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How much does it cost to charge an electric car?
Release Date: 19-03-2019

  The below table is based on an average electricity price of 14p per kWh. Please note that tariffs during the night are often cheaper than those during the day, and as such it is advisable t...
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2019’s Fastest Selling Used Cars
Release Date: 18-03-2019

  Data retrieved by Indicata UK has revealed which vehicles sell the fastest on the used car market. The survey analysed 98,500 used cars sold in February 2019. 60% of the top 10 run on pe...
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The Difference Between Good and Bad Drivers, And How To Promote Good Driving
Release Date: 26-07-2018

  The Difference Between Good and Bad Drivers, And How To Promote Good Driving. For fleet managers, one of the biggest, overriding concerns of the job is trying to push good driving habits...
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Unmanned at 40mph: man convicted of dangerous driving
Release Date: 04-05-2018

  A man has been banned from driving after putting his Tesla on autopilot and leaving the driver's seat unmanned. The 39 year-old, Bhavesh Patel, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on Fri...
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The truth about Electric Vehicles and why you need to get one
Release Date: 22-02-2018

  Electric cars are fast becoming more and more popular as a vehicle of choice, with many favouring the environmental and economic benefits. However, whilst more than 120,000 drivers are enjo...
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The 2018 Nissan Leaf
Release Date: 06-02-2018

  Nissan have undergone production on their new Nissan LEAF, which promises a larger range than the previous model along with a total re-design. The LEAF is Nissan’s leading electric...
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New VED Regulations
Release Date: 22-06-2017

  From April 1st, we have seen some revised Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) tax bands come in to force. But how will they affect you?   If you are considering the prospect of buying a new se...
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The Geneva Motor Show - the only way is the hybrid way
Release Date: 09-03-2017

At the Geneva Motor Show Kia unveiled not only one, but two, plug-in hybrid models: the all-new Niro PHEV and Optima Sportswagon PHEV. Both are planned to go on sale in Q3 2017 and are expected to ...
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The All-New Kia Rio 2017
Release Date: 15-02-2017

Kia’s fourth-generation Rio uses new turbocharged engines and an all-new platform in combination with new and improved technology and competitive running costs to improve the driving experien...
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The Citroen C3 Review
Release Date: 19-12-2016

The ‘Supermini’. A term coined for vehicles that are slightly larger than a city-car but not quite big enough to be referred to as a family car. Originally launched in 2002, the C3 has ...
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The Workplace Charging Scheme
Release Date: 14-11-2016

The Workplace Charging Scheme Further information released… In an announcement recently made by the transport minister, John Hayes, it was stated that a grant of £7.5 million would b...
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Kia Niro Hybrid
Release Date: 18-10-2016

The Kia Niro Hybrid ‘2’ – Kia’s Answer for a Hybrid. The Kia Niro Hybrid ‘2’ model has been promoted as a practical family car which, by the way, just so happen...
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Top five cars for new drivers…
Release Date: 24-08-2016

Top Cars for new drivers… Congratulations you’ve passed!!! You’ve done the hard bit now it’s time to find you the perfect vehicle. Getting a new car when you’re a ...
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Government launches three consultations on tax policy affecting fleets
Release Date: 16-08-2016

Government launches three consultations on tax policy affecting fleets The government has issued consultations on three key areas of tax policy affecting the fleet sector: 1.  ...
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Nissan Navara NP300 Review
Release Date: 18-01-2016

Comfortable, refined and robust, this is a 4X4 with style Nissan have combined their crossover SUV experience with the best car-like qualities to produce their newest offering in the pick-up segme...
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Fleets lead the way for electric vehicles
Release Date: 29-10-2015

Thursday 22nd October saw Transport Minister Andrew Jones hail the significance  of UK vehicle fleets at the Future of Business Mobility business summit held in London. The summit saw company...
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Do We Need To Update Drivers Eyesight Test?
Release Date: 30-03-2015

  Eyesight tests for drivers have, some would say, not kept up with the times. We take a look at this subject to see what people thought.  Comments by GEM Motoring Assist CEO David Will...
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Budget 2015: Company Car Tax and Duty Freeze
Release Date: 27-03-2015

