Opinions

Comment - electric revolution in the waste sector

02/12/2019

Paul Connor, Head of Tenders and Procurement at Specialist Fleet Services (SFS) looks at the impact of electric vehicles on the public

The benefits of buying used machines

04/11/2019

Anders Sjöström, Used Equipment Manager for Volvo CE Sales Region EMEA, explains how choosing Volvo Approved Used machines are as beneficial for a fleet as brand new machines.

Future Fleet Awards - time to recognise the best in industry

21/10/2019

Future Fleet Forum is coming up again. January 22, 2020, will see a range of expert speakers from all over the world coming together in the Guildhall in London to talk about the latest initiatives, strategies, and technologies to help public sector fleet professionals tackle current challenges.

Making the right choice for your fleet

18/10/2019

Diesel is dead – or it will be by 2040 – but what is going to replace it? Phil Clifford considers the options currently available for fleets and concludes that what the industry needs most is more information to make the right choices. Luckily, Future Fleet Forum is just around the corner.

NYC Fleet launches report on biofuels

17/10/2019

Deputy Commissioner and Chief Fleet Officer for the City of New York, Keith Kerman highlights how the City has carried out comprehensive research on biofuel.

Fleet Manager in the spotlight

11/10/2019

There are currently 1,133 vehicles in the fleet. Of these, 97 are electric and we have another 173 electric vehicles on order. We also have eight CNG vehicles, two hybrid petrol vehicles with six more on order, and 20 diesel hybrids. Currently, our alternative fuel vehicles make up 11.2% of the fleet. Once the new vehicles arrive this will go up to 27%.

Wanted: new fleet talent

15/04/2019

As the driver and technician shortage worsens, Phil Clifford argues that better incentives are needed to make working in municipal fleet management attractive to young people.

Automotive sector requires upskilling says VRA Chair

26/02/2019

Rapidly changing vehicle technology means that the remarketing sector is going to have to undergo an unprecedented period of upskilling over the next decade, says Sam Watkins Chair at the Vehicle Remarketing Association.

Preventing air pollution with hydrogen

18/02/2019

A national trade body is calling for more action to give public and private sector motorists access to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, to tackle air pollution, write Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of the British Compressed Gases Association, and David Hurren, Chair of the BCGA's Gaseous Fuels Committee.

Motivational quotes .v. practical advice

15/11/2018

Phil Clifford argues that inspirational memes are all well and good but if fleet managers want to improve and safeguard their operations they need to be aware of the letter of the law and take their responsibilities seriously.

AA criticises scrapping of hybrid vehicle grants

07/11/2018

Stuart Thomas, director of fleet and SME services at AA, says the Government's scrapping of hybrid vehicle grants not only has negative environmental implications but also puts unwelcomed pressure on UK fleet operators.

AA warns fleet managers could be left behind after government EV pledge

28/09/2018

The AA has welcomed a government pledge to invest in the UK's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) industry but warns that fleets will only benefit if they receive adequate support.

IMI calls for EV technicians' training and accreditation

07/09/2018

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has been lobbying for the introduction of regulation for vehicle technicians working with electrically-propelled vehicles. It believes it is vital that training and accreditation is extended to those dealing with the latest automotive technology at the roadside. 

Cefic welcomes deal to reform EU Emission Trading Scheme

22/11/2017

The political deal to reform the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) has been welcomed by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), says Cefic director general Marco Mensink.

Brigade Electronics welcomes plans for technology in Direct Vision Standard

23/10/2017

Brigade Electronics says it welcomes the Mayor of London's latest version of the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) which now includes the use of cameras and sensors and says changes to vehicle design cannot replace vehicle safety devices.

Denis Naberezhnykh, of TRL, welcomes action on petrol and diesel vehicles

30/08/2017

‘TRL welcomes the news that the UK Government will ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040. This is largely in line with the Government's existing commitment to almost entirely decarbonise the transport sector by 2050, which would have required that sale of new vehicles from 2040 are restricted to zero-emission capable vehicles.

Measures to cut emissions before 2040

21/08/2017

Following the government's annoncement that diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040, Peter Millichap, UK director of marketing at Teletrac Navman, says the impact of this will be huge but points out that there are measures transport companies can take to reduce emissions right now.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Time for the UK Government to act

30/03/2017

In the wake of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's report: ‘Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The future?', TRL's academy director Nick Reed, offers his view.

Using social media when driving must become the new drink-driving

13/03/2017

Following changes to the law from 1 March that introduce stricter consequences for phone use while driving, TRL's head of transport psychology Shaun Helman, says attitudes and behaviours towards using social media when driving need to be changed.

Fleet software to follow big data trend in 2017 predicts Chevin

20/01/2017

Fleet management software will develop towards using big data in 2017, says Chevin Fleet Solutions.

'Grey fleets pose risk' claims Licence Check

21/11/2016

Grey fleets in the UK are at record levels, accounting for 40% of all vehicles on the roads, costing companies more than £5.5bn a year in mileage claims and car allowances but are badly managed, say fleet management specialists Licence Check.

Close Brothers champions Regional Growth Fund

31/10/2016

Close Brothers Asset Finance says it has brought more than 600 vehicles to the UK through its involvement with the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

'Give IPT exemption for camera-fitted fleets'

01/09/2016

In-vehicle CCTV specialist, Visiontrack is calling for the Government to waive the Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) for fleets adopting accident-reducing camera telematics technology.

A good impression: why fleet age matters

11/07/2016

Dominic Reid from Northgate Vehicle Hire considers how old vans can impact on customer service for local authorities.

Financing the future: mitigating cuts through smart investment

20/06/2016

Councils can still invest in services ' despite further budget cuts ' by using asset-financing techniques. investing in efficiency-focused technology may even provide assets at zero net cost, says Chris Wilkinson, of Siemens Financial Services

Six tips for choosing the right fleet insurance

20/06/2016

Leon Bosch, managing director of the motor trade practice at commercial insurance broker and risk management specialist Arthur J. Gallagher, outlines the key considerations for local authorities when choosing an insurance policy for their fleet.

We're missing a trick with drivers' CPD

20/06/2016

If you asked someone in the transport industry if they had a CPC, their positive response used to indicate that they were qualified as a Transport Manager. Not so simple nowadays as the legislators, in their wisdom, decided that the mandatory continual professional development (CPD) scheme that they introduced for HGV/PCV drivers would also be called a Certificate of Professional Competence, writes Phil Clifford.

Too much technology fighting for our attention

20/03/2016

'My local authority is in the process of installing in-cab tablets to all of our fleet but how many more attention-grabbing devices can our drivers handle?' asksPhil Clifford. <

Transport managers must dig their heels in

07/12/2015

The senior traffic comissioner is busy pointing out the professional duties of transport managers. But after years of erosion of our resources, the ability of many to meet these expectations is questionable, so it's time for us to dig our heels in, writes Phil Clifford.

Stand up for professional standards

15/06/2015

Those of us that operate under the auspices of an Operator's Licence should be fully aware of the Statutory Guidance provided by the Senior Traffic Commissioner. The current guidance documents are dated 2013 but in August, the Senior TC published a consultation aimed at updating the wording, writes Phil Clifford.

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