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Welcoming Allan Coulter as AfMA VIC Committee Chapter Member

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The Australian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) is delighted to announce the re-appointment of Allan Coulter as the newest Chapter Member for Victoria. With a dedicated commitment spanning over a decade,…

RXR, ASXE Dominate Extreme-E Desert X Prix

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Extreme-E Season 4 got an electrifying start at the Desert X Prix in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Defending Champion Rosberg X Racing (RXR) secured a dramatic victory in Round 1 as…

Thailand Anticipates Car Production Surge

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Thailand's automotive sector is poised for a significant boost as the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) predicts an annual car production exceeding 2 million units within the next two years.…

Australians Inch Towards EVs—Industry Report

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A recent report released by the Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA) has revealed that while interest in EVs is growing, it remains a slow shift for consumers. The 'EV &…
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Industry Reaction to the NVES

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Last week, the Federal Government announced that a New Vehicle Efficiency Standard will take effect on 1 January 2025. It will be setting targets for average emissions per kilometre for…

Strong Start for AU Used Car Market

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The Australian used car market has kicked off the year with a strong 7.3 percent increase compared to December 2023. In the January 2024 edition of the Automotive Insights Report…

Auckland Regional Fuel Tax to be Scrapped

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New Zealand has announced the end of the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax (RFT) by June 30, 2024, fulfilling the government's promise outlined in its 100-Day Plan. Transport Minister Simeon Brown…

OEM’s, Dealers and FMO’s – Strategies and Challenges in Managing Used Vehicles

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In our projects, our consultants, coaches, trainers, and all four partners often encounter operational questions that lead to a fundamental issue: the lack of a clear strategy. Whether it's about…

New Vehicle Efficiency Standard Announced

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In a move to deliver more cars that are not only cost-effective but also environmentally friendly, the Federal Government is introducing a new vehicle efficiency standard in Australia. The proposed…

Australian New Car Market Hits Record High in January

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The Australian automotive industry has kicked off 2024 with a bang, recording a historic high in new vehicle sales for January. According to the latest figures released by the Federal…

New Zealand New Car Market Shifts Post-Clean Car Discount

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New Zealand has recorded a total of 12,645 new vehicle registrations in January 2024. According to the Motor Industry Association (MIA), this is 1.3 percent higher than January 2023 but…

Sustainable Practices for a Greener Fleet

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Fleets are increasingly recognising the need to adopt eco-friendly practices not only to drive operational efficiency but also to contribute to environmental conservation. The transport sector plays a pivotal role…

Thrilling 2024 Race Calendar Announced for Extreme E

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Extreme E,  the pioneering motorsport series featuring electric vehicles, is gearing up for another year of exhilarating races and innovative technology. The 2024 season will feature a new location, familiar…

Key Components of a Fleet Safety Program

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In fleet management, the safety of drivers and other road users is always a top priority. Because of this, implementing a fleet safety program has emerged as a crucial tool…

Over 2 million Used Cars Sold in Australia in 2023

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2,074,535 used cars were sold throughout 2023 according to the Automotive Insights Report (AIR) published by the Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA) and AutoGrab. This represents an increase of 34.4…

Scholarship Winners Announced for AfMA’s Diploma of Leadership & Management

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AfMA offers several paid scholarships for our industry's Diploma of Leadership & Management (contextualised for the Fleet and Automotive industries) which is facilitated by Swinburne University. AfMA’s corporate partners, Geotab,…

Australia to Launch Parliamentary Probe on EV Transition

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Australian Parliament will launch an inquiry into the nation’s electric vehicle (EV) transition. The probe will be led by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Energy, Environment,…

EV Drivers in NZ to Start Paying RUC

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Owners of light electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids in New Zealand will no longer be exempted from road user charges (RUC) beginning April 1, 2024. "Petrol tax and distance-based…

Forum to Address Road Fatalities Announced

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Several international and Australian road safety experts as well as federal and state stakeholders will come together for a road safety forum in Sydney. Hosted by the New South Wales…

Summer Driving Safety

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Scorching summers in Australia not only come with soaring temperatures but also unique challenges for drives. Whether you’re going for a short trip or a long drive across borders, staying…

Aussie’s First EV-Only Ride Share to be Launched

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Australia is set to see its first electric-only rideshare service this month. Dubbed Comfort Electric, this service will be available to Uber One customers from January 12, 2024, in Melbourne…
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Hyundai Kona Receives 4-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

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The Hyundai Kona has recently received a 4-star safety rating from ANCAP following mixed results during physical occupant protection, pedestrian protection, and collision avoidance capability testing. This safety rating applies…

Electric Vehicles Rebates Available for Australian Buyers

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The electric vehicle market in Australia has seen some steady growth over the past few years thanks in part to various incentives offered by State and the Federal government. In…
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Preventing Vehicle Roll Overs

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Vehicle roll-overs pose a significant safety risk across various workplaces. Whether you’re working on construction sites, maintenance yards, car parks, or roadsides, the improper immobilisation of vehicles can lead to…

How to Make the Most of 2024

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As we step into the new year, we at the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone especially our valued Members, Corporate Partners,…

Australian Car Market Skyrocket to Historic Highs in 2023

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New car sales for 2023 in Australia reached an all-time high of 1,216,780 units according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). The previous highest sales result was in…

NZ New Car Registrations Drop 9.5% in 2023

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New Zealand recorded 149,260 new vehicle registrations in 2023. This, according to the Motor Industry Association, is down 9.5 percent from last year. While the overall new car market is…

Landmark Case on Safety Highlights Corporate Responsibility

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A pivotal case highlighting heavy vehicle safety has urged industry leaders and operators to take immediate action. Recently, a company was fined heavily after a tragic collision in April 2020…

NZ Government Ends Clean Car Discount, ‘Ute Tax’

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New Zealand’s Clean Car Discount and its ‘Ute Tax’ have officially been repealed by the government. In a press release, NZ Transport Minister Simeon Brown said, "The scheme, while offering…

EV Charging During the Holidays

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The holiday rush can be tricky, especially for electric vehicle (EV) drivers who rely on charging stations. Being considerate during EV charging isn't just about your car—it's about making the…

BMW 5 Series Garners 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

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The recently introduced BMW 5 Series in Australia and New Zealand has achieved a 5-star ANCAP safety rating. This safety rating applies to all variants including the electric i5. When…

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Earns 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

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The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV has recently achieved a 5-star ANCAP safety rating. Introduced into the Australian and New Zealand markets in September 2023, this rating applies to all variants of…

Managing Vehicle Overloading During the Holidays

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As the holiday season approaches and the private use of our vehicles increasing, the focus shifts to ensuring the safety of our drivers and their families. With many planning road…

More Electric Tourist Buses to Hit QLD Roads

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More electric buses are set to roll out in Far North Queensland. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has recently announced that it will be injecting $4.75 million in funding…

Kia EV 9 Secures 5-Star Safety Rating

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The battery-electric Kia EV 9 has secured a 5-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). This safety rating applies to all variants of the Kia EV9…

Paving the Way to Eco-Friendly Racing

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The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the FIA Formula One World Championship, and Extreme H have banded together to pioneer a hydrogen technical working group aimed at exploring the potential…

Unlocking Your Potential for a Thriving Fleet Management Future

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The Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) is offering to take fleet professionals on a transformative journey, shaping the future of fleet management and ensuring success for generations to come. The…

New Online Tool to Determine EV, ICE Emissions Launched

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A new online calculator that compares the lifecycle emissions of Australian electric vehicles and internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles has recently been launched. Developed by the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC),…

New Zealand November New Car Registrations Experience Surge

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The New Zealand auto industry experienced a significant surge in new registrations in November, largely fueled by a staggering influx of rental vehicle units, according to Aimee Wiley, Chief Executive…

Rosberg X Racing Seizes Second Extreme E Championship in Chile’s Riveting Finale

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In a showdown at the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix in Chile, Rosberg X Racing (RXR) clinched their second Extreme E championship title in three seasons. The Grand Final, held…

November New Car Sales Break All-Time Sales Record

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The Australian new car market has shattered an all-time sales record in November. According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), a total of 112, 141 new vehicles were…

Initial Real-World Testing Program Results Released

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Australia's first Real-World Testing Program has unveiled meaningful disparities between laboratory test results and the actual on-road performance of vehicles, exposing concerns about fuel consumption and emissions levels. The recently…

Victorian Government to Refund Electric Vehicle Taxes After High Court Ruling

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Victoria's state government has made a landmark decision to reimburse electric vehicle (EV) owners for taxes collected, with interest, following a High Court ruling deeming the tax on EV drivers…

Australian Business Fleets Driving the Transition to Electric Vehicles

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The Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) launched its EVs in Business Fleets Report last Thursday during a one-hour webinar which lasted almost two hours with 41 audience questions. Speakers during…

Government Pledges $16.3 Million for Enhanced Vehicle Safety

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The Australian Government has reaffirmed its support for the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), pledging $16.3 million over the next five years. The announcement came during ANCAP’s 30th Anniversary…

South Australia Pioneers World’s First Legislation to Accelerate Hydrogen Projects

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The South Australian Government has unveiled the pioneering Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Act 2023, marking a significant leap in fast-tracking hydrogen initiatives. This groundbreaking legislation has been tailored to propel…

Research Predicts Dramatic Drop in EV Battery Costs

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A recent report by Goldman Sachs Research has unveiled a promising outlook for the electric vehicle (EV) market, indicating a more rapid decline in battery pack prices than initially anticipated.…

ANCAP Safety: 30 Years of Safety Leadership

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The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Established in the early 1990s as the second NCAP globally, after the United States, ANCAP's star ratings…

Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders: AfMA Launches Industry Development Program

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In a move geared towards securing the future of fleet management, the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) proudly introduces the Industry Development Program (IDP). This visionary initiative is crafted to…

Welcoming Tanwir Dadarkar to the Western Australia Chapter Committee of AfMA

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AfMA is thrilled to welcome Tanwir Dadarkar to the Western Australia Chapter Committee. Tanwir brings a wealth of experience and a profound passion for road safety and fleet technology, making him a valuable addition…

Motoring Body Pushes for Safer Roads through Data Transparency

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In a bid to prioritise road safety and influence the allocation of $50 billion in federal road funding over the next five years, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) and its…

New Used Car Safety Ratings Empower Australians to Make Safer Choices

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Australians seeking a safe and reliable used car now have access to enhanced information with the launch of the revamped Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSRs) for 2023. Developed by the…

Debunking 10 EV Fire Myths

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Electric vehicles are continuing to transform the automotive landscape, offering a cleaner and more sustainable mode of transportation. As of October 2023, 71,800 EVs have been sold in Australia and…

2023 EVs in Business Fleets Report to Unveil Insights on Australia’s Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles

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The 2023 EVs in Business Fleets Report will be officially unveiled during a webinar scheduled to take place on November 23, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (Sydney time).…

NSW Launches $10M Grants for Apartment EV Charger Installation

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New South Wales (NSW) has unveiled a $10 million grant program to retrofit over 100 apartment buildings with cutting-edge technology for electric vehicle charging stations. The initiative, known as the…

NZ New Car Sales Start to Improve in October 2023

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12,944 new vehicles have been registered in New Zealand in October 2023 according to the latest date from the Motor Industry Association (MIA). “New vehicle registrations are beginning to show…

Australia Hits One Million New Car Sales in October 2023

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Australia’s new car market has recorded a total of 106,809 vehicle sales in October 2023. This represents a year-on-year increase of 22.3 percent from October 2022. This is the highest…

What Fleet Managers Need to Know About Prescribed Medication and Driver Safety

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Recently, a woman from the Sunshine Coast was found guilty of driving dangerously while adversely affected by prescription medication. This, according to reports, has caused the death of two mechanics…

Scholarship Opportunities for the 2024 Diploma of Leadership and Management

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The Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA), in collaboration with its supporting partners, is excited to announce an array of scholarship opportunities for motivated individuals pursuing the 2024 Diploma of Leadership…

Victoria Paves the Way for Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks

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Victoria has unveiled its plan to allow heavy-duty electric trucks to operate with a 7.5-tonne weight on the steer axle. This concession is considered essential for heavy-duty electric trucks due…

$2 Billion Hydrogen Headstart Program Launched

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has officially opened applications for the Hydrogen Headstart program, a $2 billion initiative aimed at accelerating the growth of the renewable hydrogen industry in…

Game-Changing Reduced Lithium EV Battery

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Researchers at Monash University have unveiled a groundbreaking development in the form of a new lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery design. This innovation, featuring a nanoporous polymer-coated lithium foil anode, promises to…

Enhance Your Road Journey with mrwarranty.com.au Roadside Assistance Packages

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Embarking on road trips or managing a fleet of vehicles requires more than just a well-tuned car; it necessitates a reliable safety net that can provide prompt assistance in unexpected…

10,000 EVs Set to Expand Aussie Green Fleet

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10,000 electric vehicles will be imported from China and will be offered to Australian Uber drivers under an ownership scheme. The vehicles are being imported through a partnership between Uber…

ANCAP Awards 5-Star Safety Rating to BYD Dolphin

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The highly anticipated BYD DOLPHIN has been awarded a prestigious five-star safety rating from ANCAP SAFETY, Australasia's independent authority on vehicle safety. The battery-electric BYD Dolphin is one of the…

BYD SEAL Receives Coveted 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

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The battery electric BYD Seal has received a 5-star safety rating from Australasia's leading authority on vehicle safety, ANCAP Safety. In ANCAP's destructive crash tests, the BYD SEAL, categorised as…

Upsized Parking Bays to Fit Growing Trend of Larger Vehicles Proposed

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A proposal has been put forward to augment the dimensions of parking bays nationwide as larger vehicles prevail on Australian roads. The revision targets the widely-used standard AS/NZS 2890.1:2004 -…

Europe Adopts ‘Diluted’ Euro 7 Regulations Amidst Car Manufacturer Backlash

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The European Parliament has voted in favour of diluted changes to the proposed Euro 7 emissions regulations, following strong resistance from European carmakers. The amended regulations garnered 52 votes in…

Charging-as-a-Service Project Aims to Electrify Australian Fleets

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Melbourne-based EV charging company JET Charge has launched the Charging as a Service Project, a $24.9 million endeavor that is poised to reshape the way fleet operators access EV charging…

EECA Opens Funding for Public EV Charging Hubs

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New Zealand's Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) has officially launched the latest round of funding under its Low Emission Transport (LET) initiative. The focus of this funding cycle is…

AfMA and Swinburne University’s Diploma of Leadership and Management

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Are you ready to take your career in the automotive and fleet industry to the next level? Swinburne University, in collaboration with the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA), offers a…
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Affordable EV Retrofit Kit Developed

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A new cost-effective method to convert internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles into hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) has been developed by a student from RMIT University. Dubbed the Rapid Electric Vehicle…

NZ Clean Car Discount Sparks EV Surge

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New Zealand's Clean Car Discount programme has become a catalyst for a surge in electric vehicle (EV) adoption, playing a pivotal role in the country's efforts to combat climate change.…

Training, Flexibility Vital for Auto Industry’s Full Employment Goals

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Australian automotive trades body, Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA), has expressed its support for the federal government's ambitious goal of achieving full employment. However, the association emphasises the critical…

AfMA Welcomes a Trailblazer in Fleet Management

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AfMA extends a warm welcome to Sam Kulenovic as the newest Chapter Member in Western Australia. Sam is a highly experienced operation executive in the transport and fleet management industry.…

