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Business servicesNews digestFunding methodsFleetprofileCar RecruitmentreviewsManufacturer newsContinues overpeople were killed in road accidents during 2010, a reduction of 365 (16%) on the previous year. A total of 22,660 people were seriously injured in reported road accidents (a reduction of 8%) and 184,138 people were slightly injured (a reduc-tion of 6%).Read more...Research dispels myth over electric emissionsA new report has challenged perceived wisdom into electric and hybrid vehicles by claiming that they emit fewer emissions over their lifecycle than diesel cars. The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership study found that electric and hybrid cars create more carbon emissions during their production than standard vehicles - but are still greener overall thanks to their lower tailpipe emissions. For example, a typical medium-sized diesel family car will create around 24 tonnes of CO2 during its life cycle, while an EV charged from the National Grid will produce around 18 tonnes.Read more...Lower CO2? Go for dieselNew technology due in the next few years will double the fuel efficiency of vehicles using an internal combustion engine and halve their CO2 emissions, according to a major supplier to the automotive industry. Bosch expects the internal combustion engine to dominate the automotive sector over the next 15 years.Read more...Councils lack appetite for parking planCouncils across the country have denied any By Stephen Briers, editor, Fleet NewsHow do we convince industry and company bosses that fleet management is a profession and not just a job? That was a question posed on the UK Fleet Managers Linked In group a couple of weeks ago. (fleets can click here to join the debate).It's an important topic of discussion: I've lost count of the number of times fleets have told me that they struggle to get heard by senior management, yet a company car or van fleet is one of the highest costs to a business - and one of the areas that is often run inefficiently. And the blame for that lies squarely with those directors who fail to listen to their fleet managers.So what's been suggested so far? One respondent believes that fleets need to have the same skills as senior management, including the ability to influence. Strategic thinking and managing people are key.An interesting blog from an American fleet publication shows that this issue is not confined to the UK. Their concern was that the voice of outside agencies, like consultants, was more highly valued by company bosses than the views of the in-house fleet manager. Sound familiar, anyone? EDITOR'S COMMENT"Fleets need to have the same skills as senior management, including the ability to influence"

Business servicesNews digestFunding methodsFleetprofileCar RecruitmentreviewsManufacturer news???????? Continuedintention to follow Nottingham's lead and introduce a workplace parking levy. The denials follow an assertive - yet apparently misleading - claim by environmentalist Don Potts at this year's ACFO conference that "most local authorities are looking to do this". However, Nottingham City Council told Fleet News that a number of local authorities have been keen to learn more about its scheme. It said it had been contacted by Bristol, Milton Keynes, Exeter, Cambridge and Oxford, while York, Devon, Hampshire, Leeds, Bournemouth, South Somerset and Wiltshire had "expressed an interest".Read more...Fleet drivers 'treated as Government cash cows'Three-quarters of all company car drivers feel they are being treated as a 'cash cow' by the Govern-ment, according to RAC's 2011 Report on Motoring. However, they believe the money is not being well spent and more funds should go towards improving the condition of the UK's road network, despite the Government pledging an additional £100 million in the March Budget. The latest findings of the RAC's report into UK motoring behaviour and attitudes reveals that the quality and maintenance of roads is the second most pressing concern for fleet motorists - second only to the cost of driving.Read more...Carlyle Group to acquire RAC from AvivaGlobal alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire RAC Limited from Aviva plc. The trans-action represents an enterprise value of £1bn. Completion, which is subject to regulatory and competition approvals, is expected at the end of the third quarter of 2011. Founded in 1897, RAC is one of the oldest roadside assistance companies in the world and the second-largest UK roadside assist-ance provider with more than seven million members.Read more...Charging network key to electric vehicle take-upTwo-thirds of motorists (65.7%) would be more likely to buy an electric vehicle (EV) if charging posts were readily available at roadsides and in car parks across the UK. Of the 1,417 that participated in the survey, which was conducted on behalf of EV infra-structure provider Elektromotive, only 7.8% said the greater availability of charging posts would not make them more likely to buy an EV. More than a quarter (26.5%) were 'undecided', suggesting that a significant minority still need to be persuaded about the viability and benefits of EVs.Read moreMini-vans make a UK comebackThe mini-van, last seen in the UK in 2009, is about to make a comeback thanks to an importer who believes there is still a need for such vehicles.Vestatec Automotive Distribution is to import a range of DFSK vans from China to sell through 40 dealers from next month. Former Mitsubishi UK managing director Jim Tyrrell, a Vestatec share-holder, expects sales to reach 1,000 in the first year, rising to 5,000 within five years. Read more...