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Growing grey fleet driver numbers raise compliance risk

An increasing number of grey fleet drivers have raised the compliance risks their employers face and make the need for the appropriate policies and procedures of paramount importance, according to Licence Check, the UK’s fastest growing provider of licence checking services.

Official figures for the last tax year available show that the number of UK employees taking company cars fell by around 20,000, as a rising tax burden has prompted drivers to switch away from the car benefit, often in favour of cash allowances.

Latest statistics from HMRC showed an estimated 940,000 drivers paid Benefit‐in‐Kind on a company car in the 2016/17 tax year – down 2% from 960,000 the year before.

Many of those former company car drivers will now be using their own cars on company business when studies show conclusively that such vehicles are typically older, less regularly serviced, emit higher levels of pollution and are incorrectly insured.

However, despite this widespread use, many companies fail to recognise that they have a legal obligation to ensure that grey fleet vehicles are reasonably safe to use, are fit for purpose and are lawfully on the road, and that the company is culpable in the event of accidents that occur in such vehicles.

Richard Brown, director of sales at fleet driver licence and compliance specialist Licence Check, now part of online solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, said companies of all sizes were often unaware of the consequences of allowing employees to use their own cars on company business  without the proper compliance checks and balances in place.

This was important as previous research by Licence Check had shown that the most common endorsements on the licences of grey fleet drivers were for speeding, construction and use offences, such as bald tyres, defective brakes or carrying an unsafe load, and insurance offences,  typically vehicles uninsured against third party risks, said Brown. 

It was partly for this reason that Licence Check developed its award-winning, cloud-based Driver and Vehicle Information Solution brand, DAVIS, to help manage driver and vehicle fleet compliance including grey fleet management services.

The grey fleet solution within DAVIS manages the compliance around employee-owned vehicles, checking vehicle credentials, such as road tax and MOT, and enabling the easy upload and storage of key documents such as motor insurance policies, as well as checking for the correct level of business use cover.

For organisations looking to implement additional rules for grey fleet drivers, vehicles can be automatically approved or rejected dependent on a variety of factors such as age of vehicle and CO2 emissions, thus increasing grey fleet control.

“Businesses often incorrectly assume that, because the vehicle is owned by the driver and not the company, they are exempt from any responsibility. However, that completely ignores their legal obligation to ensure that grey fleet vehicles are reasonably safe to use, are fit for purpose and are lawfully on the road,” said Richard Brown.

“Employers put themselves at risk of claims by third parties if employees are driving on company business and are involved in an accident, without having proper business insurance cover.  Equally, there is a risk that employees who are driving vehicles that are not roadworthy could cause harm to others, which could lead to the employer being prosecuted and heavily fined if they do not have a robust grey fleet policy in place.”  

Brown said it was important not to forget grey fleet drivers in any corporate risk assessment and that the proper number and depth of licence checks needed to be carried out.

“As we have seen, a growing number of employees are opting for cash allowances and using their own cars on company business due to increases in Benefit-in-Kind taxation. Grey fleet drivers should be checked as regularly as if they were company drivers, including confirmation that they have the correct business class insurance and that they are eligible to drive the type of vehicle they are driving,” he added.

However, there was an upside in ensuring the appropriate policies and procedures were in place, said Brown, as businesses could benefit from savings in off-road time due to reduced breakdowns, as well as reducing the risk of prosecution and imprisonment faced by senior managers and directors.

“The savings achieved will more than justify any investment costs over a fairly short period,” he said.

 

Contact information:

Katy Holding

Marketing Manager

Licence Check

Tel: 01330 660 7107

Email: katy@licencecheck.co.uk

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Autorama implements Ebbon-Dacs’ Leaselink platform for all new vehicle orders

Hemel Hempstead-based Autorama Group has selected Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leading e-
procurement platform, Leaselink, to handle all new vehicle orders across its three main brands
and generate operating efficiencies across the business.

Autorama, which has experienced rapid growth in the last four to five years, is one of the UK’s
largest credit brokers and operates a fully funded fleet of around 45,000 vehicles. It is the major
sponsor of National League football in the UK.

The business operates across three main brands: Vanarama, which specialises in sales of light
commercial vehicles; Motorama which provides new cars to both B2B and B2C customers; and
Pick-up Direct which handles sales of new pick-up trucks.

The Group orders some 15-16,000 new vehicles per annum across its three business lines, and
had previously relied on manual processes and spreadsheets. However, these were neither
scalable nor could they cope with the pace of growth the business had witnessed in recent
years.

