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Popular British supermarket chain Iceland has extended its contract with Route Monkey for a further three years until 2019.

Route Monkey have recently been acquired by Trakm8, a big data and telematics company who supply Iceland with routing optimisation algorithms.

IT director of Iceland Foods, Louise Dhaliwal has said that, "Using Route Monkey will help us to continue to provide the best possible home delivery service to our customers. It enables us to optimise the use of our fleet and driver resources, while also reducing our fleet mileage and emissions."

Route optimisation by Route Monkey

Route optimisation plays a large part in getting frozen goods to customers safely and efficiently which is why over 1,500 vehicles and 800 Iceland stores nationwide will make use of Route Monkey's optimisation service.

John Watkins, executive chairman of Trakm8 has commented, "We are delighted to secure this contract extension with Iceland as an early indicator of the value of Route Monkey to the Group. This contract has the potential to form the basis of our next generation fleet management solutions which will see cameras and route optimisation algorithms integrated with Trakm8’s continuing telematics capabilities."

Van owners are at risk of receiving heavy fines and even jail time due to the high number of vans on UK roads that are not kept in proper working order.

This warning has come to light thanks to the high rate f light commercial vehicles that are failing MoT tests. Following the latest Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) review 49% of all LCVs taken for testing fail first time!

Head of service and parts at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Trevor Hodgson-Phillips has commented that, "The latest result show us that UK van owners are still risking increased running bills, extended vehicle downtime periods and, potentially, a decrease in the overall resale value of their vehicle by not looking after their van properly."

Mechanic MOT

There are three main causes for MOT failure; lighting and signalling, brakes and suspension and alarmingly over the past three years there has been very little variance in the number of commercial vehicles affected by these easy to fix problems.

Luckily Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' Van Centres and Authorised Repairers can carry out necessary maintenance following an express visual check that is performed on every LCV bought in for a service.

It is important to make sure that your commercial vehicle is always fit to drive on UK roads, it is equally as important to ensure that your LCVs have the correct van insurance for your vehicle type.

Volkswagen have been awarded with a 450-van fleet deal with Well Pharmacy.

Well Pharmacy have agreed to a three-year deal with Volkswagen that will see them take ownership of 450 new VW commercial vehicles, a majority of which will be the immensely popular Caddy with Volkswagen Transporters making up the rest of the order.

Well Pharmacy Volkswagen Caddy

The high street Pharmacy chain currently has 780 pharmacies across the UK and dispenses more than 74 million prescriptions each year and is well known by local communities for offering healthcare advice and wellbeing support.

Brian James, fleet and home delivery manager at Well Pharmacy has commented on the new deal saying, "Keeping our national prescription delivery team on the road is vital, as our customers’ health depends on the swift delivery of their medicine."

"When selecting our fleet partner, we took into consideration those areas that most affected our business, including vehicle quality, after-care service and whole-life costs. Volkswagen’s combination of a nationwide network of dedicated Van Centres and comprehensive aftersales support reassured us that we could reduce our vehicle downtime and ensure that our drivers spend more time delivering a valuable service to our customers."

Excitement is growing for the upcoming Commercial Vehicle show 2016, which is being held at the Birmingham NEC on 26th - 28th April.

Commercial Vehicle show 2016

More than 430 stands have been booked by exhibitors attending the event according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders with van manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Toyota, LDV, Citroën, Fiat, Ford, Isuzu, Iveco, Mitsubishi, Peugeot and Renault all showing off their upcoming commercial vehicles and latest technologies.

The Comercial Vehicle show is free to attend, visitors can register for their ticket at www.cvshow.com

Kwik Fit have announced that they will be extending their fleet warranty.

The leading fast-fit specialist will be doubling their popular fleet warranty from 12 months/12,000 miles up to 24 months/24,000 miles for brake pads, discs, drums and shoes which Kwik Fit state reflects the quality of the training and workmanship their expert technicians exhibit as well as the quality of the parts used.

Kwik Fit garage

Kwik Fit's UK SMR/MoT business development manager for fleet, Dan Joyce has said, "Our decision to double the warranty on friction brake parts is a clear reflection of Kwik Fit’s confidence in the quality of the parts used."

"We believe the length of warranty available is an industry best and more extensive than that available through other service outlet on similar parts."

In 2014 Kwik Fit saw a 24 per cent rise in the replacement of brake pads and discs, this was also mirrored by an increase of 35 per cent year-on-year in fleet safety-related brake inspections in 2015.

Pete Marden the head of core fleet and business development commented, "The warranty increase on friction brake parts is also a reflection of goodwill from Kwik Fit to our fleet customers in trusting us with undertaking vehicle work."

Marden also added, "As a result of the improved warranty we would expect the volume of brake-related work undertaken in Kwik Fit centres to continue to increase in 2016."

Last year more than £3 million was invested back into technician training across the 2,000 centre-based brake specialists that Kwik Fit employs.

Kwik Fit also offer a free, no-obligation brake inspection to any company van (and car) drivers that may be worried about their braking performance, after which a full written report and quote will be given outlining any work that needs to be performed.

Don't forget that while you need a full MOT to be able to drive legally you also need to correct type of insurance for your vehicle which is why iVan Insurance offer great rates for fleet insurance.