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    ALD TO ESTABLISH FULL SERVICE LEASING OPERATIONS IN IRELAND WITH THE ACQUISITION OF MERRION FLEET
    On 29 May 2017, ALD signed an agreement to acquire Merrion Fleet the 2nd largest leasing and fleet management company in Ireland. This acquisition forms part of ALD’s development strategy and is an example of ALD’s focus on targeted and value accretive bolt-on acquisitions.  ALD is the operational and fleet management business line of French Bank, Societe Generale the largest providers in Europe. They currently have a direct presence in 41 countries over 4 continents. They have 6000 employees and over 1.4 m vehicles under management.    Merrion Fleet Management Limited are a privately owned company established in 1999. Since that time they have been steadily growing their business and are now the 2nd largest leasing and fleet management company in Ireland with a portfolio of approximately 5,500 vehicles.  David Hurley, CEO of Merrion Fleet, said: ‘We are very excited to join ALD  and believe this is very positive news for our customers and staff as it supports the future growth and development of the Merrion business. Combining our service offering and established presence in Ireland with the innovative and financial power of ALD will enable us to bring a broader product range and global expertise and as such add value for our customers and employees’  Mike Masterson, CEO of ALD, said: ‘We are very happy with this acquisition that enables us to expand our coverage in Europe and increase added value for our international customers. We will also bring our financial and innovation capabilities to further develop the Merrion Fleet business’.
    Merrion Fleet Launches New Website
    We are really excited to launch our new website www.merrionfleet.ie making it easier for you to see how we can save you time and money on your company vehicles. We like to think the new layout represents a clear and simple journey for the user giving you an understanding of who we are and how we can help you. We have also included the most popular lease models in 2017 and their accompanying catalogues so you can have all this and more at one web address. The site also includes pricing on a sample range of vehicles giving you and understanding of how much your lease vehicle will cost. As with all good websites we are on hand at any stage should you wish to speak to us further or simply ask some questions?   For more details visit the link above or contact +353 (0)1 2061118 We look forward to hearing from you
    Used Car Market Breaks One Million in 2016
    Vehicle history and data expert Cartell.ie reports today (8th February) that used transactions for private cars were in excess of 1 million transactions in 2016 – the highest level since Cartell.ie started recording results. Cartell.ie considered all transactions for private cars (including imports) in the market in 2016 including private to private sales, imported by private, trade to trade sales, trade-ins, and trade to private transactions. The total number of transactions for the year was 1,014,376 up from 943,995 in 2015 (+7%). Cartell.ie next examined the total number of transactions in the used market for all vehicle types and found that 2016 had been a record year with 1,200,695. This was up from 1,125,816 in 2015 (+7%). John Byrne, Legal and Public Relations Manager, Cartell.ie says: The used vehicle market had a record year in 2016. We recorded over 1 million transactions for private cars – the first time we have reached this milestone since Cartell.ie started recording results. Overall the used market was up 7% year-on-year and we anticipate further growth in 2017. Most Popular Models by Transaction in 2016 vs 2015 (used cars including imports) 2016 2015 1 FOCUS FOCUS 2 GOLF GOLF 3 PASSAT PASSAT 4 COROLLA COROLLA 5 AVENSIS AVENSIS 6 ASTRA ASTRA 7 A4 A4 8 FIESTA FIESTA 9 YARIS MONDEO 10 POLO YARIS 11 MONDEO MICRA 12 CORSA POLO (Source: Cartell.ie Carstat)
    Merrion Fleet's Tesla Test Drive Day
    Tesla are pleased to offer Merrion Fleet customers and special guests the opportunity to test drive the exhilarating Model S or Model X at an exclusive event on the 20th and 21st February at Stillorgan Industrial Park. Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. They are working towards achieving this by producing ground-breaking electric vehicles, energy storage and solar products. Both the Tesla Model S and Model X have been designed from the ground up to be the safest, most exhilarating vehicles on the road. With a range of up to 613km (NEDC), Tesla vehicles also come with Autopilot hardware designed to make your motorway driving safer and stress free. Not only do Tesla vehicles provide an exhilarating drive experience, they are also 100% electric offering the largest driving range of any electric vehicle. Whether you are looking to discover more about the benefits of all-electric driving for yourself and your business, or experience the thrill of 0 to 100km in under 3 seconds, we can create a unique experience for you.  RSVP and find out for yourself what makes a Tesla the perfect company car. RSVP DESIGN YOURS
    Rathdown link up with Merrion Fleet
    Rathdown School has secured a three year sports sponsorship agreement with Merrion Fleet Management, which encompasses naming rights for a new hockey pitch and viewing stand on the school’s 16 acre site in Glenageary. The deal is part of a broader strategy by the School’s Board to increase participation levels and reduce overall dropout rates from sport. In addition to naming rights, the agreement sees all team jerseys across hockey, basketball and athletics, as well as pitchside signage carry the company logo. The new facility will be branded The Merrion Fleet Arena. Commenting on the announcement, Patsy Ashe, Chair of the Board of Governors at Rathdown School, said: “It is an innovative partnership which will ensure the continued development of our sports programme for future generations. “Rathdown has a long tradition of sporting success and we are committed to promoting the importance of physical education for young girls of all ages, while encouraging them to develop a sport for life.” The sponsorship will be managed by the school’s Sports Committee, a voluntary body made up of parents, teachers and coaches who meet on a frequent basis to plan strategy and work on new initiatives that help and support the development of a healthy, active lifestyle for the students. Sarah Dunn, Founding Director at Merrion Fleet Management said: “We are delighted to support the development of sport at Rathdown School, as part of our commitment to promoting the benefits of sport and physical education for young people in our local community. "We see this as the start of an extremely positive partnership and we look forward to upcoming events at Rathdown’s new, world class hockey facility.”
