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12% of vehicles suffer from steering problems

Most of us have experience of driving a vehicle with a tendency to edge towards the side of the road (or the middle of the road) when left unadjusted for more than a second. A survey has shown that four million UK drivers currently drive vehicles with steering problems – that’s around one in eight

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Fleet managers struggle with admin burden, survey shows

A new survey has revealed that 98% of SME fleet managers have to juggle fleet management with other responsibilities, with the administrative burden increasing each year for many of these individuals.   The survey, carried out by the RAC, showed that 61% of fleet managers were performing other, general management tasks, 53% were helping out

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Cost of resolving electrical faults in vehicles increases by a third

Figures from a car warranty provider point towards an ever-increasing cost associated with resolving electrical faults in vehicles. Since 2009, the cost of repairing an electrical fault in a car has risen by a third to £300. The number of electrical faults reported has risen by two thirds across the same time period. Some electrical

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UK fleets still suffering from highest diesel tax in EU

UK fleet drivers and fleet managers are unlikely to be surprised by new figures that reveal that the UK still has to deal with the highest rate of fuel tax in the EU. Research by the RAC Foundation has shown that the freeze on fuel duty hasn’t made life any easier for UK motorists. The

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Are regular fleet maintenance checks worthwhile?

A survey of 250 fleet managers has found that only a quarter of fleet managers ensure that fleet vehicles undergo regular maintenance checks. Nearly 60% of fleets rely on annual vehicle services as recommended by the manufacturer. 13% don’t perform their own maintenance checks or use external services, instead expecting drivers to report problems as

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Five out of 1,000 drivers fail licence checks

Do you regularly check your fleet drivers’ licences to ensure they are valid, up-to-date and suitable for commercial use? If you’ve become a little lax when it comes to licence checks, it might be worth making more of an effort in the future as the Licence Bureau has just revealed that five out of 1,000

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Road safety charity offers crisis response training for fleets

A British road safety charity’s latest training course for fleets will cover crisis response procedure. Brake, which is known for its annual Road Safety Week, regularly holds training courses for fleet drivers and fleet managers alike.  Many of our fuel card customers will be familiar with Brake, having attended previous courses or seminars hosted by

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Study shows effects of UK floods on fleets

This winter’s floods across the UK have been some of the worst on record, making large swathes of Somerset and Devon completely inaccessible for weeks. We saw the destruction caused to property and key infrastructure at coastal towns such as Dawlish, but fleets have also suffered significant damage that isn’t so easily apparent.   A

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London’s roads are getting a makeover! Could your fleet benefit?

London’s roads are notorious across Europe for their horrendous congestion and the outdated layouts of the busiest junctions. However, plans have at last been finalised for a £4 billion transformation of the capital’s roads. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, confirmed the funding, from which 33 road junctions will receive makeovers. 17 additional areas will

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EU backs tougher emissions targets for new vehicles

The European Parliament has agreed new emissions targets for passenger and commercial vehicles. The tough new emissions targets will require the average new passenger car to emit no more than 95g of CO2 per kilometre. This compares with the current, comparatively generous limit for passenger cars of 130g/km.   The change in legislation had been

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