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Millennium bug nothing to fear, says Renault

RENAULT has written to fleet customers assuring them that its vehicles are millennium compliant. Year 2000 compatibility continues to be a pressing concern for fleet managers, but Renault fleet director Mike Power said companies had nothing to fear from Renault product.

'Renault can confirm that no production vehicles, past or present, will be adversely affected by the year 2000 change of date, as the date is not used for vehicle functions,' he said. 'Similarly, all of Renault's dealer network, dealer management systems, order processing, accounting and distribution systems will be year 2000 compliant.'

Renault is the latest manufacturer to make such a pledge, but GE Capital Services-owned commercial vehicle contract hire and rental company TLS has claimed it is being swamped with calls from customers concerned that their vehicles were not year 2000 compatible. Contract hire development director John Edwards said he would like guarantees that vans and trucks as well as ancillary equipment such as refrigerators and hydraulics would not break down.

The Government, meanwhile, has launched Pledge 2000, emphasising its commitment to work with the private sector to tackle the millennium bug, and calling on the public and private sectors to work together and share information to ensure business continuity.

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