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MotoFix joins the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP)

MotoFix has become a member of the recently launched Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP).

MotoFix will support the AFP’s key objective to enable fleet decision-makers to obtain advice and guidance regarding issues that are impacting on the operating efficiency and effectiveness of their vehicle operations.

The company will also participate in the organisation’s committees, which cover topics such as hybrid and electric cars, low carbon and alternative fuels - as well as enhancing staff and management development from training provided by AFP.

Andy Lawlor, business development director at MotoFix, said: “Our team will gain a much more detailed understanding of fleet operator and fleet manager requirements through its membership of the AFP.”

The recently formed fleet trade body recently announced the make-up of its board and structure.

DriveTech launches its redesigned website

Earlier this year, the company refreshed it’s branding style with a new mission statement: ‘DriveTech – from the AA. Driven to keep people safe’. It has now launched a new website which has a new global focus.

Through the website, users can book and manage their speed awareness course online and learn more about DriveTech’s commercial business, including its global driver risk management products and services. Users can also contact DriveTech through the site.

The website is also fully responsive and can be used on desktops, laptops, mobile devices and tablets.

Charlie Norman, managing director at DriveTech, said: “We are proud to debut our new website to the world. The team have worked hard, considering our diverse customer base and although there are some differences in road safety strategies and requirements between our Police and Commercial business, the shared goal is keeping people safe.”

DreamLease Partners with Tracker

DreamLease is offering protection to all new car and van customers with the option of having a stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) device from Tracker fitted.

Tracker’s latest annual theft figures demonstrate how tech-savvy thieves have become; 92% of the vehicles the company helped police to recover last year had been stolen by crooks outsmarting key fob technology– a 26% increase on the previous year.

Daniel Pass, managing director at DreamLease, said: “When a company vehicle is stolen, there are a number of knock-on financial consequences. The car or van needs to be replaced, but so do any tools and equipment that were stored in the vehicle.

“Revenue earning jobs need to be rescheduled if they haven’t been cancelled altogether by the customer, and business reputation can be damaged which can have a long-term impact.

“By offering a stolen vehicle recovery solution from Tracker as an add-on to vehicles leased from us, we are providing fleet managers, company car drivers and private motorists increased peace of mind and protection against the severe impact a stolen vehicle can bring.”

Ebbon-Dacs enhances MoDel functionality

Ebbon-Dacs has enhanced the functionality of its electronic vehicle delivery and collection solution, MoDel, to make vehicle deliveries to fleets easier.

The first of two new releases are aimed at vehicle logistics companies using the MoDel-VM portal – the stand-alone version of moDel which is intended for vehicle deliveries which are not integrated with Ebbon-Dacs’ e-procurement platform, Leaselink.

The new enhancement to MoDel-VM is a ‘push job’ facility which allows logistics and delivery companies to ‘push’ a new vehicle delivery job directly to delivery drivers’ devices, such as smart phones and tablets.

The feature is available as part of a pilot scheme and Ebbon-Dacs is looking for volunteer companies to test the new functionality before rolling it out across the whole MoDel community.

The second new feature involves a new registration process for the driver app for all versions of MoDel, in both Apple/iOS and Android formats.

By registering their details for the app, including username and password, drivers will be able to access details of all their available jobs.

Linked to the ‘push job’ functionality, Ebbon-Dacs is also looking for volunteers to test the new driver registration feature.

Any companies willing to take part in the two pilot schemes should contact co-ordinator Andy Smith at andy.smith@ebbon-dacs.com.

Employee mobility and well-being survey launched

DriveiQ is offering employers the opportunity to benefit from its Employee Mobility and Well-being Survey.

The new tool is designed to help companies understand the impact of coronavirus on employee mobility, safety and well-being.

Richard Hill at DriveIQ said: "We are all aware that working patterns are changing significantly and many employers want to understand how this is impacting on the way that employees travel to, from and at work.

“The Employee Mobility and Well-being Survey is designed to provide a valuable insight into how employee mobility habits are changing and to identify emerging risks and issues.”

Employers interested in participating in the survey can register their interest here.

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