A Warm AfMA Welcome to WA’s New Chapter Chair: David Robinson

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In a significant stride toward continued excellence, AfMA's Western Australia Chapter proudly welcomes David Robinson as its new Chairman. With a remarkable career spanning over four decades, David brings a…

MPs Urged to Use Data to Save Lives

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The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) is encouraging voters to review their local MP’s view on road safety and data transparency via the www.datasaveslives.org.au website. Australia’s road toll is rising strongly…

New Zealand New Car Market Remain Soft in September

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New Zealand’s new car market has remained soft in September with 10,909 units registered this month. According to the Motor Industry Association, the result is 26.7% lower than September 2022…

Free Emissions Calculator Launched for New Zealand Fleets

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In an effort to combat climate change, EROAD and EECA have introduced a web-based vehicle emissions calculator tailored for New Zealand fleets. This collaboration aims to empower businesses in their…

Aussie New Car Market Continue to Grow

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Australia’s new vehicle market has again reached a record month with 110,702 sales recorded in September. According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) VFacts report, this represents an…

NRMA to Start Billing for EV Charging Network

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The NRMA (National Roads and Motorists' Association) will be rolling out a new payment system for its electric vehicle charging network effectively ending free charging at its stations. The move…

Largest Battery Electric Mining Truck to be Tested in Australia

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Western Australia's Sunrise Dam mine has embarked on a world-first trial: introducing the Sandvik TH665B, a prototype 65-metric-ton battery-electric vehicle (BEV), to its gold mining activities. The cutting-edge truck features…

Industry Report Reveals State of EV Adoption in New Zealand

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A recent industry report has revealed that New Zealand is on the brink of a significant change, offering remarkable possibilities alongside distinct challenges when it comes to electrifying its transport…

Australia Adopts Enhanced Truck Safety Standards

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In a move to promote road safety and boost freight productivity, the Australian Government has implemented significant changes to the national road vehicle standards through the Safer Freight Vehicles package.…

New Zealand Introduces RUC for EVs

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New Zealand is set to introduce a road-user tax for electric vehicles (EVs) beginning 31 March 2024. This is to recover lost revenue from petrol excise which is typically used…

Extreme E Island X Prix, ACCIONA Sainz XE are Victorious

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Extreme E's Island X Prix in Sardinia delivered a thrilling double-header over the weekend, as ACCIONA Sainz and X44 Vida Carbon Racing showcased their prowess in a high-octane showdown. The…

A Quick Guide to AfMA’s Personal Development Course Learning Library

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The AfMA Personal Development Online Course Learning Library, brough to you by Isuzu UTE, is a valuable resource designed to empower individuals and organisations to prioritise Emotional Intelligence as a…

Subscription Model for Car Features: What Does it Mean for Fleets?

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Today, automakers are offering a wide range of paid subscription services to unlock various features and functionalities within their vehicles. This means car buyers can now also decide on which…

Navigating Driver Licence Verification for Fleet Managers: Evaluating Current Alternatives

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Ensuring the authenticity of an employee's driver's licence is an essential responsibility for every fleet manager. Recently, a number of our members have sought advice on the most streamlined methods…

New Car Registrations in NZ Slow Down in August

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New Zealand’s new car market continued to slow down in August 2023 with 9,808 new units registered for the month. According to the Motor Industry Association (MIA), this figure represents…

How the New Change on the FBT Tax is Impacting the End Users

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In some workplaces it is common practice to provide employees a company car as a tool of trade, as part of their compensation, or to give the possibility to finance…

Zurich Resilience Solutions Joins AfMA as a Corporate Partner

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It is with great pleasure that we announce a significant three-year partnership with Zurich Resilience Solutions (ZRS). The globally renowned entity in insurance and risk management has formally aligned with…

New Record Month for Aussie New Car Sales

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The Australian new car market achieved its highest August on record with 109,966 new vehicles delivered this month. This is a 15.4 per cent increase from the same period last…

8-Year/300,000 km Battery Warranty Offered for EV Truck

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Australian buyers of the new Foton T5 will now receive a new 8-year/300,000km power battery warranty. The extended warranty is now available on all new orders, dealer stock, and demonstrator…

Lexus RZ Scores 5-Star Safety Rating Against New 2023 Criteria

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Scoring an impressive five-star safety rating, the battery electric Lexus RZ has become the first vehicle model to undergo independent safety testing according to the expanded 2023-2025 criteria set by…

Are You Understaffed? A Fleet Manager’s Guide to Optimal Resourcing

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Ensuring your fleet team is adequately staffed is a crucial part of fleet management. Understaffing can lead to delays, increased costs, and a decline in service quality. Overstaffing, on the…

EV Battery Barrier Safety Tech Announced

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A game-changing advancement in battery safety with the introduction of customised three-dimensional (C3D) fire safety components tailored for lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries has been unveiled. German-based Freudenberg Sealing Technologies…

First-Ever Off-Road Hydrogen Race Set for 2025

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The world of motorsports just got more exciting as the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and Extreme E joined forces to establish the pioneering Extreme H—a hydrogen-powered off-road SUV championship…

Energy Unleashed: EV Battery Innovations

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Electric vehicles (EVs) are reshaping the future of transportation, reducing emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. Central to this revolution is the development of advanced battery technologies that enable longer…

Empowering Professional Growth

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In a bid to foster continuous growth and professional excellence, the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) has joined forces with Isuzu UTE to unveil an invaluable resource - the Personal…

‘Overwhelming’ Community Support for Fuel Efficiency Standard

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The Australian government has received 1,200 submissions from organisations and individuals for the Australian Fuel Efficiency Standard. “The submissions are now informing an impact analysis and our preferred model which…

Could NSW Be Scrapping EV Rebates?

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New South Wales is reportedly considering scrapping its electric vehicle (EV) rebate program. Recently, Labor Premier Chris Minns suggested that the program might be on the chopping block due to…

UK Mandates 99% Reliability for Public Charge Points

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In a step towards making public charging easier for electric vehicle (EV) owners, the United Kingdom is mandating 99% average reliability record for all public charge points across the country.…

California Opens Roads to Driverless Taxis

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Regulators in California have recently approved the 24/7 operation of driverless taxis on San Francisco roads. In a 3-1 vote, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) allowed robotaxi companies Cruise…

AfMA Launches Personal Development Series Library

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The Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA), in partnership with Isuzu UTE, has recently launched its Personal Development Series Library. This valuable educational resource offers an array of online courses designed…

QLD and NSW Suburbs Take the Lead in EV Registrations

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Recent data has shown that suburbs from Queensland and New South Wales have the most registrations of electric vehicles. According to the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), QLD’s Brisbane have the…

SA Set to Roll Out Unique License for Ultra High-Powered Vehicles

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South Australia will be introducing a special driver for 'ultra-high-powered vehicles' (UHPV) beginning 1 December 2024. This makes SA the first state to implement such changes. The unique licence will…

5-Star Safety Rating Awarded to Mercedes-Benz EQS

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Mercedes-Benz’s EQS has received a five-star safety rating from ANCAP. This rating applies to the EQS 450 4MATIC model. The EQS AMG 53 4MATIC+ is unrated. When tested against the…

The Crucial Role of Regular Tyre Maintenance in Fleet Safety and Efficiency

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Well-kept tyres are like the unsung heroes of road safety and smooth fleet operations. Organisations that consistently place a strong emphasis on tyre maintenance not only help in creating a…

Fleet Consultant Value Proposition Evolving

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The role of a Fleet Manager is increasingly multi-faceted – resulting from additional regulatory compliance commitments, challenging vehicle utilisation environments, increased vehicle costs, supply chain issues, and now the transition…

AfMA a Key Stakeholder in Real-World Testing

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The recently launched Real-World Testing Program has already completed testing on several vehicles, and the first tranche of results is expected to be released in September.    AfMA is getting a…

SA University Trials V2G Charging Stations

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Flinders University in South Australia has unveiled an array of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging bays as part of a landmark electric vehicle charging hub. The initiative is a collaboration between French…

MG 4 Electric Receives 5-Star Safety Rating

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ANCAP has issued a five-star safety rating to the MG 4 Electric following a stellar safety performance when it was assessed under the 2020-2022 rating criteria. The rating applies to…

Return your Laptop, FOB and EV charger: How this fleet-focused home charger could be a game-changer

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There's an electric vehicle (EV) charger on the market that has the potential to ensure staff leaving a company can hand in their fleet-installed charger as easily as handing in…

Australia Reaches Record New-Car Sales in July 2023

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Australian new car deliveries reached 96,859 units in July according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) leading to the highest July on record. This is an increase of…

NZ Car Registrations Slow Down in July

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July 2023 registrations of new vehicles in New Zealand plunged to less than half of the average monthly rate following a record-breaking month for new car sales in June. According…

Chery Omoda Receives 5-Star Safety Rating

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The Chery Omoda has recently received a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating with an elevated safety offering that passed with flying colours when tested against the 2020-2022 rating criteria. It stood…

Fleet Managers Crucial Partners in Real-World Testing

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Australian fleet managers will be among the first beneficiaries of real-world testing – and also among the key players in determining the program’s success – according to the Australian Automobile…

Car Subscriptions: Adding the Layer of Flexibility Your Fleet Craves

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Car subscriptions have taken the world by storm, offering a convenient and flexible alternative to traditional car ownership or leasing. Russell Wang, the Business Development Manager for Kinto, and Chris…

A Warm AfMA Welcome to Charlie Silk

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The Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) warmly welcomes Charlie Silk of QFleet to our Queensland Chapter Committee. Charlie brings with her 20 years of experience in the fleet industry, solidifying…

Real-World Testing Seeking Test Vehicles

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AfMA says several fleet managers have already shown interest in lending vehicles for use in the Real-World Testing Program.    Executive Director Mace Hartley expects the sector’s participation to grow as…

Australia Mandates Reversing Cameras and Sensors from 2025

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The Federal Government has recently announced that is mandating reversing technologies for all new vehicles from 2025 onwards. This includes reversing cameras and motion sensors, increase driver awareness of vulnerable…

Rubber to Hit the Road in Real-World Testing

| Emissions Reduction, News | No Comments
AfMA has welcomed the news that Australia’s first independent on-road emissions and fuel consumption vehicle testing program will soon begin operating in Geelong, Victoria.  AfMA has long been a leading…

Extreme E Island X-Prix Returns to Sardinia

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Extreme E headed back to Sardinia for Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2023 season. The Island X Prix held on July 8 to 9, which marked the championship’s return…

Insights on Fleet Management Policy Development

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Fleet management plays a critical role in ensuring the efficient and safe operation of vehicles within an organisation. Developing comprehensive fleet management policies is essential for setting guidelines, defining strategies,…

NZ-Supplied Volkswagen ID Gets 5-Star Safety Rating

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Volkswagen’s battery electric Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5 sold in New Zealand have received 5-star safety ratings from ANCAP. Both models were tested against ANCAP’s 2020-2022 rating criteria and scored well…

Last Chance to Nominate for Australasian Fleet Champions Awards, organised by Brake, the road safety charity

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Time is running out for nominations for the Australasian Fleet Champions Award. Entries will close on 21st July 2023. Safety-conscious organisations from New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific region, as…

Managing Grey Fleet Risks

| Fleet Management, Safety | No Comments
Effectively managing and addressing the unique characteristics of Grey Fleet play a crucial role not only in minimising risk but also optimising fleet performance and promoting safety and responsibility in…

NZ New Car Sales Reach All-Time High in June

| New Car Market, News | No Comments
June 2023 have set the biggest month on record for new vehicle sales in New Zealand. According to the Motor Industry Association (MIA), 23,560 new vehicle were sold this month…

5-Star Safety Ratings Awarded to 4 New Energy Vehicles

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ANCAP has recently awarded 5-star safety ratings to the Australian variants of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, hybrid variants of the GWM Haval Jolion, and battery electric variants of the Genesis…

Mazda CX-60 Secures 5-Star Safety Rating

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All PHEV, petrol and diesel variants of the new Mazda CX-60 have received 5-Star Safety ratings from ANCAP. The medium SUV demonstrated “good all-round performance” with record top sores in…

Available EV Models and Order Lead Times in Australia

| Electric Vehicles, Manufacturers | No Comments
Important Note: The data is accurate as at 21st June 2023 and has been prepared as an overview and guide only, readers should make their own inquires before acting on the…

Mixed Safety Rating Results for Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Independent vehicle safety authority ANCAP has recently released the safety ratings for the Jeep Grand Cherokee with mixed results between its variants. The long-wheelbase (LWB) seven-seat 3.6 litre petrol (Jeep…

ABCB Releases Advisory Note to Enhance Safety of EV Charging Installations

| Electric Vehicles, News | No Comments
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has recently issued an advisory note aimed at promoting safer installation and usage of electric vehicle (EV) chargers. This is in support of the…

Australian New Car Sales Surge in June 2023

| New Car Market, News | No Comments
Sales of new vehicles across Australia increased 25 percent in June 2023 compared to the same period last year. A total of 124,926 new units were sold ending the financial…

Green Fleet Reports: A Path to Sustainability and Efficiency

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The transport industry accounts for 16 percent of greenhouse emissions making it crucial for fleet managers to optimise their operations, prioritise sustainability, and reduce their environmental impact. Dr. Ben Hale,…

Victorian Electric Car RUC to Increase in July

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Drivers of electric (EV), hydrogen (HEV), and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles in Victoria will be paying more per kilometre for the Zero and Low Emission Vehicle (ZLEV) road-user charge (RUC)…

NSW to Wipe Demerit Points for Good Driver Behaviour

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The New South Wales government is initiating a trial that will remove one demerit point for displaying spotless driving behaviour. Drivers who have maintained a clean driving record since January…

Learnings from Europe: Creating a Used Market for Electric Vehicles

| Electric Vehicles, Fleet Electrification | No Comments
Europe had its fair share of ups and downs when it comes to electrifying their transport. John Verboise, Managing Partner at 5s Consulting, recently shared insights on what we can…

Unlocking Strategic Potential through Critical Thinking

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Fleet managers find themselves at a critical juncture in a rapidly changing world driven by data and technological advancements. Colin Sutherland, Chief Customer Officer at Geotab, recognizes the need for…

Transitioning to Net Zero: Learnings and Challenges Ahead

| Fleet Electrification, Net Zero | No Comments
In the ever-evolving landscape of sustainable transportation, the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) stands as a significant milestone for many organizations. And this transition is not without its challenges, primarily…

Mercedes-Benz GLC Gets 5-Star Safety Rating

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The Mercedes-Benz GLC, a mid-sized SUV, has recently been awarded a 5-star safety rating by ANCAP. This rating solidifies its position as a compelling choice for consumers who prioritize safety.…

5-Stars Awarded to Upgraded Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Land Rover’s Discovery Sport has now received an updated five-star safety rating from ANCAP. This is after undergoing recent safety enhancements and undergoing reassessment based on the 2022 protocols. When…

Federal MPs Form Parliamentary Friends of EVs

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Over 30 federal members of parliament have formed the Parliamentary Friends of Electric Vehicles and Future Fuels Transport in Canberra. The group will be co-chaired by member for Higgins, Michelle…

500 EVs to be Added to Aussie Rideshare Fleet

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The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is committing $20 million to add about 500 more electric vehicle units to Australian car hire platform Splend. This will bring the latter’s EV…

