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Fleet and business vehicles: 2016 sees 1.48M UK registrations and LCVs up 18.3% in Ireland

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jan 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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By the end of 2016 a new record was set for the automotive market, particularly for fleet and business vehicles: the total number of annual registrations of vehicles has climbed to 2.7 million in the UK, following a continuous growth trend that has characterised the last 5 years. In Ireland, the total number of new vehicle registrations for the year 2016 (146,672) finished 17.5% up from 2015 (124,804).

 

As mentioned previously, the growth was mainly due to a surge in fleet and business vehicle registrations which in the UK totalled 1.48 million, up from the 2015 figure of 1.42. In Ireland, according to official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, the growth was 18.3% higher for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs). Heavy Goods Vehicle registrations in Ireland for 2016 were also up by 31.3% (2,873) compared to the previous year (2,188).

 

Throughout 2016 in the UK, every month registered a growth in sales except December which was probably down to the fact that the month is a festive one, with slower business in general. Ireland instead experienced a particularly successful December, with registrations up 45% (499) compared with the same month in 2015 (344). 

 

Among the all the data drawn from the UK market, it is interesting to note that diesel and petrol vehicles continue to be the most popular vehicles, with diesel’s market share at 47.7%, but the demand for alternative fuel vehicles has experienced an increase of around 22.2% throughout the year, with plug-in and petrol electric hybrids up 41.9% and 25.1% respectively. The statistics also state that more than 10,000 motorists decided to go fully electric in 2016—a growth of 3.3% in comparison to the previous year. In Ireland, new car registrations for 2016 finished at 146,600 for the full year, making it the highest year for new car registrations since 2008. Despite some slowing in the second half of the year, the numbers are in line with expectations at the start of 2016 and underline the continued growth and buoyancy of the economy.

 

Despite the uncertainties in the global economy and politics, specifically in the UK with the outcome of the Brexit vote, 2016 proved to be another successful year for the automotive and fleet industry. The great choice of both innovative and high tech models available in the UK market has been able once again to push success and make the car market deliver another great performance. For Ireland, the new 171 registration period sees the industry anticipating a continuation of the strong performance of 2016, and similar registration numbers to last year are being projected.

 

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Topics: Fleet Management, News, Stats & Facts, fleet vehicles

4 reasons why you should get a fleet management solution in 2017

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jan 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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If you own a fleet of vehicles, you probably know better than anyone else how hard it can be to achieve optimal performance. Working costs are certainly something you cannot just skirt over; that aside, how do you keep control of your team’s tasks and vehicles? How do you manage the activity of your team if you are not aware of what happens at any given moment?

A fleet management solution can help you deal with this and solve recurrent issues in your fleet as well as alerting you to important issues of which you might not be aware—thus avoiding spending out unnecessarily. So, if you have not gotten a fleet management solution, instead of asking yourself, “Why?” and running through all the excuses, take a look at some of the reasons why you should make the decision to do it. There is no ideal time of the year for doing this, as it can be undertaken at any point, so why not kick off the new year positively in the same way you might take up healthy exercise, adopt a stricter dieting regime or quit smoking. We promise you will enjoy the benefits beyond just a few days into the new year... and this is a promise!

So, here is why, if you haven’t done it yet, you should equip your fleet with a fleet management solution in 2017:

 

1. Get the full picture

Fleet management solutions allow your company to have complete visibility over any part of your business activity: you can check fuel transactions, oversee maintenance, know the position of vehicles and be alerted to relevant safety issues; you can also get additional metrics telling you if the various tasks your vehicles and drivers are assigned with are being accomplished. Last of all, take a moment to consider all the advantages of seeing your vehicles in real time and checking routes.

 

2. React quickly

Having such a privileged view of your fleet and vehicles, not only means you will have the situation under control, but also that you will be able to detect problems quickly and solve them rapidly as well.

 

3. Be constantly updated on maintenance, fuel and safety

Thanks to all the aspects and features of a fleet management system, you can keep control of maintenance without skipping any necessary intervention or statutory motor tests. Such features could update you on how much you are spending in each sector and give you greater control over your budget.

