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.
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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?
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.
As of Monday October the 23rd, Mayor Sadiq Khan has introduced the new T-Charge to come into effect immediately as an effort to tackle the problem of toxic air pollution in London.
Whether you want your employees to drive the company vehicles or their own cars for work purposes, it is paramount to have a policy to address any issues that may come up, given the risks of driving at work. According to the Health and Safety Executive, about one-third of road traffic accidents that occur throughout the UK involve an individual that is at work at the time.
The use of dashboard cameras (aka dash cams or dashcams) is becoming more and more widespread in the UK. Motorists purchase a dash cam not only to capture idyllic scenery of their journey but also gain quality footage in case of an accident or road incident and protect themselves against bogus insurance claims. The evidence can then be sent either to the police or insurance companies to settle any disputes. The question that arises is whether dash cams are legal to own and use. As a relatively new gadget, things are a bit blurry in regards its ownership and usage because there are concerns that using one constitutes a violation of privacy laws.
The automotive industry is having a full makeover the past few years with more and more car companies entering the game with pioneering breakthroughs that transform one of the largest industries in the world, bit by bit. From cars that drive themselves and long-range electric cars to making embedded wireless connectivity the new standard, the new breed of automakers is driving change in the car business. Here are the top 5 most innovative companies in automotive.
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