To identify a more efficient and fully automated alternative, Chief Commercial Officer Jo Elms
headed up a selection and implementation project which began by evaluating the main e-
procurement platforms in the UK.

It quickly became apparent that Ebbon-Dacs’ Leaselink solution was not only the most widely
used platform by both dealer groups and the industry as a whole, but it was the most
transparent, easiest to use and most readily recognised.

The Autorama Group has some 60 supplying dealers on its system but a central core of around a
dozen groups supply the bulk of new vehicle orders.

“And they were all familiar with and regular users of Leaselink which made our decision even
easier,“ said Jo Elms.

Leaselink is the market-leading web-based e-procurement solution in Europe and has supplied
and tracked vehicles worth over £18bn in the last four years. It is used to electronically source
more than 210,000 vehicles a year and links around 2,000 franchised dealers and several vehicle
manufacturers to a community of major leasing, rental and fleet management suppliers.

Elms said the implementation of Leaselink was already bringing a number of benefits, including
greatly improved transparency; the ability to track orders anywhere in the supply pipeline; the
removal of manual purchase orders with a fully streamlined and automated ordering process;
better management information reporting; and the speeding up of delivery times by around
15%.

“We use Leaselink in conjunction with Stocklink, a standalone system that Ebbon-Dacs
developed several years ago and which gives our sales team an overview of the vehicles we hold
in stock.

“They can then reserve a vehicle for 48 hours on the customer’s behalf, but if the deal is not
completed by then, the vehicle goes back into stock. It gives us more structure and control to
our sales process,” she said.

As the next phase of its implementation, Autorama also plans to use Ebbon-Dacs’ highly-
acclaimed moDel vehicle delivery and collection solution to control all deliveries of new vehicles
in the future.

The moDel system, which integrates fully with Leaselink or can be operated as a stand-alone, is
now employed by 17 of the UK’s largest contract hire and leasing companies, along with several
vehicle manufacturers and daily rental companies, and has recently achieved record results with
over 30,000 movements in one month.

Justine Hawkins, Head of Commercial for Ebbon-Dacs, commented: “We are delighted that the
Autorama Group has selected our Leaselink solution to handle all new vehicle orders across its
three main brands, and are confident the platform will deliver the efficiencies in terms of
manpower, time, management reporting and transparency that the business is looking for. “

Jo Elms, Chief Commercial Officer, Autorama

 

Notes to Editors

About Ebbon-Dacs

Ebbon-Dacs is well established as a provider of hosted, web based technology solutions to the automotive contract hire and leasing community. For around 20 years, the company has focused on connecting and automating the fleet community with an increasing range of platforms.

The company, which is owned by a private equity group, has an international presence in the Netherlands and Germany, and through partners in Italy. In the UK it recently acquired the Licence Check vehicle licence checking business.

About Leaselink

Leaselink is Europe’s market leading web based e-procurement solution, linking franchised dealers and motor manufacturers to major leasing, fleet management, and rental companies.

An established online community, Leaselink is accessed by over 2,000 franchised dealers and dealer groups every day to respond to tenders and optimise the supply of fleet vehicles. Last year, the platform was used to order more than 210,000 new vehicles by the UK’s leading leasing, rental and fleet management companies.

Contact information:

Robert Pilkington

Director

Ebbon-Dacs

Tel: 01865 329300

Mob: 07989 858248

Email: robert.pilkington@ebbon-dacs.com

 

Press enquiries:

Mike Gunnell

MGMedia Services

Tel: 01832 275060

Mob: 07786 971 544

Email: mike@mgmediaservices.com

Richard Brown – ‘new smart motorways mean drivers need to be constantly aware’

Smart motorways will increase need for regular licence checking

The growing number of smart motorways across the UK which rely on Advanced Traffic Management (ATMs) system cameras will increase the need for regular driver licence checking because of the increased capture of speeding events.

That’s the view of Richard Brown, director of sales at fleet driver licence and compliance specialist Licence Check, the fastest growing provider of licence checking services in the country and now part of online solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, following a strategic acquisition at the end of last year.  

“Drivers could notch up sufficient penalty points for possible disqualification on just a single journey if they are not continually aware and do not observe motorway speed limits, increasing the onus on fleet managers to check their licences on a more frequent basis. Annually is no longer sufficient,” said Brown.

The latest section of smart motorway opened on the M1 near East Midlands airport recently, between junctions 23a, Nottingham/East Midlands Airport, and the approach to junction 24 for Derby, joining other stretches on the M25 and M6.

