Month: December 2016

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22nd December 2016

Are former budget brands ‘getting ideas above their station’ or tangibly moving upmarket?

Wind the clock back by even just half a dozen years or so, and the car market was somewhat simpler. Fleet and private motorists desiring luxury, strong perceived build quality and formidable specification lists knew they would have to look at marques regarded as upmarket – the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Audi. The mass-market… Read more

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19th December 2016

Connected cities: success stories and challenges

Cars aren’t the only things becoming increasingly connected. Rapid progress in Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) is helping smart or ‘connected’ cities to develop, too. Far from a sci-fi pipe dream, these cities are a reality very much here already and not just in the developing world. What is a smart/connected city?… Read more

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19th December 2016

As more cities move to ban diesels, are some key snags being ignored?

With a number of governments including the UK having encouraged motorists to side with diesel in recent years, some drivers may have been left aghast on learning that four of the world’s major cities have announced that they plan to introduce a complete ban on diesel vehicles in the not-too-distant future1. The damaging effects of… Read more

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19th December 2016

Are the latest pollution-busting recommendations merely NICE but implausible?

There’s no denying that air pollution is a massive issue in the UK, highlighted recently by the High Court ruling that the government has broken the law by its failure to address illegal NO2 levels with any urgency1. London’s ‘toxic air’, said to be responsible for over 9,000 deaths per year in the capital, has… Read more

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12th December 2016

Our pick of fleet cars on the way in 2017

Another year has nearly drawn to a close and what a remarkable and surprising twelve months it’s been, especially on the political front. Although things are much more predictable when it comes to cars aimed at the business market, the New Year still has plenty of tantalising prospects in store. Focussing on definites rather than… Read more

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12th December 2016

Telematics’ role in aiding fleet managers to comply with tightening safety laws

Six-figure fines are now the minimum recommended penalty for organisations convicted of corporate manslaughter, after the Ministry of Justice introduced tough new sentencing guidelines in February 2016, increasing the onus on the UK’s fleet managers and other organisations using vehicles. For the last decade, the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 20071 along with the Health… Read more

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2nd December 2016

Trak Global caps record year with two more awards

High-flying telematics technology company Trak Global Group has rounded off a stellar 2016 by picking up two more insurance industry awards. At the Insurance Times annual awards dinner, in London on 1 December, the fast growing business was awarded Customer Champion of the Year and Excellence in Motor Broking, both for its Carrot young driver… Read more

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1st December 2016

Trak Global Group scoops Amazon Growing Business Award

Trak Global Group, the telematics technology company that also owns the Carrot young driver brand, has scooped the Real Business award for growing business of the year 2016. Accepting the award, which is sponsored by Amazon, Bob Skerrett, MD telematics, said: “This is a fantastic win for us. We are a telematics technology company but… Read more