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Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced its entire Sprinter range will see Stop/Start technology come as standard for buyers.
Ensuring enhanced fuel efficiency for operators, Stop/Start technology turns off the engine when a vehicle comes to a standstill and automatically restarts it when the driver applies the accelerator.
Enhancing environmental protection with WLTP
The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) is used to measure fuel consumption and emissions for vehicles operating in Europe. It sets the current benchmark for performance in this important area.
Steve Bridge, managing director at Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, said: “Our mighty Sprinter is already WLTP compliant, and has been since it launched in the UK in 2018, so we can offer continuous supply without interruption.”
He added that ensuring all Sprinter models now come with Stop/Start as standard will further improve fuel efficiency for owners and makes the Sprinter a highly desirable choice for businesses focused on their own emissions compliance.
Indeed, WLTP compliance will ensure “a more realistic, comparative benchmark for consumption and emission figures” and means companies can be confident they are playing their part in protecting the environment.
Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Stop/Start technology has been around for a while now, but it’s great to see the system being implemented as standard in the full Sprinter range.”
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Managing Director of Fuel Card Services, Denise Frost, continues her drive to deliver “a one-stop solution for complete fleet management” by launching another of the company’s portfolio services: MyService.Expert.
MyService.Expert gives fleet managers and drivers direct and easy access to a nationwide garage network offering competitive savings on fleet servicing, maintenance, repairs, and MOTs. The service is pay-as-you-go, is already saving fleets up to 30% on parts and labour, and is accessible from any location.
MyService.Expert comprises a suite of valuable services to save fleets of all sizes time and money. And it’s added value help is proving particularly popular with overworked managers. This includes: consolidated fuel and maintenance invoices, monthly reporting, and vehicle service histories viewable online.
In addition to savings of up to 30% on parts and labour, fleets and drivers can save on a wide range of other servicing and maintenance work including tyre replacements or repairs. MyService.Expert’s network of garages offering these discounts covers the UK – with no joining fee, no minimum contract, and no minimum number of vehicles. Better still, the discounted rates are pre-negotiated for ease of transaction.
Reassurance is paramount, and MyService.Expert delivers. Costs are approved online, using a secure online system. Costings are validated by manufacturer data and work is approved directly with each garage. Users even receive calendar alerts so they don’t miss important servicing and MOT deadlines.
Your one-stop fleet solution
MyService.Expert is just one of a series of added-value products collected within My Fleet Hub, the comprehensive new online portal. Leveraging years of specialist experience within the automotive industry, and based on deep research into what fleet managers and drivers really need, My Fleet Hub delivers better service, savings and security for fleets of any size – all in one place. Look out for more innovative products coming soon.
Vehicle theft is a growing problem in the UK, but Ford has announced the launch of a new key system designed to thwart criminals in their efforts.
The manufacturer has unveiled new keyless fob technology that is specifically designed to provide added protection to vehicle owners.
Ford taking a stance against vehicle theft
Thieves have been making use of ‘relay box’ technology to boost the signal from key fobs to nearby vehicles, allowing them to take cars without the need for the key.
In response, Ford has introduced new fob technology that automatically switches off the signal to unlock the car if the fob is left stationary for more than 40 seconds. This eliminates the risk of keyless vehicles being stolen when the keys are kept in the owner’s property and the vehicle is parked outside.
Simon Hurr, Ford security specialist, said: “The online availability of devices which have no place in public hands has long been a problem for Ford, our industry and crime fighters.
“We are pleased to respond with a simple but effective solution – swiftly implemented to help protect owners of our top-selling cars.”
The new anti-theft fobs are now being produced for the manufacturer’s Fiesta and Focus models, with plans in place to roll out the technology to further ranges in the near future.
Owners of these vehicles can receive a free upgrade by contacting their dealership.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Addressing the issue of vehicle theft is important for the industry. So to see Ford taking steps to make their vehicles more secure is great news all around.”
UK road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has pledged its support to the #dontstreamanddrive initiative.
Taking place today (April 16th), Don’t Stream and Drive Day represents a reminder to all motorists concerning the dangers of using handheld mobile phones at the wheel.
Streaming and driving do not mix
Across the UK, there is a growing trend for drivers to stream their journeys live from their mobile phones. However, this practice is highly dangerous and needs to be stamped out.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth believes anyone who does this should be taken off the roads immediately, as they potentially represent a significant risk to themselves and others.
He stated: “Our message to drivers who still think it’s acceptable to use a hand-held mobile phone for any purpose while driving is simple. Please put it down and give 100 per cent concentration on safe driving. If you don’t, you are likely to kill someone and you will go to prison for a long time.”
Mr Worth concluded that drivers can miss important information when they aren’t focused on the road, while also being unable to maintain constant speed and a safe road position.
The #dontstreamanddrive initiative is being spearheaded by former police officer Neil Dewson-Smyth and is being promoted across social media. It aims to highlight the dangers of mobile phone use and why distraction can be such a deadly risk for drivers.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Driving takes a lot of concentration, so to shift your attention to streaming your journey is simply a recipe for disaster. To stay safe, motorists should keep their eyes on the road and avoid the distraction of mobile phones.”
Ongoing A9 dualling works between Luncarty and the Pass of Birnam will see the implementation of overnight traffic management measures from this week.
Having got underway on April 11th, a five-week programme of works will see motorists facing road closures and a temporary 30 mph speed limit in the area.
Overnight disruption for drivers
All work on the carriageway has been scheduled to take place between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00 Monday to Friday, with no restrictions in place at the weekend.
The present phase of the A9 dualling project will see existing utilities being diverted, as well as various culvert extensions below the A9 carriageway and the creation of new access points to local routes.
A spokesperson for Transport Scotland stated: “We are continuing to work closely with our contractor to minimise any disruption to traffic and would like to thank road users in advance for their patience whilst our contractor carries out these works.
“Transport Scotland apologise for any inconvenience caused during these works.”
With the upcoming Easter bank holiday, the body has reassured motorists that no traffic management measures will be in place throughout this busy weekend.
Despite this, motorists are advised to allow extra time to complete journeys in the area during this five-week programme of carriageway improvements.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Ongoing development of the A9 dualling scheme will provide a welcome boost for travellers in the future. Motorists must therefore bear with potential disruption at present, to ensure the smooth and safe upgrade of this important route.”
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