The permanent 24-hour ATM smart cameras are live constantly and not just when a lower speed than the national limit is showing on the overhead gantry. The ATM system incorporates automatic ticket generation that logs the registration number of any speeding vehicle and issues a speeding ticket.

Speed limits displayed inside a red circle on overhead signs are legally enforceable. If no signs are displayed, the national speed limit applies to these areas of the motorway. Drivers caught by the system face fines of up to £2,500, based on income, and up to six points on their licence. Speeds over 90mph could lead to automatic disqualification.

“Smart motorways are the future and the means by which the authorities will regulate traffic flow – which means greater surveillance of drivers. As a consequence, drivers will have to be more attentive and aware of speed limits at all times. Lapses in concentration could cost them their licence or increase their risk profile with their employer,” said Brown.

Brown said that companies may need to look at the frequency of licence checking with the advent of increasing stretches of smart motorways to ensure that drivers still have the entitlement to drive and have not amassed too high levels of points or other convictions on their licences.

“We always advise our clients to look at the type of vehicle being driven and the nature of the driving. For example, with vocational driving where goods or passengers are being carried, our recommendation is in line with the Traffic Commissioner’s advice, which is to check licences four times a year,” he said.

“For high mileage drivers, we would also advocate four checks per annum because they are a higher risk category of drivers. For company car drivers where driving is part of their job, we would generally recommend carrying out at least two checks a year and, for more casual users once a year. Clearly, employers at all times should consider a risk-based approach to licence checking.

“Companies should not forget grey fleet drivers as well, especially as we are seeing a significant increase in the number of employees opting for cash allowances and using their own cars on company business due to increases in Benefit-in-Kind taxation.

“Grey fleet drivers should be checked as regularly as if they were company drivers, including  confirmation that they have the correct business class insurance which is often overlooked,” he added.

Licence Check works with many customers in the fleet, leasing and rental, transport and logistics and coach and bus markets, offering a wide range of licence checking services. The company recently expanded its range of services to include the Driver and Vehicle Information Solution brand, DAVIS, a cloud solution to help manage driver and vehicle fleet compliance including grey fleet management services.

Richard Brown – ‘new smart motorways mean drivers need to be constantly aware’
Richard Brown – ‘new smart motorways mean drivers need to be constantly aware’

Notes to Editors

About Licence Check

Derby-based Licence Check, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, won the ‘Safety Award’ at the 2018 Business Car Awards and, more recently, the ‘Innovation of Risk Management Award’ for its DAVIS solution at the British Fleet Awards. Established in 2008 by Richard Brown, it is one of the UK’s leading licence checking businesses, carrying out hundreds of thousands of online driver licence checks per annum and is the UK’s fastest growing licence checking business.

The company works with both private and public sector customers, including end user fleets, vehicle leasing and rental suppliers, transport and logistics companies and coach and bus operators, to name but a few, providing real-time driving licence checking solutions and driver compliance.

The company is also a founding member of the Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV), the trade body for driving licence checking operators.

More recently, the company’s range of customer services has been expanded under the Driver and Vehicle Information Solution brand, DAVIS, a cloud solution to help manage driver and vehicle fleet compliance for both company vehicles and the grey fleet.

The company was acquired by Ebbon-Dacs in November 2018. Richard Brown, commercial director, Terry Hiles, and all existing staff have remained with the business, which will continue to be based in Derby.

Ebbon-Dacs

Ebbon-Dacs is well established as a provider of hosted, web-based technology solutions to the automotive contract hire and leasing community. For over 15 years, the company has focused on connecting and automating the fleet community with an increasing range of platforms.

Its main online solutions include the market-leading e-procurement platform, Leaselink, and the vehicle delivery system, moDel, both of which are used extensively throughout the UK and increasingly in Europe.

Contact information:

Richard Brown

Director of Sales

Licence Check

Tel: 01330 660 7107

Mob: 07966 406947

Email: richard@licencecheck.co.uk

Press enquiries:

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MGMedia Services

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Email: mike@mgmediaservices.com

New Motor Delivery service aimed at retail car buyers

Photo: Left to right: Ian Smith, Commercial Director; Jack Davies, Operations Director; Phil Kelsey, Managing Director

Motor Delivery, a new, online dealer-to-home delivery service for car buyers, is launching this
month employing moDel, the UK’s leading electronic vehicle delivery and collection solution, as
its key technology partner and Lincoln-based vehicle logistics specialist, Vision Drive, as logistics
partner.

The new Motor Delivery service, which is headed up by directors Phil Kelsey, Ian Smith and Jack
Davies, will launch in the Midlands region from January after taking widespread soundings in the
retail motor market.

