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Fleet and business car registrations slowly recovering

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jul 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Fleet and business car registrations slowly recovering

During the month of June, the fleet and business car market have started to show their first signs of recovery, although they are still far from the usual activity and from the numbers recorded in 2019.

72,550 new company cars have been registered to both fleet and business users in June, a 10-fold increase on the 7,347 company cars sold in the previous month of May, although these are still 46% down on the 133,299 company cars registered in June 2019. Overall numbers show 145,377 new cars registrations.

The market is almost 616,000 units, or 48.5%, behind the same period last year.

Private demand proved more resilient than business, down 19.2% in June with orders made pre-lockdown resulting in 72,827 registrations and accounting for more than half of the market.

According to the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), which shared the data, "Many of June’s registrations could be attributed to customers finally being able to collect their pre-pandemic orders, but appetite for significant spending remains questionable."




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Fleet Transport Awards 2020 will be online

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jul 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Fleet Transport Awards 2020 will be online

The annual Fleet Transport Awards event, which was scheduled on October 1st, 2020 to take place in Dublin, is going virtual because of the uncertainties around travelling and gatherings.

The 15th edition of the event will focus on the Transport Heros: haulage, logistic companies and passenger transport operators will be celebrated and honoured for their COVID-19 response. The nominations will soon be announced.

The annual Irish Truck of the Year Awards, is also changing and the categories of the Best Fleet Truck Brand of the Year Award 2021 and the Best Fleet Van Brand of the Year Award 2021 will be introduced, with judging criteria here including responses from the truck distributors and fleet operators running multibrand vehicles.

"With an event of its size, we had to consider the health and safety of our patrons, attendees, sponsors and exhibitors. Therefore, we are hosting the Fleet Transport Awards event online on the planned date of Thursday, 1 October 2020,” explained Jarlath Sweeney, Group Editor, Fleet Publications.

We look forward to getting back to the ‘big stage’ event next year with a special setting but in the meantime we are planning an interesting online presentation of our awards on our set date, presented once again by RTE Radio 1 presenter Shay Byrne,” he concluded.


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The new normal: will the way fleets work change?

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jun 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The new normal will the way fleets work change?

COVID-19 has already both officially and unofficially imposed changes on the way we do things, but chances are that the list is going to continue.

The lockdown measures and the new normal state in which extreme caution is recommended as well as avoiding possible sources of unnecessary contact have resulted in fleet managers having to control their vehicles from home. Particularly, a survey carried out by Fleet News has shown that a huge majority of fleet managers and decision-makers (around 73% of the interviewed) were working from home while only one in ten was working from home and the office and just around 15% was in the office on a full-time basis.

Those who drive their car for work, that is, the so-called members of what is known as grey fleets, might also see the consequences of that. If employees will become home-based in the future and no longer office-based, the journeys they will take for the purpose of their job will most likely be seen as business trips although they start from the home of the employee - and their contact and conditions might also change accordingly.

With people tending to rely less on public transport to seek for a higher personal security, chances are that personal vehicles would end up being driven for work purposes and become part of the grey fleet - with employers having the legal obligation that those vehicles are safe to be used and fit for their purpose.

If you are looking into controlling your fleet from home (or any other place) or recording and differentiate business and personal trips, be aware this is not something new for us at Transpoco - talk to us to learn how to do it with our fleet management solution.



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Mobility data in Ireland in COVID-19 times: valuable and actionable insights

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jun 17, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Mobility data in Ireland in COVID-19 times valuable and actionable insights-1

The data that we can get today from our vehicles and devices are invaluable resources that can help us drive our business forward by making informed decisions. Fleet telematics is helping companies that rely on driving to collect data and convert it in a more digestible format to provide actionable insights on a number of metrics, such as fuel consumption, vehicle activity or driver behaviour, to mention just a few.

We have already dealt with seasonality in fleets in the past and with how telematics and vehicle data) can help companies forecast their fleet workload. In times of COVID-19, that is, the unprecedented period we are all currently living, telematics data can help us determine, through the visualization of effective vehicle activity, what might be the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown not only on transport, logistics and supply chain, but also on the global activity, on when a recovery might be expected and on how we can all get together to help beat the virus and make economy thrive again.

The team at Transpoco has been able to capture the data generated from operating and non-operating vehicles in Ireland thanks to their telematics and tracking system providing updates every 30-60 seconds from working vehicles and every hour from inactive vehicles, and to convert those data into an insightful chart.

The line chart starts on the left side displaying the traffic of a normal week, pre-COVID-19 (see 1st to 7th March). The following 2 weeks refer to the start of the voluntary work from home and to St. Patrick's Day, during which we experienced the first signs of drop in the driving activity. The Transpoco team itself started to work from home.

Between 12th and 27th March, 2020, during the period known as Delay Phase, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of all schools, colleges and childcare facilities until 29th March, one day after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, with the total cases in the country ranging from the initial figure of 70 on March 12th to the total of 1,819 cases and 19 deaths confirmed on March 26th. The Delay Phase is matching a 30% decrease in traffic in the aforementioned dates in the vehicle data chart.

