Help and advice on running your vans

Fleets see a rise in downtime

By |2024-05-09T08:56:14+01:00May 9th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

Alongside new vehicle shortages, many parts have also been in short supply, although the picture is not consistent across all manufacturers and models. All of this has added up to a widespread increase in downtime for fleets and, to be honest, our only surprise from the research is that just 18% say they are affected. Our impression is that the problem is probably more prevalent

EV order quotas create a conundrum for van fleets

By |2024-05-09T08:43:52+01:00May 9th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

Industry body is reporting that several major van makers are insisting that a proportion of all vehicle orders must be electric vans in order to reflect the percentage of ZEV vehicles they are now legally required to sell. It’s quickly becoming a widespread practice that when a fleet wants to order a quantity of vans, manufacturers are asserting that a percentage is electric – often 10% to reflect the 2024 ZEV mandate.

Fleet parts prices have risen by more than a third in four years

By |2024-05-08T10:21:52+01:00May 8th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

Biggest increases have been seen for headlamp bulbs (up by over 45%), clutch (up by over 40%), spark plugs and pollen filters (up by over a third). Data is taken from epyx’s 1link Service Network, used by fleets totalling more than four million cars, vans and trucks to manage their service, maintenance and repair processes, working with thousands of franchise dealers, independent garages and fast fits.

Ford Drive subscription gives businesses a simple way to transition to electric

By |2024-04-24T12:29:59+01:00April 24th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

Customers throughout the UK can apply directly to Ford Drive for a vehicle with fast delivery available from centrally held stock. Included in the transparent subscription price is a full service, maintenance and repair plan which includes all components, tyres and breakdowns, as well as access to other Ford Pro perks such as mobile servicing.

How to address the EV charging installation challenges 

By |2024-04-22T10:52:04+01:00April 22nd, 2024|Van management, Van News|

In a bid to cater to the growing demand for electric vehicles and to reap the benefits of implementing EV charging infrastructure, more and more businesses are looking to invest, aligning with their strategic objectives. However, the process of implementing EV charging infrastructure for businesses is not without its challenges.

Northgate launches new micromobility solution for corporate fleets

By |2024-04-17T10:33:00+01:00April 17th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

The versatility and body adaptations offered by these vehicles lend themselves to a broad range of user cases, ranging from last mile delivery to applications within construction, waste management, landscaping and FMCG industries, and are ideal for use in locations where the size of a traditional LCV might preclude its use. 

Fleets urged to check registration plates

By |2024-04-11T09:57:35+01:00April 11th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

Industry body has seen an apparent rise in the number of vehicles being mistakenly supplied with plates showing the wrong registration, or even with different plates on the front and rear and there are reports of cars and vans driving around on the wrong plates for months or even years. In some cases, the error only comes to light when fleets find that the vehicle has been stopped by the police.

When should fleet managers switch to EVs and how to plan the transition

By |2024-04-09T08:40:43+01:00April 9th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

With a bit more wiggle room taking some pressure off fleet managers, the market switch to EVs is still inevitable and it’s good for businesses to consider how and when they’re going to make the transition. Here, Plug Me, Part of the Calisen Group, a smart energy provider and enabler, takes a look at the considerations, benefits of EVs for businesses, and the timings and steps to take.

DriverCheck ensures Link Group’s staff stay safe and legal on the road

By |2024-04-08T12:27:03+01:00April 8th, 2024|Driving offences, Van management, Van News|

Link Group operates a number of award-winning social enterprise companies serving over 10,000 customers across 26 Scottish local authorities - making it one of the largest social landlords in Scotland. Given the diversity of its businesses and the varying work requirements, Link Group now has a total of 584 drivers across its various activities, 393 of whom use their own vehicles on company business, the so-called ‘grey fleet,’ with the remainder operating approximately 165 company-owned vans.

New scheduling feature developed for DAVIS Coaching

By |2024-03-21T09:55:56+00:00March 21st, 2024|Van management, Van News|

Licence Check launched DAVIS Coaching, which is delivered by a dedicated driver app, late last year within its award-winning DAVIS (Driver and Vehicle Information Solution) platform. Since then company drivers have answered over 100,000 questions via the app with a 66.33% success rate, and there has been an average of over 500 unique app launches per week.

7 strategies for efficient fleet electrification

By |2024-03-14T10:26:40+00:00March 14th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

Beyond environmental sustainability, companies can benefit from many advantages by electrifying their fleet, such as cheaper refuelling costs, a reduction in the tax burden when purchasing EVs, greater energy efficiency, greater freedom of movement in low-emission areas, the availability of public subsidies or an improvement in the company's reputation by committing to a new mobility model.

Van drivers working longer hours as pressure on businesses mounts

By |2024-03-07T10:18:35+00:00March 7th, 2024|Driving advice, Van management, Van News|

An increase in working hours means that UK van drivers are now averaging 9 hours and 10 minutes of work per day – up from 8 hours 34 minutes reported in February 2023 – with 2 in 5 working over 10 hours per day. This represents a 7% increase in the average working day, year on year.

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