Company car drivers will face a three percentage point year-on-year hike in their company car tax from 2019/20. However, the Government has indicated that the rates for ultra-low emission vehicles...
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Review Mitsubishi L200 Challenger 2015
Release Date: 23-02-2015

  Just how good is the new Mitubishi L200 Challenger for 2015? We take a look. 2006 saw the L200 first arrive onto the scene, riding proudly on the previous success of its predecessors. Howe...
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A study into the UKs greenest councils
Release Date: 12-12-2014

Living in a green city is something which is becoming increasingly more important to people. This shows, with Caroline Lucas running the countries first green administration in Brighton. The UK has...
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Review: Jaguar XE
Release Date: 10-11-2014

The Jaguar XE’s first deliveries are set for May 2015 but the hype has started already. The XE came out of the blocks with a bang, after being first introduced in London; the XE was flown ove...
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What the abolition of the tax disc means to you
Release Date: 29-08-2014

Tax discs have been a present token on our windscreen for over a hundred years, a testiment to the British motor Industry and a small slice of history. And now that is being eradicated, with the ab...
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7 Cars that Symbolise Success
Release Date: 29-07-2014

There are several signs of success that you can use to tell whether or not you’ve “made it”. One is obviously the size of your pay cheque, but there are three other signs that mak...
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Which car is for me?
Release Date: 09-07-2014

Cars are like clothes. There is something for every occasion- the fancy over the top showy pieces, the bland blend-into-the background pieces, the suits anyone goes anywhere piece, and those that f...
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Fleets could save costs by replacing vans
Release Date: 11-06-2014

 If you currently run a fleet of light commercial vehicles, the newest generation of vans have revealed such a significant step forward, you should consider replacing your vehicles earlier. Ac...
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Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI Bluetec Sport Auto
Release Date: 11-06-2014

When it comes to quality and performance, the jump between Mercedes-Benz C-Class to E-Class has always seemed greater than the likes of BMW’s 3-series to 5-series and Audi’s A4 to A6. I...
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Best selling cars of all time
Release Date: 09-06-2014

 Whether they have been in production for a long time, or their qualities have made them unmissable, we have created a list of the top 5 selling cars…      Toyota ...
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Mini Hatchback opens its doors to fleets
Release Date: 09-06-2014

 Anyone who is anyone will recognise Minis by their typical 2-door stance, however, they are now adding another pair of doors to their erstwhile hatchback, signalling that the BMW-era Mini is ...
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Intervention can reduce insurance claims by up to 60%
Release Date: 19-05-2014

Insurance claims can be very costly. However if intervention instantly follows a driving incident, claims can be reduced by as much as 60%. This statistic comes from Ben Burford, the Managing Dir...
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Brake offers advice to help drivers remain safe
Release Date: 16-05-2014

At-work drivers are a high risk group on our roads, and this is why Brake is calling for all businesses to make sure their vehicles are safe to be on the road and avoid any unnecessary crashes. T...
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Company Car drivers more careless
Release Date: 14-05-2014

When it comes to the difference between drivers of company vehicles, and those driving their own vehicles, it has emerged that those using company vehicles are 25% more likely to have a minor accid...
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Ctrack releases new fuel reader device
Release Date: 12-05-2014

Fuel prices can be a huge drain on resources for fleets, and companies are always looking for ways to cut expenses. Now, thanks to telematics solutions company Ctrack, car and van fleet operators c...
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What are the pros and cons of Contract Purchase?
Release Date: 28-04-2014

While perhaps not quite as popular as Contract Hire, Contract Purchase is also a finance option preferred particularly by businesses when it comes to acquiring company cars.  This is mainly b...
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London to introduce ultra low emission zone
Release Date: 11-04-2014

In a major first for the city, Transport for London (TFL) is preparing a consultation on creating the world's first ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) which would incorporate everything from motorcycle...
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Millions of pounds wasted on Motorway Litter
Release Date: 08-04-2014

When it comes to millions of pounds being spent on Britain’s motorways, you wouldn’t envisage this great sum was all for waste. Quite literally. For picking up litter and waste from the...
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RAC roll out tyre help service
Release Date: 07-04-2014

With 2014 looking to throw over 120,000 'puncture no spare' breakdowns at the RAC, they are launching a new mobile tyre-fitting service across 10 key city and urban centres.  A correlated ris...
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Road safety improvements
Release Date: 07-04-2014

