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Arval reduces average fleet emissionsArval's average fleet CO2 has fallen to 128g/km after refreshing its own company car choice list to include a variety of the lowest emitting vehicles.Read more...Firms upping their business mileage New research from Thrifty Car & Van Rental has revealed that firms are upping their business mileage in response to pressure to keep customer relationships alive in a fiercely competitive market.Read more...Cash-strapped councils 'spend to save'Public sector fleets facing budget cuts are being urged to invest in cutting-edge technology to achieve the savings they require. Good news for software providers, but is 'spend to save' possible and wise in such austere times?Read more...Demand for used vans healthyThe wholesale used van market continues to perform strongly despite 'flat-lining' UK economic growth, says Manheim Remarketing. With new vehicle sales slow to recover, it believes the value and choice offered in the used van arena presents an interesting opportunity.Read more...Cybit and Masternaut combine forcesCybit and Masternaut have combined forces to form a single, pan-European telematics company. The new organisation, which retains the Masternaut name, will have former Cybit CEO Bill Henry at the helm and have more than 500 employees and a 10,000 customers across 32 countries.Read more...VRA launches monthly remarketing updateThe Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) has launched a monthly headline report into the News digestTesco Cars launches using ex-fleet stockTesco has launched a used car retailing service that will sell ex-fleet stock direct to consumers. The supermarket giant's plans for used car retailing has been the subject of considerable speculation for months and its business builds on the established Carsite.co.uk infrastructure.Read more...

Vehicle downtimeBalfour News digestBeattyThames WaterCar RecruitmentreviewsContinues overremarketing sector. It looks at the factors which drive supply and demand across the entire industry, taking input directly from its 50 large corporate members who between them handle more than 1.5 million used vehicles per annum.Read more...Sewells reveals scale of fleet marketAutomotive research company Sewells has rel-eased a report into the fleet market focused on the large fleet sector. The Market Dynamics - Large Fleets Report looks in detail at the size of the overall fleet market and provides key figures on the large fleet sector including its size and value compared to other market sectors. Read more...Driver error top cause for fatal accidentsDriver and rider error or reaction are behind the top three causes of fatal and serious crashes, new research from the IAM reveals. 'Licensed to Skill: Contributory Factors in Accidents', presents the analysis of five years' worth of accident data, recorded by the police between 2005 and 2009.Read more...Morrison Utility Services green car scheme successMorrison Utility Services, which launched its green car scheme at the start of April, received more than 400 requests for quotations for low CO2 vehicles. The scheme, which is provided by Zenith Provecta, is available to around 1,300 UK staff and families and offers savings on cars emitting less than 120g/km of CO2.Read more...By Simon Harris, deputy editor, Fleet NewsMost organisations running van fleets seem to prefer outright purchase as their preferred procurement method. For leased vehicles, longer lifecycles will result in lower monthly payments, too.In these leaner times of the last few years, it could one of the easier decisions to extend the lifecycle of a vehicle.The depreciation curve becomes less steep with age, and pence-per-mile running costs associated with vehicle values decline.Extra downtime with older, higher mileage vehicles will be a fact of life, but key to effective fleet operation that optimises longer lifecycles would be managing the downtime, and finding potential problems early.Drivers need to be involved in carrying out regular vehicle checks, and being alert to potential problems.Many vehicles, particularly vans, will stand up surprisingly well to longer lifecycles as long as maintenance is managed, while with a slump in the new van market, operators will also find a ready audience of buyers for well-maintained vehicles at defleeting time.EDITOR'S COMMENT"In these leaner times, it could be one of the easier decisions to extend the lifecycle of a vehicle"