Toyota invests in fleet carpooling app
Toyota Financial Services has taken a majority stake in Faxi – a carpooling start-up that is aimed at businesses.
The app is designed to allow people to find others who share their route to and from work to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.
Unlike other carpooling apps, Faxi also allows companies to offer rewards, such as priority parking, to those who commute together and claimed a client increased the number of people who travelled together from 10 to 200 in six months.
“TFS decided to invest in Faxi to introduce technology to reduce single occupancy vehicles and the congestion and emissions that they cause. This is a game-changing technology and we’re excited to get behind it with our brand,” said Doug Gillies, managing director of Toyota Financial Services.
Motorists call for bans for reckless drivers
The vast majority of motorists believe reckless drivers – regardless of what offence is committed – should be made to retake their theory and practical driving tests, according to a study.
Fleet management company Venson Automotive Solutions claimed 81% of respondents to the survey called for licence bans, 80% said they wanted to see harsher fines and 74% said they would like to see the maximum penalty increased for careless driving that resulted in a fatality (currently 5 years imprisonment).
Driving dangerously can currently result in motorists facing imprisonment, an unlimited fine or an obligatory disqualification. However, these are the most severe penalties and drivers more commonly receive points on their licence, Venson said.
Latest issue of CCT published
The 50th issue of Company Car Today has been published.
Available to read for free here, the latest issue contains a six-page road test of the Kia E-Niro, while the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Toyota Camry, BMW 320D and Fiat 500X are put through their paces.
Elsewhere, Tristan Young analyses the difference in price between petrol and diesel and Company Car Today Editor Paul Barker grabs a coffee with James Buxton, head of fleet at Audi UK.