A weekly roundup of fleet news from around the UK and
Leasedrive renews Capgemini contract
Independent UK fleet lessor Leasedrive has
renewed its contract to provide fleet management services for
The global IT outsourcing and consultancy firm
has extended its five-year relationship with Leasedrive for another
three years with the option to add a further two years.
Roddy Graham, commercial director at
Leasedrive, said he was delighted Capgemini had decided to continue
He added the firm was taking advantage of
green fleet options by using hybrid vehicles and was evaluating
electric vehicles for possible addition in the future.
Capgemini is currently working with Leasedrive
on achieving its sustainability targets, with resultant benefits to
drivers in terms of improved fuel economy and to Capgemini by
reducing carbon dioxide (C02) emissions.
Ruth Makepeace, employee benefits manager at
Capgemini, said the company was pleased to have renewed its
contract with Leasedrive and added: “This increase is testament to
the collaborative work that has taken place between Capgemini, the
driver helpdesk and our account manager.”
Jaama update fleet
Jaama is revising its Fleet Management
Essentials seminars for 2012 to focus on grey fleet management,
salary sacrifice schemes, cutting carbon footprint strategies and
employee driving licence checking.
The fleet software and road safety specialist
hopes the new seminars will help operators cut costs and sharpen
management, and include updates on taxation, suppliers, duty of
care and driver CPC legislation.
Seminars will be held across mid-to-late April
in Waltham Abbey, Yorkshire, Warwickshire and Swindon.
New Zenith and AA smartphone
A new Zenith-branded breakdown smartphone
application, specifically for Zenith’s drivers, has been launched
in conjunction with the AA.
The three-year deal means the AA will provide
breakdown cover for Zenith’s 34,000 drivers.
Should a Zenith driver breakdown, the iPhone
Breakdown App will send their location, recorded by GPS, to the AA
with the driver’s name, phone number and vehicle registration.
The App also furnishes drivers with AA
Roadwatch traffic congestion and obstruction information for their
TomTom’s driver telematics insurance
Belgian satellite navigation and fleet
management technology company TomTom has entered the European
insurance market with broker Motaquote.
TomTom will provide the technology behind Fair
Play Insurance, a product that calculates premiums based on driver
telematics, rather than demographic information.
In part, the product is a response to EU
legislation that forbids gender statistics from informing insurance
Thomas Schmidt, MD of TomTom Business
Solutions said: “Our entry in the insurance market with our proven
fleet management technology puts us at the forefront of a move that
could help to revolutionise the motor insurance industry.”
PostNord’s 25m-Krona field
PostNord is to field test two leased electric
hybrid Volvo trucks running distance measuring equipment in a bid
to cut fuel consumption and C02 emissions by 20%.
PostNord currently operate a fleet of 2,200
vehicles across 4,400 parcel pick-up points throughout the Nordic
region, delivering 29 million letters and half a million packages
While some trucks operate over vast areas,
others run in pretty small shuttle runs, and PostNord is seeking to
standardise its fleet, already reduced from 34 models of truck in
operation to three since 2009.
The standardisation includes 175 new
heavy-duty trucks from Volvo, the first time the company did not
split the order between several suppliers, which will also supply
efficiency training for drivers.
Both the field test and driver training could
mean a lot for the margins of PostNord, which spends 90% of its
fuel budget in the engines of its heavy duty trucks. The company
estimates that cutting consumption by just 3% would be worth Kr 25m
Innovation and Symbility commit to
Fleet business outsourcer Innovation Group,
value-added reseller for claims processor Symbility Solutions, has
held its “inaugural user event” in Germany.
The event held in Cologne saw a parade of
Innovation Group managers and customers from insurers such as AXA
and DEVK speak of the company’s commitment to European
Innovation Group, incorporated in the UK in
1996, claims “the majority of the world’s top 10 fleet and lease
management companies” among its clients. Symbility Solutions is a
subsidiary of Canadian parent Automated Benefits Corp.
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