 

4. Have a diagnostic tool able to carry-out a complete analysis of your fleet

The various features along with the greater visibility made available with a fleet management solution will allow you to monitor costs and activity in a way that will highlight exactly where the money is being spent, so there will be no surprises, unseen problems should be detected and unexplored areas of development for your business revealed.

Yes, the new year has already started, but you are not too late—why not get started now with our fleet management solution and kick off the new year with a fantastic project?

Get in touch with us today and request a free demo!

 

 

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Fleet costs savings: potential €24,600/£17,963 for a cleaning company using fleet telematics

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jan 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Having a fleet of vehicles is a real asset for companies that need mobile teams to operate over various locations in order to offer their services. This does not only apply to transport, logistics and delivery companies, but also to many other businesses and professionals, such as caregivers, sales teams or even cleaning companies.

 

From the smaller to the bigger business, those who own a fleet of vehicles can certainly enjoy its benefits, though the fleet director has to keep tabs on the costs. Vehicles are clearly necessary in order for staff to provide their services, but of course, they generate costs in fuel, maintenance, wear and tear and potential risks, if not driven safely. If the staff using the vehicles are driving, and this is an incidental part of the job, they might need training as their driving style might not be safe, professional or fuel efficient.

 

In today’s economic environment it is particularly desirable to generate further savings as competition is higher and margins ever tighter. These are currently some of main challenges facing companies using vehicles:

 

  • lowering costs but maintaining high standards of safety and customer service
  • keeping to budgets and margins and generating as many savings as possible
  • providing a safe work environment for their staff (this inevitibly includes vehicle operation for those who drive for work)
  • organising work and minimising dead time, but with realistic timings and customer updates in real time
  • minimising carbon footprint
  • protecting vehicles from theft and misuse.

 

Kingsmaid Domestic Cleaning was looking for a solution to improve their operations—they were specifically looking to cut fleet costs while still guaranteeing great customer service and a safe environment for their staff and other road users.

 

Today, Kingsmaid is potentially able to generate annual savings of €24,600/£17,963: they have switched to a better organised fleet through the utilisation of route planning and real delivery times for their tasks estimation, and by monitoring how vehicles are driven to guarantee driver safety and make further savings.

 

If you want to know just how Kingsmaid managed to generate annual savings of €24,600/£17,963, you can download our Case Study here.

 

 

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In-vehicle technology: the plans of the European Commission for 2017

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jan 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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While telematics has been largely used not only to generate fleet savings but also to improve safety on fleets thanks to driving style monitoring, the European commission has announced, in the final days of 2016, the prospect of making mandatory some in-vehicle technologies in order to improve global road safety.

 

According to the EC data, around 26,000 people die on European Union roads annually, with at least 135,000 suffering life-changing injuries. During the last two decades the efforts and initiatives taken in terms of road safety have helped in reducing these figures, but in the last two years the trend has slowed to a halt or even gone into reverse in some EU countries.

 

According to both the EC and the ETSC (European Transport Safety Council), improved vehicle safety standards are critical to reducing deaths and injuries on the roads, and the measure announced is that 19 safety technologies could be made mandatory in the update of the EU rules on vehicle safety. The rules have not been updated since 2009.

 

Among the 19 safety technologies, the ETSC particularly welcomes

 

  • automated emergency braking: automatically slows down and stops the vehicle if it detects a vehicle in front. Some versions of this item detect pedestrians and cyclists as well

  • intelligent speed assistance: an overridable system that communicates the current speed limit to the driver using digital maps and speed sign recognition and helps them keep within the limit

  • seat-belt reminders: already mandatory on driver seats, the Commission is looking to extend fitment to all passenger seats, as failure to wear a seatbelt is still a leading cause of death on Europe’s roads.

 

The Commission is carrying out further research into the safety technologies to assess their cost-effectiveness to "arrive at an irrefutable assessment of their impact to indeed boost EU vehicle safety".

