is returned to Citroën I can take
replacement vehicle I noticed will be strewn across the load my device out and use it in my
with joy that my van had also area, eggs smashed in one corner next test vehicle.
been given a thorough wash, and milk sloshed about. Overall, the Relay is continu-
which was an added bonus. The solution is simple – I ing to be a cracking van to drive
Storage problem Manufacturers rely on dealers bought a stout plastic crate from and, as stated in earlier tests, we
solved by a trip
tremendously to foster good rela- a DIY store (£25) and lashed it still can’t get over the fact that it
to the DIY store
tions like this with fleet custom- into the front of the load area is returning around 37mpg.

www.fleetnews.co.uk 20.03.08 13
ROAD TEST: VAUXHALL CORSA SRi

Sensible brother THREE RIVALS TO CONSIDER

can pack a punch ■ Ford Fiesta


2.0 ST

P11D PRICE
■ Peugeot 207
1.6 GT THP 150
■ Renault Clio 2.0
Dynamique S

Vauxhall offers a less ‘in-your-face’ alternative to the VXR The Renault is the cheapest to buy, Clio £12,880
but is also the least powerful with Fiesta £13,580
around 10bhp less than its evenly- Corsa £13,570
matched rivals which offer around 207 £14,460
the 150bhp mark. It only has 16- rims. The 207 is most expensive, but
inch alloys to the others’ 17-inch does include a part-leather interior.

EMISSIONS AND TAX RATES


Although the Clio is the least 207 166g/km/21%
powerful it’s not the cleanest – that Clio 173g/km/22%
honour goes to the Peugeot, which Fiesta 177g/km/23%
will cost a 22% company car Corsa 189g/km/25%
taxpayer £55 a month in benefit-in- and the Fiesta third at £57. The
kind tax. The Clio is second at £52 Corsa will cost £62.

SMR COST
For cheapness to service, maintain ppm/60k total
and repair the Clio is out in front. Clio 2.72/£1,632
Smaller tyres and 18,000-mile Corsa 3.33/£1,998
207 3.46/£2,076
service intervals mean it costs
Fiesta 4.04/£2,424
hundreds less than its rivals over a
BY PHILL TROMANS working chap that blends in at the three-year/60,000-mile fleet life. mile intervals, while the Fiesta needs

The Corsa VXR is the horsepower


FACT FILE office but then runs triathlons at
weekends. Make no mistake, the
Vauxhall and Peugeot offer 20,000- attention every 12,500 miles.

