A roundup of the month’s fleet deals, compiled by
Jo Tacon

FLEET SUPPORT GROUP

3,000 more permits

Utility company Balfour Beatty Utility
Solutions has signed up to Fleet Support Group (FSG)’s RiskMaster
programme, and will be issuing Permits to Drive to 3,000 of its UK
employees.

At the same time, it has signed up to GreenRoad’s
risk management IT system, which aims to reduce accidents and fuel
consumption by identifying at-risk drivers and providing real-time,
in-vehicle driver feedback.

“An initial RiskMaster/GreenRoad pilot involving 50
drivers has over 10 months seen their risk rating reduce by 63
percent and their accident rate by more than 40 percent,” said
FSG.

Driver risk project manager at Balfour Beatty
Utility Solutions, Dave Washbourne said: “We are delighted with the
results so far. It means that our employees are safer; other road
users are safer; and with fewer accidents, financial savings are
being made.”

GreenRoad and FSG are partner companies, the fleet
management provider said.

LOMBARD VEHICLE MANAGEMENT

SME generators
deal

Lombard Vehicle Management has renewed a
sole-supply deal with Power Tecnique Ltd, which provides diesel
generators and other uninterruptible power supply systems.

LVM said it had offered a “comprehensive, bespoke”
deal for the SME client – despite the fact the fleet in question
comprises only 12 vehicles.

The vans, a mixture of Volkswagen Caddy, Caddy
Maxi, Crafter and Transporter models along with a single Renault
Trafic, are to be supplied on a 36-month contract hire basis, with
pooled mileage to “help manage costs”, LVM said. GAP insurance and
daily rentals are also included.

“Each vehicle is being delivered through one of
LVM’s preferred dealer partners fully liveried and equipped with
vehicle tracking, tail lifts and current inverters necessary for
maintaining power supplies in the field,” the lessor added.

TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES

Prius fleet
finance

Toyota’s Prius hybrid model has been
selected as company car of choice by Abracs Abrasives and
Accessories of York, in a fleet deal funded by Toyota Financial
Services.

The abrasive disc distributor opted for four of the
five-door hatchback models, replacing a fleet of diesel-fuelled
cars for use by its area sales managers.

Cost-effectiveness and environmental impact were
key considerations when choosing the Prius, said Abracs MD, David
Elcock.

“I looked around quite carefully when I needed to
re-fleet, but nothing quite fitted the bill until I got to drive
the Prius,” Elcock said.

“We are really pleased that we are able to take
this small step towards helping the environment, in a way that
makes so much business sense too.”

The cars were supplied through Vantage Toyota of
York.

From a business perspective, the Prius has the
business advantage of being eligible for a 100 percent write-down
over three years, with benefit in kind taxation at 10 percent, and
free road tax thanks to the model’s sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.