    Interesting read from Independent.ie
    The big changes motorists can expect to transform Ireland to a 'low-carbon economy' A 50pc hike in the carbon tax, reducing the maximum speed on motorways and removing public car parking spaces are among the measures proposed to transform Ireland to a low-carbon economy. A briefing note prepared for Government sets out a range of options which could be brought in to reduce use of fossil fuels and move to a 'green' economy. They include reducing the maximum speed limit on motorways from 120kmh to 110kmh to help reduce transport emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes a year, and removing public car parking spaces in cities by a "small percentage" every year to give more space for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport services. But a suggested 50pc hike in the carbon tax from €20 per tonne at present to €30, which would add to the cost of motoring and home heating, will prove politically divisive. Designed to discourage use of fossil fuels in favour of cleaner energy, some €400m a year is currently collected in the tax which was introduced in 2009. An analysis from Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir from UCC's Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy suggests that increasing the rate by 50pc would provide a "clear and timely signal" on Ireland's commitment to tackling climate change and reducing use of fossil fuels. But it would add around 3c to the price of a litre of petrol or diesel, and up to €45 on annual home heating bills. The move would also impact on the cost of a bale of briquettes, which would rise by around 14c, with 60c added to a 40kg bag of coal. While both are among the most polluting fuels, they are commonly used by low-income households and any measures will have to factor in the risk of making fuel poverty worse. Communications, Climate Action and Environment Minister Denis Naughten will tell cabinet colleagues today that he intends to publish a briefing document for public consultation on the National Mitigation Plan in the coming weeks, which will set out the measures needed to address emissions from transport, agriculture, power generation and other sectors of the economy. The final plan must be submitted for Government approval by next June. The briefing document includes an "indicative list" of possible measures, but none has been decided, but does say that the carbon tax has a "key role" to play. "Consideration of certain taxation elements will be necessary to underpin a clear pathway and positive policy environment for an early transition to alternative, cleaner fuels," it said. "One measure could involve an increase in carbon tax on petrol and diesel from the current level of €20/tonne to €30/tonne." This could yield savings of more than one million tonnes of carbon between 2017 and 2030. Ireland currently emits almost 60 million tonnes a year, and they are rising. Unless emissions are reduced, Ireland can expect to endure more extreme weather events and increased risk of new pests and diseases.
