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Round-Up: Licence Check backs grey fleet call, ALD launches benefit scheme, Fastned opens UK charger

Licence Check backs grey fleet call


Fleet driver licence checking company Licence Check has backed a call by ACFO for enhanced grey fleet management services due to an increase in the number of grey fleet drivers.

Licence Check said that many companies fail to recognise that they have a legal obligation to ensure grey fleet vehicles are safe to use, fit for purpose and lawfully on the road, and that the company is culpable in the event of accidents that occur in such vehicles.

Previous research by Licence Check claimed that after speeding some of the most common endorsements on the licences of grey fleet drivers were for construction and use offences, such as bald tyres, defective brakes or carrying an unsafe load, and insurance offences, typically vehicles uninsured against third party risks.

“We completely agree with ACFO’s position on the critical need for more effective grey fleet management,” said Richard Brown, director of sales at Licence Check.

ALD launches car benefit scheme


Leasing company ALD Automotive has launched a digital employee car benefit scheme.

Called ALDSelect, the system allows HR professionals to provide access to a car scheme to all their employees, even those without existing car allowances. Employees can search, personalise, fund, manage and e-sign all documentation for their order entirely online – at the office or at home using a PC or smartphone.

“By being one hundred percent online, ALDSelect puts employees in control of their new car purchase,” said Ian Turner, sales manager at ALD Automotive. “Using ALDSelect, they can search by make, model or budget and request quotes to suit their own specifications. Employees deal direct with us, so there’s no administrative input required by the employer at all.”

Fastned opens first UK charging point

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Dutch electric vehicle charging point company Fastned has opened its first fast charging point in the UK.

Located in Sunderland, the 350kW point is owned by orth East Joint Transport Committee and funded through the Go Ultra Low Cities Grant and the European Regional Development Fund. The station is centrally located on West Wear Street, which is one of Sunderland’s busiest routes. Last month Fastned announced it had won another tender for five locations for fast-charging stations in the North East of England, organised by the North East Joined Transport Committee.