Statistics have revealed that up to a third of all road accidents in the UK involve someone who is at work, resulting in over 20 fatalities and 250 serious injuries a week. It is because of this th...
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Innovation reveals how to reduce fleet fuel by 100%
Release Date: 07-04-2014

When the Fleet World Fleet Show launches at Silverstone on April 9th, attendees will learn how to drastically reduce fuel bills by visiting Innovation Professional Services Ltd’s stand at the...
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Seat pick Leon Cupra to spearhead 2014 Company Car in Action line up
Release Date: 04-04-2014

Seat have picked the Leon Cupra 280 to lead the line at 2014’s Company Car in Action. The new car will sit alongside the equally fresh Leon ST Estate and Leon SE 1.6 TDI.  The Leon Cupr...
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Tax discs on their last legs
Release Date: 03-04-2014

The paper tax disc is not long for this world. The Government will be submitting a change in law in June 2014 to be implemented on 1 October 2014 by Parliament.  From that month onwards, pape...
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New fleet management information systems
Release Date: 02-04-2014

When it comes to new management information systems that fleets are planning to adopt, licence checking and duty of care are heading the list of most important. This data comes from the latest quar...
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Brake produce new guide for small businesses
Release Date: 31-03-2014

Road safety charity Brake has compiled a free comprehensive guide aimed at small businesses with employees who drive for work, to explore how they can improve road safety and cut costs.  This...
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Portland fixed fuel card
Release Date: 25-03-2014

Fleets are always trying to find ways to save money, and it is widely known that fuel cards can assist with this. However, specialist oil trading company Portland claims to have a fuel card which w...
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Smartwitness new device must-buy for fleets
Release Date: 24-03-2014

SmartWitness, vehicle and CCTV safety systems manufacturers, have unveiled their new and innovative vehicle journey recorder that is more advanced that any others before. They claims that the new K...
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Tracking tools save £1000s for fleets
Release Date: 21-03-2014

Running a fleet is costly, and if you are looking for ways to save cash then we know just what you need; a vehicle tracking system. This simply device can save fleets up to £1000 every year p...
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Fleet Logistics slam rise in company car tax
Release Date: 21-03-2014

The Budget delivered mixed news for fleet operators, according to Fleet Logistics International who deeply regret the 2% tax increase announced by the Government for company cars in 2017/18 and 201...
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Budget sheds light on company car tax rates
Release Date: 20-03-2014

Chancellor George Osborne has revealed new details on company car tax rates for Budget 2014, as well as plans for simplifying employee expenses and benefits.   The Government responded to the...
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Are electrical vehicles as perfect as they seem?
Release Date: 19-03-2014

There is a great deal of hype surrounding electrical vehicles at the moment, and the vast amount of benefits they pose to both the environment and your wallet. However, past that noiseless engine, ...
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Decade saves diesel drivers money
Release Date: 18-03-2014

The past decade has seen technological innovations make diesel vehicles vastly more clean and efficient than ever before. Bosch reported the findings and stated that it is thanks to the increasing...
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Drivers warned of new MOT laws
Release Date: 17-03-2014

As of last month, new MOT laws came into place regarding diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and drivers of diesel cars are being warned not to fall foul of charges as a result.  This guidance ...
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Electric car chargers to be launched across the country
Release Date: 14-03-2014

Milton Keynes CrossLink, a network of electric vehicle rapid chargers, has been launched across the country four weeks ahead of schedule. Initiated by Milton Keynes Council, CrossLink’s cha...
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Cut costs with regular maintenance checks
Release Date: 13-03-2014

New research is suggesting that fleet owners could be doing lots more to reduce the need for emergency repairs and maintenance, despite their existing focus on managing costs. Autoglass sur...
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Fleets hit with £2.5 million in flood damage
Release Date: 11-03-2014

Fleet owners are holding their heads in their hands after the recent floods caused the damage of hundreds of vehicles. Fleet vehicles have seen flood-related claims shoot up by 250% over the last...
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Nissan take a LEAF out of their own book
Release Date: 04-03-2014

Nissan are celebrating the achievement of their 2013 sales being even better than before, a success which is thought to be greatly due to the popularity of their new electric car the Nissan LEAF, w...
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Global economies want UK fleets
Release Date: 28-02-2014