 

 

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Topics: Road Safety, fleet safety

How to have a great start to the new year, for you AND your fleet

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jan 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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We cannot be 100% sure Christmas isn’t already a distant memory for you; but around this time, apart from enjoying the start of a new year, you are most likely putting away your Christmas decorations and getting ready for the business objectives you’ve set for 2017.

If you are a fleet decision maker, we are sure we can help you reach them with SynX. Apart from our fleet management software that offers you powerful insight on your vehicles and helps save money on fleet costs and in addressing eventual issues, we also have a collection of fleet management tools in our resource centre that can help you with this challenging task.

 

Want to know more? Let’s get started.

 

1. Fleet Policy

 

If you need a fresh start yourself, you’ll probably be wishing—and genuinely need—to reorganise your fleet activity. With our Vehicle Use and Fleet Management Policy Sample, you can update your fleet policy or use the template to create a new one and even add more sections dedicated to topics specific to your fleet.

 

2. Fleet Maintenance Guide

 

Our Fleet Maintenance Guide is one of our most successful downloads as it provides great help on how to schedule fleet maintenance and how to do vehicles checks. We are working at providing an updated version of this eBook, so download the original now—but also check in some time for the new edition!

 

3. Fuel Management Video: How to make the most of your fuel data and reduce your fuel bill

 

Wanting to make the most of your fuel data and spend less on fuel? Then this video is for you. You will learn tips and tricks on how to use the data you get from your vehicles so as to decrease your global fuel consumption.

 

We hope our material will help you get off to a great start in the new year. You can find more useful tools in our resource centre. We have also created a Calendar for the new year with a planner, where you can set out your fleet goals for 2017. You can get it here.

 

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Topics: Fleet Management

How to set goals for your fleet in 2017: get our calendar!

by Eleonora Malacarne on Dec 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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It happens to all of us: we love setting goals, but sometimes goals do not love us back. Setting goals is a good starting point for transforming your life or business and sets the agenda for self-accomplishment, but how do we formulate goals when thinking about fleet management?

 
Well, ‘begun is half done’, as somebody once said. So, while we’d like to offer you some really good suggestions on how to set your goals, the main thing is actually to act on them and get going. But for now, let’s at least list them down!

 

1. Set priorities: even if we would like to achieve all of our goals as quickly as possible, it is wiser to list them in order of priority to help us concentrate more fully on the most important ones, followed by the others. In some cases, goals can be interdependent so that if you work on something in order to solve a specific problem, you might find that you will automatically solve another. For example, if you want to monitor the driver behaviour of your team in order to teach your drivers to be safer on the road, it will lead to increased fuel savings, less wear and tear and less emissions.

 

2. Break your goals down: big steps are not to be taken in one go; big goals are not reached instantly. If you have a big goal, you can split it into smaller goals or actions that need to be taken. Get started with a realistic plan and list the measures you need to take in order to comply with your goals.

 

As an example: if your final goal is saving fuel in your fleet, as you may already be aware, there are a lot of measures you can look into which all contribute to the final goal. Not taking action at all because you are overwhelmed by the objective is not good, so give it a try now!

 

If you want to increase your fuel savings, you can look into these “baby steps”:

 

  • Checking your fuel policy or even… getting started with a fuel policy if you do not already have one

  • Review all the fuel cards your team has; remind everyone that there should be no swapping and no personal use

  • Check if your vehicles are all working fine—there could be a problem if they consume too much fuel

  • Start looking into telematics

  • Start checking the driving style of your team

  • Prevent fuel theft

 

3. Keep going and celebrate: working on our goals is not always easy, and we can lose motivation from time to time or discover some of our goals are unrealistic. Take time to pause from your goals and step back in order to see them through different eyes—rest, review goals and adjust them if necessary. If you reach a goal, enjoy the moment; thank everyone that has been working with you and celebrate it.