pinnacle of Vauxhall’s small car


offering. It offers tyre-screeching
P11D value
CO2 emissions (g/km)
£13,570
189
SRi has some serious grunt for a
little car. Acceleration is just the
FUEL COST
BIK % of P11D in 2008 25%
power in a compact package. right side of hairy, with plenty of The French know how to do 207 11.76/£7,056
Graduated VED rate £205
But with its central exhaust and Insurance group 13 excitement when the turbo kicks economy, and with claimed Clio 12.25/£7,350
extravagant bodykit, it’s not Combined mpg 35.8 in but not enough to make you combined economy of 40.3mpg the Fiesta 12.41/£7,446
exactly subtle. In fact, it’s posi- CAP RV (3yr/60k) £4,300/32% fear you’ll be spat off the road. 207 is the most frugal car here, Corsa 13.24/£7,994
tively lairy. And for the more Monthly lease (3yr/60k) £317 The sports suspension makes followed by the Clio at 38.7mpg. the Corsa can only manage a slightly
refined, it might not appeal. for a firmer ride than the standard The Fiesta will return 38.2mpg but disappointing 35.8mpg.
■ Quick
Which is where the Corsa SRi
comes in. It is the sensible ✔ ■■ Subtle with it
Quality interior
Corsa, but unless you have back
problems it shouldn’t make for an
DEPRECIATION COST
brother to the loutish VXR, with a uncomfortable ride.
more demure character and sensi- ■ Highest running costs It does make for sharp handling, As the cheapest to buy, the Renault Clio 15.05/£9,030
ble clothes but still able to pack a
considerable punch. A 148bhp
✖ ■■ Highest emissions
Fuel economy
however. The chassis is very
impressive, and only a back-to-
will lose the least cash over a three-
year/60,000-mile fleet life, despite a
Fiesta
Corsa
15.25/£9,150
15.70/£9,420
punch, to be precise – 41bhp less back drive could definitively settle CAP residual value of 30%. The 207 16.14/£9,684
than the VXR, but enough to put it The SRi is not entirely without whether it has the edge over the Fiesta has an RV of 33% and the but comes last because of its higher
on an even playing field with flamboyance, most obviously the excellent Fiesta ST. Corsa 32%. The 207 has a 33% RV, front-end price.
Ford’s Fiesta ST. The power bright red touches on the steer- One area where the Corsa
comes from the same turbo-
charged 1.6-litre petrol engine
ing wheel and seats, and match-
ing seatbelts. This makes for an
beats the Fiesta is interior quality.
Where the Fiesta feels on the
WHOLELIFE COST
found in the VXR, which will fire interesting visual tone – a scratchy, cheap side, the Corsa is Thanks to its lower purchase price Clio 30.02/£18,012
the Corsa SRi to 62mph in 7.6 restrained exterior with a hint of full of soft-touch materials and and relatively frugal engine, the Clio 207 31.36/£18,816
seconds. what’s to come when you get up some solid-feeling switchgear. is cheapest to run over three years/ Fiesta 31.70/£19,020
For your money – £13,570 for close. So, for the boy-racer that’s 60,000 miles. The 207 in second Corsa 32.27/£19,362
the three-door version or £14,245 When you get the SRi out on grown up and got a sensible job, place costs more than £800 extra to close behind. The Corsa falls at the
for the five-door – you get 17-inch the road, however, it’s clear that the Corsa SRi offers a less in-your- keep on the road, with the Fiesta financial fences and is last.
alloys, a spoiler, deepened front this businessman is far from the face alternative that can still
and rear bumpers and side skirts,
as well as uprated sports suspen-
office joker. He’s the quiet, hard- provide bags of fun.
VERDICT
sion over the standard Corsa. The Renault Clio is the cheapest to run, but is the most tepid of the warm
Although it doesn’t go to the hatches on offer here with just 138bhp. That’s great news for fleet managers,
visual excesses of the VXR, the but not so good for drivers looking for a thrilling drive. With that in mind, the
SRi is still firmly on the perform- 148bhp Peugeot offers great value for money and power comparable to the
ance side of the line, so fuel Ford and Vauxhall, as well as the lure of luxuries such as part-leather seats. At
economy is hardly outstanding at only £800 more to run than the Clio over a three-year/60,000-mile fleet life,
35.8mpg, while CO2 emissions we think it’s worth the extra outlay to keep drivers happy, and therefore it’s
are 189g/km. If that’s a little too the one we’d go for.
ungreen, a diesel SRi is also avail-
able with a 123bhp engine that ■ WINNER: Peugeot 207 1.6 GT THP 150
returns 58.9mpg.

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FLEET NEWS AWARDS

WELCOME T
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made by TV
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and racing
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‘ ’ ‘ ’
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HAVE BEEN Marie Jarrold
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MINI
BMW 1 Series
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1 Series and 5 Series awards presented to Tim Abbott 3 Series award presented to Chris Brownridge (left), Fleet News Environmental Award presented to Alex
(right), sales director, BMW UK, by Nick Harwood, corporate operations manager, BMW UK, by Nick Key, corporate marketing manager, BMW UK, by
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Ford
Ford Mondeo
Ford S-MAX
Ford Mondeo
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‘ ’
ALTHOUGH THE
MONDEO
GRABBED MOST OF
THE HEADLINES,
FORD WAS BUSY
ELSEWHERE

‘ ’ ‘ ’ ‘ ’‘ ’
THE MONDEO IS WITH STRONG IF YOU NEED TO IN THE MEDIUM
THE COMPLETE RESIDUALS AND HAVE A LARGE VAN SECTOR, THE
PACKAGE FOR THE RIGHT IMAGE, FAMILY CAR, THE TRANSIT IS A FLEET
BUSINESS THE S-MAX IS THE MONDEO IS THE PACKAGE THAT
DRIVERS SUV TO BEAT ONE TO HAVE CAN’T BE BEATEN

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Manufacturer), Parker’s editor Kieren Puffett (Mondeo), and HiQ managing director Neil Burrows (Company Car)

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Awards presented to James Douglas, fleet sales director, Nissan, by


