Places still available on FORS Practitioner workshops in Northern Ireland

Places are still available on FORS Practitioner workshops 7- 9 in Lurgan throughout April and May. Book a place now for you and your transport team to make the most of this professional development opportunity.

Designed to assist and develop transport professionals, FORS Practitioner is a series of ten workshops covering all aspects of fleet management.

The workshops are open to all FORS members and can be attended individually, and in any order. A FORS Practitioner qualification, which is valid for five years, is awarded to those who attend all ten workshops in the series.

The focus for the forthcoming workshops in Lurgan is on improving operational efficiency, reducing costs, and minimising environmental impacts. You can click on the link below for more information on each workshop, and to book as many places as you require for your team.

Click below for more information and to book your place/s on the following FORS Practitioner workshops:

Commenting about the FORS Practitioner workshops, Peter Morrow, FORS Manager for Northern Ireland, said:

“The sessions in April and May will complete our first run of all 10 FORS workshops in Northern Ireland. To date, we’ve had attendees from a wide variety of sectors, including construction, manufacturing, general haulage, and refrigerated transport. Delegates have found the sessions extremely useful and we’re looking forward to some attendees becoming qualified FORS Practitioners once these workshops are complete.” He added, “this shows demonstrable commitment to their own long-term career growth and the wider logistics industry.”

Under ‘D4 Professional Development’ in the FORS Standard, fleet operators are required to identify and document the training needs of drivers and other staff involved in the fleet operation, as well as to implement a Professional Development Plan (PDP). FORS Practitioner is recommended professional development for all managers, trainers and supervisory staff. Though attendance to the workshops is not mandatory under FORS D4, it should be considered for inclusion in the PDP for relevant staff.

If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.

DVF Racing to build on trio of podium finishes as Carrera Cup heads to Donington Park

DVF Racing made a strong start to the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch as Tio Ellinas scored two second-place finishes.

For Ellinas the two strong performances were the ideal start for a season in which he has championship aspirations. “It was a good weekend with two positive podium finishes,” he said. “I think it will be a good one at Donington. I enjoy racing there and from where we are now if we work the same way and keep improving both the team and myself we can win. I think Dino will be our main competition, so we’ll have to fight with him and give him a hard time.”

“Donington is not as tight as Brands Hatch, so I think I will fit in nicely. I’ve won a couple of times there in Super Touring so I’m looking forward to it and stretching the cars’ legs. I have to say a massive thanks to Lordes for sponsoring us and believing in me.”

Slidesports Engineering Team Manager Mark Jenkins is excited to perform closer to home for the next two rounds. “I’m looking forward to Donington, it’s our home race as a team,” he said. “In the first test at the track Tio showed himself to be fast and with what we’ve learned in the opening races I think he is going to be on the money.”

David Fairbrother, who didn’t climb behind the wheel at Brands Hatch, was immensely proud of the team effort. “To start the new season with three trophies is absolutely fantastic,” he said. “I’m really proud of what Tio achieved on track, and that was thanks to the hard work of Mark and the team at Slidesports. I can’t wait to see what we can all achieve at Donington Park.”

The DVF Racing cars will be on track at Donington Park for two test sessions on Thursday April 26, before qualifying at 11:55 on Saturday April 28. The first 33-lap race takes place that afternoon at 17:05, with the second on Sunday April 29 at 13:35, which will also be broadcast live on ITV4 and ITV Hub.

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Mmm silver!

Silver is Britain’s favourite car colour but black is catching up

Cars in Britain are more likely to be silver than any other colour, according to the latest figures from the DVLA.

The shiny shade accounted for 21 per cent of cars on UK roads during the third quarter of 2017, totalling 6.6 million, despite the number of silver cars dropping by three per cent between Q1 2016 and Q3 2017.

Silver was marginally ahead of black, which represented 20 per cent of Britain’s cars with 6.4 million, while blue ranked third, making up 18 per cent of the UK car parc with 5.7 million.

Outside of the dominant top three, grey was the most common colour, with 4.2 million cars or 13 per cent of the UK total, followed by white and red with 11 per cent (or 3.6 and 3.4 million cars respectively).

