Luxury cars attacked at 'secure' airport car park

Luxury cars attacked at ‘secure’ airport car park

The importance of making sure valuables are not kept visible in cars is something motorists are often reminded of, and it is critical never to be complacent.

If ever proof of this were needed, it has been provided by an incident in what was supposedly a secure car park at Manchester International Airport. 

Holidaymakers returned from overseas at the end of last week to find that 12 vehicles had been attacked, with windows put through as thieves sought to steal any valuables they could extract from them. 

Travellers who had used the car park had paid substantial sums to ensure their cars were safe while they were away, but were told by airport security that there had been a spate of incidents and there was nothing that could be done about it.

Enraged passengers included Peter Rawlings from Middlewich in Cheshire, who had paid £96 for parking while he took a week-long trip to Benidorm. 

He said: "On the way home I then received a text message from GMP to say they couldn’t take my case any further even though there is CCTV in the car park.

"The car park is advertised as safe and secure and that your car is left in safe hands so when you return from holiday you expect it to be in the same condition."

He added that a "beautiful" jacket he had been given by his late wife was taken, and that he was forced to take a day off to get the window fixed. With the loss of earnings and £85 window replacement cost he had to "fork out" £600 in total. 

While this particular incident will have affected holidaymakers and their own cars, it may also act as a reminder to drivers of fleet vehicles that they should never take it for granted that the contents of the car will be safe, even in supposedly secure parking facilities. 

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, commented: "There are very few truly safe car parks, so it is important to ensure that you don't leave valuables in a car where they can be seen by opportunistic thieves."

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2018 sees biggest diesel & petrol price leap since the turn of the millennium

A trip to the fuel pumps can be a painful experience these days – in fact, the average price of a litre of petrol rose to its highest point in almost four years this month (129.38p).

Diesel drivers haven’t got it any easier either, with the average cost hitting 132.31p per litre – a price that hasn’t been seen on British fuel forecourts since October 2014.

These eye-watering pump prices have come about as a result of the most dramatic increase in prices since the turn of the millennium, with petrol and diesel prices leaping more in May 2018 than in any other month in the last 18 years.

Recent large rises in the cost of crude oil have been blamed for inflating prices at the pump, which saw wholesale prices jump by 3.46p and 3.88p per litre throughout May.

However, Luke Bosdet, the AA’s fuel price spokesman, accused forecourts of targeting families during the school half-term and “charging [them] through the nozzle” when they would’ve enjoyed bumper sales of ice creams and other summer-related goods.

“Less than a month ago, the petrol retailers were falling over themselves to warn of pump prices at record levels,” said the AA man.

“Now that the price of oil has fallen away and fuel costs have followed, they have kept quiet and carried on charging cash-strapped motorists the maximum for their fuel.”

This greed has been taking its toll. The AA’s recent survey of more than 17,000 motorists found that rising fuel prices had forced 15 per cent of people to spend less time driving and nine per cent to cut back on spending in other areas – 14 per cent had done both.

In total, 38 per cent of those surveyed had made some sort of sacrifice as a result of the rising cost of fuel.

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Peugeot Partner bags best fleet van gong at 32nd Motor Transport awards

Peugeot Partner bags best fleet van gong at 32nd Motor Transport awards

The Peugeot Partner has been named fleet van of the year by Motor Transport magazine at its 32nd annual awards.

Winners are judged by a 50-strong panel of senior independent figures within the transport industry. A Motor Transport award is widely considered as a benchmark for excellence among UK road transport fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers and other innovators.

Other vans in contention for the prize included Fiat Ducato, Iveco Daily, Nissan NV200 and Vauxhall Vivaro.

When considering the winner, judges looked at reliability and vehicle uptime, fuel efficiency, driver acceptance, dealer support and total cost of ownership. Customer service, warranty, finance packages and after-sales support were other contributing factors.

One of the judges commented: “The Partner is at the forefront of the brand’s growth and, despite operating in a fiercely competitive segment, continues to grow market share.”

'Great accolade'

Peugeot’s head of business sales Louise Neilson collected the award on the night from the event’s host Jimmy Carr.