Fleet News editor Martyn Moore (left) and Parker’s editor Kieren Puffett

Nissan Qashqai
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‘ ’
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Bruce Robertson
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Land Rover UK,
receives his award
from Nick Harwood,
Europcar UK sales
and marketing
director

Range Rover

‘ ’
NO OTHER CAR HAS THE ROAD
PRESENCE OF THE RANGE ROVER,
AND NONE CAN OFFER SUCH A
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1989-2008: FLEET NEWS AWARDS DOWN THE YEARS

Good times! 20 years of


Photos from the Fleet News archives bring back memories. Who do you recognise?
THE CABARET THE WINNERS
The Fleet News Awards have attracted Black tie and posh frocks have been the
many stars in their ascendency – and one staple wardrobe of the awards over the
or two on the wane. years, but these pictures all have clues
Rod Hull and Emu quickly established a which put them in a certain era.
pecking order over little Ronnie Corbett in This picture (right) is straight from the
1995 (right). late 1980s, with a moustachioed Fleet News
Bobby Davro was the only entertainer publisher Rob Barrowman and a young
to receive a standing ovation and was lady who looks like she’s escaped from
forced to return to the stage for an encore. Bucks Fizz providing some glamour (the
He also returned for this year’s event. girl, that is, not Rob). And congratulations
Other entertainers who have appeared to the man receiving his trophy for step-
over the years include Jim Davidson, Des ping out with the white tuxedo look – very
O’Connor, Rory Bremner, Carol Smilie, James Bond!
the legend that is Jimmy ‘Tarby’ Tarbuck, Cast your eyes over the photographs
plus the late, great Bob Monkhouse. below and see if you can either spot your-
However, the one guest that caused self or someone your know, then let us
most mayhem was Mr Blobby, along with know (see below right).
his sidekick Noel Edmonds.

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INTERNATIONAL FLEETS: DAMAGE APPRAISAL

Spreading the benefits of


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Monitoring vehicle damage on fleets across Europe is a massive task – here’s how LeasePlan did it
BY PHILL TROMANS serious financial impact come and rear programme, which SGS immediately decided to SGS inspectors now carry out

H
remarketing time – an impact would see common processes set up a partnership with a firm appraisals and if damage is
ave cars, have that grows in line with the size of and standards adopted to identify that could provide data on costs, present ERE is used to generate a
damage – it’s an the fleet. Such concerns require damage and produce repair cost parts, paint and labour across repair cost estimate, which is
inescapable fact serious thought when managing estimates for vehicles at the end Europe and in a common format. then used as the basis for an
of fleet manage- fleets in the UK, so just imagine of their fleet lives. It chose EurotaxGlass’s, using its invoice from LeasePlan to the
ment. A fleet the intricacies and potential rami- Prior to this decision, there data alongside its EurotaxRepair- customer.
manager who says his or her cars fications of ensuring accurate was a whole host of different esti- Estimate (ERE) system, known The key to the system is flexi-
never suffer any kind of bumps damage appraisal for fleets spread mating processes used by local as Glassmatix in the UK. Two bility, according to SGS Automo-
or scrapes is either a god in his across Europe. suppliers to LeasePlan in each of months later, ERE and SGS’s own tive Sector’s executive
profession, or telling porkies. Such a challenge faced vehicle its markets, making consistency disposal management prog- vice-president, Fred Herren.
So, accepting that the occa- management and leasing and transparency of standards ramme were integrated. “When we looked at various
sional prang is inevitable, fleets company LeasePlan, which oper- difficult to achieve – something By the end of 2005, the system estimating data providers, Euro-
must then work out what consti- ates more than one million vehi- the firm hoped to rectify. was available to SGS personnel in taxGlass’s stood out for its pan-
tutes fair wear and tear and where cles worldwide. In 2004, the firm LeasePlan outsourced its 13 of LeasePlan’s markets – European data coverage,
the line is that signifies damage made the decision to standardise appraisal management process to Austria, Switzerland, Czech experience in the repair estimat-
that will harm a vehicle’s residual fleet vehicle terminations in all of SGS, one of the world’s leading Republic, Germany, France, Italy, ing marketplace and competitive
value. its European markets. inspection, verification, testing Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Poland, pricing,” Mr Herren says.
Not accurately appraising and Central to this strategic move and certification companies with Slovakia, Belgium and the Neth- “The company was also able to
repairing damage can have a would be the company’s fair wear 1,000 offices worldwide. erlands. provide information in a format