A number of dealer groups have already expressed interest in the new delivery service, which is
free to dealers and will utilise Ebbon-Dacs’ moDel system to capture delivery data and handover
feedback.

The new service is ideal for dealerships of all sizes, for both new and used cars, that deliver
numbers of vehicles to retail customers on a regular basis. The new service brings an array of
attractive features and benefits – all at no cost to the dealer.

Motor Delivery is aimed directly at the retail motor market, with a fast and competitively priced
offer, to help car buyers get their new vehicle delivered from the dealer to any location of their
choosing. Dealerships choose the date and time slot of the delivery at the start of the sale
process, which gives greater flexibility and removes the need to have handovers over a
weekend.

With Motor Delivery’s ‘white glove’ and customer focused approach, its model is designed to
also help improve dealers’ Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) rating for vehicle handover with a
fast, highly efficient and professional service. Motor Delivery handles all aspects of the
handover, including explaining the car’s key technology and specification benefits to the driver.

With dealerships no longer involved in handovers, it will free up time for retail sales staff,
allowing them to spend more time on physically selling more cars, confident that the delivery
process is being handled seamlessly and professionally.

All vehicle movements can be followed through the Motor Delivery portal, via a unique log-in, so
both the dealer and the customer can monitor the whereabouts of the vehicle in the supply
chain whenever required.

Vehicles will be delivered in partnership with Vision Drive, which has handled more than
100,000 vehicle movements since 2016, on clean, safe and well maintained trucks, by fully
trained, employed and insured drivers.

Ian Smith, Commercial Director, said: “This new solution is free for dealers to start using, and is
designed to imbed seamlessly into their sales process, providing a quick and efficient way for
organising the home delivery.

“Motor Delivery’s technology, as a standalone platform, can integrate into dealers’ sales
platforms in the same way as F&I products to make the order process as seamless and effortless
for them as possible.

“A pricing algorithm works out the delivery charge on a pence per mile basis per vehicle so no
further calculations are required by the dealer, and we handle all communications with the end-
customer and every aspect of the handover process,” he said.

Managing Director, Phil Kelsey, said that after reviewing several products on the market the
decision had been taken to select the Ebbon-Dacs moDel solution to electronically capture all
delivery information.

“moDel is a leading industry benchmark, used by national dealers in the UK. This technology will
drive our system and help us let everyone know where the vehicle is in the process.”

“As well as offering new car buyers a highly price competitive, fast and professional delivery
service, Motor Delivery takes away the time-consuming handover and communication process
from retail dealer staff so they can focus on selling more cars.”

Ebbon-Dacs’ Commercial Head – moDel, Michael Terry, said: “moDel has become the benchmark
system for fully automated vehicle collection and delivery within the UK fleet market.

“However, this type of opportunity in the retail sector fits with our growth aspirations for the
wider automotive market, and the new partnership will be utilising our stand-alone moDel-VM
solution 100% of the time for the handover process.

“moDel-VM will be fully integrated within the motordelivery.co.uk portal to provide a seamless
end-to-end platform and give the new car buyer a hugely convenient delivery service anywhere
in the UK,” he said.

Motor Delivery launches January 2019 into a selected number of initial dealerships. The
business and directors welcome the opportunity to talk to other dealers of any size that are
interested to explore the opportunity and how it may compliment the services already offered.

About Ebbon-Dacs
Ebbon-Dacs is an online solutions company based near Oxford and specialises in delivering hosted, web technology solutions. The company has a presence in the Netherlands and Germany and, through partners, in Italy.
Ebbon-Dacs, which is owned by a private equity group, provides business process automation solutions to a wide range of automotive business enterprises through a number of different business tools and solutions and is a leader in hosted solutions for the automotive industry.

Contact information:

Robert Pilkington
Director
Ebbon-Dacs
Tel: 01865 329300
Mob: 07989 858248
Email: robert.pilkington@ebbon-dacs.com

Press enquiries:

Mike Gunnell
MGMedia Services
Tel: 01832 275060
Mob: 07786 971 544
Email: mike@mgmediaservices.com

Ebbon-Dacs buys Licence Check in strategic acquisition

Oxford-based online solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, has made a strategic acquisition with the purchase of fleet driver licence and compliance specialist, Licence Check, for an undisclosed sum.

Derby-based Licence Check, which recently won the Safety Award at the 2018 Business Car Awards and celebrated its tenth anniversary last month, was established in 2008 by managing director Richard Brown, and is one of the UK’s leading licence checking businesses, carrying out hundreds of thousands of online driver licence checks per annum.