NZTA Updates Vehicle Emissions Labels

| Emissions Reduction | No Comments
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), also known as Waka Kotahi, has recently announced changes to the Vehicle Emissions and Energy Economy Labels (VEEEL) that help guide consumers on how…

Victoria to End EV Subsidies in June

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The State of Victoria will be ending its the $3000 rebate on new electric vehicles (EVs) under $68,740 beginning June 30. This comes after the government has cut its financial…

A Fleet Manager’s Guide to ANCAP’s Newest Safety Protocols

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ANCAP plays a crucial role in assessing and rating the safety performance of vehicles sold in Australia and New Zealand. In a recent safety session, ANCAP highlighted some important changes…

Aussie New Car Sales Reach Record High in May

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Australia’s new car market has achieved record sales in May with 105,694 units sold. This, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is a 12.0 per cent increase…

NZ New Car Registrations Steady Amid CCD Introduction

| New Car Market | No Comments
New vehicle registrations in New Zealand remained steady according to the Motor Industry Association (MIA) despite mixed sales and the introduction of the Clean Car Discount. According to MIA Chief…

EV Trucks Take Centre Stage in Zero-Emission Home Deliveries

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Grocery deliveries are about to get a green makeover as an Australian supermarket chain recently revealed its plans to decommission 3000 diesel trucks and replace them with more than 1200…

3 Key Challenges for Fleet Electrification

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This article was first published on the May 2023 edition of FleetDrive Transitioning from traditional gasoline or diesel-fueled vehicles to electric vehicles presents several challenges for businesses. Here are three…

NZ Updates Clean Car Discount Regulations

| Climate Policy, Emissions Reduction, News | No Comments
In a bid to accelerate the transition towards a greener future and reduce carbon emissions, the New Zealand government has recently announced updated regulations for the Clean Car Discount program.…

Over 10,000 People-Mover Vans Recalled for Faulty Doors

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A recall has been issued for 10,046 people-mover units due to a defective power sliding door system. This, according to the manufacturer, stems from a software glitch. The affected vehicles…

Freight and Transport Industry Calls for a National Zero Emission Truck Strategy

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The Electric Vehicle Council, Australian Trucking Association, Heavy Vehicle Industry Association and the Australian Hydrogen Council have joined forces to advocate for government direction and support that goes beyond light…

A Journey to Transformation: Recognising the 2022 Diploma of Leadership and Management Graduates

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Transformative journeys begin with embracing opportunities and figuring out the ‘hows’ of it later. For Aleta Gunn, Fleet Coordinator for the City of Adelaide seizing this opportunity proved to be…

Waste Management NZ’s Jitesh Singh Crowned 2023 Fleet Manager of the Year at Australasian Fleet Conference & Exhibition Dinner

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Driving the Future: Electrification, Innovation and Sustainable Progress in Fleet Management  Yesterday, at the eagerly awaited Australasian Fleet Conference & Exhibition dinner, Jitesh Singh, Head of Fleet at Waste Management…

Waste Management NZ Triumphs as the 2023 Fleet Environment Award Winner

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Announcing the 2023 Fleet Environment Award Winner: Waste Management NZ (WMNZ)  Last night, during the 2023 Australasian Fleet Conference and Exhibition Networking Dinner and Awards presentation, Waste Management NZ (WMNZ)…

Essential Energy Celebrated at AfMA 2023 Fleet Safety Awards Ceremony

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At last night's AfMA Fleet Awards Ceremony, attended by over 600 industry guests, Essential Energy was honoured with the prestigious 2023 Fleet Safety Award. This accolade recognises the company's outstanding…

It’s a Wrap for AfMA’s 2023 Conference

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It’s our most electrifying conference yet with over 700 delegates joining us for two days of education and networking at the Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion. This year, we had 25+…

The Future Belongs to the Ready: 2023 Fleet Conference & Exhibition

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Attention all fleet management and automotive industry professionals! We’re only a few days away from most anticipated event in the fleet management industry—the 2023 Australasian Fleet Conference & Exhibition. Taking…

NSW to Trial Zero-Emission Waste Trucks

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Hydrogen-powered waste collection trucks are scheduled for a trial in the Illawarra region of New South Wales beginning mid-2023. The truck was Developed by Hyzon Motors ANZ (Hyzon) in Australia…

$43.6 Million Road Safety Grant Program Announced

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The Australian Government has responded to road safety experts and stakeholders by creating the National Road Safety Action Grants Program (NRSAGP). The program, announced in last week's Budget, will receive…

Motoring Bodies Call for Comprehensive Road Safety Data

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Australia's state-based motoring clubs, represented by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), have strongly criticized the government's failure to effectively reduce road trauma. The AAA, which includes clubs such as NRMA,…
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Bidding for $15 million of EV Funding Ends 2nd June

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Did you know that by electrifying your fleet you can open your business up to new opportunities such as cutting down on operating costs and reducing emissions? To be more…

Instant Asset Write-Off Scheme Ending 30 June 2023

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The government has announced a limited extension to the instant asset write-off threshold to $20,000, from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024. The meagre $20,000 threshold will likely exclude…

Fleet Managers Inspired by EV’s at EV Drive Day

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Back in February, Transurban, in partnership with the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) and Origin hosted its first ever EV Drive Day. This, according to Transurban, is part of “recognising…

Mercedes-Benz EQE Achieves Five-Star Safety Rating

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Battery electric vehicle (BEV) Mercedes-Benz EQE has been awarded a 5-star safety rating. This model is the second BEV in the Large Car segment to be rated by ANCAP in…

New Zealand Updates Clean Car Discount Program

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New Zealand is making targeted changes to its Clean Car Discount Policy. This, according to Transport Minister Michael Wood, is to help “keep driving down emissions”. “With over 100,000 rebates…

NZ New Car Registrations Steady in April

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New Zealand recorded a total of 10,177 new car registrations in April 2023. According to the Motor Industry Association (MIA), this represents a 4.6 percent increase from the same time…
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Net Zero Plan: Action Today for a Thriving Tomorrow

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Did you know that by electrifying your fleet you can open your business up to new opportunities such as cutting down on operating costs and reducing emissions? To be more…

Next Gen Volkswagen Amarok Receives 5-Star Safety Rating

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Volkswagen’s latest generation Amarok has received a five-star safety rating from ANCAP. The rating applies to all dual cab variants sold from May 2023 onwards in Australia and New Zealand.…

April Car Sales Insight: EVs on the Rise

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A total of 82,137 vehicles were sold I Australia for the Month of April. This marks an increase of 1.3 percent from the same period in 2022 according to the…

DRLs Reduce Car Crash Risk—Study

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Day time running lights (DRLs) installed on vehicles can reduce visibility-based road crashes according to a recent study by the Monash University Accident Research Centre. The study, published in the Journal…

Electric Cars and RFBA

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From 1 July 2022, employers do not need to pay fringe benefits tax (FBT) on eligible electric cars and associated car expenses. Unlike other FBT exemptions, employers still need to…

Auto Industry Calls for More ‘Ambitious’ Emissions Rules

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Motor industry leaders are calling on the government to be more ambitious in imposing C02 limitations on vehicles. This, according to industry representatives, can help solve the supply issues especially…

QLD Doubles EV Rebate to $6000

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Queensland has recently increased its incentives for electric vehicle (EV) drivers, making it the most generous state in the country for transitioning to EVs. The Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme…

Executives, Trucking Company Plead Guilty in Eastern Freeway Crash

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Two executives from a Sydney trucking company have pleaded guilty following a horror crash in Melbourne killed four police officers. The driver was reportedly driving under the influence of drugs…

Australia’s First Electric Ute Go for a Test Drive

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The LDV eT60, the first all-electric ute available for purchase in Australia, arrived in Canberra for testing by ACT Government teams. The ACT Parks and Conservation Service, Transport Canberra and…

2022 Brand CO2 Emissions Data Released

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The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has released the 2022 CO2 emissions data for each brand as part of its industry-led, voluntary CO2 Emissions Standard. “We are starting this…

Public Feedback on EV Audio Alerting Systems Sought

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The Australian government is calling for public submissions to determine if acoustic vehicle alerting systems (AVAS) for electric vehicles (EV) should be mandated in Australia. According to the Department of…

Australian National EV Strategy Released

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Australia has released its long-awaited National Electric Vehicle Strategy. This comprehensive roadmap is designed to ensure Australians have a better choice of electric vehicles, and encourage greater use of cleaner,…

Australian Fuel Efficiency Standards in the Works

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Following the release of the National Electric Vehicle Strategy, the Australian government said it would legislate a fuel efficiency standard that will help improve the supply of alternative fuel vehicles…

Efficiency Standards Key to Electric Utes—Report

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Electric utes are on the horizon but if Australia wants to hasten its arrival, strong fuel efficiency standards need to be put in place. This is according to the Climate…

Voluntary Emissions Reduction Standard Released

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The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has recently released the 2022 results of Australia’s voluntary emissions reduction standard for light vehicles.  According to the industry body, The MA (passenger…

Gov’t Invests $1.7 Million For CoR Training Projects

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The Federal Government is investing $1.7 million to support Chain of Responsibility (CoR) training and education projects to help improve safety in the heavy vehicle industry.   The funding will support…

US Study Shows EV Batteries Are Going the Distance

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A recent study of 15,000 electric vehicle owners in the US has revealed that only 1.5 percent of EV batteries have been replaced in the last decade. According to Recurrent,…

NZ Car Sales Down in March

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New car registrations in New Zealand are down 23.8% (5,007 units) in March 2023 compared to the same period last year. However, Motor Industry Association principal technical advisor Mark Stockdale…

Aussie New Car Sales ‘Solid’ Despite Supplier Constraints

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The new car market in Australia decreased 3.9 percent compared to the same period last year with 97,251 vehicles delivered in March 2023. “March was a solid month for new…

A Negotiators Most Under-Utilised Source of Power

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This article is republished with permission from Scotwork Australia Negotiations run on concessions, in fact negotiating is simply a process of trading concessions! If you think about most commercial negotiations,…

Strong Fuel Efficiency Standards Policy Popular in NZ

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A recent survey in New Zealand has revealed that 62% of people are happy with the recently implemented fuel efficiency standards believing it is a “good policy for New Zealand”.…

The Used Car Market Landscape

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The used car market has been a volatile landscape over recent years with buyers facing high prices and sellers scrambling to compete with demand. During the Victoria Professional Development Forum, we…

Cupra Born Gets 5-Star Safety Rating

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The Cupra Born electric hatchback has received a 5-star safety rating from ANCAP. Set to be released in Australia this month, it managed to achieve solid scores across key areas…

Preparing for the 3G Network Shutdown: Key Considerations for Organisations running telematics on the 2G and 3G Networks

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As some of you may already be aware, Australia has been gradually phasing out its 2G and 3G networks over the past few years. Major carriers such as Telstra, Optus…

A look at fleet’s past with Greg McClure

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Greg McClure has seen the fleet industry evolve throughout the years and how technology and safety can shape industry values. Today Greg is a fleet practitioner for Red Cross and…

First ZLEV Sales Report Released

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The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has recently released the first zero and low emission vehicle (ZLEV) sales report. The report focuses on on battery electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid,…

Adelaide Motorsports Festival Goes Electric

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The first-ever E-Motion Zone will feature all things electric at the 2023 Adelaide Motorsports Festival. Sponsored by the Royal Automobile Association (RAA), this will be a dedicated area where electric…

A Look at Fleet’s Past with Greg McClure

| In the Driver's Seat | No Comments
Greg McClure has seen the fleet industry evolve throughout the years and how technology and safety can shape industry values. Today Greg is a practitioner for Red Cross and has…

WA Grants for EV charging

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The Western Australian Government is providing $15 million in grants to help businesses afford electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The Charge Up Workplace Grants have been designed to make installing…

In the Driver’s Seat: Conversations with Fleet Managers and Industry Leaders featuring Geoff

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Fleet managers have a challenging role in an ever-changing industry, so today, let’s hear from Geoff, a fleet manager who has worked in the role for roughly 7 years. Geoff…

More Solar-Powered EV Chargers Poised for Aussie Market

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Australia’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network is posed to get larger as a New Zealand-based company sets its eyes on expanding its charging network across the country. Smart EV charger…

Industry Body Calls for Clearer Road Crash Data

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Amid rising road tolls, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has recently called for an improved and public database “that can shed light on the causes of road deaths” “We know…

EU Countries Call for E-Fuel Exemption in ICE Ban

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Countries including Germany, Italy, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia have formed a bloc objecting the 2035 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicle sales. According to reports, these countries…

EV Sharing Platform Opens Crowd-Funding Campaign

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In a bid to accelerate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in Australia and to support its next stage of growth in international markets, electric car-sharing platform evee has launched…

Cyclone Gabrielle Takes a Toll in NZ’s February New Car Market

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Flooding and widespread disruption caused by cyclone Gabrielle has resulted in a 23.7 per cent decrease in new car registrations in New Zealand. According to the Motor Industry Association, of…

Australian New Car Market: ‘Best February’ Since 2019

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Data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has shown a 1.8 increase in new car sales in February 2023 compared to the same period last year. According to…

25 Years of Delivering Quality & Customer Satisfaction

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Congratulations Summit Fleet on 25 years in the Australian fleet leasing and management industry. Milestones like this provide an opportunity to recognise those who’ve contributed to the longevity of the…

NSW Funds Hiring of Net Zero Officers

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The New South Wales state government has awarded a $155,000 grant to nine regional local government joint organisations (JO). This funding is intended to cover one year’s employment for an…

Australian port crisis has Knock-on effect for New Zealand

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Australian ports are facing delays which has resulted in automotive dealers in New Zealand being forced to wait for vehicles stuck in the back log. Vehicle delivery delays have been…

Sydney swings in with an EV infrastructure shakeup

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Sydney is making significant moves to support the uptake of EVs by doubling EV chargers in City of Sydney car parks, trialling low-impact on-street charging and performing comprehensive research to…

New app to increase accessibility in an autonomous future

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Researchers from La Trobe University have developed and trialled an app for driverless buses, aiming to increase accessibility for people with disabilities as we move toward autonomous public transport. The…

Traffic Pollution Deadlier than Road Accidents

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A peer-reviewed study has revealed that traffic pollution is killing more Australians than road accidents. According to the study called Health and Air Pollution in New Zealand (HAPINZ 3.0), vehicle…
Red IONIQ 6

Hyundai IONIQ 6 and Lexus RX get five-star ANCAP ratings

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The Hyundai IONIQ 6 and Lexus RX have secured a five-star ANCAP safety rating, with both vehicles scoring well across all areas of assessment. The IONIQ 6 received 97% in…

More EV fast chargers

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34 fast chargers are set to become part of the national EV infrastructure with Ampol’s AmpCharge EV charging stations to be established across locations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria…

Europe Approves Ban on Petrol Vehicles by 2035

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The European Parliament has formally approved the landmark legislation that will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 in the European Union (EU). This, according to…

Over 18,000 SUVs Recalled for Fuel Pump Issue

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The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications, and the Arts has recently released a recall notice for 18,331 units of SUVs due to an issue with their fuel pumps.…

Aussie Newcomers Receive 5-Star Safety Ratings

| Safety | No Comments
Two new market arrivals have made stunning performances in safety tests. The new GWM Ora and Alfa Romeo Tonale have both received five-star safety ratings following testing conducted by ANCAP’s…

Australia Welcomes First National Road Safety Action Plan

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Australian, state and territory road and transport ministers have recently agreed on the first National Road Safety Action Plan (2023–2025). Designed to support the National Road Safety Strategy 2021–30, the…

Victorian EV drivers challenge the road-user tax

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Two electric vehicle (EV) owners have gone to the High Court in Canberra to challenge the road-user tax imposed on EV drivers in Victoria. The road-user tax is determined by…

EV fleet funding applications close with $1.5 million awarded

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The EV Charging for Business Fleets (EVCBF) program has officially closed with $1.55 million in grant funding awarded to 14 Victorian organisations. The program aims to support the transition of…

NSW EV incentives

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New South Wales is set to welcome an influx of electric vehicles (EVs) to the roads after the second round of NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s EV fleets incentive initiative. The…

Dataforce European car market forecast 2023: A slow recovery from the low-point

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This article was first published by DATAFORCE – Wir zählen Autos and is reposted with permission. Despite difficult economic circumstances, Dataforce expects the passenger car market to grow in 2023.…

NZ New Car Market Slows Amid ‘Softening’ Economy

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The Motor Industry Association (MIA) has reported a total of 12,481 new vehicle registrations in January 2023. This shows a decrease of 7.4 percent (998 units) compared to the same…
person with hands on steering wheel while driving a vehicle on the road.

