Round-Up: Special-edition Hyundais announced, Van downtime costs businesses £800 a day, FleetCheck adds non-native language support

Special-edition Hyundais announced

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Hyundai has released details of limited-edition versions of its i10 and i20 models ahead of them going on sale next week.

The Play Edition models are based on the SE trim level but add more kit. For instance, the i10 Play model costs from £11,195 – the same price as the i10 SE – and includes 15” alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, 7” touchscreen navigation system with DAB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, black gloss door mirror covers and unique badging.

Meanwhile, the i20 Play costs from £14,495 – £1000 less than the i20 SE – and also includes kit from higher in the range, including 16” alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, 7” touchscreen navigation system with DAB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, black gloss door mirror covers and unique badging.

Van downtime costs businesses £800 a day

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Vans being off the road costs businesses £800 per day per van, new statistics have claimed.

According to rental company Northgate, the average van spends four days a year in the garage, meaning companies lose an average of £3,200 a year per van.

The company also found that 36% of van operators have had to rent a vehicle to cover the downtime, increasing costs further, while Northgate claimed 47% of business incur fines or penalties when their vans are out of action.

“Minimising time off the road could have a positive effect on the individual fleets as well as the UK’s economy,” said Tim Bailey, fleet Director at Northgate Vehicle Hire. “As we see the economic importance of vans grow, it is crucial that businesses understand the implications that van downtime can have on drivers’ productivity and on the fleet budget. Whether it’s caused by mechanical problems, incident damage or scheduled maintenance, van operators need to be prepared for downtime scenarios before they become too costly for the business”.

FleetCheck adds non-native language support

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Fleet management software company FleetCheck has added language support for non-native speakers to its vehicle inspection app.

According to the company, the move has been made to support drivers who have moved to the UK from Eastern and Southern Europe in recent years, with Polish, Latvian, Czech and Spanish among the first languages to be made available.

Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, explained: “There are many very good drivers now working in fleet, especially the commercial vehicle sector, who were born in places such as Poland. These people often tend to have workable day-to-day English skills but are sometimes uncomfortable with being asked to make legally required, technical safety checks using documentation or software that doesn’t support their first language.”

He added: “The language options that have been added in the new version of the app helps to overcome this problem by allowing people to make the checks using their smartphone in their native language. It is a practical solution.”