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Arval France, the French operation of the BNP
Paribas vehicle-leasing arm, has been awarded an ISO 14001
certificate by French standardisation body AFNOR (Association
française de Normalisation), confirming the company’s environmental
The award follows an 18-month project by Arval
France to review its policies on sustainability which culminated in
the company’s Environment and Safety Programme.
The programme began a range of action items
for Arval France to assess gas emissions, waste production, energy,
water and wood consumption, and sound and visual pollution.
In the UK, Arval has sold its
1,000th vehicle through bespoke online platform
MotorTrade, established just over a year ago.
Through MotorTrade, Arval has sold over
100,000 used vehicles (from two to five years’ old) worldwide to
dealerships either at a fixed price or through online auctions.
UK fleet management service Run Your Fleet is
reporting “significant demand” for its long-term vehicle
Run Your Fleet, the trading name of Multifleet
Vehicle Management Ltd, attributes the rise in long-term rentals to
SMEs’ cautiousness to invest in fleet purchases or long-term
As an alternative, Run Your Fleet believes it
can offer financial savings through car and van rentals up to a
year long to companies paying a monthly membership fee.
The claims are borne out in part by figures
from the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association which show
that car rentals by its membership have grown for the last two
years, though contract hire of cars has accounted for over half of
all vehicles run by the its membership for the last five years.
Not everybody hurts
Multi-marque fleet funders Alphabet, part of
the BMW Group, have responded to the recent furore in the UK over
increasing personal injury claims saying it is part of a “gross
The ‘whiplash’ debate over opportunistic
insurance claims, given prominence by shadow deputy prime minister
Jack Straw, came to a head in last week’s Transport Select
Following the hearing, Matt Sutherland, chief
operating officer at Alphabet, assured that his company was
managing to sift out opportunistic claims.
Sutherland cited research by Alphabet that 68%
of surveyed fleets had not seen a rise in insurance premiums
against a backdrop of a 30% rise in general motor premiums in
Zenith’s new director
Mark Connor has been appointed operations
director of independent fleet leaser Zenith after two years as the
company’s head of operations.
Connor remains in charge of maintenance,
accident management, vehicle hire, and administration of
procurement and contracts.
Connor’s 10 years’ fleet experience includes
nearly eight years at Lex Vehicle Leasing, now Lex Autolease, as
associate director of new vehicle procurement, then director of the
business service centre.