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Costs benefits of smarter drivingn A smarter driving plann Cost savingsn Improve driver safetyn Reduce environmental impactPresentation, Q&A, case studies, best practice guidelinesUsing wholelife costs to select vehicles n Identify the true cost of vehicle ownershipn Build accurate wholelife cost calculationsn Improve budgeting accuracy and vehicle selectionn Reduce vehicle ownership costsPresentation, Q&A, case studies, best practice guidelinesFuel management n Top tips to minimise fuel expendituren Journey planning and mileage reductionn Fuelcard strategiesn Smarter drivingPresentation, Q&A, case studies, best practice guidelinesGrey fleet managementn Effective grey fleet managementn Legal and financial risk reductionn Improve driver safetyn Reduce grey fleet costsPresentation, Q&A, case studies, best practice guidelinesPromoting sustainable green, safe and efficient drivingn Overcome barriers to telematicsn Develop driving policies and ensure compliancen Monitor driver behaviour and provide incentivesn Benefit from reduced fuel usage and reduced costsPresentation, Q&A, case studies, best practice guidelinesControlling SMR costsn Improve SMR cost controln Implement quick winsn Plan for long-term cost reductionPresentation, Q&A, case studies, best practice guidelinesFleet Balance - LeasePlann Create an outstanding fleet strategyn The 'Triple Bottom Line' approachn Short, medium and long-term planningPresentation, Q&A, case studies, best practice guidelinesTuesday 18 October 2011, National Motorcycle Museum, BirminghamFor further information contact Sandra Evitt on 01733 468123 or any four of these best practice seminars;

Business servicesManufacturer newsFleetprofileFunding methodsNews digestCar RecruitmentreviewsVehicle acquisition Leasing v outright purchasedirectly owned and the rest are leased. At present, our preferred method is finance leasing but we constantly review our financing to ensure best value for money."Royal Mail has extensive servicing facilities, with 100 vehicle centres and 800 technicians who maintain the whole fleet, so SMR is not a natural part of its vehicle contracts.Royal Mail has also been buying elec-tric vehicles and hybrids, initially through the Government-sponsored Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme. This sector is still experimenting with acquisition methods, with manufacturers like Smith selling the whole vehicle, and others like Mercedes-Benz offering lease only with its Vito E-Cell. The final pref-erence will come down, in time, to proven battery life - if they are likely to need renewing at the end of their first life, users will want manufacturers or lease companies to carry the risk.Equipment and support services company Speedy Asset Services leases its vehicles, including 743 cars and almost 1,200 LCVs from Lex Autolease. "The major benefit is cashflow," says Ian Leonard, transport and logistics director. "The lease includes all our servicing and maintenance so that helps with compliance too." For fleets who handle their own main-tenance and vehicle disposal, outright purchase can prove cost-effective. Gateshead Council purchases most of its vehicles, with just a sample on contract hire."We are looking to see if there is money to be saved from hiring," said its fleet manager Graham Telfer. "But we have our own workshops so main-tenance isn't a problem and the vehicles are worked out by the end of five years so there is no effort in disposing of them. So far, purchasing has always made sense for us."ContinuedFacilities management company ISS UK has 1,200 LCVs and 800 cars. UK group fleet manager Nick Rowden says leasing makes his life easier and is a better use of resource and capital. "We turn over 600 cars a year, that's two a day. We would have to have someone monitoring the sales of those constantly to ensure they were fetching the right price. Every single vehicle is leased because it helps cashflow. Also, we have better things to do with our money. I previously worked at a company where we owned our own fleet and it was a nightmare."ISS comprises part of the European fleet so it has considerable negotiating power centrally with manufacturers and leasing companies. It has recently expanded its supplier base from single source to three manufacturers and two leasing companies. "It helps keep everyone's pencil sharp," said Rowden.He added: "All the servicing and maintenance is wrapped up in the lease." Leasing also saves him time: "I spend more time looking after the grey fleet of 300 vehicles than I do the leased fleet."Case study: Negotiating power aids ISS UK's'We are looking to see if there is money to be saved from hiring'Graham Telfer, Gateshead Council