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The WhichEV View: Why your company should buy you an EV today

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By James Morris, Editor, WhichEV

In April 2020, the Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) rate for EVs dropped to 0% for the tax year. It rose to 1% for 2021-22, then 2% for three years from 2022 to 2025. Given the previous rate 16%, these are significant changes.

In other words, if you received an electric vehicle as a company car this year, you paid no personal income tax on it until April 2021, and very little until at least 2025, whereas before April 2020 you’d have paid a lot more, making the reduction a significant incentive for employees to have an EV as a company car. In our previous article, we calculated that, if you received a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus instead of a Mercedes C220d saloon as your company car from your employer, you’d save well over £10,000 over three years of use in terms of tax, fuel and other running costs.

But what are the incentives for the employer to buy you an EV? Other than providing an attractive perk for employees, why should your company go electric, when EVs still tend to be considerably more expensive than internal combustion engine cars? In a follow-up to our original article, we will show that buying an EV makes just as much sense for a company as it does for the employee that receives it, and even more so if you run your own Ltd company…

Click here to read more.

Leading home furniture retailer cuts insurance claims by half, saves 15% on fuel bills, and slashes idling by 20%

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By Lightfoot

The Furniture Market, one of the largest oak, French and modern furniture retailers in the UK, has succeeded in cutting fleet insurance claims by half thanks to Lightfoot’s trailblazing in-cab driver coaching technology and rewards platform.

Read more here.

Addressing privacy concerns in driver risk management

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By Ed Dubens (pictured), CEO/Founder of eDriving

Today, data security and privacy compliance are among the most important considerations for practically every business. For that reason, when reviewing digital driver risk management solutions, data security and privacy compliance are critical components of the assessment and planning phase, and can even be the deciding factor in whether a programme is adopted or not.

In many countries across Europe, in Canada and parts of Australasia and Latin America, organisations must seek input and/or approval from employee representatives such as Workers’ Councils or Unions for the introduction and application of new operational processes, technical equipment and software. The purpose of Workers’ Councils and Unions is to protect employees’ rights. German Workers’ Councils, in particular, are well-known for their rigorous standards in relation to employee data.

How does this affect organisations looking to protect the safety of those driving for work purposes? It means that any company obliged to seek such approval for a new driver safety programme, will need to justify the implementation of the programme, and prove it complies with relevant data protection and privacy laws.

Considerations may include compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA); Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA); the Brazil General Data Protection Law (LGPD); or the New Zealand Privacy Act. Privacy notices, HR agreements, data storage, how location data is used, and so on, will be important discussion points.

As many eDriving clients have rolled out our digital driver risk management programme, Mentor, in multiple geographical locations since Q1 2018, we’ve identified the most prevalent concerns in many different countries, and how to best help organisations address such concerns, not only with leadership and Workers’ Councils, but also with drivers. We’ve also discovered that the word “telematics” in particular, can sometimes trigger privacy alarm bells, and we’ve learned that addressing concerns about such programmes from the outset is usually the most effective way to allay any fears. Common privacy concerns include “is this a surveillance or tracking tool?”, “is location/GPS data visible to anyone other than the driver?”, and “how is driver information shared and with who, both inside and outside the organisation?”

Any organisation looking to introduce a driver risk management and safety programme should not let privacy and data protection concerns stop them in their tracks; after all, an effective driver safety programme is there for the benefit of employees, their families and the communities in which they live and work, and is a means of managing road safety proactively. Similarly, no programme should ever be intended as a surveillance tool, or as a means of introducing negative consequences for being part of the programme.

Questions for organisations seeking approval for a driver safety programme may include:

How will the programme reduce incidents, collisions, licence endorsements and injuries to employees driving for work purposes?

  • Is it GDPR/CCPA/PIPEDA/LGDP/Privacy Best Practice compliant?
  • How and where is driver PII (Personally Identifiable Information) data stored and processed?
  • What information is shared with line manager/HR/safety/peers?
  • What information is sent to leadership and/or corporate teams?
  • What information, if any, is shared with other 3rd parties?
  • Who is the data controller and owner of the programme data?
  • What are the privacy rights of the driver?
  • Is location/GPS information shared?
  • Is the programme tailored to meet the needs and privacy laws of different regions/countries?
  • How does the programme support High Risk Vs Medium Risk Vs Low Risk Drivers and is the approach sensitive to privacy strategies?

Of course, it is also important to remember the reason for looking to implementing such a programme. Every day around the world, almost 3,700 people are killed globally in crashes involving cars, pick-up, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, buses or pedestrians, according to the World Health Organization. As anyone involved in at-work road safety and risk management knows, driving for work purposes is the most dangerous work activity that many people do. Around the world, governments, councils and other organisations are striving towards a long-term vision of zero fatalities and serious injuries on the roads. The implementation of a comprehensive digital driver risk management programme can help organisations align with this vision, helping them to provide and support a safe and healthy workplace, educate employees on potential hazards in the workplace, implement and enforce appropriate workplace health and safety policies, and do everything reasonable to protect work-related injuries and illness, and correct unsafe actions and conditions.

Discussing privacy concerns at the outset helps allay fears sooner and enables organisations to focus on their business objectives, safe in the knowledge that they are proactively managing a successful safe driving programme that supports a much wider mission of safer roads for all.