NZ’s vehicle safety rating resource

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Drivers in New Zealand are now able to view comprehensive vehicle safety ratings which have been published on the Rightcar website. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has published the ANCAP…

Aussie New Car Sales Up in January

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The Australian new car market has seen its best January result since 2018 with 84,873 vehicles sold last month. This represents an 11.9 per cent increase from the same period…

SUVs Recalled for Potential Fire Risk

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12,581 SUVs are being recalled due to a manufacturing defect that may result in an engine compartment fire even if the vehicles are switched off. 531 units of the KM-generation…

‘Dramatic Change’ Needed to Meet AU Road Safety Goals

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A report by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has found that ‘dramatic change’ is needed to meet Australia’s National Road Safety Strategy goal of 50 per cent national road death…

NZ Unveils Its First Electric Bus Depot

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Auckland Transport and NZ Bus have recently unveiled the first fully electric bus depot in New Zealand.  Located in Panmure, the depot will house 35 electric buses that can be…

New Industry Partnership to Drive Commercial Fleets’ Electrification

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In an effort to support the decarbonisation goals of commercial fleets, Australian companies Ampol and SEA Electric will join forces to build a network of charging stations. The companies are…

Worn tyres – more dangerous than we think?

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Tyre maintenance is an important aspect of vehicle safety and driving worn tyres in less-than pristine conditions can have problematic and dangerous results. A study conducted by Professor Peter Wells…
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New tech to boost road maintenance

| Safety | No Comments
Victoria and NSW plan to use new technology to assess flood damaged roads across the states in both city and country areas. Authorities in NSW is planning to use a…

2022 Australian New Vehicle Sales: Year in Review

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This article was first published by ACA Research and was reposted with permission. As we conclude yet another year, it’s a good time to reflect on how the automotive market…

LDV MIFA 9 Clinches 5-Star Safety Rating

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LDV’s fully electric people mover, the MIFA 9 has received a 5-star safety rating from ANCAP Safety. This rating applies to units built from November 2022 onwards. The vehicle scored…

EVs Push 2022 NZ Passenger and SUV Sales to Record High

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New Zealand has recorded a total of 116,445 annual registrations for passenger and SUV vehicles for 2022. This marks a 3.8 percent (up 4,203 units) increase from 2021 making 2022…

New Motor Museum to Open in Brisbane

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A new Motor Museum is currently being built in Brisbane to showcase themed collections of all things automotive. Situated in Banyo, the museum is expected to highlight classic and contemporary…

Vince White – AfMA’s President for 2023/2024

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Vince White, General Manager of QFleet was elected President of the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) late last year. Vince is AfMA’s twelfth President in its twenty-seven years of operation…

V2G Trial to Start in South Australia

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South Australia Power Networks (SAPN) has launched a trial that will allow electric car owners in the state not only to power their homes using their vehicle-to-grid (V2G) or vehicle-to-home…

2022 New Car Sales Strong Despite Challenges

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Australian demand for new cars had remained strong in 2022 despite supply chain challenges and delivery delays last year. According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), a total…
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A special AfMA welcome to 2023!

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A big welcome back to the office, or home office for some of us, as we dive into 2023. AfMA wishes you and your organisation a bright start to the…
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GWM Tank 300 scores five-star ANCAP safety rating

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The GWM Tank 300 achieved a five-star ANCAP safety rating after being introduced to Australia in December 2022. The five-star rating was secured after the GWM Tank 300 scored 88%…

Government welcomes hundreds of National Electric Vehicle Strategy submissions

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The Federal Government has received more than 500 submissions on the National Electric Vehicle Strategy, representing more than 200 organisations. Federal Minister for Energy Chris Bowen has thanked everyone who…

Brimbank commits to EVs and carbon neutrality

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Brimbank Council has moved to become 100% carbon neutral in its operations by 2030 in its Climate Emergency Plan. The council aims to adopt a fully electric vehicle fleet by…

Solar EV Commences Production

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Dutch high-tech company Lightyear has officially started production of the first solar electric vehicle Lightyear 0 at the Valmet Automotive’s facility in Finland. According to a media release, the company…

New EV Charging Products to be Available in Aussie Next Year

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Charge Amps, a Swedish electric vehicle (EV) charging provider, will be launching a series of EV charging products in Australia in 2023. According to reports, this will include a load…

UNSW Solar Race Car Sets Provisional World Record

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A solar-powered race car created by a team from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is now on track to be the fastest electric car to travel more than…

Making a Difference Together!

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AMPOL AND AUSTRALASIAN FLEET MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP Ampol and the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) have today announced an industry-leading corporate partnership. The agreement will see Ampol and…
eco friendly vehicle driving across a green field.

The Zero Emission Journey with Charlie Silk

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Charlie Silk is a Fleet Services Manager at QFleet and has taken the time to share her perspective and experiences with introducing zero-emission vehicles into fleet. Can you tell me…

3 More Vehicles Shine in Recent Safety Assessment

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An assortment of petrol and electric vehicles have passed with flying colors in ANCAP’s latest recent round of safety assessments. This includes a 4-star safety rating for the Fiat 500e…

5 Stars for LDV MIFA, NZ Ford Mustang MACH-E; 4 Stars for Honda HR-V

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A variety of petrol and alternative-fueled vehicles have once again received excellent safety ratings from ANCAP. In its latest round of assessment, the LDF MIFA and the New Zealand-supplied Ford…
New, red Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder secures five-star ANCAP safety rating

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ANCAP has awarded a five-star safety rating for the new Nissan Pathfinder after scoring impressively across all areas of assessment. The Nissan Pathfinder was introduced in Australia and New Zealand…
Electric truck charging with solar panels and wind power.

Electric trucks – the future of transport

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Electric trucks have the potential to reshape transport in urban areas if regulations are adapted to accommodate the new technology. Diesel trucks are subject to curfews, preventing them from travelling…
Electric car plugged in outside house on street with a sunset

Disability support organisation switches to hybrid to improve its essential services

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Aruma, a disability service provider which provides accommodation, employment opportunities and other support services for over 5,000 customers has cut its whole of life fleet costs, while reducing its carbon…
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NZ New Car Market Stalls in November

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New car sales in New Zealand fell 4.3 percent from the same period last year as 15,621 registrations were recorded in November. Year-to-date, the new car market is down 0.2…

Automotive Sector Shows New Signs of Recovery

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November new car sales in Australia has increased by 17.9 percent from the same month last year as 95,080 vehicles were sold in this period.   According to the latest figures…

AfMA Diploma Becoming a Requirement for Employers

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In 2017 the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) worked with Swinburne University to develop a Diploma of Leadership & Management that’s contextualised for the fleet and automotive industries. This Diploma…

Industrial Action a likely Outcome Due to FBT Free EV’s

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On Friday 25th November the EV Discount Bill was passed providing an exemption from Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) from 1st July 2022 for electric vehicles (BEV), hydrogen fuel cell vehicles…
Electric vehicle charging with solar power, featuring solar panels in the background.

EV Discount Bill passed by federal government

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Recently, the Australian federal government passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Electric Car Discount Bill). The Amendment allows for up to $2000 off the purchase price of battery electric and plug-in…

Aussie-Supplied BYD Atto 3 Receives 5-Star Safety Rating

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ANCAP Safety has given a five-star rating to the Australian-supplied BYD Atto 3. This applies to both the Standard Range and Extended Range models built from November 2022. According to…

SUVs Bag 5-Stars in Safety

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Four sports utility vehicles (SUVs) across different brands have managed to scoop five-star safety ratings from ANCAP. According to the vehicle safety authority, the Land Rover Range Rover, Land Rover…

Electric Car Discount Bill Could Lower Aussie EV Prices

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Electric vehicles in Australia might just become cheaper thanks to a deal struck between Labor, the Greens, and independent senator David Pocock. Earlier this week, they have agreed to make…
hole in road

Road damage and what to do

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Recent heavy rains and flooding have had an unfortunate impact on roads, causing potholes and other damage. RACV has urged motorist to be careful when encountering potholes which can cause…

Don’t #uck! With A Truck – new road safety campaign

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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has launched a road safety campaign targeting young drivers called Don’t #uck! With A Truck. The provocative campaign aims to educate young drivers on…

How our young drivers feel about road safety

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As new generations of young people begin to hit the roads and get their licenses, we hope their attitude towards road safety will be better than the generations before them.…

A fleet manager’s insight with Kristy Simmons

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Kristy Simmons is a fleet manager at Coca-Cola, and she has taken the time to share some of the challenges and highlights of working in the fleet industry. I asked…

Net Zero Goals for Australian Insurers

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The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) had recently launched a paper that outlines “the way insurers can achieve net zero emissions for their operations by 2030 and across the entirety…

These are the Most Cost-effective Family Cars According to RACQ

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A recent study from the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) has revealed the most affordable family cars. In a report called Private Vehicles Expenses 2022, RACQ compared 86 vehicles…

Are blinding lights becoming too common?

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Most of us have had the unfortunate experience of driving at night only to be temporarily blinded by someone else’s excessively bright high beams but is this dangerous annoyance becoming…

Australian New Car Market Continues to Improve

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New car sales in Australia continue to show signs of promise as the October 2022 market grew 16.2 per cent compared to the same period last year. This month, there…

NZ New Vehicle Sales Up in October

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New vehicle registrations are up 5.1 percent in October 2022 compared to the same period last year as 14,736 new cars were sold in New Zealand this month. According to…

Will Europe’s new emission standards affect Australia’s EV vehicle market?

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Australia has often been criticised for its slow action in policy change and support for the adoption of electric vehicles with a small percentage of new vehicles sold being EVs.…

EV takes on a cross-country trek

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A team have set out to prove electric vehicles are not just for city streets by taking on a 10-day trek from Perth to Sydney. 74 teams leave Perth to…

Brighter future for Aussie street lighting

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How common is it to drive down a poorly lit street at night? How often have you leaned forward in the driver’s seat during the “just-too-long” stretches of darkness on…

Europe moves to eradicate fossil fuel-powered vehicles from their roads

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The European Union is working to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035 through laws which demand significant CO2 emission cuts. Both the EU countries and…

Ampol, BYD Partner to Support Aussie EV Uptake

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Ampol and BYD Automotive have announced a partnership that will build integrated offers for new EV owners to ensure the availability of seamless charging solutions both at home and on…

Unintended Consequences of FBT Free EV’s

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FBT can cost a business almost 20% of a vehicle’s purchase cost annually if the vehicle is used privately. In July 2022 the Government introduced its Electric Car Discount Bill…

Massive Hydrogen Electrolyser to be Built in QLD

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing a grant of $13.7 million for the development of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered electrolyser in Queensland. This funding will be part of…

First BP Pulse EV Charging Stations Open in Australia

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BP Pulse, a sub-brand of BP, has opened a pair of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in one of its refuelling sites in Melbourne. This marks the brand’s first foray into…

Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot

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Australia’s largest on-road pilot of connected vehicles has been deployed in a massive partnership between several different organisations and research bodies. The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot (ICVP) in partnership with…

H2X Global hopes to shift hydrogen to the spotlight

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Australian company H2X Global is working to help shift the automotive industry away from fossil fuels after developing a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain incorporating supercapacitors that will be used to…

Recent State of EVs report shows steep increase in EV uptake

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The Electric Vehicle Council has released its new State of EVs report has shown EVs now take up 3.39 per cent of all vehicle sales. The report has outlined each…

New hydrogen powered trucks set to enter production

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An Australian vehicle manufacturer has designed a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (HFCV) truck and plans to enter the production stage. HDRIVE as a subsidiary of BLK Auto is set to…

New R plates bound for Aussie roads

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Australian service and repair company mycar has launched new car plates to help support drivers returning to the road after a road accident or extended time away from the wheel.…
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Federal Gov to Fund Real-World Fuel Usage Tests

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The Federal Government is providing $14 million to the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) over the course of four years for a real-world testing program on the fuel usage of popular…
Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai Receives 5-Star Safety Rating

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The Nissan Qashqai has gained a 5-star safety rating in from ANCAP. To date, it has the second-highest score garnered for the Safety Assist. This safety rating applies to all…

BEVs Boost NZ New Car Sales Despite Soft September Market

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New Zealand reported a total of 14,878 new vehicle registrations for the month of September 2022 showing a 9.9 percent decline compared to the same time last year. Overall, the…

Five-Star Rating Awarded to Volvo C40 Recharge

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Volvo’s C40 Recharge, introduced in Australia and New Zealand in October 2022, has received five stars from ANCAP. This rating applies to both the single and twin-motor variants of the…

NZ-Supplied BYD Atto Receives 5-Star ANCAP Rating

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New Zealand supplied variants of the BYD Atto 3 have scored 5 stars in safety from ANCAP. This rating applies to both the Standard Range and Extended Range NZ variants.…

Ampol, Hyundai Form Hydrogen, EV Partnership in Australia

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Ampol and Hyundai Motor Company Australia are partnering to support the transition to zero-emission vehicles in Australia. Central to the partnership is the goal of improving battery electric vehicle (BEV)…

SEA Electric ramps production space

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Electric truck manufacturer SEA Electric has doubled the size of its assembly facility for zero-emission trucks in Victoria. Located in Dandenong, the plant is expected to now cover 8,000m2 on…

Smartwatches behind the wheel

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How many of us now have a smartwatch on our wrists and what happens when we use them behind the wheel? Most of Australia’s states and territories do not have…

15,000+ SUVs Recalled Over Potentially Faulty Seatbelts

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The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has issued a recall of 15,080 small SUVs due to a manufacturing issue that could cause serious injury. According to a…

Aussie Gov’t Releases EV Consultation Paper

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The Federal Government has released a consultation paper that will help shape the National EV Strategy and give Australians a voice in increasing the supply and uptake of electric vehicles…

September New Car Market Stays Strong

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The Australian new car market has increased 12.3 percent in September 2022 with a total of 93,555 vehicle sales. This brings the year-to-date total to 811,130 new cars sold according…

EV Charging at Home In Australia

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Savvy looks at the feasibility of charging electric vehicles at home and whether the Australian electricity grid will be able to accommodate more EVs on the road, by examining the…

AAA Seeks Program Coordinator, Operations Manager for Real-World Testing Project

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The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) is currently seeking individuals who can fill two roles in their Real-World Vehicle Emissions Testing Program. According to the motoring body, this will allow them…

Production cuts for Toyota

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Toyota has been forced to cut their global production plan of vehicles due to the continued shortage of required parts. For the next three months, Toyota is expecting to cut…

Five-star ANCAP safety rating for the GWM Haval Jolion

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The GWM Haval Jolion has secured a five-star ANCAP safety rating, scoring highly across all areas of assessment. Across the individual areas of assessment, the Jolion achieved 90% in adult…

What the Media Gets Wrong About Electrification

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This article could just as well have had the title: What the media gets wrong about everything. But I’m not an expert on “everything”. I do know a thing or…

Next Gen FUSO eCanter Revealed

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Daimler Truck subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has unveiled the next generation range of the all-electric light-duty eCanter truck. The new eCanters will feature a new modular…

ANCAP to Expand Test and Rating Criteria in 2023

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ANCAP has recently announced that it will broaden its test and rating criteria beginning January 2023 and will add new and updated tests and assessments to its star rating system.…

Peugeot’s EVs coming to Australian roads

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Australia is set to welcome Peugeot’s first electric vehicle model available for Aussie drivers in 2023. Peugeot has confirmed its first battery-electric model will be a light commercial vehicle, a…

Are EVs impacting Australia’s emissions?

