A weekly round up of European and UK fleet news: This week the focus switches to the UK’s fleets as thier share of passenger cars drops but commercial fleets get some welcome boosts. By Jonathan Minter and Mike Cobb


UK Fleet share down, commercial vehicles rise

UK fleet registrations lost nearly 4% market share in January 2014 compared to 2013 according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) as consumer confidence continued to outstrip business confidence.

Fleet sales for January were 75,210, a drop of just 7 vehicles year-on-year in 2013, but private registrations rose by over 10,000 vehicles for the same period. This reduced market share from 52.4% for fleet in January 2013 to 48.7% in 2014.

Commercial vehicles however pointed the way to a recovery in business confidence with a rise in registrations of 5.3% year-on-year in January.

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Particularly strong was the 12.9% rise in van registrations which the SMMT attributed to "robust business confidence"

Truck registrations fell dramatically as the introduction of Euro 6 regulations hit home. A plunge of 37% year-on-year to 1,817 vehicles overshadowed the brighter figure of a 22.6% increase to 55,153 for the 12 months to the end of January.


Lex supplies another 300 vans to Europcar

Lex Autolease, the UK’s leasing arm of Lloyds Bank, has provided 300 new light commercial vehicles to car and van rental company Europcar.

The provision is part of the three year fleet funding deal the companies agreed in 2012 which has already seen the UK leasing company provide over 4,000 cars and vans.


Ogilvie Fleet launches website

Fleet management company Ogilvie Fleet has relaunched as responsive website, designed to resize and work on both computers and mobile devices.

The updated site contains a number of additions over the old one, including a collection of tools to help customers select a car, a regularly updated blog and improved search engine optimisation.

Ogilvie sales and marketing director Nick Hardy explained the decision to turn to a responsive design, saying "Responsive web design means that we don’t have to tailor a website for every handset and screen size."


CLM to manage pharmaceutical company’s fleet

Fleet management provider CLM has been appointed to manage pharmaceutical company Tava UK’s fleet of 185 cars.

Teva UKs fleet consists of Volkswagens, BMWs, Mercedes-Benz and Fords, and CLM has been brought in to improve driver support, cut costs and reduce Teva’s carbon footprint, currently averaging 138g/km per vehicle.

Since it’s appointment, CLM claims it has reduced servicing and maintenance costs by 20%, introduced a new portal for Teva drivers to select new cars and added an online mileage capture and authentication system, to speed up payroll processing.