During the Stay at Home Phase, which took place from 27th March to 5th May, 2020, traffic in Ireland has dropped a 50%, with lockdown at its peak as well as, unfortunately, the spreading of the virus, that brought the total of 21,772 cases and 1,319 deaths on May 4th.

The data chart continues to mirror the situation in Ireland as it is slowly going back to an 80% of the original traffic towards the end of May, with the start of the Easing of restrictions phase, that started on May 5th and is still ongoing.

This is just an example of how companies and governments could easily obtain this level of business intelligence to support COVID-19 efforts and local communities in the economic recovery.

According to Andrew Fleury, CEO at Transpoco, "The last few months have certainly been one of the most frightening and strangest periods in living memory in terms of public health, but also very worrying from a business perspective. In Ireland, we had little choice but to put the restrictions in place having seen the horrific impact of COVID-19 in continental Europe, but now it seems as though we are gradually moving past the worst of this time and we can begin to put everything back together."

Fleury adds: "We have been monitoring the driving distances of vehicles in Ireland since the start of the pandemic, this data has served as a barometer for the activity of our customers during this time. It is really encouraging to see the businesses getting back to work whilst the public health statistics continue to improve each day. Like everyone else in the world, Transpoco's way of working was disrupted but I am really proud of our team who constantly put customers' needs first and have continued to deliver first class service from our bedrooms, kitchen tables and even our gardens on some of the sunnier days. We know the recovery will be hard, but we are here to help at Transpoco, so if any of our customers need our assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out."


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Car and van registrations drop in May due to COVID-19 pandemic

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jun 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Car and van registrations drop in May due to COVID-19 pandemic


Both light commercial vehicles and car registrations have experienced a huge drop during the month of May 2020, as the Coronavirus pandemic is still hitting all over the world and blocking business in the vehicle manufacturing industry.


According to the data published by the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), a little more than 20,000 vehicles were registered last month in the UK. In May 2019 vehicle registrations totalled the figure of 183,724, meaning that the difference can be quantified as a 89.0% drop. The fleet sector itself registered the hardest hit, with 6,638 registrations (100,569 in 2019), translating into a 93.4% drop; for private vehicles the drop was of a 83.8% (from 79,400 in May 2019 to 12,900 in May 2020), while for business vehicles it was of a 81.1% (from 3,755 in May 2019 to 709 in May 2020). Total fleet sales from January till May were of 256,020 units, a 53% less than in the same period in 2019 (544,709). Before the COVID-19 pandemic stroke the market, fleet sales were the mostly represented group within new vehicle registrations, but in May private sales have actually made up 64% of total sales.


UK LCV registrations also fell by 74.1% in May, despite demand for vans from key worker fleets. A total of 7,541 light commercial vehicles were sold in the month, with the majority to fleets running food distribution, home delivery, utilities, broadband and emergency services operations. The figures coming from the SMMT show a larger drop in smaller commercial vehicles such as pickups or 4x4.


The figures for May, although improving from April, are still extremely worrying. The future will be of critical importance to restore confidence in fleet operators so they invest in cleaner vehicles. June 2020 data will probably tell us how long it will take to reach pre-COVID-19 levels.



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COVID-19 back to work resources available in the website

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jun 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Back to work resources available in the website
Since the lockdown, the spread of COVID-19 has led to changes in protocols in every activity, with the aim of minimising the impact of the illness and avoiding its spread. Now companies are gradually going back to their activity and will need support in preparing their business to be up and running again in a COVID-19 world. This is why the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland has created a series of resources based on the Government’s Return to Work Safely Protocol. 
The resources created by the HSA and available on their website consider COVID-19 from different perspectives. What is usually necessary in order to prevent risk is to get an adequate preparation, to share knowledge across the company, to establish roles in the prevention of risks and to have procedures in case of  contact with the risk.
The HSA resources include:
  • A return to work form - to be answered by the employees about to resume work;
  • A response plan - establishing worker representatives taking responsibilities for the implementation of security measures and regular checks;
  • A serie of checklists for the employer - that aim at controlling the preparation of the company, the induction process that should include anti COVID-19 measures, the improved cleaning and disinfection measures and the eventuality of dealing with a case of COVID-19;
  • An employee checklist - with a training purpose;
  • A worker representative checklist - to help worker representatives understand their roles.

If you wish further help in getting your business relying on driving COVID-19 free you can download our driver checklist or contact us.