She said: “It is a great accolade to receive this award for the Partner, which has proved highly popular with fleet customers because of its strong reputation for reliability with industry professionals.

“It’s also highly pleasing to see that the judges have recognised Peugeot’s growing business in the fleet sector and the reasons for our continuing success.”

Other notable awards on the night were fleet truck of the year, which went to MAN TGX, while Renault Trucks UK picked up the innovation award.

Full list of 2018 Motor Transport award winners

Safety in operation award: Expect Distribution

Innovation award: Renault Trucks UK

Fleet truck of the year: MAN TGX

Temperature controlled operator of the year: McBurney Transport Group

Low carbon award: Royal Mail Fleet

Training award: Eddie Stobart Logistics

Fleet van operator of the year: Royal Mail

Home delivery operator of the year: DPD UK

Team of the year: Wincanton

Haulier of the year: Stephen Sanderson Transport

Operational and compliance excellence award: Whirlpool UK Appliances

Livery of the year: Howard Tenens

Fleet van of the year: Peugeot Partner

Technical excellence award: Whirlpool UK Appliances

Customer care award: Pall-Ex

Best use of technology award: Palletforce

Business excellence award: Miniclipper Logistics

Apprenticeship of the year: Ford & Slater

Partnership award: Clipper Logistics with Superdry

Service to industry: Paul Day, managing director at Turners of Soham

Delivery drivers avoiding water and toilet breaks to hit targets

Delivery drivers avoiding water and toilet breaks to hit targets

One in five delivery van drivers aren’t drinking water so they don’t have to stop for toilet breaks, a new survey suggests.

Van drivers have been urged to carry water at all times as temperatures continue to soar across the UK, but a concerning proportion are risking dehydration in a bid to hit targets for delivery companies.

More than 2,000 van drivers and owners were asked to give their feedback on hydration and health as part of Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Business Barometer research.

It found that for a staggering 70 per cent, work pressures severely impacted their ability to keep hydrated and maintain a healthy diet – more than a quarter of these said that they rely solely on sugary drinks or caffeine to get them through long days.

Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of the sample say that their health has been impacted by a poor diet at work, with one in ten now suffering a serious health condition as a result of working patterns.

Rather than stopping for toilet breaks, one in ten say that they ‘wee’ on the move, with 31 per cent adding that asking to use a customer’s facility would be too awkward.

Being well hydrated is really important for our physical health and mental performance, said Johanna Hignett, member of the British Dietetic Association and spokesperson for the National Hydration Council.

“If we don't consume enough water, we can experience fatigue or become less alert, so it is really important that van drivers are taking on fluid throughout the day,” she warned.

The European Food Safety Authority recommends daily fluid intake of 2.5 litres for men and two litres for women, around three quarters of which should be coming from drinks.

Steve Bridge, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, added: “It is of vital importance that van drivers take more care of their health and diet during the heatwave.

“In this hot weather, we are asking the great British public to consider the health and wellbeing of delivery drivers, and to open their minds, and toilets, to these hard-working men and women to ensure they can stay well hydrated and keep Britain moving.”

Rhino unlocks significant savings with fuel cards

Rhino unlocks significant savings with fuel cards

Taking care of waste might be the name of the game for Rhino Waste Services, but fuel wastage certainly isn’t a major problem after the company called in Fuel Card Services (FCS).

As a leading provider of integrated waste management, Rhino runs a fleet comprising 12 HGVs and one Ford Transit van from its Dartford base.

It turned to FCS in a bid to reduce fuel costs and make everyday fleet operations more efficient.

Iain Williams, operations manager at Rhino Waste Services, says FCS has been an excellent associate to the business, which spends around £25,000 on diesel every month.

“They provide the essential reporting facilities we require in relation to being a member of FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) and since utilising their services, we have seen significant savings in our fuel costs,” he explained.

Another valued aspect of being an FCS customer is being able to call on a dedicated account manager.

“The benefit of having a single account manager in Rachel Pearson is invaluable,” added Iain.

“This was one of the determining factors when our company made the decision to switch suppliers and it has proven to be 100 per cent the correct decision for our business.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, commented: “Rhino may specialise in wastage but with fuel cards, they certainly won’t be wasting any money.”

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