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News digestFN50 survey reveals the UK's most reliable cars and vansBMW produces the most reliable company cars while the most reliable vans are built by Volkswagen, according to the UK's largest vehicle reliability survey. Commis­sioned by Fleet News, the annual analysis of the top 50 (by fleet size) leasing companies in the UK asked partic­ipants to rank the best vehicles and manufacturers for reliability, with scores compiled to create a top 10 for cars, and a top five for vans. FN50 companies have a combined fleet of more than 1.2 million vehicles, and the reliability survey is the UK's largest.Read more...Fleets in the dark about new EU tyre schemeMore than two-thirds of the 281 fleet operators who responded to a Fleet News tyre survey sponsored by Michelin are not aware of the forthcoming European Union (EU) tyre labelling regulation. The regulation requires all tyres on sale from November 2012 to display a label showing ratings for fuel efficiency, wet grip and external noise. Fuel efficiency and wet grip will be rated from A to G (with A top), while noise will be given in decibels. Minimum standards must be met before a tyre is even eligible for a ranking. Some budget tyres are expected to fall short.Read more...Fleets want tough action on drivers avoiding bansCalls for drivers who clock up 12 points or more to be automatically banned have been backed by two-thirds of fleets. Research has revealed that 43% of drivers in Britain who have 12 points on their licence are not being disqualified. Many are successfully pleading that losing their licence would cause 'exceptional hardship', despite Diesel hybrid tax status comes under scrutinyThe emergence of diesel hybrids from Peugeot, Citroën and Volvo are calling into question the validity of the 3% benefit-in-kind supplement. The pollution-related penalty looks out of touch when applied to new models, such as the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4, and a leading tax expert believes it should not be applied. Jeff Whitcombe, director at BCF Wessex, said: "According to HMRC the 3% supplement must be applied to all diesel cars, subject to the overall cap of 35%. However, is HMRC's interpretation correct?"Read more...Peugeot's 3008 Hybrid 4 diesel hybrid could lead to tax confusionVolkswagen's Transporter is in the top five most reliable vans

SalesfiguresNewsinsightNews digestRemarketing analysisFuelpricesCar RecruitmentreviewsManufacturer newsFor all the latest news, visit www.fleetnews.co.uk/newsbeing caught driving uninsured, using a phone at the wheel or speeding. Road safety charity Brake and Direct Line analysed data provided by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and found that 10,072 drivers with 12 points or more have kept their licence, while 13,449 drivers are disqualified.Read more...First electric vehicle wireless charging trial for LondonQualcomm Incorporated has announced the first Wire-less Electric Vehicle Charging trial for London in what is a UK and industry-leading initiative. Qualcomm is collaborating with the UK Government, as well as the Mayor of London's office and Transport for London (TfL) to deliver the trial. The pre-commercial trial is expected to start in early 2012 and will involve as many as 50 electric vehicles (EVs). The trial will use Qualcomm wireless inductive power transfer technology that enables high-efficiency power transfer across a large air gap. Read more...May Gurney buys TransLincMay Gurney has bought TransLinc, a provider of specialist fleet and passenger services to local author-ities, in a deal worth nearly £66 million. Under the terms of the transaction, May Gurney has paid £34.9 million cash for the equity and loan notes of the busi-ness. In addition, the company will assume approxi-mately £30.7 million of customer contract-backed fleet financing obligations. Philip Fellowes-Prynne, chief executive of May Gurney, said: "This acquisition is a good strategic fit and is expected to be earnings enhancing in the first year.Read more...New figures show motorists downsizing as petrol prices riseNew figures reveal that the cost of a tank of petrol could hit £100 by 2015, putting further pressure on UK house-holds. Illustrating the possible consequences of this continuing rise in fuel prices on UK motorists, research from British Car Auctions reveals that motorists are already planning to keep their cars for longer and drive less. Its latest Used Car Market Report included a survey of 4,000 motorists. This revealed that half of respondents felt that, at some point in time, the rising cost of fuel will force them to change to a more fuel-efficient car or alter their driving habits. Around a fifth reached that point when fuel hit £1.30 per litre and by the time the price of fuel reaches the £1.50 per litre mark a further 15% of car owners will be in a similar position.Read more...Time for an 80mph motorway speed limit, says the IAMThe IAM is calling for the Government to pilot an 80mph speed limit on a controlled and managed motorway to assess its practicality and safety, and road users' reac-tion to it. In September the Government announced that the motorway speed limit could be raised to 80mph. However, road safety groups have raised a concern that legalising today's tolerated, yet unofficial, 80mph speed limit would simply create an unofficial 90mph limit. If this happened, average traffic speeds would increase, as would accidents and their severity - more people could be killed and seriously injured.Read more...