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HPM October 2012

BUSINESSVANS WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Cut your speed and enjoy the benefits Reducing your speed has so many advantages, as HPM’s Alex Willis reports in this month’s vans round up... Gsaid speed cameras were notenerally, people find that speedcameras are more acceptable than fiveyears ago. In 2007, 30% of respondents acceptable, a figure which has reduced every year to 16% this year. According to the Institute of Advanced Motoring’s annual speed camera survey, people think speed cameras are beneficial to road safety. Figures revealed that 85% of respondents believe speed cameras have helped to contribute to the fall in road deaths since the 1990s. Furthermore, 82% of people now think it is acceptable for authorities to use speed cameras, however 45% think that raising income is still a main reason for their use. New research suggests that restricting the maximum speed of a vehicle to 60mph can reduce fuel consumption by up to ten per cent, but only adds two minutes to the average journey time. DriveGain produces an app using the iPhone’s GPS to calculate how efficiently a vehicle is being driven. Combining information about acceleration, driving smoothness, and overall speed with the exact specifications of the vehicle being driven, it gives the driver feedback on how A survey has revealed that 82% of people think local authorities should be able to use speed cameras they can reduce the amount of fuel they are using. measure fuel consumption across their van fleet, either petrol or diesel. They produce less carbon For each journey the DriveGain app records only a quarter planned their routes and a third dioxide than either petrol or diesel and the speed, the actual fuel used and the journey didn’t train their drivers in fuel efficient driving. considerably less oxides of nitrogen. LPG duration. The company examined this data to see So what can operators do to improve their vehicles also produce 120 times less health how many journeys exceeded a set speed, such as performance? The starting point must be to damaging small particle emissions than diesel 60mph. It then compared the total time and fuel establish the current fuel efficiency within the vehicles. use of these journeys to a simulation of what fleet. The FTA says that simply comparing the However, the other huge benefit is that LPG would have happened if the user had been figures across similar vehicles and drivers can typically costs about half that of the other two limited to the restricted speed. This allowed quickly highlight areas for attention. main vehicle fuels, normally resulting in annual DriveGain to work out what the average extra Driver training is seen as having a positive savings of up to 40% when compared with journey time and fuel saving was for these effect on fuel spend and telematics has a role to petrol, which is a massive advantage when journeys if the vehicles’ speed was limited. play, as has simple mpg calculations, but the key vehicle running expenses are a significant DriveGain’s statistics appear to support fleet is to ensure drivers are aware of the impact of overhead. operators that employ technology to limit a their driving habits. vehicle’s speed, which is especially timely when PACKAGE EXTENSION the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says that HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT Originally introduced for a limited-period only, diesel prices have increased by more than 5% Optional air suspension is now available for the Citroën’s ‘Upgrade to Business Class’ four-year since this time last year and fuel now represents vast majority of Renault’s front-wheel drive warranty, servicing and assistance package will more than 70% of the running costs for the Master range at £2,000 (+ VAT), irrespective of continue to be available to qualifying customers average van on the UK roads. A typical van will engine, with the exception of the 2.8-tonne GVW on all new Citroën light commercial vehicles use more than £7,000 of fuel each year. version. The fitment of air suspension confers (LCVs) supplied by participating Citroën dealers However, despite this burden, many operators several benefits. It maintains a constant and business centres for the foreseeable future. are failing to take on board straightforward ride-height irrespective of load and corrects The package includes: four years/60,000 mile measures to reduce this cost to their business, let differences behind the left and right-hand sides servicing (whichever comes first), allowing alone turning to technology. There is also a of the vehicle and drops the rear suspension to customers to have their LCVs serviced annually developing trend towards the adoption of rev achieve a lower rear sill height (450mm). over this period; four years Citroën Assistance limiters with several operators reporting (provided by the AA), with Roadside Assistance, successful trials. FUEL SAVINGS At Home Assistance, Recovery, Onward travel and A recent survey of FTA’s van operating Independent research has proven that vehicles European cover; and warranty extension to four members revealed that almost half didn’t running on LPG are environmentally better than years/120,000 miles (whichever comes first). 28 OCTOBER 2012 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY


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