About eDriving
eDriving, a Solera company, revolutionised driver risk management with the introduction of the world’s first defensive driving CD-ROM in the 1990s. Today, eDriving helps organisations around the world to reduce incidents, collisions, injuries, licence endorsements, carbon emissions, and total cost of fleet ownership.

At its heart is the Mentor by eDrivingSM smartphone app that identifies risky driving behaviours for intervention and safe driving habits for recognition. In-app features include micro-training and coaching, gamification, collision reporting, vehicle inspections, and a FICO® Safe Driving Score validated to predict the likelihood of future collision involvement. Through our five-stage, patented Crash-Free Culture® risk reduction methodology, eDriving helps organisations embrace safety and reduce risk for Sales, Service, Delivery and Warehouse drivers, all within a privacy-first, data-secure environment.

eDriving is the digital driver risk management partner of choice for many of the world’s largest organisations, supporting over 1.2 million drivers in 125 countries. 

Visit www.edriving.com.

Future electric cars: Best upcoming electric cars, SUVs and pickup trucks

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By WhichEV

All-electric vehicles are gaining a lot of traction. Growing interest from consumers is driving manufacturers to diversify their portfolios, while governments play a role in offering tax incentives and improving the country’s infrastructure.

Gone are the days where an electric vehicle (EV) is slow, unsuitable for long-distance commutes, and expensive: government grants offer significant savings off your new EV purchase; some all-electric cars are the fastest vehicles around; others push past the 400-mile mark on a single charge.

To understand what is an EV, including the benefits and disadvantages of owning one, read our dedicated guide, here.

As a greater number of all-electric cars start appearing on our roads, it’s important to look ahead into the future. Despite the horrors of the pandemic, 2020 was an amazing year for EV sales, and 2021 is set to be another exciting 12 months. There will be loads of exciting new models arriving this year and beyond. Here are our favourite upcoming all-electric vehicles.

Click here to read the full article.

Note: we’re constantly adding vehicles to this article but do let us know via our social media accounts if your favourite isn’t listed

Considering electric vehicles? Don’t be in the dark

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By Drax

If you’re considering switching your fleet to EV, you can’t make decisions in the dark. You need real intelligence. As the range of available EVs grows, your opportunities for efficiencies and cost savings will expand too. Telematics provides the best route to optimising the benefits of electrification. 

Drax Electric Vehicles can help you build an accurate overview of your operation, using state-of-the-art telematics. As your energy partner, they’ll work with you to plan, implement and manage an electric vehicle infrastructure with renewable power at its heart.

The EV specific telematics devices they supply and fit put data like driving efficiencies, vehicle locations and battery charge into your hands. They also integrate your EV-specific data so you can view it within the context of your existing (non-EV) fleet’s telematics reporting.

Find out how Drax could help you electrify your fleet.

The Drivers’ Lottery to give away over £150k to fleet drivers in 2021

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Run by driver behaviour tech firm Lightfoot, The Drivers’ Lottery recognises those employees who are switching to a smoother, safer and more eco-friendly driving style.

The unique Lottery runs alongside Lightfoot’s in-cab technology which provides live driver coaching and a rewards-based smartphone app to check on performance and compete with other drivers.

Lightfoot maintains the odds of winning at 1-in-10 every week and there is no limit on how many times a driver can win. Do you want to get the Lottery activated for your fleet?

Read more here.

Lightfoot driver technology helps Tesco Grocery Home Shopping slash vehicle emissions across UK and ROI

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By Lightfoot

The Tesco Home Delivery Fleet had it all – nearly 50 driver trainers, advanced telematics and in-cab cameras. After a trial they chose Lightfoot and the results have blown them away.

Creating a culture of rewarding better driving has worked for Tesco, could it work for you?

Read on here…

Hughes slashes emissions with help of Lightfoot

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Lightfoot has helped Hughes cut vehicle idling by nearly a quarter. The country’s second-largest provider of home entertainment and kitchen appliance rentals, and the UK’s fourth-largest specialist electrical retailer is on target to cut fleet emissions by almost 1,000 tonnes of CO2 over the next five years. That’s the equivalent of 165 homes’ electricity use for one year!

Read on here…

Protect your business and workforce with the ALL NEW CAM 50 from Webfleet Solutions

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WEBFLEET Video combines dashcam footage with driving data to give you the full context of road incidents. AI technology identifies risky behaviour and notifies the driver, helping them avoid danger. It delivers higher levels of safety, lowers premiums, and can be configured to meet your privacy needs.

  • Protect your drivers against fraudulent insurance claims
  • AI risk detection and in-cab driver alerts help to prevent accidents.
  • Instant access to live streaming and cloud video allows you can take action immediately.

Book a demo to discover more

Pre-orders now open for the WEBFLEET CAM50 dashcam!

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By WEBFLEET

The new Webfleet Solutions CAM 50 combines dashcam footage with WEBFLEET’s award-winning driving data to give you the full context of any road incidents in real-time. Ground-breaking AI technology automatically identifies risky behaviour and notifies the driver, helping them avoid potentially dangerous situations.

  • Combat non-fault insurance claims against your business
  • Increase safety and protect drivers
  • Automatically record critical driving events
  • On-demand video retrieval via the cloud
  • Live streaming & privacy by design

The pre-order book is now open! Download the datasheet here for more Info or fill in an enquiry form here.