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Christmas traffic: the busiest roads of the last five years

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 22 December 2021 08:55:00 GMT

An estimated 27 million trips by car to see friends and family between December 17th and Christmas Eve are being predicted, with it expected to be the busiest getaway on the roads in five years.

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Categories: Fleet Management, News, Stats & Facts

Vehicle remarketing sector shaken by semiconductor crisis

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 17 November 2021 09:15:00 GMT

The remarketing sector needs to move to meet the expectations of used car buyers who have had to opt for a nearly-new vehicle rather than new because of stock shortages.

Philip Nothard, chair at the Vehicle Remarketing Association, pointed to a recent What Car? survey that showed 31% of nearly-new buyers had found themselves in this situation because of poor availability.

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Categories: Fleet Management, News, Stats & Facts, fleet procurement

Fleet registrations 41% down due to post-Covid crisis

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 10 November 2021 09:12:00 GMT

Fleet and business registrations declined by 41% in October, with 47,860 company cars registered compared to 80,523 units in the same month last year, according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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The DfT plans for the driver shortage in the UK

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 03 November 2021 09:00:00 GMT

Tackling the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver shortage is a top priority for the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Government, which is committed to finding solutions to mitigate its effect and take urgent action.

So far, 25 measures have been taken by the DfT in an effort to resolve the long-term HGV driver shortage in recent weeks. Most recently, it announced that it wanted to temporarily extend so-called ‘cabotage’ rights

The DfT proposals, set out in a consultation launched on October 14, mean foreign operators that come into the country laden with goods can pick up and drop off goods an unlimited number of times for two weeks before they return home.

Currently, hauliers from the EU can only make up to two cabotage trips within seven days.

Other measures include streamlining the HGV driving test and thousands of skills bootcamps to train new drivers.

According to the transport secretary, the DfT is already seeing results from the measures, with a 300% increase in the number of HGV provisional licence applications.

“This is a real achievement, but it is important that we continue to build on this success,” said Grant Shapps.

“The haulage sector has been experiencing a chronic shortage of HGV drivers worldwide for some time.

“In Great Britain, the issue has been further exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, which meant that driver testing had to be suspended for much of 2020, delaying entry to the industry of potential drivers.”

In addition, Shapps told MPs that there are longer-term issues surrounding attracting and retaining drivers to the industry such as anti-social hours, poor diversity, relatively low pay and poor driver facilities.

“The Department for Transport and other Government departments have been working alongside the haulage industry to ensure that we attract, recruit, train and test drivers who want to enter the profession, including increasing capacity for testing candidate drivers through measures taken by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and prioritising licence applications within the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,” continued Shapps.

“Streamlining the HGV driving licence regime is an important step in getting drivers tested and into jobs quickly, relieving the pressure on the haulage industry from the driver shortage.”


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Categories: Fleet Management, News, Stats & Facts, driver shortage

Chip shortage forces increased fleet costs and safety warning

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 22 September 2021 09:00:00 BST

The fleet industry is facing longer lead times for new cars and vans as manufacturers struggle to cope with the global semiconductor shortage. Every car- and van-maker is being impacted by the computer chip crisis, with some delivery times for cars lengthening from three to six months, and many new vans not expected to be delivered until 2022.

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