    Driving for winter - the Do's and Don'ts
    These days in Ireland, It is no secret that we have fluctuating seasons, for example here we are in the depths of winter and we have already experienced a multitude of temperatures and unpredictable climate changes. While this incalculable weather may be difficult for people on foot, it can also be an extremely challenging time for drivers. We are fortunate enough that we can drive in most weather conditions due to our relatively soft seasons. However, this is not to say that we do not have different extremes that can affect our road safety.  It is interesting to note that we do not have a necessity for winter tyres as we fall outside the climate extremities for them unlike most of Europe. Although we fall outside the average climate for winter tyres, we do occasionally experience those temperatures and have to adapt our normal tyres to suit. Winter Tyres are designed to operate and perform better in winter weather conditions. There is no question that they have greater grip in icy weather conditions as their optimum performance is at temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius. These tyres are made from a softer compound to provide better grip in cold driving conditions. These tyres do not perform well in temperatures above 7 degrees, hence we simply do not have the constant conditions for this.  Here at Merrion Fleet, we understand that one does not need to be a vehicle expert to drive a vehicle, however, we all need to be experts on how we drive. With the help of our Merrion Fleet Accident Management Team, Driver Services Team, and various industry experts, we have compiled a helpful list of do’s and don’ts for driving in winter. Here are a few handy tips to help you be prepared for winter driving.   Don’t Don’t take the weather for granted, it can always change at the drop of a hat, be prepared. Don’t leave breaking until the last minute, you cannot predict what the surface is like. Don’t leave your tyres until they go bare, you never know when you will need them. Don’t use your phone while driving Don’t let your fuel go down too low, the winter is unpredictable and you don’t know if you will get stuck in traffic. Don’t forget to check the bulbs in all your lights regularly, you will be depending on your lights a lot more in winter. Don’t opt for back roads where possible. If in doubt don’t take a chance in bad weather conditions. Don’t rush, when we rush, we are not concentrating. Do Give your vehicle a few seconds with the ignition on before powering up the vehicle on cold mornings Slow down, in general everyone needs to slow down in winter. Listen to regular weather forecasts, travel bulletins and any advice issued by An Garda Síochána and adjust your plans accordingly Leave earlier in case of any adverse weather conditions that may cause a hold up. Anticipate changes in temperatures and or precipitation and how this will affect your control on the vehicle Have the following supplies in your vehicle; High Vis vest Food & water De-icer Blanket Extra clothing (boots/wellies, coat, hat & gloves) Torch First aid kit, Make sure you check your oil, coolant, tyres, and window wipers and water every week to avoid roadside disasters in adverse conditions. Always have your phone charged in case of an emergency Let somebody know where you are and an estimated time of arrival Take public transport if you feel nervous driving in certain weather conditions Be aware that other drivers may be nervous so give plenty of time and distance. Driving for winter is all about being prepared. The most important thing for drivers is to be aware of the weather conditions and how they can affect your safety as well as the safety of other road users. Once you are aware of the potential risk and well prepared for every eventuality, winter driving should not be an issue.
    Failing to maintain your vehicle is a false economy
    Driving for work has now become unavoidable in most jobs, and for this reason there has been an increasing focus on the employer’s duty of care to their employees whilst driving for work. It is no secret that our motorways are now filled with branded commercial vehicles transporting consumer goods from one end of our country to the other. When we think of driving for work, we sometimes don’t think about a company vehicle as a place of work. Section 2 of ‘The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005’ states that a company vehicle is considered to be a place of work, and should be fit for the purpose intended. This Act clearly defines the onus of responsibility to the employer to provide a safe environment for their employees in relation to driving on company business. Organisations are expected to do everything that could be reasonably expected of them to ensure the safety of their employees. One process that has been introduced is a daily driver check. This is a process whereby drivers conduct a daily walk around check of their vehicle to ensure that there is nothing dangerous or faulty with the vehicle in a bid to prevent harm to themselves or anyone else on the road. These daily checks involve in cab checks, external checks, Mirror and window checks, access checks, Lights, indicators and reflectors, load security and wheels and tyres. These checks need to be recorded on a daily basis and can be audited at any time. There are a number of substantial benefits to these 5 minute daily checks. One of the most important being the avoidance of any kind of prosecution for the company should they be audited. Other benefits include early intervention on possible vehicle problems which in turn reduces the amount of driver downtime and prevents unpredicted expenses for the company if an issue is discovered early. As one can imagine, the task of daily driver checks magnifies in conjunction with fleet size. If a company has a particularly large fleet of vehicles, it can be difficult to ensure that all drivers are complying with this legislation and more importantly recording their checks. Here at Merrion Fleet we are forward thinking in our efforts to make this a quick and easy task for drivers. We have created an app with a built in checklist that drivers simply need to tick off every day. We store these checks on our data base accessible to the managers of your company should you ever be audited. This takes the hassle and paperwork off your desk which in turn allows you to focus on your business priorities.   Managing a safer fleet can have key cost saving benefits to your company. Merrion fleet can offer a number of fleet safety initiatives including fleet checks, driver briefing sessions, driver’s license checks & Insurance declarations as well as accident reporting & follow up recommendations. We feel that these initiatives can help a company to reduce their overall costs and maximise their production capabilities.   Health and safety is paramount to running a safe fleet and Merrion Fleet will continue to promote responsible fleet safety for both the driver and the employee.
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