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The National Transport Commission’s recent report found the carbon emissions intensity of new light vehicles sold in Australia fell by just 2 per cent in 2021 despite battery electric vehicle…

Low-Cost EV Chargers to be Offered to Aussie and NZ Hotels

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MG Motor Australia will be offering 3000 electric vehicle wall box chargers to selected hotels and resorts in metropolitan areas around Australia and New Zealand at a heavily discounted price.…

Suzuki Invests in Aussie Tech Company for Next Gen Mobility

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In a bid to accelerate software development for next generation mobility, Suzuki has invested in Melbourne-based tech company Applied EV. In a media release, Suzuki said that the “investment in…

Aussie-Designed Motor Could Improve EV Driving Range

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A group of engineers from the University of New South Wales have designed a high-speed motor that can potentially increase the range of electric vehicles. Inspired by the shape of…

ANCAP awards five-star safety rating for new Ford Ranger and Everest

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Ford has secured a five-star ANCAP safety rating for the new Ranger and Everest models. Ford’s Ranger Utility and Everest SUV scored highly across all ANCAP’s areas of assessment. The…

Fleet Safety with Cornette Smith

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Safety affects everything in fleet, from operations, vehicles, drivers, and other road uses. Every fleet manager understands the importance of safety and its place as a key element of operating…

A New Lease on Life on Nissan Leaf Batteries

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Nissan Australia has recently announced that they will repurpose old EV batteries from its Leaf line to power its Dandenong Casting Plant. Called the Nissan Node project, it will be…

Making Zero-Carbon Last-Mile Delivery a Reality

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Last mile delivery expert ANC, in partnership with rental, leasing, and fleet management company ORIX Australia Corporation Limited, has introduced the ‘BESTe’ EV truck as part of its fleet. Announced…

Act Now to Secure EV Incentives

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Is your organisation looking to save money, become more sustainable, or reduce emissions? Now’s your chance to secure funding through the Drive Electric NSW EV Fleets Incentive program. Now on…

Emerging Technologies in Fleet Management

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This article was first published on the August 2022 Edition of FleetDrive. Technology is reshaping and redefining what it means to manage a fleet of vehicles. In truth, going digital…

Three EV Models Earn 5-Stars in Safety

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Three electric vehicle models have recently proven that they are not only green but they’re also safe. Australian vehicle safety authority ANCAP has recently given a 5-Star Safety Rating to…

New Car Market Picks Up Speed in August

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Australian new car sales had been on the rebound in August 2022. The recently released VFACTS reported 95,256 new vehicles sold in that month. This represents an increase of 14,057…

Toyota against opportunistic markups

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A combination of vehicle shortages and high prices in the second-hand car market have led to people buying supply-restricted cars and reselling them at a markup. Toyota Australia vice-president of…

Buttons vs screens – driver distraction

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New cars often boast a slick touch screen, replacing buttons and dials found in old vehicle models, but do they prove to be a larger distraction than we should have…

Longest EV Charging Network to be Built in WA

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Western Australia will soon be the home of the world’s continuously connected electric highway as 98 charging points over 49 locations are expected to be built across its tourist routes.…

Local Power Poles to be Transformed to EV Charging Stations

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Local streetside power poles will soon become charging stations for electric vehicles thanks to a pilot project that will be rolled out across the Sydney and Hunter regions of New…

SEA Electric introduces all-electric aviation refueller

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SEA Electric has put into operation the first all-electric aviation refueller in Australia. The SEA Electric SEA 500 EV was designed and engineered in Australia, in conjunction with Air BP…

The changing fleet environment with Mark Stephens

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Fleet Managers must be adaptable and ready to move with the changes of an ever-evolving industry, but they are often able to share key insight and knowledge from their experiences.…

Bank Australia pushes for EV uptake

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Bank Australia plans to stop fossil fuel car loans from 2025 in a bid to support the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia. As apart of Bank Australia’s commitment to…

Geotab Announces 3 Million Connected Vehicles Worldwide

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Global telematics leader Geotab has recently surpassed 3 million subscribers all over the globe. The IoT and connected transport provider has attributed this milestone to the growing demand for data…

A Remarketer’s Work is Never Done

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Times change, change is fast, remarketers are in a new ecosystem, we all have to adapt. All true, but all clichés. I find this paradox more instructive for where we…

Toyota HiLux gets an electric makeover

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Roev is an Australian company that has developed an electric Toyota HiLux for fleet buyers. The Toyota Hilux has been one of Australia’s top-selling vehicles for several years which made…

Round 2 of NSW Zero Emissions Incentives Program

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Following a successful first round, New South Wales has opened Round 2 of the Drive Electric NSW Fleets Incentives program. The bidding window opened in mid-July and is open until…

Unsafe2safe – making young drivers safer

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A scheme launched by the Victorian government is aiming to give young drivers the opportunity to upgrade their older unsafe vehicles to a newer model. The Unsafe2safe program provides those…

Federal Gov’t Pledges National EV and Emissions Strategy

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The Federal Government has pledged to develop a national electric vehicle (EV) and emissions strategy to bring Australia up to speed with the rest of the world. Speaking at the…

ANCAP Calls for Safe EVs in Australia

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Amid Australia’s push for electrifying its vehicle fleet, ANCAP has reminded both consumers and the government that safety should remain a key factor while pursuing sustainability and environmental targets. “It…

AFMA Launches Mentorship Program

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The Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) proudly announces the launch of its inaugural Mentoring Program and is now accepting applications for interested mentors and mentees. This pilot initiative seeks to…

Strategic Thinking in Fleet Management

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Last month at the July 2022 New South Wales Professional Development Forum, we heard from Chris Dhu who gave us an insight into Essential Energy’s strategic thinking around fleet asset management.…

Powering Up Conversations for Better Collaboration

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A key part of achieving great results in the workplace is unlocking the power of conversations. That’s the focus of the recent Personal Development Webinar presented by Aubrey Warren. “When…

Will Australia implement a vehicle emissions standard?

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Following Labor’s election win, the automotive industry is waiting to see if the prospect of an emissions cap on vehicles will be revived. An emissions cap on car makers was…

Managing Work Health and Safety

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WorkSafe Queensland released an incident alert reminding those in the transport industry of the considerations and precautions those working with vehicles should be acknowledging. The incident involved a station hand…

Robotaxi scores high in safety

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Zoox, the fully electric and autonomous robotaxi is the first self-driving tech company to secure a certification in the highest U.S. crash safety standards. The company completed extensive crash tests…

Hyundai Palisade Achieves a 5-star Rating from ANCAP

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Hyundai Palisade models have recently earnt a 5-star ANCAP rating after undergoing some upgrades around the vehicle’s safety features. The models originally released and tested against the ANCAP criteria only…

Toyota Brings Hydrogen Power to the Public

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Toyota has showcased the potential of hydrogen technology in Melbourne by using a stationary fuel cell to power the Marvel Stadium sign and coaches' box for the AFL game featuring…

Get Your Brand Front and Centre on FleetDrive Today

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Connecting with fleet professionals across a wide variety of industries is key if you want to offer your leading support to common fleet or automotive challenges. At AfMA, we believe…

BP, BOC to Build Hydrogen Refueller in QLD

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BP Australia and BOC will be building a new hydrogen refuelling station at the Truckstop in Lytton, Queensland making it the first service station in Australia to have a hydrogen…

Slow Growth for New Car Market

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New car sales in July 2022 have inched its way to a slight recovery with a 0.4 percent increase compared to the same month last year. This represents a total…

Mitsubishi Plans PHEV Treatment for Next Gen Pickup Trucks

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Mitsubishi’s 2023 Triton pickup truck will come with plug-in hybrid technology potentially making it the world’s first mainstream hybrid 1-tonne light commercial vehicle. Back in 2021, Owen Thomson, senior manager…

Auto Industry Reaches Agreement on the Future of Australian Electric Fleet Transition

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Australia’s peak automotive bodies came together in Canberra and agreed on over 25 principles that can support the practical transition and electrification of the national motor vehicle fleet. In an…

BP to Operate Giant Green Energy Hub in WA

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BP has recently acquired a 40.5 per cent equity stake in the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) based in Pilbara, Western Australia and is set to become its operator. AREH…

Driver distraction – Can we eliminate it?

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In a recent webinar event held by Global Fleet Champions and sponsored by Teletrac Navman speakers Dr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios, Chris L'Ecluse and Grant Lowe explained the results of distracted driving…

Government introduces ‘pro’ EV bill to parliament

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In a bid to aid the uptake of electric vehicles (EV’s) the Government has introduced the Treasury Laws Amendment (Electric Car Discount) Bill 2022 into Parliament. It is expected to…

QFleet’s EV Transition Strategy with Vince White

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Last month at the Queensland Professional Development Forum we heard from Vince White, General Manager at QFleet. Vince gave us important insight into QFleet’s Environmental Strategy, sharing the overall EV…

Using Emotional Intelligence to Manage Up, Down, and Across

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Taking an Emotional Intelligence approach to understanding the people you work with and learning to influence in all directions is the key to getting to achieving your goals in the…

BMW’s new feature available for subscription

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BMW has introduced a new subscription-based offer for their vehicles, now UK customers can use an online subscription to turn on the heated front seats. While subscriptions have been available…

ACT announces the end of petrol vehicle sales

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The Australian Capital Territory has become the first state/territory in Australia to announce the end of petrol car sales, sparking debate and scrutiny across Australia. The ACT chief minister, Andrew…

ANCAP to Include Underwater Performance in Safety Ratings

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ANCAP has recently announced that it will include the underwater function of vehicles in its safety assessments beginning January 2023. This new criterion will be an extension of the existing…

Pilot Testing of Next-Generation New Speed Cameras to be Implemented

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Western Australia is set to roll out next-generation speed cameras as part of a $1.5million three-month trial that aims to improve road safety. Six cameras will be installed to measure…

Ford makes moves towards new electric trucks

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Ford has filed for the names Ranger Lightning and Maverick Lightning to be trademarked with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The recent trademark filing suggests the automaker’s electric intentions…

The Fleet Evolution

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This piece digs into the growth aspirations of fleets over the year ahead, and some of the constraints that will impact these plans. Follow the links below to read our…

EU Updates Rules on PHEV Emissions

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The European Union (EU) is set on updating how they measure carbon emissions of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) to match the real-world impact of such vehicles. According to reports,…

High-End Hydrogen Sedan Maker Seeks to Optimise Fuel Cell Stack

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French manufacturer of high-end hydrogen-powered sedans, Hopium, has recently announced a partnership to design and optimise the fuel cell stack and systems which will be used for their first offering,…

Applications Open for the 2023 Diploma of Leadership and Management

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The Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) is now accepting applications for the 2023 Diploma of Leadership and Management. Offered in conjunction with Swinburne University, this Diploma course is designed for…

Ducati gets ready for 2023 FIM MotoE World Cup

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Ducati welcomes its first electric motorcycle, the “V21L” prototype which will be competing in the FIM MotoE World Cup as of 2023. The motorcycle is capable of reaching a speed…

The Need For External Support

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While fleet managers can handle most circumstances they might face, these will challenge the best of them. Given that, support from external suppliers (e.g. FMOs, telematics or fuel card providers,…

Participation in Autonomous Vehicle Study

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What do you think of Autonomous Vehicles? You have the opportunity to participate in a research project exploring how Australian stakeholders from a variety of industries respond to the factors impacting the…

Toyota Takes the Lead in Solid State Batter Patents, Study Says

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A recent study has found that Toyota Motors currently holds the most patents for solid state batteries totaling 1131 known patents as of March 2022. The study was conducted by…

Liberty Signs Takes Home Three Major Vehicle Branding Awards

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It’s been a record-breaking year for Liberty Signs who won three awards at the recent HP 2022 National Sign and Graphics Awards. Out of 478 entries across 20+ design categories,…

Practical Ways to Manage Our Attention (Not Our Time)

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Our attention is a valuable resource and how we manage it can help improve our productivity, relationships, and wellbeing. That’s according to Aubrey Warren, Sessional Academic at the Queensland University…

ANCAP awards Kia Sportage a 5-star safety rating

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The Kia Sportage has received a 5-star ANCAP safety rating against ANCAP’s 2020-2022 protocols. The Kia Sportage scored highly across all areas of assessment, achieving 87% in adult occupant protection,…

Chris Dhu Joins AfMA’s Board

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Chris Dhu from Essential Energy joins AfMA's board following the vacancy created by the retirement of long-standing board member Tim Roberts. Chris is an accomplished asset management professional with 20…

An age of efficiency with connected fleets

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Fleet vehicles continue into the age of connectivity as telematics and data tracking services consistently provide businesses and organisations with the information to create safer, smarter, and more efficient fleets.…

Safe Driving is a Team Sport – Rewarding Employees to Align Objectives

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At the 2022 Australasian Fleet Conference and Exhibition we explored the nuances of encouraging and establishing safe driving practices among employees with Colin Sutherland, Chief Customer Officer at Geotab. Measuring…

Traffic Offense Fines Soars

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Traffic fines have increased significantly in Queensland as part of the new ten-year road safety strategy. Beginning July 1, those caught without a seat belt will be charged $1087 from…

Improving Fuel Efficiency and Reducing Emissions though Eco-Driving

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Eco-driving promises fuel savings and emissions reductions. With petrol prices already above $2 per litre, this driving technique might just be what Australians need. An eco-driving trial conducted by road…

June 2022 Sees Another Dip in New Car Market

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New car sales in Australia continue following a downward trend with 99,974 vehicles sold for the month of June. This represents a 9.7 percent drop from the same period last…

The Road to Electrification

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This decade is a pivotal one for the transition to zero emission vehicles, with almost three quarters of Australian Corporate Fleets agreeing electric vehicles will be mainstream in their fleets…

74 per cent of Norway’s new cars are electric Australia? Just 0.7 percent

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Tax tweaks needed to fast-charge EV take up Buying and running electric vehicles for business fleets is too costly under Aussie tax rules, say researchers from Griffith University and Monash…

