Members of staff from Ogilvie Fleet's Sheffield office are taking park in a sponsored walk next week in aid of a local cancer charity. The 6 dales challenge takes in 27 miles and 1,000 feet of ascent through the Peak District.
Weston Park Cancer Charity is the only charity solely dedicated to supporting Weston Park cancer patients. Their projects provide:
- Practical help to those in need - Emotional support to those in despair - Enhanced care for those who need it most
Weston Park Cancer Charity is currently funding 20 innovative research projects, including projects to improve treatments to breast, bone, skin, lung and prostate cancer.
The ability to make fleet operating cost savings and the ‘simplicity’ of monthly fixed costs contributed to Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG) switching to a fully outsourced contract hire solution with Ogilvie Fleet for its 45 light commercial vehicles.
Historically, GUHG, an innovative leading provider and developer of affordable housing and related services in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, managing almost 12,000 properties, has purchased its fleet vehicles.
However, Richard Pearce, the organisation’s Health, Safety and Business Services Manager, undertook a root and branch funding review to ascertain the most cost effective method of acquisition for its vehicles.
Ogilvie Fleet, one of the UK’s fastest growing vehicle leasing and fleet management companies with more than 16,000 company cars and vans on its books, was among the contract hire providers approached to provide a detailed whole life cost analysis of the fleet.
Utilising the Deloitte modelling tool, Ogilvie Fleet identified that contract hire was the most cost-effective funding mechanism for the procuring of vans by GUHG.
Ogilvie Fleet subsequently worked with Richard and van users’ representing the various operatives’ skill sets within GUHG, including electricians, multi-trade operatives and ground maintenance staff, to select vehicle make and models and specify the vans to ensure they were fit-for-purpose.
Innovation-focused Ogilvie Fleet has launched a new smartphone app designed to help fleet managers and drivers overcome often contentious end-of-contract damage charges on company vehicles.
Called APPraisal by Ogilvie Fleet, the new app builds on the independent vehicle leasing and fleet management company’s long established total transparency policy in respect of defleeted company car and van damage charges which tells customers what they will be at the outset of the contract via a recharge cost matrix.
APPraisal by Ogilvie Fleet also sits alongside the company’s ‘Happy Drivers’ App, which was launched in 2015 and contains a raft of features and information available to all fleet managers and company car and van drivers not just customers.
The new app, which is has been developed in partnership with leading automotive data provider cap hpi whose technology also powers the tool, has been designed to save fleet managers and drivers’ time and to avoid any unnecessary end-of-contract damage costs by fully assessing a vehicle prior to its return at the end of a lease.
APPraisal by Ogilvie Fleet fully streamlines the end of contract process and informs customers well ahead of industry timescales on the expected return condition of vehicles via a straightforward step-by-step process.
Ogilvie Fleet’s new standalone rental division, Ogilvie Rental, has won its first industry award less than 12 months after being launched.
The company won the Best Daily Van Rental Award at the 2018 Van Awards, which celebrated the very best light commercial vehicles and service providers with a networking lunch, held at Twickenham Stadium, London.
Judged by an expert panel from sister publications Van Fleet World and Vans A2Z, the 18 categories sought to recognise innovative new products and services which cut costs, streamline operations and contribute to safer, more fuel-efficient fleets.
Ogilvie Fleet’s short-term hire business has been transformed since 2013 into a £4.5 million a year operation - up around 27% on the previous 12 months - with an expectation that turnover will top £5 million in 2018.
The significant growth in business - rental days increased by around 30% over 12 months to 193,883 in 2016/17 from 147,655 in 2015/16 - is due to Ogilvie Fleet maximising short-term hires with existing contract hire and leasing company customers while also winning business in the wider marketplace. In 2017/18 Ogilvie Fleet is on target to record 240,000 rental days and is averaging 19,000 rental days per month.
That growth led to the launch in 2017 of Ogilvie Rental accompanied by a dedicated website - www.ogilvie-rental.co.uk.
As the furore of the VW emissions scandal begins to die down, the fleet industry is now faced with WLTP (World harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure) which has been developed to provide ‘real-world’ emissions and fuel economy data.
The new WLTP figures provided by manufacturers in mid 2018 are only the beginning. From September 2019, all new vehicles must pass RDE (Real Driving Emissions) tests. RDE tests require a vehicle to be driven on the open road, with equipment strapped to the rear of the vehicle to measure everything that comes out of the exhaust. Critics may argue that RDE tests aren’t perfect but one can hope that they are closer to real world driving conditions.
The change in testing doesn’t stop with RDE (often called RDE1) because January 2020 sees the introduction of RDE2 testing for all newly designed vehicles. The same RDE2 test will also be applied to all vehicles sold from January 2021.
Diesel is particularly vulnerable with the 4% company car tax surcharge and with new tests as manufacturers aim to reduce pollutants such as Nitrogen Oxides (NOx). At the time of writing, April 2018, there are no RDE2 compliant diesel vehicles but interest for these vehicles is growing – the HMRC has confirmed that when they are available, they will not attract the current diesel supplement for company car drivers.