The company works with both private and public sector customers, including end user fleets, vehicle leasing and rental suppliers, transport and logistics companies and coach and bus operators, to name but a few, providing real-time driving licence checking solutions.

The company is also a founding member of the Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV), the trade body for driving licence checking operators.

More recently, the company’s range of customer services has been expanded under the Driver and Vehicle Information Solution brand, DAVIS, a cloud solution to help manage driver and vehicle fleet compliance including the grey fleet.

Richard Brown and commercial director, Terry Hiles, along with all existing staff, will remain with the business, which will continue to be based in Derby.

Ebbon Dacs director Robert Pilkington said the acquisition made perfect business sense for both companies.

“Our strategy is to remain solely focussed on providing online solutions that help connect the vehicle leasing community.  Our principle investments will be in new capabilities for our fleet vehicle purchasing and mobile logistics platforms, while continuing to build up our more recent fleet compliance systems area.

“DAVIS, coupled with our own latest mobile technologies is the means by which we plan to offer our customers the best platform in this important health and safety area for both end-user fleets and our many customers who provide to these fleets,” he said.

Fellow director Craig Gibbin continued: “Licence checking, risk assessment and compliance will assume an ever increasing significance, not just for company-owned but privately-owned vehicles, to ensure that duty of care requirements are being met in terms of both driving licence and vehicle condition checking.”

Richard Brown welcomed the new relationship and said there were “significant and exciting opportunities going forward and Ebbon-Dacs will allow us to accelerate our compliance services further”.

“Ebbon-Dacs wanted to move into the driver compliance business space and saw our DAVIS solution as the most advanced technological solution on the market by a mile.

“We are also very impressed with Ebbon-Dacs’ technology platforms which are complementary to our own, as well as their existing mobile applications which we see as a great opportunity for future development both here in the UK and in Europe,” he added.

Jaguar Land Rover selects Ebbon-Dacs’ Leaselink platform for direct sales to public sector fleets

Jaguar Land Rover UK has selected Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leading e-procurement platform, Leaselink, to handle direct sales to public sector fleet customers and its moDel vehicle movement management solution to automate and manage the associated new vehicle movements.

Jaguar Land Rover UK’s direct sales department, based in Gaydon, Warwickshire, handles vehicles sales to police, fire and ambulance fleets, NHS Trusts and Government departments, including the Ministry of Defence, and is an approved supplier under the terms of the Crown Commercial Services framework agreement.

The framework is set up to provide public sector fleets with reduced administration and maximum value for money obtained through central government.

Under its terms, vehicles can be outright purchased or leased. Leased vehicles are supplied via a panel of 12 leasing companies, and fleet decision-makers can access a central portal that allows them to generate quotations for new vehicles. They then select the most attractive leasing quotes received on a competitive tendering basis.

Jaguar Land Rover UK has now consolidated its processes for managing direct sales to align with the systems being operated by the bulk of the leasing industry, most of whom are already users of the Ebbon-Dacs Leaselink platform.

Leaselink is Europe’s market-leading web-based e-procurement solution and has supplied and tracked vehicles worth over £18bn in the last four years. It is used to electronically source more than 210,000 vehicles a year and links around 2,000 franchised dealers and several vehicle manufacturers to a community of major fleet management, leasing and rental suppliers.

Claire Watson-Brown, National Public Sector Manager, Jaguar Land Rover UK, championed a 16-month project to implement Leaselink that went live on May 1.

“This has been a transformational project for us and one we are very proud of,” she said.

”I am confident the leasing companies on and off the framework will recognise and welcome the benefits of our switch to Leaselink. The improvements that are possible when all parties share a common platform mean that we are putting our customers’ needs first, which is at the core of everything we do.”

Claire Watson-Brown said the implementation of Leaselink was already bringing a number of benefits, including greatly improved transparency; the ability to track orders anywhere in the supply pipeline; the removal of manual purchase orders with a fully streamlined and automated ordering process; and a full alignment of all ordering processes between leasing company and manufacturer.

Jaguar Land Rover UK will also be using Ebbon-Dacs’ moDel vehicle delivery and collection solution to deliver all new direct sale vehicles.  The moDel system, which is now employed by 17 of the UK’s largest contract hire and leasing companies along with several vehicle manufacturers and daily rental companies, has recently achieved record results with over 30,000 movements in March this year.

The system completely automates the new vehicle delivery and used vehicle collection process, allowing users to remarket their vehicles more quickly and efficiently, as well as capturing all relevant information electronically and removing all paper from the system, reducing errors and improving accuracy dramatically.