The Fleet Management Software firm Chevin claim that UK fleet expertise is highly sought after from emerging economies all across the globe. Chevin say that they’ve had enquiries for system...
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AmeriCam Automotive new device
Release Date: 17-02-2014

When it comes to safe driving, AmeriCam Automotive are continually developing new ways to enhance and improve. Their newest venture is a software addition to its TradeCraft MDVR line that allows dr...
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Drivers opt for practical rather than luxury vehicles
Release Date: 12-02-2014

When it comes to researching the long-term ownership costs of a vehicle, priorities are changing. New results show that when it comes to choosing a car, consumers will elect for practicality over l...
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Drivers paying £1.2bn in pothole damage repair bills
Release Date: 11-02-2014

Experts claim that we are about to experience the worst pothole season ever seen in the UK. Due to the incredible amount of rain and wet weather and potentially freezing conditions in the next few...
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Is new ‘Green’ fuel actually better for the Environment? What Car? Tests…
Release Date: 10-02-2014

When we think 'green' we normally think of various benefits from environmental to wallet-saving positives; however the introduction of 'greener' petrol seems to tell another story.  The intro...
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New Catalytic Converter invented
Release Date: 31-01-2014

We are constantly looking for ways to cut fuel consumption and manufacturing costs in vehicles and a way to cut the two have just been discovered by a scientist from the Imperial College London. A ...
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Audi Q3 hits top selling list
Release Date: 28-01-2014

Glass revealed this week that the Audi Q3 has taken first place in this month's league of fastest selling cars with an average of 33.5 days of Britain's forecourts.  The first place victory w...
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More pothole problems
Release Date: 28-01-2014

January is normally a month where money is tight, hard earnt cash splashed out on countless Christmas presents is taking its toll, and bills are looming. One thing most people do not need, are furt...
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Fiat Professional good year ahead
Release Date: 22-01-2014

2013 saw Fiat Professional's UK sales increase by 70%, causing them to outpace both the LCV market and its main rivals. Studies show that if every vehicle sold by Fiat Professional was factored in...
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FTA celebrate success of fuel card
Release Date: 21-01-2014

In the space of a single month, the RHA FTA Fuel Card has drawn a total of 5 million litres of fuel a month, saving members a combined amount of £150,000 against national average pump prices ...
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Mazda SKYACTIV technology popular for fleets
Release Date: 20-01-2014

Mazda’s sales have soared by an impressive 84% in the last 9 months, and as we enter the New Year they are expected to continue that rise. This is against a total fleet car market up just 7% ...
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Vauxhall aim to lead wholelife costs
Release Date: 16-01-2014

Vauxhall is prepared to offer fleets the most competitive deals in terms of wholelife costs for every single model across its range. The decision comes in the wake of the need to benchmark costs ...
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Poll reveals support for tax disc abolishment
Release Date: 06-01-2014

A recent decision made by the Government announced the abolition of the paper tax disc which will include a large revamp of the system which has been around for ninety years. This schemeis est...
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BMW 1-Series Hatchback M135i M Performance 3dr
Release Date: 18-12-2013

With agile driving, high performance energy and a striking body with vivacious elegance, the BMW 1-Series is sure to leave its mark even once the wheels have stopped turning. Powerful engines, a sl...
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Paper tax discs abolished in 2014
Release Date: 16-12-2013

For the first time, motorists will be able to pay road tax in monthly instalments, with the old tax disc system being replaced. After ninety years, a new electronic system will see the old one bein...
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Fuel prices at 31 Month low
Release Date: 10-12-2013

In an occurrence we are not so used to, the prices of fuel are at a 31 month low meaning we are spending less on fuel than in over two and a half years. Many factors are thought to be the cause of...
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Fleet Van Awards 2013
Release Date: 10-12-2013

Recognising the accomplishments of vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators and suppliers, are the annual Fleet Van Awards; a reward highly coveted by the light commercial vehicle industry. Judged by...
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Tyres could save NHS £22,000
Release Date: 10-12-2013

When it comes to the NHS and vehicle-related costs, you would expect the majority to come from injuries due to driving; however a further 22,000 is being drained from a cost you may not expect. In ...
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Fuel cards lead to big savings
Release Date: 28-11-2013