Dynamic Optimisation: Vehicles, Routes & People

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At the 2022 Australasian Fleet Conference and Exhibition, Alan Dormer of Opturion Pty Ltd talked about the role of dynamic optimisation for fleet operators. “Optimisation is a way to help…

The New World of Fleet Management

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2022 is a critical point for fleet operators. While domestic and global issues are still having a significant impact on their operations, they now need to consider these in the…

SA’s Annual Bay to Birdwood Run Goes Electric

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South Australia’s iconic Bay to Birdwood run is back this year with an electric twist—EV converted historic vehicles will now be featured in this historic motoring event. Cars dating back…

New Trial to Improve Safety Among Young Drivers

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Select young drivers in Victoria are set to undergo a trial that seeks to overcome barriers to access a safe vehicle and help them develop safe driving behaviours and habits.…

Tax changes are key to increasing uptake of fleet battery electric vehicles

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AfMA are pleased to collaborate with RACE for 2030 on the release of the report: “Business Fleets and EVs: Taxation changes to support home charging from the grid”. This project…

Hydrogen: Hope or Hype

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At the 2022 Australasian fleet conference and exhibition a panel of speakers discussed the future of the hydrogen industry in Australia and its place in achieving the net zero emissions…

Australia Commits to 43 percent emissions reduction by 2030

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The Australian Federal Government has formally committed to the United Nations that it will pursue a 43 percent emissions reduction target by 2030. "Today, the Minister for Climate Change and…

Developing Strategic Solutions for Net Zero Emissions

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Implementing strategic and integrated solutions will play a key role in achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2050. That’s according to Angeles Miranda, Head of e-Mobility at Ampol Australia. Opening her…

HydraCell Technology- Water activated fuel cells

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Australian based company Hydra Light has developed HydraCell technology, a water activated fuel cell with an extensive functioning life. The HydraCell contains a magnesium air fuel cell which is activated…

EV Charging Infrastructure: Important Considerations for Choosing, Installing and Managing

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At the 2022 Australasian Fleet Conference and Exhibition Sales Director of EVSE Australia, Sam Korkees explained the important considerations for choosing, installing, and managing EV infrastructure. Sam explained four keys…

High demand and high prices see chaos in the used car market

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Supply chain delays are putting Australia’s used car market into a spin as empty lots and high prices are growing more common. Prices are being driven higher from competitive vehicle…

Isuzu UTE takes a lead in customer satisfaction

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Isuzu UTE has come in first as the top automotive brand in the Canstar Blue Customer Satisfaction Award for New Cars. In 11 years of customer satisfaction surveys, Isuzu UTE…

Building a Safe, Smart, and Sustainable Fleet though Telematics

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During the 2022 Australasian Fleet Conference and Exhibition, the NSW Government’s Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) talked about the crucial role of technology in ensuring the safety and sustainability…

Aussie-Made Home EV Charger Launched

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EVOS, a Brisbane-based startup, has recently launched the first Australian-made home EV charger. Called the EVOS Fleet Home 22, this is an AC wallbox charger that can be installed with…

World’s First Solar Car Launched

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The world’s first production-ready solar-powered car had been unveiled by Dutch electric vehicle maker, Lightyear. Dubbed as the Lightyear 0, the car features over 1,000 km of driving range thanks…

Victorians are set to ride Hydrogen-Powered Buses

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Hydrogen powered buses are set to cruise Melbourne’s western roads as a part of the $20 million Zero Emissions Bus Trial. In conjunction with Transit Systems, the government is planning…

Australian Corporate Fleet up to 3.9m vehicles, but further growth limited by global supply shortages

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2022 is a critical point for fleet operators, as many of them shift beyond the challenges they’ve been facing through the COVID-19 pandemic. While domestic and global issues are still…

More than 31,000 SUVs Recalled for Fire Risk

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Over 31,000 SUVs are being recalled in Australia due to a software issue that can potentially lead to overheating and vehicle fires. According to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional…

Hyundai Palisade Scores 4-Star Safety Rating

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The Hyundai Palisade has received a four-star safety rating from ANCAP. This applies to the diesel Palisade LX2 models sold in Australia and New Zealand from November 2020. The large SUV…

Converging Motorsports and Sustainability

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Motorsport had been experiencing a greener facelift in the past decade. While sustainability and race cars seem like an unlikely pairing, championships like the Extreme E series are helping push…

New Car Sales Dip in May 2022

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The Australian new car sales market has dipped for the second time in a row. According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), 94,383 vehicles were sold in May…

Good news for South Australian EV owners

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The new South Australian Labor government is in the process of removing the electric vehicle (EV) road user charge. The change comes as a part of promises made by the…

ANCAP awards 5-star ratings across a range of models

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The Kia EV6, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volkswagen Multivan have all received a 5-star ANCAP safety rating after being tested against ANCAP’s 2020-2022 criteria. The Kia EV6 scored 90% in adult…

Auto Industry Renews Calls for CO2 Emissions Mandates

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Car manufacturers, through the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry (FCAI), has renewed its call for stricter vehicle emission mandates following the Federal elections. FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber has called…

$9.5 Million Invested for Largest Driverless Vehicle Hub

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$9.5 million has been committed to the development of largest government-run autonomous vehicle testing site in the southern hemisphere. The NSW government has recently announced the upgrade of the The…

Partnership with Intelematics brings Aeris to Australia and New Zealand

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Australian telematics provider Intelematics has partnered with global IoT solutions provider, Aeris enabling the expansion of Aeris connected services into the Australian and New Zealand markets. Intelematics will be providing support…

Fuel prices continue to rise

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Despite the reduced fuel excise which was implemented March 2022, prices have begun to rise again. Prices across Australia have continued to rise with some motorists paying more than $2…

Pininfarina, NAMX Reveal Hydrogen-Powered SUV

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Italian design house Pininfarina, in collaboration with Afro-European startup NAMX, has recently revealed a new hydrogen fuel cell-powered SUV powered by a removable fuel capsule system. Dubbed as the HUV,…

Lexus NX scores 5-star ANCAP Safety Rating

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Introduced to Australian and New Zealand markets in January 2022 the Lexus NX has scored a 5-star ANCAP safety rating in all petrol, hybrid and PHEV variants. The Lexus NX…

17,600 Cars Recalled Due to Potentially Faulty Brake System

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Concerns over a potential brake system problem has resulted in the recall of more than 17,600 cars across Australia following a similar recall in the US last week which has…

Fast and Free EV Chargers to Roll Out in NZ

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New South Wales EV charger provider Jolt will be rolling out fast electric vehicle chargers across New Zealand starting in July 2022. Jolt will be partnering with trade hardware store…

Staying Safe While Driving at Night

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According to the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP), up to 40 percent of all car crashes happen at night. This National Road Safety Week, let’s shine the light on…

Work Health & Safety – a Course for those in the Mobile Workplace

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National Road Safety Week has us all thinking about ways we can improve knowledge and understanding surrounding the hazards on our road networks. Everyone in the organisation has a role…

Risk and Trauma Management- an organisations responsibility

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Risk and trauma management is monumental task but is vital to ensure the safest possible working environment for your drivers. Risk management goes beyond the individual and the vehicle, it…

Australia Kicks Off National Road Safety Week

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Australian States and Territories are glowing yellow this year in commemoration this National Road Safety Week from 15 to 22 May 2022. Every night this week, various well-loved sites will…

Becoming Better People

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AfMA is proud to announce it’s Personal Development Series for 2022: Enhancing Personal Effectiveness through Leadership and Communication. One goal, “help you become the best version of yourself” with six…

Isuzu Trucks Deploys HERE Navigation for Aussie Trucks

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Isuzu trucks has recently deployed the new HERE Navigation system in the 2022 models of the F Series, FX Series and FY Series trucks sold in Australia. This move is…

Ampol Unveils Aussie Fast Charging Network

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Petrol company Ampol has recently announced the initial rollout of an Australian fast-charging network commencing with five pilot sites in Carseldine QLD, Alexandria NSW, Northmead NSW, Altona North VIC, and…

Upgraded Volkswagen Polo Receives 5-Star Rating

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The Volkswagen Polo AE series has received a 5-star safety rating from ANCAP following its safety improvements on mid-life upgrade. When subjected to independent testing to the latest 2022 requirements,…

Thank You for Joining Us at the 2022 Australasian Fleet Conference and Exhibition!

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Over 550 delegates joined us for two massive days of education and networking at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney this week. This year’s conference delivered powerful, compelling, and thought-provoking presentations.…

Supply Chain Woes Drag April New Car Sales

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Global supply chain issues continue to take a toll on Australian new car sales. For the month of April, 81,065 new vehicles were sold, a sharp decline of 12.2 percent…

Central Coast Council Scoops 2022 Fleet Safety Award

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Central Coast Council has been awarded the 2022 Fleet Safety Award at the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) Annual Networking Dinner & Fleet Awards Ceremony. The award was received on…

NSW DPE Takes Home 2022 Fleet Environment Award

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The NSW Government Department of Planning and Environment (NSW DPE) has been awarded the 2022 Fleet Environment Award at AfMA’s Annual Networking Dinner & Fleet Awards Ceremony. The organisation received…

Terry Bickerton Bags 2022 Fleet Manager of the Year Award

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Australia Post’s Head of Fleet and Equipment Terry Bickerton has been awarded the 2022 Fleet Manager of the Year Award at AfMA’s Annual Networking Dinner & Fleet Awards Ceremony. “I…

Is hydrogen in fleet’s future?

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Hyzon Motors Australia has announced plans to develop a green hydrogen refuelling depot in Melbourne. The Hydrogen depot aims to support Hyzon’s increasing position in the regions manufacturing sector. Hyzon…

Aussie-Made Solar Panels to Power 15,000 km Tesla Trip

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Australian scientists will be testing 2-D printed solar panels to power a 15,000 km journey on a Tesla Model 3. Part of the Charge Around Australia (CAA) project, the solar…

Could this be the Future of Driver Monitoring Systems?

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Computer vision company Seeing Machines Limited and autonomous driving camera maker Magna have collaborated on a demonstrator that uses AI technology to improve driver safety. According to reports, the demonstrator…

Heavy Vehicle Industry Calls to Unlock Access to Australian Standards

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Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA), an organisation that represents and advances the interests the heavy vehicle industry, is calling to make Australian standards more accessible to heavy vehicle operators. The…

AfMA Offers Free Conference Access to Support Local Governments 

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In an effort so support local government councils, AfMA is now offering free delegate passes valued at $2,020 to members from local government who wish to attend the Australasian Fleet…

GM Strikes a Deal with Glencore for EV Battery Cobalt Supply

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General Motors has recently inked a multi-year agreement with Australian mining company Glencore in a bid to secure its supply of cobalt for its electric vehicle batteries. Under the agreement,…

FCAI and MTAA Working Together on ELV Recycling Plan

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The Federal Chamber of Commerce (FCAI) and the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) are developing a plan to recycle end-of-life vehicles. Under the National Product Stewardship Program, the organisations…

Tritium and BP Ink Multi-Year Global Contract for EV Charging Network

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Australian electric vehicle charging company Tritium has entered a multi-year contract with BP to supply direct current (DC) fast chargers in regions including the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The…

The reality of EV care

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At the Professional Development Forum in Melbourne, we heard from Tom Ruessman on the EV tyre connection and Damian Prescott on the realities of EV servicing. Tom took us through the importance…

Sydney-headquartered hydrogen car manufacturer to make a splash in Swedish fleets

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Hydrogen car manufacturer H2X Global has dived into the Scandinavian market after signing an agreement with Swedish municipal waste company Renova. H2X will be providing the city of Gothenburg with…

Could a $6 Billion Plan Increase EV Uptake and Revive SA Auto Industry?

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South Australia’s Greens Party has recently proposed a $6.1 billion plan to invest in Australia’s electric vehicle industry and to re-invigorate vehicle manufacturing in Australia if it were to win…

Industry Bodies Call for Deeper Tax Reforms Amid Fuel Excise Cuts

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The federal government’s recent fuel excise cut has lowered petrol prices according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Amid the perceived positive effects at service stations across major…

Porsche Invests $75 Million in Chilean E-Fuel Company

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Porsche has recently announced that it will be investing $75 million in the Chilean company Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF) to develop a synthetic fuel that can be used in standard…

When Fuel Tax Reduction Equals 4.3 Cents, Not 22.1 Cents Per Liter

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The trucking industry has found itself at odds with the federal government’s recent move to reduce the fuel tax excise from 44.2 to 22.1 cents per litre in the next…

Victoria boosts EV rebate scheme

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Victorians interested in electric vehicles can get a $3000 rebate on their purchase after the Victorian Government introduced an extra $7.2 million into the electric vehicle incentives scheme. The additional…

Fuel tax cut but will drivers reap the rewards?

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The ACCC will be monitoring the petrol prices after the Australian government announced a six-month reduction in fuel excise. The flat fuel tax has been reduced by 22 cents per…

Almost 100K Cars Cut from Weekly Global Production, Industry Report Say

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Shortages of microchips and other car parts continue to hit new car supplies all over the globe. Latest industry figures showing that almost 100,000 cars are cut from production from…

Hydrogen Superhighway to Connect VIC, QLD, and NSW

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The states of Victoria, Queensland, and New South Wales are entering into a landmark collaboration to build a new hydrogen superhighway connecting the east coast. Under the Memorandum of Understanding…

New Car Sales Continue to Bounce Back in March 2022

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Australia’s new car industry is on a roll as it recorded a total of 101,233 vehicles sold in March. This represents a growth of 1.2 percent despite ongoing supply hiccups…

Apollo and Thelma, A Book by Our Conference MC, Jon Faine

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March 30th marked the launch of Apollo and Thelma, a book by broadcaster, lawyer and AfMA Conference MC Jon Faine. Jon shares a yarn that has enthralled him for forty…

Could Anti-Drunk Driving Tech Be in Australia’s Future?

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Drink driving is one of big killers on Australian roads leading to the possibility of advanced drink driving prevention technology being fitted to new vehicles. A national debate has been…

ACCC Renews Fight Against Car Industry Breaches

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The Australian Consumer Competition Commission (ACCC) has renewed its commitment to strike down consumer neglect instigated by car manufacturers and dealers. As part of their annual 'Compliance and Enforcement Priorities’…

Aussie Car Industry Body Renews Calls for Motorist Tax Reform

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The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has recently reasserted the need for reforming “ineffective and antiquated taxes on Australian motorists” following the emphasis recently placed on the rising cost…

Shifting EV Attitudes – 2022 Corporate Fleet Insights

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If you haven’t already, click here to complete this important survey supporting AfMA and informing the industry (survey closes April 8th). The next 10 years will see significant change in…

Industry Pivots – 2022 Corporate Fleet Insights

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If you haven’t already, click here to complete this important survey supporting AfMA and informing the industry (survey closing soon). The past few years have been challenging for business. Fleet…

SEA Electric powers zero-emission school bus

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US roads are set to welcome a SEA Electric zero-emission Blue Bird Type C school bus powered by a SEA-Drive(R) 120b power-system. Founded in Australia, SEA Electric continues to push…

Should we expect to see blow out tyre prices?