Percentages plummeted again from sixth to seventh with green accounting for three per cent. The top ten was completed by beige, brown and yellow with one per cent each.

Cream/ivory was the fastest mover in terms of percentage increase, enjoying a 36 per cent rise from 19,321 cars in Q1 2016 to 26,354 in Q3 2017.

That said, this only makes it 17th out of 19 colours recorded by the DVLA. The number of multi-coloured cars remain broadly unchanged at 7,702.

“Silver is still hanging on to its title of being the most popular car colour in Britain, but black is catching up fast and may well overtake very soon,” said a spokesman for RAC Insurance.

“Blue – in its various shades – remains consistently popular but has lost ground on surging black. White is the fastest growing of the really mass appeal car colours as it continues to race up the popularity rankings, now leapfrogging its rival red into fifth.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “Brits are drawn to colours like silver and black because they usually look smart on any model and they’re unlikely to spark any negative reactions when they’re sold on.”

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No drivers or passengers have ever died in Volvo’s super-safe XC90

No drivers or passengers have ever died in Volvo’s super-safe XC90

When it comes to car safety, look no further than the Volvo XC90.

We say this because it has just been confirmed that not a single person has ever died in the Swedish SUV.

Figures provided by the police as a result of personal injury accidents on public roads show that no driver or passenger fatalities have been reported in an XC90 since records began in 2004.

In 2012, Volvo announced its goal that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020 and this latest news is a massive stepping stone towards that aim.

More than 70,000 XC90 have made their way to UK roads since it was released in 2002, which adds extra weight to the achievement.

Volvo is a brand that has long been renowned for its focus on safety and the entire Volvo range has been fitted with automatic emergency braking as standard since 2014.

Meanwhile, the second-generation XC90, which launched the same year, debuted two world-first safety aids: run-off road protection and automatic emergency braking at junctions. This means that if the car inadvertently leaves the road, run-off road protection automatically tightens the front seatbelts to keep occupants in the safest possible position. Meanwhile, automatic emergency braking activates if the driver turns into the path of an oncoming vehicle at a junction.

Commenting on the XC90’s safety record, managing director of Volvo Car UK Jon Wakefield said: “Volvo has been at the forefront of automotive occupant safety since we invented the three-point seatbelt in 1959, and our determination to build the safest cars possible has been backed up not only by the safety awards we have won, but most importantly by the real-life safety record of our cars.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “It really doesn’t need to be pointed out at this stage but there is simply no safer car on the road than a Volvo.”

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Win a brand new Mini and help raise funds for Pendleside Hospice

Win a brand new Mini and help raise funds for Pendleside Hospice

Pendleside Hospice – arguably one of Britain’s worthiest charitable causes – provides much-needed care to individuals with life-limiting illnesses, and at Fuel Card Services, we’re once again doing what we can to highlight and fund the great work of the Burnley-based hospice.

In 2016 and 2017, we teamed up with six local organisations to help raise funds by running a competition to win a Mini hatchback – and we’re doing it again in 2018.

For just £2 a ticket, you can be entered into a prize draw to bag yourself a brand new 18-reg three-door Mini One or £10,000 in cash.

Over the past few years, this raffle has raised several thousand pounds for the cause, and Pendleside Hospice is hoping that happens again in 2018, with funds going to help support the ongoing operation of this essential facility.

Raffle tickets are now available for purchase from pendleside.org.uk and the final draw will be held on Saturday October 6th at St James’ Street in Burnley Town Centre.

All funds raised as part of the annual raffle will help to support those in need of extra attention and care as they enter the final days of their lives, after battling life-limiting illnesses.

The hospice and its dedicated staff are also there for the families and loved ones of those facing these dark and trying times, providing somewhere to turn for understanding and support in their own hours of need.

Funded entirely through charitable donations, Pendleside Hospice needs the support of the local community and those with a few extra pounds in their pockets to continue providing this exemplary service.

As a result, Fuel Card Services is calling on as many people as possible to take part in this year’s raffle. After all, it’s for an excellent cause!

Buy your tickets from www.pendleside.org.uk/