Fuel cards don’t give you free fuel by any means, but they can provide a significant amount of savings for businesses through several different kinds of benefits. They can help you simplify ...
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Thousands of company car crash disputes could be avoided
Release Date: 27-11-2013

In-Car Cleverness, the vehicle-to-business technology provider has revealed that over three-quarters of a million drivers (850,000) have been involved in an accident whilst at work. In fact, In-Car...
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Drivers admit to irresponsible parking
Release Date: 26-11-2013

According to a recent survey by Purple Parking, over half of drivers admit to some form of anti-social parking behaviour. On a study of 2,800 participants, it was found that both men and women thin...
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Mileage capture device causes business miles to fall rapidly
Release Date: 26-11-2013

There is a large chance that the rate of claimed business miles will drop significantly once a new mile management system is put in place, heavily influencing driver behaviours. That’s accor...
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Review: Nissan Qashqai+2 Hatchback 1.5 dCi 360 5dr
Release Date: 19-11-2013

The original Qashqai was the first ever SUV crossover to touch UK soil, and the five-seater combined some of the best elements that you would associate with such a creation. It gave drivers the b...
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Government create jobs in 2014 motorway venture
Release Date: 15-11-2013

In the biggest investment since the 1970s, the Government is planning a £1.9 billion venture on British road that is hoping to rake in over 9,500 jobs, as well as allow Britain's motorways to...
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BP relaunches Supercharge fuel card
Release Date: 15-11-2013

As a fleet owner, you are always on the search for ways to cut back on costs, and with BP's relaunched Supercharge fuel card, you will gain minimal costs, maximum convenience and the best network c...
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Isotrak in-vehicle cameras to help fleet owners
Release Date: 13-11-2013

Isotrak have introduced a new and innovative safety camera integration in a bid to assist fleet operators in improving safety and capturing video evidence of on-road incidents in real-time. This so...
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Quick Look: BMW 2-Series Coupe
Release Date: 12-11-2013

Replacing the previous 1-series Coupe, March 2014 will see BMW celebrating a model that raises the bar in the premium compact segment with an aesthetic appeal and dynamic ability to more than rival...
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Vehicle downtime amounts to £30,000 a year
Release Date: 12-11-2013

At a time where finances are hard, most particularly for SMEs it is vital to make every penny count, yet Ford Retail have released findings that reveal unnecessary expenditure is being made in unex...
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Clamp down on fraudulent whiplash claims
Release Date: 08-11-2013

Whiplash is one of the most common claims in what Ministers call ‘compensation culture’ – where many are unclarified or exaggerated, meaning motoring costs are significantly highe...
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RE-tech launch anti fuel theft device EyeCap
Release Date: 08-11-2013

Fuel theft has always been a problem affecting every type of vehicle owner, from councils, haulage firms, construction companies and transport managers to fleet owners; no-one is exempt. And with t...
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Tips for driving down CO2 emissions
Release Date: 06-11-2013

When searching for a vehicle type, fuel consumption and efficiency are a large contributing factor for fleet owners; not only is it better for the environment, but also better for the wallet too. ...
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Mercedes-Benz introduce exclusive fuel tracker app
Release Date: 06-11-2013

Mercedes-Benz have introduced an enhanced customer version of the Mile Tracker app - the new fuel tracker - which provides an even more efficient way of finding the best place to top up. Using buil...
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Online training to prevent work-related collisions
Release Date: 05-11-2013

Every single day, thousands of employers are sending their staff out driving on the road without ensuring they are safe. Over a third of accidents occur during company time, and with directors beco...
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UK cheap car boom to be cut short by German economic recovery
Release Date: 11-10-2013

British drivers are enjoying a boom in cheap new cars. This year alone, motorists have benefited from extraordinary deals on new cars with a 16.7% increase in non-business registrations across the ...
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Car manufacturers embrace hybrid technology
Release Date: 10-09-2013

Mercedes-Benz has announced the impending release of a new version of the S-Class, with incredibly low emissions and an official fuel consumption of 94.2mpg. Available in the UK from September 2014...
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How will you and your business be affected by ESOS?
Release Date: 23-02-1902

 How could ESOS affect your fleet and your company? You may have heard of The Governments new compliance legislation, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)? If you don’t know wha...
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