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Driver and fleet training not to be ignored in COVID-19 times

by Eleonora Malacarne on May 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Driver and fleet training not to be ignored in COVID-19 times, says FTAI
It seems we are now approaching what is known as the "new normal" and companies of any kind, including those relying on driving, are thinking about how to keep their business profitable without compromising safety.
According to the Freight Transport Association Ireland, such new normality will not only require the application of new protocols for both fleets and drivers, but also more training in order to help workers and managers make wise decisions, to promote creativity and initiatives that will meet new demands originated by the pandemic and to keep tabs on safety and security to prevent COVID-19 related issues as well as avoidable collisions, breaches and penalties that might add up to the impact of the pandemic.
While the FTAI has lanuched a serie of COVID-19 guidelines and is promoting the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship, a programme that provides academic education and practical training across the freight, logistics, shipping and distribution industries, with the idea of setting up the perfect entry point into such sectors, research has suggested that, during lockdown, distracted and unsafe driving might have been on the rise.
If you are planning for any "Back to work with COVID-19" training, it might be no harm brushing up on other topics such as speeding: the RAC suggests 44% of people in the UK have seen more drivers speeding, probably because of the decreased traffic or as delivery terms might put drivers on extra pressure now that people rely more and more on e-commerce and home delivery than before. Drivers should not fall into the temptation of increasing their speed because roads are quiet or because of the situation.
If you need help to manage driver safety in these times and create a COVID-19-ready working environment for your drivers, you can contact us or download the COVID-19 driver checklist we created for you.
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COVID-19: an extra item to be considered in fleet risk assessment

by Eleonora Malacarne on May 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM

COVID-19 an extra item to be considered in fleet risk assessment


Driving is a risky activity and companies that rely on driving, operate vehicles and manage drivers should be very familiar with fleet risk assessment and carry out assessments on a regular basis. Fleet risk assessment ensures that fleets do comply with legislation and, while meeting their duty of care obligations, that they ensure drivers are able to protect themselves and other road users from risks.

COVID-19 has had an important impact on fleets and drivers so far and will continue to have an impact even if the lockdown measures are gradually going to be eased. Therefore, fleet risk assessment, which consists in identifying what can harm people in the workplace, who might be harmed and how, in evaluating the risks and deciding on the appropriate controls, taking into account those already in place, in recording the risk assessment and in reviewing and updating the assessment, will necessarily have to be reviewed because of COVID-19.

In Ireland, in order to help both companies that are resuming work and those who have continued working during the lockdown, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), together with the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation have issued The Return to Work Safely Protocol, that can be found on the website.

In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy has released guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar. The COVID-19 guide for those who work with vehicles can be found on the website.

If you need further guidance on how to work with vehicles while protecting employees and users from COVID-19, contact us.


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COVID-19 resources for drivers and companies that rely on driving

by Eleonora Malacarne on May 13, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Covid-19 resources for drivers and companies that rely on driving

The COVID-19 pandemic is obviously impacting on drivers and companies that rely on driving and different organisations have launched initiatives to help operators going through this difficult time throughout UK and Ireland.

Starting from the UK, FTA has recently launched a COVID-19 advice hub that is focusing on supporting the logistics and transport industry during the pandemic. Having recognised the difficulties some members are facing, FTA has also launched the Logistics Efficiency Network Service (LENS), an exchange portal that companies could use to share and discuss availability of their fleet during the COVID-19 period or to post their requirements of additional vehicles or personnel to transport goods during this period.

In Ireland, FTAI released this "Stay safe" video particularly dedicated to drivers. You can find further information on their website at


The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport inaugurated the COVID-19 National Logistics Forum on 16th April 2020. The Forum is collecting data to create an open database that will advertise what capacity is available in the sector, in order for it to be utilised to keep supply lines open. You can contribute filling out their form or contact the COVID-19 National Logistics Forum at


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Distracted driving and breakdowns among post-lockdown risks for fleets

by Eleonora Malacarne on May 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Distracted driving and breakdowns among post-lockdown risks for fleets
As the lockdown starts to ease in Europe, fleet managers have now to cope with possible issues that might appear after the pause.

Breakdowns are very likely to happen if vehicles are parked for extended periods of time, used just for very short trips and not taken care of. According to the AA, battery breakdowns are probably going to increase right after the isolation period, as it generally happens after Christmas, when vehicles are generally left inactive for some time.

In order not to get caught by surprise, here is a small list of items you should pay attention to during lockdown:

  • Vehicle battery. Vehicles with batteries in good conditions shouldn't have any issues if they are not used during 2 weeks, but a good routine to avoid breakdowns would be starting them once a week.
  • Brakes. If you park your vehicle for a long time with the parking brake on, brakes can seize. In order to avoid this, release the brake and drive a short distance back and forth.
  • Fuel. In order to avoid condensation, top up vehicles with fuel.
  • Tyres. Make sure tyre pressure is adequate as deflated tyres might put more pressure on the sidewall or cause damages.
  • Cleaning your vehicle. Vehicles should be washed regularly to avoid contaminants or possible damages to the paint. The inside of the vehicle should always be left without empties and ventilated regularly.
According to Fleet News, another potential issue that might appear after lockdown is distracted driving. This might happen as people in general and drivers now tend to rely on digital communication and could tempted to do so behind the wheel, or also because some of them will start to drive again after weeks of inactivity.

If you are starting your activity again, please take note of these possible issues and of the best practices we shared about Covid-19 checks for drivers: contact our team if you want to know more or make them digital via our walkaround checks app.
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