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Australia is expected to see a steep climb in tyre prices as manufacturers face rising oil and energy costs. Tyre production demands the use of oil, requiring roughly 31 litres…

New Incentives for Aussie Electrification

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As part of its goals of driving down emissions and meeting its net zero commitment by 2050, the state of Queensland is committing AUD$55 million investment to fund subsidies for…

5 Stars for 2022 GWM Haval H6

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GWM’s Haval H6 has received a 5-star safety rating from ANCAP following the latest round of testing against the stringent 2020-2022 rating criteria. This rating applies to all petrol H6…

Fleet Policy & Vehicle Safety Standards

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It is common for most organisations to adopt a policy of only acquiring 5 Star Safety Rated Passenger & Light Commercial Vehicles, as assessed nationally by ANCAP. While this may…

A new car-share platform hits the market

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Toyota Fleet Management (TFM) has launched a new car-share platform in Australia to help businesses manage their fleet. Titled ForceField Share, the platform is designed to monitor, organise, and control…

Heavy vehicles set to welcome new safety standards

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The Australian Government has implemented a road safety mandate affecting heavy vehicles cruising our roads. New heavy vehicles are required to be fitted with advanced emergency braking (AEB) and electronic…

Aussie-Made In-Car Safety Device Could Save Children’s Lives

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A new in-car safety device is now on the market which could save thousands of children from being left unattended in a hot car. Dubbed by its creator, Jason Cawthra…

Will EV travel tax effect Australian uptake?

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We often hear about the timid and slow uptake of electric vehicles within Australia and policy changes to taxes on electric vehicles may further hinder the progress. The Victorian government…

Australia Unaffected by Hino Cheating Emissions and Fuel Economy Tests

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Hino Motors, Ltd. (HML) has recently suspended the sale of three engine models and the vehicles fitted with them following identified misconduct in its fuel emissions tests. In a statement,…

Federal Government Invests $6.1 Million to Power EV Transition

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The Federal Government has invested $6.1 million into Australian electric vehicle (EV) charging company, JET Charge to support the rapidly growing EV market. Delivered through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation…

Full-Speed Ahead for Australia’s First Public Hydrogen Refuelling Facility

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has recently poured $22.8 million into the first public fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) hydrogen refuelling station. Called the New Energies Service Station, it…
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New Car Market Bounces Back in February

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The Australian new car market has shown signs of recovery as manufacturers reported a total of 85,340 vehicles sold in February. The month had 24 selling days resulting in 56.8…

ANCAP has awarded the Polestar 2 a five-star safety rating

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Introduced to Australia and New Zealand in February 2022, the Polestar 2 has secured an ANCAP safety rating of five-stars. Scoring impressively across all areas of assessment the Polestar 2…

What’s expected from EV insurance?

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Electric vehicles continue to join the national fleet on Australian roads and insurance coverage must adapt to meet the new risks and demands of EVs. New energy vehicles require insurers…

NZ’s First Electric Ute Revealed

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New Zealand has recently unveiled its first fully electric ute, the LDV EV T60. Distributed by Great Lakes Motor Distributions (GLMD), the EV T60 will be a rear-wheel drive vehicle…

BMW Bolsters Carbon Repair Program

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BMW Group Australia has recently launched an enhanced carbon fibre repair program for its Accredited BMW Bodyshop network. Aiming to raise the bar for local repair competency, BMW says the…

City Council Leads the Way for EV Future

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Since 2012, Lake Macquarie City Council in NSW has been one of the leaders in reducing carbon emissions through the electrification of their fleet and building electric vehicle (EV) charging…

Australian EV charging company sets up shop in the US

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Australian electric vehicle charging company Tritium is set to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Tennessee, bringing Australia further into the global electric vehicle market. The Brisbane-based electric vehicle…

Researchers Propose Countermeasures Against Tailgating

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A recent survey conducted by the University of the Sunshine Coast involving 887 Queensland licensed drivers revealed that 98 percent of participants have tailgated at some point. But this common…

$127.9m Funding Rolled Out for Fleets Switching to EV

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The Australian Renewable energy Agency (ARENA) has recently announced that it will pump an additional $127.9 million to help fleets switch to new zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) technology over the…

Victoria welcomes new online road safety tool

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Victorians now have access to a new platform called Road Rule Education Online, able to provide drivers with the latest road rule content and educate on safe driving practices. The…

EV Batteries Soon to Power Australian Homes

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A new breed of charging technology will soon allow electric cars to power Australian homes as the world’s first bi-directional EV chargers are set to go on sale this month.…

SA set to welcome a state-wide EV charging network

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The South Australian State Government has awarded the RAA a $12.4 million grant to establish hundreds of new EV charging points, creating a state-wide network for EVs. The RAA has…

The 2022 fleet trends reveal themselves

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As we edge closer to wrapping up our second month of 2022, Fleet Managers have been getting an idea of what to expect from the industry for the rest of…
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Used Car Prices Still Riding High in 2022

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The pandemic has brought with it a host of problems for the automotive market, one of which is the soaring prices of second-hand cars. Between people shunning public transport for…

AutoNexus and EVSE Australia Team Up for EV Charger Project

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Australian automotive fulfilment solutions provider AutoNexus and electric vehicle (EV) charging supplier EVSE Australia have partnered to support the former’s shift to green mobility. Over 30 EV chargers across Australia…

EVs Could Re-Electrify AU Manufacturing Sector

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Australia may be able to bring a new lease on life on its car manufacturing industry with the help of electric vehicles (EV), a new industry report said. Titled Rebuilding…

Does Australia have the potential to become an EV manufacturing powerhouse?

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Australian e-Mobility technology company SEA Electric has shown their approval and support of the new report by the Australia Institute’s Carmichael Centre, Rebuilding Vehicle Manufacturing in Australia: Industrial Opportunities in an…

AfMA Personal Development Series: Shape the Development of Your Organisation

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AfMA delivered four personal development webinars during 2021 with 86% of attendees being highly satisfied. We're now building the 2022 series and we'd like to know your priorities and those…

New opportunities for NZ mechanics to expand their EV skills

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Amidst the rise of electric vehicles entering the global fleet, New Zealand’s Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is launching a new programme for mechanics and engineers. The New Zealand Certificate…

Vehicle Standardisation v Chaos

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One of the areas where organisations can ‘lose their way’ in optimally managing their fleet is through the lack of any standardisation in fleet vehicle purchases. In particular, companies that…

South Australia set to begin producing EV essential materials by 2024

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Mining company Renascor Resources Limited has received a $185 million loan from the Australian federal government to begin mining graphite in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. The conditional loan is expected…

Two EVs join Noosa Council’s fleet

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Noosa Council has introduced two electric vehicles into their fleet, driving their way towards zero-emission goals. The council is welcoming a new Hyundai IONIQ and MG ZS, vehicles which will…

Supply Chain Woes Cast a Shadow in January 2022 New Car Sales

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Continuing shortfalls in the global supply chain have left the Australian car market with just 75,863 new vehicles sold in January 2022. This is a 4.8 percent decrease from the…

Police Reminds Parents of Road Safety Rules in School Zones

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In a media release, Ipswich Police Senior Constable Kerrin Sheedy said that parents should be mindful of driving safely around school zones as the school term opens this week. Noting…

The National Road Safety Strategy 2021–30

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The National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 by Commonwealth, state and territory Infrastructure and Transport Ministers was released in late December 2021, outlining new goals and approaches to achieve Vision Zero…

Earn up to 100,000 bonus Qantas Points

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Want to give your business a boost? With BP Plus and as a Qantas Business Rewards member you could earn up to 100,000 bonus Qantas Points. Sign up to BP…

Steep fuel costs force drivers to consider electric

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A study conducted by vehicle subscription provider Carbar has found that steep increases in petrol prices have Australians considering the switch to electric. Last year motorists faced all-time high petrol prices,…

Could your fleet be flying soon?

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Flying cars have always been a dream of a futuristic landscape but the famous icon of science fiction has since become reality. A car capable of driving along roads as…

QLD Greenlights Hydrogen Fuel Cell Facility

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Queensland, through the Invested in Queensland programme, has green lit the country’s first hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing facility. Set to be located in Greater Springfield, the $15 million facility will…

Australia Dodges AdBlue Crisis

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Australia managed to swerve from a national heavy vehicle transport crisis after a landmark deal to secure the local supply of AdBlue, a diesel additive critical to cutting the emissions…

Newcastle Launches Its First EV Truck

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In a bid to achieve its broader sustainability strategy, the City of Newcastle has recently unveiled its first electric truck. The vehicle, which is a medium rigid Hino truck, will…

Deborah Bacon Joins AfMA as Industry Learning & Development Specialist

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AfMA is extremely excited to have Deborah Bacon joining us as Industry Learning & Development Specialist. After serving the industry in various roles for over 20 years with Toyota, Audi,…

Thousands affected by Tesla recalls

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Tesla has issued safety recalls for Model 3 and Model S vehicles affecting thousands on Australian roads. More than 5000 Model 3s built between 2017 and 2020 have been recalled…

2022 Car Fringe Benefit Taxes

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COVID-19 continues to make significant changes in the way people work. This forces businesses and fleet operators to be mindful of the pandemic’s implications on their car fringe benefits (FBT)…

Volkswagen Caddy, BMW iX and Genesis GV70 deliver 5-star safety rating

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The Volkswagen Caddy, BMW iX and Genesis GV70 have all received a 5-star ANCAP Safety rating when tested against the latest 2020-2022 rating criteria. All three vehicles include autonomous emergency…

Hyundai to Build Hydrogen Refueller in Sydney

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Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) has recently announced that it is investing in a new hydrogen vehicle refueller to bolster the Australian hydrogen mobility sector. The facility, which will cost…

Mitsubishi Outlander Receives 5-Star ANCAP Rating

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The Mitsubishi Outlander has received top marks for safety and technology. In a recent test conducted by ACNAP safety, all 2.5 litre variants of popular SUV built from 2021 onwards…

Victoria Police rolling out new weapon in time for Australia day crackdown

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Drivers are warned there is to be a tough crackdown on unregistered vehicles and unlicensed drivers this Australia day as Victoria police begin monitoring roads with new road safety weapon.…

The growing future of breath analysing devices

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Research is starting to suggest the breath analyser market will begin to grow significantly over the coming years as the demand for effective BAC (blood alcohol content) level measuring devices…

Will the semiconductor chip shortage lead to missing safety features?

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The global semiconductor chip shortage has prompted ANCAP safety to warn car manufacturers that if key safety features are removed, five-star safety rating may change as a result. The vehicle…

ATA Pushes for the Electrification of Truck Fleets

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The Australian trucking Association (ATA), together with the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC), has recently released a report pushing for an industry-wide switch to electric vehicles saying that doing so presents…

Toyota Hybrids to Have Solid-State Batteries by 2025

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Toyota hybrid vehicles are set to adopt solid-state batteries by 2025 potentially giving way towards faster charging times, extended life cycles, improved safety, and longer driving range for electric vehicles.…

First 2022 ANCAP rated vehicle scores big

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The new Toyota LandCruiser has received an impressive 5-star rating from ANCAP safety, applying to all variants except the GR Sport which is unrated. This 4WD was introduced in Australia…

AU Could Switch from Lab to Real-World Emission Tests

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Unless your fleet has fully shifted to driving electric vehicles, fuel expense remains one of the greatest variables in your running cost. Between rising fuel costs and the need to…

What is the diesel engine’s future?

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Diesel engines continue to power fleets of heavy commercial vehicles, utes and SUVs but for how much longer? For decades diesel engines have boasted more power, longer service life and…

Opportunity to turbo-charge your EV fleet

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Does your organisation have a new years’ resolution to save money, become more sustainable or reduce emissions? Then don’t miss this incredible opportunity! NSW Governments’ EV fleets incentive may be…

Queenslanders want electric vehicles, but Government needs to do more to bring down price barrier  

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Queenslanders are keen to make the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) but are being deterred by the higher purchase price and there’s strong support for the State Government to do…

‘Better Quality Fuel Key to Emission Targets’—Auto Industry

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With two more years left for Australia’s two remaining oil refineries to get upgraded, the car industry is looking forward to introducing new hi-tech and ultra-low-emissions petrol cars. The Federal…
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Health and Safety Tech Take Center Stage at CES 2022

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Automakers and tech companies at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas have unveiled gadgets and accessories that are set to make vehicles safer and healthier for drivers and…

New Car Sales Push Past 1M Mark Amid Rocky 2021

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Despite having lackluster sales in the last three months of the year, the Australian car market managed to push past the one-million mark in 2021. The Federal Chamber of Commerce…
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Hyundai Staria and Staria Load Receive 5-Star ANCAP Rating

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All variants of Huyndai’s Staria and Staria Load have recently received a five-star rating from ANCAP Safety. The eight-seater Hyundai Staria, introduced in New Zealand in August 2021 and Australia…

Sydney’s road to EV uptake

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Western Sydney Councils have developed an electric vehicle roadmap, aiming to reduce emissions and boost energy savings for a more sustainable and affordable energy future. Global markets and organisations have…

Could a new standard of vehicle safety be in the works?

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The Australian Federal Government has begun investigating the widespread applications of Lane Keeping Systems (LKS) for new cars. LKS technology in vehicles can warn drivers if their vehicle is approaching…
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QLD Adds Hyundai NEXO to Police Fleet

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The Queensland Police Service has recently welcomed its first hydrogen police car—the Hyundai NEXO. Marking the state’s commitment to clean motoring, the newly acquired NEXO will be part of the…
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Australia Moves to Secure Urea Supply Amid AdBlue Shortage

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The federal government has announced today that it has secured a deal for the local production of urea amid global shortages. This is following China’s ban on the export of…

BP Plus Award Winning Fuel Card

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bp have proudly been awarded the Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers award for Small Business Fuel Cards in Australia. bp topped the ratings for the best fuel card, after earning…

Toyota introduces new Product Centre in Victoria

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Toyota Australia has invested $40 million more dollars towards innovation and expertise to be explored in a new Product Centre opened at its Centre of Excellence (CoE) facility in Altona,…

Road rage- avoiding the symptoms

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A honk of the car horn and perhaps a small dose of colourful language is how most drivers react after witnessing an example of terrible driving on the road but…

Low Level Speeding and the dangers that follow

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Speedometers across Australia continue to swing past speed limits, making low level speeding a common but dangerous habit. A survey conducted by Budget Direct found the two main reasons for…

Hino Donates Sensory Equipment to Bates Drive School

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Hino Australia, in partnership with Schools Plus, has recently donated a range of sensory equipment for a new dedicated sensory room to the Bates Drive School in Sydney. “The new…

ACT Gov’t Makes It Cheaper to Own EVs

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The ACT Government has recently announced its zero-interest loan program for electric vehicle purchases in its bid to reach net zero emissions by 2045. Under the broader Sustainable Household Scheme,…

Auto Industry Lauds ALP EV Strategy

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The Australian Labor Party’s (ALP) latest strategy to support the electrification of Australian roads and reducing vehicle emissions has received positive remarks from the automotive industry as it prepares for…

Be part of the EV-olution!

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Transitioning your fleet to electric vehicles (EVs), means lower ongoing maintenance costs while helping to reduce emissions. It’s a win-win! So, what’s been holding you back from electrifying your fleet?…

Benefits of Holiday Route Planning for Fleets

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As we head into the holidays, route planning becomes increasingly important as the roads and our schedules become busier. The festive season is perhaps the most hectic time of the year…

We are set to see an increase in production and supply of Nissan Patrols

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Nissan Patrol supply is expected to rise by early next year as production will be increased during December. Many vehicle manufactures, including Nissan have seen global semi-conductor chip shortages and…

Encouraging statistics found surrounding EV use on Australian roads

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released data showing electric passenger vehicles on average have travelled more than petrol passenger vehicles. Electric vehicles travelled 11.1 thousand km per vehicle, over…

Are Your Drivers Road-Ready for the Holidays?

