Afternoon round-up: New Activa recruits, drivers fall asleep behind wheel, PVS launches broker arm

Activa to expand sales team

New Activa Contracts website 'Fleet tools' home page

Leasing company Activa Contracts has announced it is to expand its sales team off the back of continued business growth.

As part of the recruitment drive, Steve Callaghan has joined the company as area manager for the midlands, while the company is currently in the process of recruiting a further two area sales managers.

Callaghan joins the firm from Vauxhall where has worked for the last 16 years, most latterly as its commercial vehicle fleet sales manager.

“Activa Contracts is expanding due to delivering industry-leading fleet products and solutions to customers backed up by a consultancy approach and a willingness to ensure whatever clients’ require they receive to improve the efficiency and operational effectiveness of their transport operation,” said Lisa Temperton, sales and marketing director at the business.

One in six drivers ‘have fallen asleep whilst driving’

One in six drivers have admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel, new research has claimed.

According to a poll of 1,000 motorists, just under half of the respondents (47%) said they are not getting enough sleep, making them feel drowsy, while dashcam company Smart Witness  – the firm that carried out the survey – said business and delivery drivers are more susceptible to falling asleep behind the wheel than private motorists thanks to hectic deadlines.

“Increased pressure on delivery schedules due to the internet has put more pressure on drivers to carrying on driving when drowsy and at risk of nodding off. This is as dangerous to other road users as drink driving or talking on your mobile phone,” said Paul Singh, chief executive of Smart Witness. “It is vital that employers recognise this problem and implement new technology to spot when their staff are too tired to drive, and alerts for the drivers so that they know themselves.”

PVS launches finance brokerage arm

Fleet consultancy service Puddy Vehicle Solutions has launched a finance brokerage arm to help support businesses wanting to fund new vehicles.

The new service will also extend to vehicle converters, allowing them to provide customers with a funding solution on the vehicles being converted.

“We are continually asked to provide tailored finance solutions across a whole range of assets,” said PVS founder and MD, Marcus Puddy. “We also have vehicle conversion specialists approaching PVS to help source finance for their customers who are unsure of who to approach to lend on the vehicles being converted. That is, I believe, a major growth area as PVS is able to use its expertise to help organisations cut through the complexity of funding and target suitable providers.”