The A-Z of fleet guide
26 March 2012
Businesscar's complete alphabetical guide to fleet industry's vital terms and phrases. (S-Z)
A scheme that allows an employee to forego part of their gross salary in return for a non-cash benefit such as a car.
Satellite navigation is a computer system that uses information from satellites to direct a vehicle driver towards a required location. Can be either built into the car, or cheaper portable units can be purchase from companies such as TomTom.
The regularity at which a vehicle should be serviced, and which depends on the year, make and model of vehicle.
The new generation of mobile phones, which have traditional features along with advanced computing abilities offering the likes of high-speed internet and email access.
Companies are increasingly looking at cleverer practices such as increased working from home or altering office hours to allow employees to avoid rush-hour traffic.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is a member organisation that aims to act as the voice of the industry, and supports and promotes the interests of the UK automotive industry.
Service, maintenance and repair - one of the key considerations for fleets when looking at the costs of running cars.
Stationary or mobile camera situated on UK roads to enforce speed restrictions and fine or penalise drivers who fail to comply with legal limits. Drivers currently face a £60 fine and three penalty points on their driving licence, although there is the potential for larger penalties for more serious offences.
Fleet management software includes tracking and telematics applications, as well as elements such as licence checking, vehicle acquisition and disposal, and accident management.
A system for raising revenue for public funding by imposing levies on individuals and organisations.
A combination of telecommunications and informatics, telematics involves in-car wireless technology that can provide features such as satnav, tracking, safety systems, integrated hands-free phone use and fleet management reporting.
A device installed in vehicles that monitors the location via GPS (Global Positioning System) and reports to a central computer network, typically at a company's base.
A company car driver who has a free choice of car, but often with restrictions on CO2 limits.
A car registration document, a V5C is a record of who owns the car and is vital when buying or selling a vehicle.
A virtual conference where two or more people have a meeting through computer networks using video and audio systems. Increasingly suggested as a way of reducing business travel.
Vehicle Excise Duty, better known as road tax, is obligatory for vehicle owners and priced according to CO2 emissions.
A guarantee from a vehicle seller that a faulty product will be repaired or replaced within a certain time period, typically three years for car manufacturers, although some have pushed it out as far as seven years in the case of Kia or as long as the first owner keeps the vehicle in the case of Vauxhall.
Widely considered to be the best way to select cars on a fleet, it considers all factors including RVs, fuel and servicing, and can also encompass elements such as insurance, financing and national insurance.
Workplace parking levy
An initiative, pioneered by the city of Nottingham, where local councils charge companies for car parking spaces in order to fund other transport options. Bristol is set to launch a consultation on introducing a similar WPL scheme.
Tyres advisable for winter conditions, particularly snow, which work most effectively at below 7?C due to a different type of rubber that remains softer than standard tyres in low temperatures.
Electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions and are currently exempt from driver benefit-in-kind payments.