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The time between Christmas and New Year are among the busiest for Australian roads. More people are travelling longer distances (particularly to rural areas) to take some time off and…

Mercedes-Benz partners with Factorial Energy to develop EV solid state batteries

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Solid state batteries have entered the spotlight of electric vehicle development as Mercedes-Benz joins forces with U.S.-based solid-state battery specialist Factorial Energy. The partnership aims to be testing the next-generation…
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Chip Shortage Hits Hard on November Car Sales

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Australian car sales have dropped 15.3 percent with only 80,639 new vehicles sold in 2021 compared to the same time last year. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has…

Citroën C4 receives 4-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

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All variants of the Citroën C4, which was released in Australia this month and in October 2021 in New Zealand, has received a 4-Star safety rating from ANCAP. It received…

ALP Set to Drop Current Fuel Emissions Plan

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The Australian Labor Party is set to drop their contentious policy on fuel standards as they prepare for a “bigger fight on climate change” in the coming election campaign. The…

AusPost Adds eCanter Units as Xmas Nears

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Australia Post is all set for the holiday rush as it adds three Fuso eCanters to its electric delivery fleet in Melbourne. This is a welcome addition to AusPost’s existing…

Carsales Becomes Newest EVC Member

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The Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) has welcomed carsales as its newest member following a recently partnering for the EVC’s Consumer Attitudes Survey. In a media release, EVC chief Behyad Jafari has…

Kia Niro Lands on AU Gov Approved List

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Two models in Kia’s latest range of hybrid cars have landed on the government approved list expanding the options for alternative fuel vehicles. The Kia Niro Hybrid S is a…

Preparing for the effects of La Niña and wet weather on our roads

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Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has declared a La Niña weather event has begun with the expectations of increased rainfall and colder conditions to follow. As we expect to see more…

The Hyundai XCIENT Hydrogen truck reaches New Zealand shores

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Hyundai’s XCIENT FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) recently arrived in New Zealand, becoming the first hydrogen-powered truck to cruise NZ’s roads. The truck arrived at the Port of Auckland and…
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Charging infrastructure, rebates, and emission standards key to EV uptake, experts say

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Back in August, the Australia Vehicle Council’s State of Electric Vehicles Report revealed that 8,688 EVs were sold all over the country in the first half of 2021 compared to…

Creating better drivers

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We have all seen some fantastic examples of TERRIBLE driving on the road, maybe even provided some examples ourselves but every driver can become a safer driver. Fleet managers are…
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2021 GWM Ute Gets 5-Star ANCAP Rating

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Great Wall Motor’s (GWM) Dual Cab Ute has recently received 5 stars from independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP SAFETY. The GWM Ute was introduced in Australia and New Zealand in…
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Toyota set to return to full production in December

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Toyota is expecting to return to full-scale production next month following repeated production reductions since August due to semiconductor shortages caused by COVID-19. The global car maker forecasts to reach…

Drive electric NSW EV fleets incentive—How to Get Access

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When organisations electrify their fleets, they are presented with a huge opportunity to save on operating costs and reduce their emissions. This transition can also have a powerful impact on…

Toyota hydrogen facility hosts AU’s future fuels and vehicles announcement

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Recently the Federal Government announced its future fuels and vehicles strategy at Toyota Australia’s Hydrogen Centre. The future fuels and vehicles strategy outlines the accelerated deployment of charging and hydrogen…
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Avoiding costly mistakes when purchasing used vehicles

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A survey conducted for an insurance group has recently revealed that Australians may be making costly mistakes when purchasing used vehicles. According to the research, 97 percent of people have…

“No more waiting. No more clever tactics. It’s time to act – now”

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The BMW Group attended this year’s COP 26 UN climate summit, bringing along the BMW i Vision Circular. Attending every UN climate summit since 2008, the BMW Group has outlined…
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ATO releases taxpayer alert on LCT avoidance

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The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recently released a new Taxpayer Alert concerning structured arrangements that avoid luxury car tax (LCT). “We are reviewing arrangements involving sales of both new…
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Australia sets up $1 billion low emissions investment fund

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The Australian Federal Government will be establishing a $1 billion investment fund to develop low emissions technology including carbon capture as part of its effort to reach Net Zero by…

AEB systems now apart of Australia’s road safety standards

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The Australian Federal Government has announced the mandatory integration of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems for new passenger and light-goods vehicle models entering the market. The new legislation outlines that…

Manufacturers racing to take the lead in the electrification of roads

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Amidst the climate talk in Australia, Electric Vehicles have been one of the hottest topics- and manufacturers may be leading the conversation more than we think. While it does not…
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AU Government promises more EV infrastructure but not incentives and emission standards

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The Australian Government has recently released its new Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy in a bid to ‘reduce transport emissions’, increase electric vehicle uptake, and ‘support consumer choice’ in Australia.…
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Reducing EV Range Anxiety in Fleets

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Electric vehicles are the future of sustainable transportation. As Australia moves toward its goal of Net Zero emissions by 2050, more EVs are being introduced into fleets. While more EVs…
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Managing The Risks of Fatigued Driving In Fleets

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Driver fatigue happens when a driver loses attention on the road due to feeling drowsy from lack of sleep, long hours or work, stresses from the environment, and medical disorders…

New EV battery design extinguishing fire dangers

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The electric vehicle industry may be on the cusp of significantly reducing the chances and dangers of battery fires as a new generation of battery technology is developed. Graphene aluminum-ion…

New camera technology now monitoring Queensland roads

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Queensland has introduced new high-tech camera technology to catch those using their phones on the road and neglecting seatbelt laws. Tough penalties are set to follow drivers caught using their…

Overloading- the dangers, the penalties and prevention

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As Australian roads begin to get crowded again, so can the vehicles that travel them. Overloading is an important factor to consider during transit, as it effects the safety of…
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Stock Shortages Bring October 2021 Car Sales to a 19-Year Low

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New car sales in Australia have slowed in October 2021 with 74,650 vehicles sold, an 8.1 percent decrease (6,750 units) from the same period last year. This is reportedly the…

New Zealand’s ‘Road to Zero’ appearing bumpier than expected

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In December 2019, the New Zealand Government published the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy for 2020–2030. The strategy outlines a plan to prevent the injury and death of people on the road.…
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SA adopts road usage tax bill for EVs

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South Australia has adopted a new bill for road usage tax for electric vehicles. This is following the State Government’s announcement back in March to delay the charge by 12…

Virtual Reality technology making real world impact for vehicle manufacturers

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Virtual Reality (VR) simulations are being used in the real world by vehicle manufacturers to train and develop autonomous vehicle artificial intelligence (A.I) and driver assistance features. The technology taken…
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Volkswagen to introduce new way to track new car orders

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German car maker Volkswagen is set to introduce a new online search tool for new vehicle orders. This will allow their customers to track the delivery of their cars from…
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5-Stars for ‘green’ cars Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Volvo XC40 Recharge

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Hyundai IONIQ 5 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge have received 5 stars ANCAP safety ratings. This makes them one of the safest options when it comes to ‘green’ cars in…

Digital safety- keeping your business secure

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We have all scrolled through our inboxes and spotted an email that doesn’t belong- a scam which has made its way through our trusty junk mail defences. The need for…
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Classic cars are getting an electric makeover

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Well-loved classic cars are getting a new lease on life thanks to the growing interest in converting them into electric vehicles (EVs). Also called electromodding, the process involves swapping out…

In-Car Emergency Alert Systems Could Save More Lives

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Should automatic emergency alert devices be mandatory in Australia? Advanced motor technology suppliers certainly think so. Intelligent Transport Systems Australia and RACV’s Intelematics have renewed its calls to make the…

Under utilised vehicles- the hidden money drainers

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Productivity and efficiency are some of the most important factors of success in fleet and it often boils down to the utilisation of vehicles. Identifying underutilisation in your fleet can…
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Growth Conversation with Paul Sor

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Seeking to understand someone and their reasoning makes for a better workplace for all. This opinion piece is written not to debate the pros and cons of COVID vaccination, but…

How well do you know your vehicles?

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A J.D. Power study has revealed a number of new technology features in vehicles often go unused by drivers. As technology in vehicles progresses, so does the need to learn…
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Petrol price spike ripples across Australia: how can fleets cut back on costs?

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Australian petrol prices are breaking record highs across major capital cities as lockdowns start to ease up in more states. The Australian Institute of Petroleum reported that in the week…

Australia’s Zero road deaths target? So why are 3-star or less cars, SUV’s and commercial utilities ‘Coffins on Wheels’ still permitted travel on our roads?

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The Australian Government Joint Select Committee on Road Safety started its hearings in mid-September. Seventy submissions were made. Two submissions that are particularly interesting are those from the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) submitted by ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg and the…

Navigating drivers’ mental wellbeing in a COVID-19 world

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had an overwhelming impact on the mental health of the global population and professional drivers in Australia are not immune to this.   Poor mental health is detrimental to driving performance…
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Course on Work Health & Safety and Risk and Hazard Management for the Mobile Workplace

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Anyone operating in and around the automotive and fleet industries understands that the vehicle is a workplace. This means managing the risks associated with work activities involving vehicles is critical…

New alcohol sensor technology

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As alcohol related road accidents continue to occur, a new form of alcohol detection device has been developed to assess a driver’s state of sobriety. The passive alcohol sensor draws…

The distracted driving epidemic- how to save lives and money

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Distractions while driving continue taking lives on Australian roads making it a significant contributor among the fatal five. Driving is considered a cognitively demanding task and as such requires the…
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New car sales thrive amid lockdowns and stock shortages

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Despite lockdowns and global supply chain disruptions, Australian new car sales in September have grown year-on-year according to the recent VFACTS released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).…

Electric fleets set to join the mining sector

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The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is aiming for a greener resource sector by investing $5 million in electrifying mining operations. The investment is in heavy-vehicle battery manufacturer, 3ME Technology…
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Are the quad bikes in your fleet safe?

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Quad bikes are a quintessential work vehicle for the Australian agriculture and the tourism industry. But while these are often marketed as all-terrain vehicles, they can be unstable when used…

What vehicles does my organisation have WHS responsibilities for?

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As a fleet manager you may ask yourself which vehicles fall under your Work Health and Safety (WHS) responsibilities and are there policies and procedures that comprehensively manage the use…

Is it time to bring your fleet purchases forward?

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Vehicle manufactures are reducing production across the world. What does this mean for your fleet operations? A mate recently bragged about how he sold his second-hand 2004 Hilux for $3K…
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Create safer drivers with the ANCAP safety ratings and vehicle safety features courses

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As fleet managers, promoting safety within our fleets should always be at the forefront of our priorities. To help you in providing a safer mobile workplace for your drivers, AfMA…

Delivery drones – a fleet of the future or a fleet of failure?

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Changing the expectations of delivery, drone delivery company Wing has been operating in select locations in Australia and across the world. An average delivery time of 10 minutes due to…
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2021 Australian Used Car Safety Ratings Released

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The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) has recently made available the 2021 Used Care Safety Ratings Guide (UCSR). The new UCSR analysed 289 used vehicle models manufactured from the…

One size does not fit all, find the best fit-for-purpose vehicle

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It's best practice to review your choice of fit-for-purpose vehicles every three years which can be time consuming an challenging. When faced with an overwhelming number of options, making the…

idriveWA: towards zero emissions expo 2021

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The Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) is pleased to support the iDriveWA: Towards Zero Emissions Expo.  Happening on November 4th, 2021 in Perth, iDriveWA is the first Zero Emission Fleet…

Rivian electric Utes – the future of outback roads?

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Australia is a country which has thrived off the backs of Utes and amid the electrification of our roads, there needs to be a wide variety of options for everyone…

Subaru Outback scores big in recent ANCAP safety rating

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Subaru’s newest Outback has received a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, it scored highly against the latest 2020-2022 criteria. Scoring 91% for Child Occupant Protection, 84% for Vulnerable Road User Protection,…
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ADR 85: Australia’s tougher side impact protection rule

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Australia’s vehicle safety standards are slated to become the strictest it has ever been as new pole side impact safety regulations will be implemented for light passenger and commercial vehicles…

Heavy vehicle safety to be improved through the online landscape

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The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) which has been funded by the federal government will provide a Safety Through Education project. This initiative is part of a wider scheme which…
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ATO Fuel tax credit – Taxpayer Alert Released

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Earlier this week the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) released Taxpayer Alert TA 2021/3 – Fuel tax credit overclaims arising from aggressive marketing and use of GPS telematics technology products. The…

A simple alternative to vehicle ownership

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Carly Car Subscription is a new and innovative mobility solution that meets the needs of fleet managers who require flexible, short to medium term access to vehicles. With Carly you…
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NSW releases masterplan to rev up ultra-fast charging infrastructure

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NSW drivers are set to confidently drive their electric vehicles anywhere thanks to the newly released details for the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging masterplan. This includes installing up to 1,000…

Automation’s future in Fleet Management

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Efficiency has always been a substantial component of success within business and as automation continues to improve and become more abundant, we ask ourselves what does that mean for fleet…

A further $150 million committed to Australian’s hydrogen industry

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As Australia continues to fall behind in the race to reduce emissions, the federal government has moved to sink a further $150 million into establishing the hydrogen industry. With $300…

Fleet ‘Big Data’ – Why DIY GPS Analytics Fails

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As a Fleet Manager, you may know this scenario all too well.   Your inbox is full of new vehicle request forms.  You try to manage the internal politics and a constrained budget with the knowledge that many of the vehicles outside…
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Emotional intelligence matters more than IQ in the workplace

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Emotional Intelligence (E.I.) is becoming vital if you want to get ahead in your career. In 2017, the World Economic Forum called it a “critical factor that sets star performers…

Billions dedicated to infrastructural investments in Western Australia

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$11.7 billion has been committed for major road projects, upgrades, and maintenance across Western Australia over the next four years. Road safety is a continuous discussion as lives are still…

A sweet future for EV batteries

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By using sugar, researchers from the Monash Energy Institute and CSIRO have created a basis for the next generation of batteries used in aviation, electric vehicles, and submarines. Years ago,…

Counterfeit car parts seized

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As the battle between authorities and the sale of online counterfeit car parts continues, the Australian Border Force seized a shipment of ‘strut spacers’ which promise to improve off-road performance…

Electrifying your fleet won’t happen overnight, but here’s how to get started

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When looking to electrify your entire fleet, or just one vehicle, there are many things to consider. It’s not as simple as just finding an equivalent sized vehicle. You will…

Evenergi Launches Quarterly Zero Emissions Bus, Truck and Van Report

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Migrating Australia's fleets is the most important thing we can do as a country to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. AfMA was proud to partner with organisations including Evenergi…

New Zealand’s jump to sustainability

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New Zealand’s impressive commitment to electric vehicles and zero-emissions in recent times has seen the nation take further steps by introducing a range of measures that will help meet the…

Australia’s EV history

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The conversation on electric vehicles is often focused on the future so maybe it’s time we take a moment to reflect on the past of EV’s in Australia. Over the…

EV Infrastructure – Where it’s at and where it’s going

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