Year: 2018


15th March 2018

Reflecting on the latest batch of statistics involving the use of mobile phones while driving

March 2017 saw tougher measures introduced in a bid to more swiftly reduce the dangerous habit of using a mobile phone while driving. Anyone caught since that date technically faces a £200 fine and 6 licence penalty points – double the previous sanctions. Do it a second time and disqualification looms large. How do other… Read more


13th March 2018

Electric cars are very much here and vans are improving, but what about heavy HGVs?

The passenger car sector has made significant strides in overcoming the ‘range anxiety’ that has deterred certain motorists from placing their trust and investing their finances in electric cars, with real-world electric ranges of over 200 miles now commonly being announced. In the world of commercial vehicles, however, even the latest breed of larger electric… Read more


6th March 2018

Trak Global director Andrew Brown-Allan appointed as mentor in Government-backed IoTUK programme

Andrew Brown-Allan, MD of Trak Labs and Director of Trak Global Group, will start mentoring SMEs as part of the IoTUK programme which aims to accelerate the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) capability. Powered by Digital Catapult and Future Cities Catapult and launched as part of the Government’s £32m investment in IoT, IoTUK is a… Read more


23rd February 2018

Will larger organisations be negatively impacted by imminent new accounting rules that specify the inclusion of contract hire vehicles on balance sheets?

Sir David Tweedie will be happy. As former chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), he’s famous in accountancy circles for having said: “One of my great ambitions before I die is to fly in an aircraft that is on an airline’s balance sheet”. This daydream wish of his has become reality following the… Read more


22nd February 2018

Audi’s world-changing A8: all tech-ed up and nowhere to go until legislation catches up

Driverless vehicles were heaped with attention by Chancellor Philip Hammond during his Autumn Budget 20171, in which he clearly outlined a determination for the UK to welcome autonomy on its roads as soon as 2021. Artificial intelligence (AI) in the automotive context also received a £75m boost and Mr Hammond expressed the conviction that his… Read more


16th February 2018

Exciting ‘new’ mobility products opening up for fleet managers

Over the last half a dozen years in particular, the UK has seen vehicle leasing or ‘contract hire’ proliferate among not just business customers but also private motorists. Q3 2017 ended with the BVRLA citing 2.5% growth in leasing across business fleets, while the entire market grew 6%, contributed to by a whopping 28% surge… Read more


15th February 2018

Why isn’t hydrogen fuel cell car development being pursued more keenly?

According to Sewell Research’s latest barometer, 30% of fleets anticipate introducing hybrid and 7% all-electric power within a year, while fresh SMMT data finds fleets are turning their backs on diesel faster than expected1. The new breed of EVs certainly offer more useable ranges and shorter recharging times, the new Nissan Leaf for example now… Read more


28th January 2018

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 roundup part 2 – technology

Exciting developments for the automotive market are naturally the primary focus for us when it comes to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), with technological advances often eventually trickling down to the vehicles driven by our fleet, young driver and other end users. In the second of our CES 2018 roundups, the emphasis is on… Read more


23rd January 2018

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 roundup part 1 – automotive

As a Group immersed in vehicles and technology, we always eagerly anticipate the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which never ceases to amaze with its fascinating mix of concepts and launches. In part one of our whistle-stop overview of CES 2018, our focus is on all-things automotive. With SUVs currently dominating markets worldwide and much… Read more


16th January 2018

While these fresh driver behaviour statistics may in reality single out a very small number of motorists, one crash or life lost is too many

With a full twelve months’ worth of data to crunch, the New Year typically brings with it an array of surveys and opinion polls. Our Group portfolio including a young driver insurance company and a fleet telematics business, we’re especially interested in road safety and driver behaviour statistics – and although examining the figures more… Read more

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