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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"

Vehicle downtimeBalfour News digestBeattyThames WaterCar Recruitmentreviews???????? ContinuedBVRLA warns of electric vehicle knowledge gapWith little detailed information on vehicle perform-ance, warranty terms or the wear and tear of parts and components, the BVRLA claims its members have virtually nothing to go on when trying to set residual values or predict maintenance and repair costs for electric vehicles.Read more...FTA launches Guide to Van ExcellenceA scheme to improve the image and quality of van fleets was launched at the Commercial Vehicle Show with the Freight Transport Association's Guide to Van Excellence. The guide covers areas such as vehicle condition, safe working, driver licensing, compliance and training, and will be regularly updated to keep track of changes in the fast-growing van sector.Read more...Manufacturers splinter over diesel futureFleet operators could see their choice of diesel products reduced over the next few years with some car manufacturers turning their back on the fuel in mainstream products. Manufacturers, such as Toyota, believe new regulations on emissions will soon tip the balance in favour of petrol engines.Read more...Four new 'business champions' Four new organisations have joined the Driving for Better Business campaign as 'business champions'. Enterprise Managed Services, ING Car Lease UK, MITIE and Masternaut have become the latest employers to promote the message that good management of at-work drivers makes business sense.Read more...PwC signs EV rental deal PwC will pilot two 100% electric vehicles at the firm's central London offices as part of a new scheme to lower the firm's overall transport emis-sions. The deal with Hertz will encourage employees to swap taxi journeys of over six miles with booking the cars from the firm's central London offices in Westminster or Southwark.Read more...LeasePlan enjoys growth across all operationsGrowth for LeasePlan last year came from all four of its brands, something that has not happened for at least five years. The small fleet sector via the Network broker division saw a return to growth first in 2010, although that was as much about LeasePlan's decision to work with fewer, more professional brokers as it was a signal of market strength.Read more...