With the clocks going forward on March 25th, we decided to explore whether it influences commuter driving habits to and from work and, more importantly, what impact could it have for businesses with commercial vehicles.
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Any business who has some sort of company fleet will admit that this part of the business can be the backbone of the operations side. It’s the difference to completing a transaction with a customer or client, and essentially, without it, a business could struggle to deliver products or even end up paying out far more than needed for someone else to deliver for them. So protecting these assets are vital, and a vehicle tracking system could help you do just that.
It’s the start of a brand-new year, which means 365 new possibilities for your business! As a fleet manager, have you thought about your business resolutions? What you can do to improve and run your fleet of vehicles more efficiently? Following on from the big changes last year, utilising new technologies, such as a vehicle tracking system, will be essential in helping you achieve this.
Mobile phones have become such an integral part of our day to day lives that times in which we didn’t all have and rely on mobile phones are becoming hard to recall. As you would no doubt expect, as times of the 21st century change and evolve, as does the legislation surrounding this modern day living.
Technology is advancing at an alarming rate. It may only seem like a few years ago that we lived in a world where a mobile phone wasn’t as well-used as it is today. That letters were sent instead of phone calls being made. But nowadays we order our food shopping online and have it arrive within a particular time slot chosen by yourself. We order clothes online, furniture to be delivered and things these days are very much online. Even updating statuses on various different social media platforms so anyone knows exactly what we are up to. But while this technology is advancing on a consumer level, there is more vehicle technology trends that are going to coincide with how we live our lives moving forward. So without further ado here are five fleet vehicle technology trends to look out for or even embrace within your own fleet.
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, had several key announcements during the latest budget, the most talked about being the tax rise for diesel can owners. For fleet managers and business owners this is likely to hurt the bottom line. It’s less than a decade ago that the government was encouraging business fleets to take on diesel fuel vehicles for their business operations. Now the government has done a full U-turn and the Chancellor’s diesel benefit-in-kind tax supplement is set to rise from 3% to 4% from as early as April 2018. This echoes recent speculation out of Whitehall that the government could in fact even ban diesel altogether in major cities from 2020. So where does this leave business owners with a fleet of diesel vehicles?
Considering the weather conditions of the past couple of years, it is pretty clear that the winters are getting colder and colder, with sub-zero temperatures tending to become the norm. Considering that very few areas of the country are really safe from the adverse effects of freezing weather, it is paramount to have a properly maintained fleet, regardless of where the fleet travels or is based on. To help 'winterise' your fleet the best way possible, a winter maintenance check is necessary. Here are some tips to make sure you are fully prepared for a sounder and safer winter season.
Vehicle theft is a multi-million-pound industry in the UK, often leading to the loss of both costly property (the cost of the 47,000 company-owned vehicles stolen annually is £152M) and precious time while you are called to file a police report and make an insurance claim. Not to mention the hours you need to spend to find the best vehicle(s) to replace the stolen one(s). According to data, fleet vehicles make the most tempting targets (1 in 10 stolen vehicles is commercially-owned) for opportunistic “smash and grab” thieves, mainly due to the fact that they are often well marked and contain valuable equipment.
With the clocks going back, the UK will soon be experiencing much shorter days as well as icy winter driving conditions. According to The Car Expert the UK experienced “1780 road deaths in the year ending March 2016. That’s an average of just under five people every day who are dying on UK roads”. This puts UK businesses at a much higher risk of potent corporate manslaughter charges.
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