Vehicle management leader, LeasePlan has announced changes at the top of its business – with LeasePlan UK’s current managing director Matt Dyer appointed as president and chief executive officer of LeasePlan USA, and current LeasePlan Italy managing director, Alfonso Martínez stepping into the managing director role in the UK.
LeasePlan UK, one of the world’s leading vehicle management groups, has announced the appointment of two senior roles within the UK business; Chris Black as commercial director and Steve Jones as director for future fleet solutions, with both taking up positions on the UK managing board immediately.
LeasePlan has released its annual Car Cost Index, with the latest analysis showing that electric vehicles (EVs) are now becoming cost competitive in several European countries, including the UK. The UK has been ranked as the fifth most cost-effective country in Europe to own an electric vehicle. According to the Index, the total monthly cost of owning an electric vehicle in the UK is £630 (€719), 14 per cent lower than the European average of £719 (€819).
RAC patrols attended 11 per cent more breakdowns that could be attributed to potholes in the last quarter of 2017 than in the same period in 2016, according to new data used to compile the RAC’s Pothole Index.
Vehicle management group LeasePlan UK is to introduce a new Driver Pack including a dashboard camera (dash cam) in its vehicles as standard. LeasePlan says it is the only vehicle leasing company in the UK to offer this pack to all drivers.
Are British drivers comfortable with the thought their grandchildren may never drive a car? Over a quarter (26 per cent) claim they are, believing the autonomous evolution is simply ‘part of life’ with the next generation having to embrace learning new skills, other than driving.
A large number (46 per cent) of middle aged drivers admitted to using their cars for ‘me time’ to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. New consumer research from LeasePlan UK, one of the world’s largest vehicle management groups, shows Brits still have a love for driving and the freedom it gives them. The happiest of all drivers, still coming off the hype of passing their test, are the youngest motorists (26 per cent) compared to just 15 per cent of 45 to 54 year olds.
Usually, when we publish tips for drivers, they deal with coping with extremes of weather, such as torrential rainfall or snowy and icy roads, so it makes a change to go to the other extreme. With the latest prolonged spell of hot weather, and temperatures forecast to surpass 30°, It is important that drivers are informed about the hazards the heat can bring especially as there are currently over 36.7 million vehicles on the road. To make things simple, LeasePlan UK have created an easy to follow checklist for when it heats up in the summer months.
It did not take long for various sectors of the automotive industry and aftermarket to voice their reactions to the Queen’s speech at the opening of Parliament on Wednesday. One such reaction came from Brian Madderson, Chairman of The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA). He said: “The PRA has raised concerns directed at the government’s announcement that large retailers and motorway service areas (MSA) will be required to install electric charge points”.
A report from the AA shows that more than three-quarters (76 per cent) of UK drivers want all potholes filled within a week and 18 per cent want potholes to be filled within 24 hours of them appearing. LeasePlan UK’s managing director, Matt Dyer, has reacted to the story, outlining that the government needs to provide a better connected and dynamic infrastructure that suits both the needs of people and businesses.
UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond’s spring Budget contained the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) upgraded growth forecasts for 2017, while predicting lower – but rising – figures for the years following the assumed activation of Article 50 as the country leaves the European Union. The government also confirmed an extra £690 million will be added to the £1.3 billion announced in autumn to improve transport networks in urban areas. In other transport news, the freeze on fuel duty has been retained.