Claire Watson-Brown added: “We see a number of advantages from introducing moDel alongside Leaselink. These include increased accuracy of delivery times and an improved speed of documentation, which allows us in turn to speed up the payments process as well as greatly improving transparency.”

Justine Hawkins, Head of Commercial for Ebbon-Dacs commented: “We are delighted that Jaguar Land Rover UK has selected both our Leaselink and moDel solutions to handle all direct sales to public sector fleet customers.  Jaguar Land Rover UK has identified some significant benefits in using our market-leading solutions which will support key business objectives now and in the future.”

Claire Watson-Brown, National Public Sector Manager, Jaguar Land Rover UK

 

Notes to Editors

About Ebbon-Dacs

Ebbon-Dacs is well established as a provider of hosted, web based technology solutions to the automotive contract hire and leasing community. For over 15 years, the company has focused on connecting and automating the fleet community with an increasing range of platforms.

The company, which is owned by a private equity group, has an international presence in the Netherlands and Germany, and through partners in Italy.

About Leaselink

Leaselink is Europe’s market leading web based e-procurement solution, linking franchised dealers and motor manufacturers to major leasing, fleet management, and rental companies.

An established online community, Leaselink is accessed by over 2,000 franchised dealers and dealer groups every day to respond to tenders and optimise the supply of fleet vehicles. Last year, the platform was used to order more than 210,000 new vehicles by the UK’s leading leasing, rental and fleet management companies.

 

Contact information:

Robert Pilkington

Director

Ebbon-Dacs

Tel: 01865 329300

Mob: 07989 858248

Email: robert.pilkington@ebbon-dacs.com

 

 

Press enquiries:

Mike Gunnell

MGMedia Services

Tel: 01832 275060

Mob: 07786 971 544

Email: mike@mgmediaservices.com

 

Ebbon-Dacs’ moDel solution sets new record for electronic vehicle movements

Ebbon-Dacs’ moDel vehicle movement management platform has chalked up record results, after the volume of vehicle movements handled by the system hit an all-time record with over 30,000 movements in a single month.

In March this year, a combination of moDel and moDel-VM, the stand-alone version of the system, were involved in some 30,418 vehicle movements compared to 18,636 movements in the same month last year – an increase of 63% and the highest the system has yet achieved.

And in the first quarter of this year, the moDel system handled almost 70,000 vehicle movements on behalf on dealer groups, leasing companies, rental suppliers and logistics providers – another record.

That compares with just over 37,000 vehicle movements in the first quarter of 2017, a year-on-year increase of more than 84% as the system has become increasingly recognised as the UK’s number one  electronic vehicle delivery and collection solution.

Some 17 major contract hire and leasing companies now use the moDel solution for all their new vehicle transactions, with the country’s largest, Lex Autolease, the latest leasing company to sign up  to the system.

Lex Autolease, which operates a fleet of more than 380,000 company vehicles, opted to roll-out moDel across the 58 dealer group network which supplies the bulk of its new vehicles, after a successful month-long trial at three suppliers – BMW Park Lane, Norton Way Group and Swansway Group.

Other major leasing companies to utilise moDel from Oxford-based software solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, include, ALD Automotive, Alphabet GB, Arval UK, Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, Inchcape Fleet Solutions, LeasePlan and Volkswagen Financial Services.

The system is also employed by major daily rental provider, Thrifty Car and Van Rental UK, and some 14 independent logistics providers, as well as a network of more than 150 dealerships around the country.

The moDel solution has been designed to allow users to automatically upload all electronic vehicle delivery and collection information directly into their back office systems, or into Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leading Leaselink e-procurement platform, thus cutting time, errors and needless administration as well as speeding up time to market.

In the last 12 months, Ebbon-Dacs has seen the volume of vehicle transactions going through moDel increase significantly, and in 2017 it handled around 165,000 vehicle movements – a level it looks set to comfortably beat this year.

Ebbon-Dacs’ Commercial Head – moDel, Michael Terry, said: “moDel has become the UK’s benchmark system for fully automated vehicle collection and delivery within the fleet market.

“Along with the new mobile phone and vans capability that we introduced recently, we are about to launch a number of new features within the system which we believe will make it still more attractive and user-friendly.”

These include new invoicing functionality that will enable customers to raise invoice details against their vehicle movements which will in turn link with external invoicing platforms; plus

a new tracking and communication module that will allow more accurate tracking and planning of vehicle delivery and collection times.

And Ebbon-Dacs is currently working on a multi-lingual version of the solution for customers on the European mainland.

