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Afternoon round-up: Dacia fleet deal, safety check warning, year-round tyre savings


Everest takes on 65 Dacia Logans

Home improvement firm Everest has added 65 Dacia Logan MCVs to its fleet. The Dacia New Logan MCV in Everest liveryvehicles, in top-end Lauréate trim, will be used by the company’s surveyors and join Renault Kadjar crossovers, which serve as management vehicles, and a fleet of Renault Master and Trafic vans.

“We considered the Logan MCV to be functional and efficient for our requirements, and its large load area can easily accommodate all our surveyors’ field equipment,” said David Coeshall, fleet manager at Everest.

“It offers a considerable National Insurance saving to the company and drivers due to its low P11D value. Cruise control (requested by our drivers) and the touch-screen Media Nav system provide extra comfort.”

TomTom: businesses slacking on safety checks

A quarter of UK businesses do not conduct regular safety checks on vehicles used for business purposes, according to research by TomTom Telematics.Photo vehicle checking

The organisation surveyed 400 businesses and also found that, although 89% checked driver documentation, such as licence and insurance details, only 43% did so more than once every six months.

“If organisations are to safeguard employees and protect themselves from risk, it is important to have comprehensive systems in place not only for ensuring checks are conducted frequently but also to ensure findings are properly recorded and acted upon where necessary,” said the firm’s director, Beverley Wise.

“Since the paper counterpart to the photocard licence was abolished more than two years ago, endorsements and disqualifications have only been recorded electronically. Therefore, businesses should strongly consider moving from manual to electronic checks to ensure they are building a more comprehensive picture on driver risk.”

Year-round tyre savings for ambulance fleet

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is fitting Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres across its rapid response fleet of 200 Skoda Octavias.

The rubber is said to equally handle winter and summer conditions and the move is intended to reduce cost and administration by removing the fleet’s previous need to swap to season-specific tyres and pay for tyre storage.

Kevin Bartholomew, fleet operations manager, said: “We only take vehicles off the road for safety inspections or maintenance, and the six-week transition period previously required to swap our summer and winter tyres twice a year was incredibly inconvenient. With CrossClimate+, we keep the same tyres on the Skodas year-round, saving time and money.”