 

We have prepared a calendar for you to start 2017 with inspiration, as it has a goal-setting section. You can use it as a fleet agenda or planner and can download it here.

Hope you will reach all your fleet goals in 2017!

 

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How a fleet management solution can help you achieve your New Year's resolutions

by Eleonora Malacarne on Dec 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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While most people now seem to focus on losing weight after Christmas and getting healthier by dieting and quitting smoking—these post-festive objectives are probably the most commonly recited resolutions made at the end of December—fleet managers have other priorities and are likely asking themselves what they can do to improve the activity of their fleet. No doubt, they are probably doing it at every opportunity anyway, but at the end of the year, they might feel even more motivated as everyone is usually busy drafting their personal to-do list for 2017.

 

Fleet management solutions may yet be considered a viable solution or support platform to achieving positive results, but what then are the most frequent resolutions fleet managers make, and how can a fleet management solution take you beyond a random list on a piece of paper, toward the concrete realisations of your goals?

Let’s begin with our own list!

 

1. Saving money: this is a reasonable item on anyone’s New Year’s resolutions list, but obviously more than applies to fleets as well. It is a continuous requirement for any fleet manager to save money by efficiently managing resources or in order to comply with budget constraints or even just to meet the constant demand for today’s companies to operate within tight margins. With fleet management solutions, you can save money globally, both on costs such as fuel and maintenance but also on time spent on logbooks and paper.

 

2. Managing your fleet better: if you feel that despite all the effort you are putting into fleet management there are still gaps, a fleet management solution can help you identify them and reassure you regarding the strongest areas of the business. This will push you to concentrate on activities that require more attention. Your fleet and team will thank you for this.

 

3. Become more qualified: learning is a never-ending part of the job, and in actual fact might be one of the things that makes it even more attractive. If you use a fleet management solution, you will definitely learn a lot, whether it’s from the system and the different uses it can have, the mistakes you can detect in the management of your fleet, or simply from the precious insights you will gain from having unprecedented visibility regarding the day-to-day running of your operation.

 

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Drink driving Christmas campaigns: stay safe in the festive season

by Eleonora Malacarne on Dec 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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The beginning of December saw the launch of the drink driving Christmas campaigns in the UK and in Ireland. In recent years, drink driving offences have decreased, but the festive season continues to be a sensitive period.

The message is always "never ever drink and drive", though the two campaigns focus on different aspects.

The UK Road Safety minister, Andrew Jones, stated: “This Christmas we are specifically targeting the biggest perpetrators of this devastating crime—young men, but our message to everyone remains the same: don’t drink and drive.”.

The UK campaign targets those who still think it’s okay to have ‘a couple’ of drinks before driving and provides a positive reason to not drink that second drink if you’re driving—because something even better is happening tomorrow. A second drink doubles the chances of being in a fatal collision and missing out on all of it. It is specifically targeting young men as 62% of drink drivers killed on our roads are men.

 


 

 

Apart from the risks to your own life, that of your passengers and other road users, if you are convicted of drink driving in the UK, you can risk a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, a hefty fine, up to six months in prison and an endorsement on your licence for 11 years—it can cost you your job.

Regarding Ireland, Garda forensic investigation files into fatal crashes between 2008 and 2012, showed that alcohol was a factor in 38% of all fatal collisions (driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist and cyclist), claiming the lives of 286 people—29% of drivers and motorcyclists killed had consumed alcohol. The Irish drink driving campaign focusses on the consequences of drink driving, and it is called “Crashed lives”. It is a series of videos showing how drink driving can smash a life into pieces. This latest advert tells the harrowing story of the 4 year old Ciarán Treacy, who was killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver in April 2014.

 


 

 

During the Christmas festive season and throughout all the year, never ever drink and drive. If you go to a celebration, plan for a safe method of transport back home: get a taxi or appoint a designated driver in your group who won’t drink, or book some accommodation—but be aware, you might still be under the effects of alcohol the morning after.