Michael Terry, Commercial Head-moDel, Ebbon-Dacs

 

About Ebbon-Dacs

Ebbon-Dacs is an online solutions company based near Oxford and specialises in delivering hosted, web technology solutions. The company has a presence in the Netherlands and Germany and, through partners, in Italy.

Ebbon-Dacs, which is owned by a private equity group, provides business process automation solutions to a wide range of automotive business enterprises through a number of different business tools and solutions and is a leader in hosted solutions for the automotive industry.

 

Contact information:

Robert Pilkington

Director

Ebbon-Dacs

Tel: 01865 329300

Mob: 07989 858248

Email: robert.pilkington@ebbon-dacs.com

 

Press enquiries:

Mike Gunnell

MGMedia Services

Tel: 01832 275060

Mob: 07786 971 544

Email: mike@mgmediaservices.com

moDel-VM brings major benefits for Vehicle Connections

Lichfield-based logistics company, Vehicle Connections, has seen a number of major benefits from introducing moDel-VM, the standalone version of Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leading moDel solution, to improve the efficiency of its vehicle collections and deliveries.

Vehicle Connections, a West Midlands family-run vehicle logistics business that has been operating successfully throughout the UK for the last 12 years, delivers new vehicles and collects used models for around 100 dealerships on behalf of most of the UK’s major contract hire and leasing companies.

The company operates a fleet of nine single and multi-vehicle transporters and uses 20 trade plate drivers to deliver new leased vehicles to fleet customers on a nationwide basis, handling around 10,000 vehicle movements a year.

As it works regularly with most of the UK’s leading leasing companies, the company had already had experience of using the moDel delivery solution, which is mandatory for most leasing companies to integrate with Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leading e-procurement platform, Leaselink.

However, the business wanted a system that was also compatible with users outside the Leaselink environment and selected moDel-VM, the stand-alone version of the system, in January this year.

So far, it has been ‘absolutely brilliant, said Vehicle Connections CEO and Transport Director, Nathan Parry.

“We wanted a solution to automate vehicles deliveries and collections and had built our own app. However, it wasn’t very successful, and when we tested the latest version of moDel-VM system about six months ago we find it was perfect for our needs.

“It now allows us to aggregate our new vehicle deliveries on one platform rather than a number of different platforms, which is great news for our drivers as they now only need to use one online application rather than several.

“Prior to using moDel-VM, we had been using an assortment of manual point of collection and point of delivery paperwork for different lease companies, which meant that it could sometimes take several days for delivery details to find their way back to us, and often there would be disputes.

“Now everything is recorded electronically, we can generate the appropriate paperwork ourselves and are completely in control of the vehicle delivery process. We can track deliveries from start to finish and disputes are a thing of the past.

“We are also able to invoice daily which speeds up payments and are now looking at new developments with Ebbon-Dacs including integrating model-VM with our back office Sage accounting system,” he said.

“model-VM has helped us bring our vehicle logistics business into the 21st Century,” he added.

The moDel-VM solution is now utilised by 22 logistics and delivery suppliers and handled more than 10,000 vehicle deliveries in March alone.

Ebbon-Dacs’ Commercial Head – moDel, Michael Terry, said: “We are delighted that Vehicle Connections is now seeing and enjoying the benefits the moDel-VM system offers, including a number of efficiencies in terms of paperwork and daily invoicing.”

Nathan Parry, Vehicle Connections CEO and Transport Director

Notes to Editors 

About Vehicle Connections

Established in 2006 by Tony and Nathan Parry, Vehicle Connections is a family run car transportation business that handles around 10,000 vehicle movements per annum.  Based in Lichfield, Staffordshire, the company works with most major leasing companies to cover the whole of the UK, using a fleet of nine transporters and 20 trade plate drivers.

About Ebbon-Dacs

Ebbon-Dacs is an online solutions company based near Oxford and specialises in delivering hosted, web technology solutions. The company has a presence in the Netherlands and Germany and, through partners, in Italy.

Ebbon-Dacs, which is owned by a private equity group, provides business process automation solutions to a wide range of automotive business enterprises through a number of different business tools and solutions and is a leader in hosted solutions for the automotive industry.

Contact information:

Robert Pilkington

Director

Ebbon-Dacs

Tel: 01865 329300

Mob: 07989 858248

Email: robert.pilkington@ebbon-dacs.com

 

Press enquiries:

Mike Gunnell

MGMedia Services

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Email: mike@mgmediaservices.com

Lex Autolease turns to Ebbon-Dacs’ moDel solution for electronic vehicle deliveries

Lex Autolease, the country’s leading leasing and fleet management provider, is now using the moDel solution from Ebbon-Dacs to handle all its new vehicle delivery and used vehicle collection operations.