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compatible with our management personnel in different markets,”
systems in the USA. Mr Herren says.
This was necessary for data Starting in late 2005, a second
reconciliation purposes, even phase of the fair wear and tear
though the fair wear and tear programme saw EurotaxGlass’s
programme itself is confined to begin the integration of its used
Europe.” car valuation data within the SGS
Delivery schedules would also disposal platform. This now
prove critical. allows SGS to rely on an addi-
“We knew we would be looking tional source of data, providing
at an incremental rollout of ERE LeasePlan with a fair market value
given the geographical scope of that also takes into account the
the fair wear and tear programme,” cost of correcting any damage.
explains Mr Herren. “Ours is the first major fleet
“However, EurotaxGlass’s has leasing organisation to stan-
proved equal to the task of deliv- dardise appraisals in this way,
ering the required data to the creating uniformity of processes
appropriate standard very rapidly, and quality,” says Wolfgang E.
allowing us to meet some exact- Reinhold, group service senior
ing implementation deadlines.” vice-president at LeasePlan.
The ERE system is now used to “This sets a new benchmark
support the appraisal and disposal for the sector and will present a
of more than 150,000 LeasePlan particularly compelling proposi-
vehicles each year. tion for those pan-European
“ERE has proved very flexible, organisations looking for greater
allowing us to establish common transparency and commonality in
data formats while adapting to the how they run their fleet

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Your views, your queries, your chance to get involved Find your
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Businesses failing
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Craig Letters – p51

to protect assets
Watson
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manager welcomes the debate on
Integral UK mobile phone use by
drivers, but says his hands
are tied.

Describe your fleet BY EMMA COOPER Helplines – p53


We have 1,308 vehicles(60%
cars, 40% vans). It is split into British businesses are failing to
operative and managers’ protect their assets and devise
fleets. The operatives have a continuity strategies, a study has
mixture of cars and LCVs. found.
Managers have a user- More than half (53%) of firms
chooser arrangement. do not have a business continuity Drivers whose cars break
plan (BCP) in place to safeguard down a long way from
What aspect of the job do against possible downturns, home often feel vulner-
you enjoy most? according to a joint survey by the able. What advice should
I enjoy the challenge of Chartered Management Institute they be given?
getting our fleet to run (CMI) and the Cabinet Office. Organisations need to do more to devise contingency plans
smoothly in line with our And many organisations that First car – p55
operating model, allowing do adopt BCPs do so haphazardly. ing and corporate affairs at the “Failing to provide safeguards
drivers to respond to Only 29% of companies plan in the CMI, said: “Some hard questions for business operations does not
emergencies quickly. event of a staff shortage and only need to be asked about why the make sense. Unless it is taken
39% focus on the loss of systems. mismatch between planning and seriously businesses and jobs will
What advice would you Jo Causon, director of market- protection is allowed to exist. remain at risk.”
give to someone joining
the industr y?
Don’t panic. The majority of
APPOINTMENTS ■ email: fleetnews@emap.com Jane Edgworth-Lane recalls
her brown Austin Maxi
suppliers want to help you so
use them to your advantage.
Peel heads up Europcar UK’s new sales director which, despite the colour,
was “quite brilliant”.

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Europcar UK. He will be responsible for the ongoing development of Competition – p55
biggest achievement at Peugeot has named David Peel products and services for the company’s UK division. Mr McNeill
work? (below) as managing director of joins from National Car Rental, where he headed up international
Changing our fuel purchase the company’s dealership group corporate sales.
culture, issuing drivers with Robins & Day. Replacing Rick
fuel cards and making them
more price aware, as well as
Crawley, he will be responsible
for overseeing the management Lawrence signs up for Jaama
sending them text messages of more than 30 franchised
telling them where the dealers. Mr Crawley will now Fleet software and risk management company Jaama has appointed
cheapest fuel is. head Peugeot’s global dealership Nik Lawrence as product analyst. He will be responsible for analysing Win a £130 Navman satellite
network. the online requirements of fleet software customers and writing navigation unit.
How is the fleet industr y bespoke functional specifications. He joins from Kalamazoo-Reynolds
changing? where he worked as a product analyst.
Information technology has Job of
transformed the way we the week
manage fleets.
Bricknell named general manager HUMBERSIDE POLICE
What is your favourite Automotive retailer Vertu Motors has named Paul Bricknell as Assistant fleet manager,
restaurant? general manager of its Lincoln Honda dealership. He will oversee the Humberside area p48
Wagamama’s. day-to-day running of the dealership. He has previously worked for
Quicks, BMW and Dixons.