 

 

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How to write a letter to Santa: a fleet manager's view

by Eleonora Malacarne on Dec 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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All over the world this time of year, the question “how to write a letter to Santa?” is traditionally being asked, mainly by children, of course, but possibly by one or two adults as well. You might be trying to reengage with your inner child or desperately seeking help or maybe you just want to get in the spirit of the festive season, but if you are a fleet manager by trade, you might have some very specific requests or a desire you might want to share with Santa.

 

So, what would be the main points to put to Santa, if a fleet manager were to write such a letter?

 

1. Smooth fleet management—I guess this would be objective number one: the fleet would take care of the tasks and do everything smoothly, without delays or breakdowns that could have an impact on the promises a company makes to customers but also on its margins and so on.

 

2. Winning challenges—Fleet managers seem to have a myriad of duties and responsibilities, and it might conceivably be that some of them actually do not consider their career especially rewarding. But actually that doesn’t necessarily need to by the case, since winning a challenge in today’s economic environment could be even more rewarding for a fleet manager. Though it can be frustrating at times, fleet managers tend not to suffer too much in the way of boredom. This could be the time to explore the kind of avenues that make all the difference. This could be the unprecedented opportunity, despite tight constraints in the budget, to discover new technologies and become an innovator. Fleet managers might even desire (by asking Santa!) that their job extends, just as it is right now, well into the New Year and beyond.

 

3. Working with new vehicles—if you are working as a fleet manager, no doubt engines and vehicles are your passion, and I bet it has been like that since you were very young. You are always checking out the latest models of vehicles for both work and to satisfy this passion. So you probably would like to have the opportunity of working with new vehicles, even using different types of fuel or energy, but I know you always have to choose the best for your fleet and company—which is not necessarily something you would always like to do. So maybe this is worth asking Santa…

 

4. Being recognised—we all strive for positive feedback, but fleet managers especially look for it from both the supervisor or company owner and—very importantly—the drivers. This is probably one of the most rewarding aspects of the job.

 

Can you identify with any of these points? Have you ever wondered what you could ask Santa as a fleet manager? What are your special wishes?

 

 

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Helping drivers undergo a smooth transition to paperless vehicle checks

by Eleonora Malacarne on Dec 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Nowadays, paperless vehicle checks are a more than valid alternative to their traditional counterparts. The possibility of doing paperless checks with the help of an app that automatically manages and logs data according to standards set by the compliance software is something that can really save time and money for companies as well as prevent errors in the process.


We have already considered what could be some of the reasons in favour of switching from traditional to paperless ways of carrying out vehicle checks, and we have also examined how important it is to have the collaboration of drivers in order to get the maintenance of your fleet up and running. But how would drivers take the news that you intend switching to a paperless system? How can you help them in the transition?

 

1. Advantages: if you think about the traditional system of doing walkaround checks with pen and paper, it can be anything but quick. We have heard stories from our customers that do not even start with them doing the check on the app, but rather with somebody buying walkaround check blocs, then bringing them to the parking lot or having to collect them, physically having to carry out checks, writing and filling out the form and bringing it back to the office at some point where it needs to be safely filed. That’s quite an involved process: drivers will be glad to find a different, more efficient way to do it!

 

2. Proper education: apart from drivers knowing how long the process takes, spend time properly explaining the new method and what physically is going to happen as a consequence of its implementation. Drivers will be happy to realise the easiness of it and how quicker the process can become.

 

3. Openness: the education of drivers on this new process could take up some time in extra meetings, where communication will be open. But take the trouble to explain to them why it is legally required to do walkaround checks and emphasise some of the reasons why they are important that they might not already necessarily appreciate, as well as the consequences in terms of safety for them and their vehicles. Inform them about the timeline of the implementation and answer any questions they might have.

 

4. Follow-up: check how the new system is doing—collect feedback from your drivers and check if the process can be further improved.

 

These are all golden rules that are equally valid for a lot of processes within fleets. Think along these lines when implementing all new processes, including telematics. Educate and be open with your staff; never hide anything from them and you will maximise your chances of success.

 

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