 

The roll out of the solution across the 58 dealer group network which supplies Lex Autolease with the bulk of its new vehicles comes after a successful month-long trial at three suppliers – BMW Park Lane, Norton Way Group and Swansway Group.

 

Lex Autolease operates a fleet of more than 380,000 company vehicles on behalf of more than 140,000 customers nationwide and is the country’s number one leasing company, according to the latest FN50 league table of leasing businesses.

 

It is the latest in a line of major leasing companies to switch to moDel from Oxford-based software solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, which is now recognised as the UK’s premier electronic vehicle delivery and collection solution.

 

moDel has been designed to allow users to automatically upload all electronic vehicle delivery and collection information directly into their back office systems, or into the Leaselink e-procurement platform, thus cutting time, errors and needless administration and speeding up the time to market.

 

The solution is widely acclaimed by participating dealers because it promotes a better vehicle handover experience and guarantees them faster payments, improving accuracy and transparency.

 

Liam Gavin, Purchasing & SMR Supplier Network Manager at Lex Autolease, said: ”The use of moDel provides us with a consolidated electronic delivery report for all new vehicles that we can upload straight into our back office.

 

“It will improve the customer handover experience, accelerate our ability to start new vehicle contracts for corporate customers and allow much faster payments to be made to supplying dealers.

 

“We expect a smooth transition with the introduction of moDel as many of our supplying dealer groups are already familiar with the solution and the efficiencies that it generates,” he added.

 

In the last 12 months, Ebbon-Dacs has seen the volume of vehicle transactions going through the moDel solution increase significantly, so that it now handles around 18,000 vehicle movements per month.

 

The company has recently enhanced the system’s capabilities, and it can now be used on all Android smart phones with screens of five inches or bigger. And by adding a schematic of a generic van to the system’s flat screen, users can now record and notify areas of damage on vans as well as cars.

 

The use of an inbuilt camera within moDel also provides greater transparency and accuracy over the condition of vehicles being collected and delivered.

 

Ebbon-Dacs’ Commercial Head – moDel, Michael Terry, said: “We are delighted that Lex Autolease has decided to implement moDel for all its new vehicle deliveries, following recommendations from retailers within its new vehicle supplier network.

 

“moDel has become the UK’s benchmark system for fully automated vehicle collection and delivery within the fleet market.

 

“Along with the new mobile phone and vans capability that we introduced recently, we are also about to launch a number of new features within the system which we believe make it still more attractive and user-friendly,” he added.

 

Liam Gavin, Purchasing & SMR Supplier Network Manager, Lex Autolease

Ebbon-Dacs achieves ISO 27001 for information security

Oxford-based online solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, has achieved ISO 27001, the internationally recognised standard for achieving best practice in information security, to ensure it meets the data protection requirements of its major contract hire and leasing clients.

Ebbon-Dacs works with many of the country’s major leasing companies, including nine of the UK’s ten largest, to help source and acquire new vehicles and manage vehicle movements on behalf of client fleets through its portfolio of online solutions.

These include the market-leading Leaselink e-procurement system and the complementary vehicle delivery and collection system, moDel, both of which process huge volumes of client data and information.

For example, Leaselink alone handles 170,000 new electronic vehicle purchases per annum, while some 20,000 vehicle movements are processed through the moDel system every month.

Most major leasing companies now insist that all suppliers in their supply chain with access to large amounts of confidential client information have the appropriate information security management systems in place to properly safeguard the information.

The industry security standard is ISO 27001, which demonstrates that a company is following information security best practice and provides an independent, expert verification that information security is managed in line with international best practice and business objectives.

Ebbon-Dacs embarked on the ISO 27001 accreditation process around 18 months ago, via an internal project managed by Chief Information Officer, Dave Minto, and Head of Programme Management, Rob Belcher.

The certificate lasts for three years, during which time regular 12-monthly expert reviews will take place, while Ebbon-Dacs carries out its own internal audits to validate the robustness of the system.

“As a major supplier to the vehicle leasing and contract hire sector, it was absolutely essential that we demonstrate to the industry that we are fully adept in handling confidential client information and that the correct security protocols are in place,” said Dave Minto.

“Whilst we had good security management, procedures and systems in place, we wanted to put them to test against the very highest ISO standards so we could identify any areas for improvement, as well as promoting our achievement to current and future clients,” he said.

Rob Belcher added: “To achieve this accreditation is industry recognition that we have met those standards and that our clients can be confident that their and their clients’ data is protected to the very highest possible levels and with the utmost security.”