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no �����������
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to �� to�����������������������������������
introduce such legislation and but until the law
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allow drivers �����������������������
to use a mobile�� ��� ban the practice.
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is legal to do so by I assume that he would believe
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getting ESP as standard. fitting a hands-free kit, or more
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It’s only a matter of time before commonly where vehicles
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it becomes like airbags, where ��������� ��� ���� ������ ����
such systems built in. but that leaves him open to accu- ROSS HARRIS
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we wouldn’t dream of getting a Surely it is the role of����������
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new car that didn’t have the police to monitor whether the law
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Design change could cut fuel thefts


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The new Renault Laguna may be ������� ���������� ���� ���� ��������������������������������� ������������� ����� �������� ������������������������������������ ����������������������������
up on quality compared to the ������������������������������������� ����� ���� ��� ������ ���� ���� ������ ��������������������������������� ����� ������� ��� �������� �������� ��� ����������������������������
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model it replaces, but regretfully I have just���������������������������������
read your article cally making
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it is a really uninspiring car to “Rising fuel ��������������������������������
costs leads to thefts” cars with a full fuel tank. With the increase in fuel ���������������������������
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look at. The competition have (March 13). Perhaps the police should prices, it is no wonder that theft ���������������
moved the game forward as far
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Surely the answer is very investigate the type of cars that is at its peak. But without confir- ����������������������
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revert to fitting cars with a fuel ������������������������������
the theft to see whether ����������������������������
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have been designed by a commit- gauge that returns
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tee in which most of its members the engine is���������
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whether their fuel gauge�����������������������������
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shows meagre amount of fuel.
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have lost their flair. Too many�������
cars currently show
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example to the rest Budget on the Fleet like buds hinting at the arrival of spring, that the should set an example by being the first to adopt
80 News website? ���������������������� �����������
of the industry? If economy, taxation and the environmental agenda low-fuel consumption and low-emission cars.
so, vote “yes” in the 60 are starting to work together. Sound advice. But two years ago, many
online vote at the Professor Julia King’s second report on the Government-run fleets didn’t have the first idea
bottom left of the 40 environmental effects of road transport was what their CO2 emissions were and seemed
homepage at
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20
89% 11% timed to coincide with the Budget and the
chancellor referenced it when introducing a
number of green incentives.
resigned to the fact that they would miss the
green targets set by their own masters.
It will be interesting to see how this latest
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unsure in the event of a person to use a vehicle it is
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on my own, far from home. When I receive a speeding
What advice can I give my notice I inform the authorities
drivers on this? of the registered driver’s home
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sent direct to them. The
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behind the crash barrier, behind What advice should fleet managers give their drivers in the event of a breakdown? In the past, I’ve had drivers
the car), as there is normally a ring me and say that they were
much greater risk of being killed breakdown provider when you grey fleet) with breakdown cover, Police” assistance cards for use not driving and couldn’t
or injured by passing traffic than call for assistance and you should and advise them to fill up with at when broken down in remote remember who was, so I know
by someone threatening you. be treated as a priority case. It’s a least a quarter of a tank of fuel areas with no mobile phone how much of a headache it can
It is a very rare event for good idea to call family/friends left. coverage. be trying to find out who was
someone to target a broken-down to say where you are and what ■ Remind drivers that attacks on ■ Why not run an early evening driving at the time.
motorist but if you do feel time you’re due to be rescued. motorists who have broken-down session (local police may be able Now there is no getting away
threatened, you should return to Don’t play games, etc, on your are incredibly rare – statistically to do this for you) straight after from it and we don’t have a
your vehicle by a left-hand door phone and drain the battery – it’s they are much more likely to be work, open to all staff, to give problem any more. I recom-
and lock all doors. important that the breakdown attacked by a family member. personal safety advice including mend to my drivers that they get
Leave your vehicle again as provider and emergency services ■ Go through the fuller advice as exercises (desktop or real) on the person using their car to
soon as you feel this danger has can contact you, if required. a training exercise – with role what to do. Remember that if sign the vehicle out and back in
passed. play if necessary – particularly people have already done again. That way, there is a
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