FCA launches Company Car Drivers Club

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has officially launched a Company Car Drivers Club, which offers a series of benefits for members. 

The scheme is open to drivers of FCA’s cars or “competitors cars obtained for business use” and allows members access to test drive events including Jeep and Alfa Romeo off-road and track days, discounts on accessories and second car purchase programmes and entry to FCA events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Farnborough Air Show.

Company Car Today first revealed the firm’s plans for the scheme in June 2017 following an interview with fleet boss Francis Bleasdale. See www.fcadriversclub.co.uk or call 0808 281 0001 for more information.

Big delay for government charging point plans

Government plans to introduce a £400 million fund for public electric vehicle charging infrastructure have been severely delayed, according to the Guardian.

The Treasury made the initial pledge in November 2017’s Budget, with half the funds supplied by the taxpayer and half from the private sector but, speaking to the Guardian, junior Treasury minister Robert Jenrick admitted that the government had yet to recruit an individual responsible for raising the £200 million, let alone begin the process of raising funds.

VRA call for easier equipment checks

The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) has called on manufacturers to make it easier for used vehicle sellers to check what it described as “essential” equipment on second-hand cars and vans.

Sam Watkins, deputy chair at the VRA, said: “More and more equipment is finding its way onto cars – and vans too – that is easily removable but which potentially costs a lot of money to replace if it is missing.

“These items are essential to the operation of the vehicle and the car or van generally cannot be sold without them. In many instances, the retailer or trader ends up footing the bill, which can easily be more than their margin in the vehicle.

“The problem is that it is very difficult at first glance to know what equipment should be provided with a used car. Even the most informed motor industry professional is unlikely to be able to examine a vehicle quickly and have a mental checklist.

“What we need is a fast and easy industry resource and the people best-placed to provide this information are motor manufacturers themselves. All it would take is regularly updated information that would allow trade buyers to quickly check what items should be included with a vehicle. This could be disseminated through the established pricing data companies and the manufacturers themselves.”