Grand Car Tour to Croatia

 

Luxury, Elegance and Fun in this Grand Car Tour to Croatia June 16th to 23rd or 2nd to 9th September 2018
 
£7,999 per team of two
Get a full itinerary here or ask us some questions 02037 335 697
 
The best driving roads in Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia and Croatia with stunning scenery and luxurious hotels, all combined to make this a stunning journey to remember
We have, as always selected the finest cuisine, hospitality, spa hotels and roads that Europe has to offer, for a truly memorable journey that will amaze, spoil, pamper and delight you.But delight as this may, the memories that will endure, will be from convivial time spent with like-minded people in delightful surroundings, sharing stories and daily delights, laughter, fun and new friends are guaranteed.

Diesel wholesale cheaper than petrol throughout June, yet pump price gap still remains

Despite the wholesale price of diesel being cheaper than petrol for all of June motorists are still paying 3p a litre more at the pumps.

The RAC’s Fuel Watch report for June shows the price of diesel has become the ‘elephant in the room’ with wholesale prices 1p to 3p a litre lower than petrol yet the average price of a litre of diesel is 120p, compared to 117p for petrol.

While some retailers have closed the gap between petrol and diesel on the forecourt, more closely reflecting wholesale prices, very few – if any – have moved their diesel price below petrol. In fact, the vast majority of retailers continue to keep a significant gap between the two fuels with diesel often 5p a litre more expensive. The latter group may be operating on wafer thin margins on petrol in order to remain competitive and trading this off against bigger margins on diesel in order to balance the books.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “The retail price of diesel has almost become a taboo subject despite 2.4bn litres being sold in May, compared to just 1.5bn litres of petrol. While there are twice as many petrol cars on the road, the increase in diesel usage shown in government statistics and the new car sales figures which show more than 50% of cars and light commercial vehicles leaving the showroom are powered by diesel, confirm that we are increasingly relying on diesel for both business and private use.

“Not only are diesel drivers now being demonised due to the increasing concerns over harmful nitrogen dioxide and particulate emissions, they are consistently having to pay a premium for their fuel. And, all this comes after years in which the taxation system has encouraged motorists to buy low carbon dioxide emitting vehicles. This has led to a big take-up of small fuel efficient diesel vehicles by motorists believing their choice of vehicle was good for the environment as well as their pocket.

“While retailers are obviously free to choose how much they charge for petrol and diesel, we believe that motorists deserve to be treated fairly and that means forecourt prices that reflect the wholesale market.”

The RAC’s Fuel Watch report shows that the price of diesel should drop by around 5p a litre in the next two weeks based on lower wholesale prices, although the motoring organisation has seen this throughout June with little to no forecourt price change so therefore has little hope of this saving being passed on.

Simon Williams added: “Essentially, what is required is a fundamental re-balance of pricing in the retail fuel market. We need greater transparency and a fairer pricing model for both petrol and diesel. We realise that with more and more forecourts shutting up shop every month that fuel retailing may not be as profitable as it once was, but there seems to be a clear intention to make more money from a higher diesel price while at the same time being seen to maintain a lower petrol price.

“We as a nation of motorists are far more focused on petrol prices and therefore there is a perceived benefit from a retailer’s point of view in keeping petrol prices lower for the country’s 20m petrol car owners than it is for the 10m-plus diesel car drivers.”

June saw fuel prices maintain an even keel for motorists as a result of oil prices staying flat and the pound remaining stable too. The average price of a litre of petrol was 117p – 14p cheaper than 12 months ago, and diesel was 120.75p – 15p cheaper. Both have gone up since the early February average price lows of 106p for unleaded and 113p for diesel.

HMRC fuel usage statistics for May* show the Government brought in £2.2bn in fuel duty revenue – a similar figure to April. This represented a 2.8% year-on-year growth in revenue – £2.182bn in May 2014 compared to £2.243bn in May 2015.

May saw 1.478bn litres of petrol and 2.393bn diesel sold, making for a total of 3.871bn litres. Petrol sales experienced a 1.5% month-on-month growth and diesel a 1% drop on April, but year-on-year petrol declined by 1.6% compared to May 2014 and diesel usage grew by 5.7%.

Shows 3-month, 6-month and 12-month price and percentage change to 30/06/15

Motorists can keep abreast of fuel prices by visiting: www.rac.co.uk/advice/fuel-prices-explained

Footnote

* HMRC Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Bulletin May 2015 https://www.uktradeinfo.com/Statistics/Tax%20and%20Duty%20Bulletins/Oils0515.xls  
 

RAC Business brings BLOODHOUND SSC to Company Car In Action

Visitors to RAC Business stand have chance to win exclusive signed print of supersonic car

Visitors to this year’s Company Car In Action will have the chance see a replica of the supersonic car making its bid to be the world’s fastest thing on four wheels.

RAC Business has teamed up with the most exciting engineering project the UK has seen in decades – BLOODHOUND SSC, and will be bringing an exact replica model to CCIA on June 16 and 17 at Millbrook Proving Ground.

The scale model will be on view in Concept 1 where visitors can have their photograph taken with it and there is also the opportunity to win an exclusive framed print signed by project director Richard Noble and pilot Andy Green. On the RAC Business stand visitors can have a go at driving the BLOODHOUND SSC simulator with the fastest lap at the end of each day winning a print.

The team behind the BLOODHOUND SSC is confident it has the engineering and design expertise and inspiration to build a supersonic car which will exceed 1000mph and break the land speed record at Hakskeen Pan, South Africa, in August 2016.

David Wallace, director of RAC Business Services, said: “We are backing BLOODHOUND SSC as it represents a truly British challenge which champions UK engineering excellence and presents a unique opportunity to excite and engage the next generation of engineers.

“In the same way the team behind Bloodhound SSC is committed to their ambition, so is RAC Business committed to delivering the best performance for your fleet through insight, innovation and collective expertise that comes from being at the heart of the automotive sector for nearly 120 years.

“At RAC Business we believe in bringing clarity and insight to your business and fleet needs, with a range of products and services that present one single, complete picture of how your fleet is operating.

“We’re looking forward to attending Company Car In Action to talk to visitors about how we bring together a raft of services including RAC Breakdown, Accident Management, RAC Telematics, contact centres, commercial insurance and fuel cards, and deliver them through one single trusted supplier.”

RAC Business will be at Company Car In Action on June 16 and 17 at stand 9 in Concept 2 and is also sponsoring the Concierge Club in Concept 1.

For more information about the event go to: http://company-car-in-action.fleetnews.co.uk/

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Notes to editors

For further information, please contact:

Simon Peevers, RAC Business PR Manager: 01454 665562 / 07966 610 774

Email: speevers@rac.co.uk

RAC Press Office: 01454 66 4123

Email: press.enquiries@rac.co.uk

Twitter: @RAC_Business

About RAC Business Services

RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists.

RAC Patrols repair vehicles on average within 31 minutes at the roadside and our vans carry more than 500 parts and tools, so we’re always well-equipped and ready to fix wherever possible

RAC Business offers a comprehensive range of services and products for UK businesses of all sizes and currently has around 24,000 corporate and SME customers.

Products available include: fleet breakdown coverage, telematics, fuel cards, accident management, inspections, training, commercial and fleet insurance, fleet management (Business Club) and risk management services.

RAC Telematics Technology Standard on All Vehicles

Northern Irelands leading Vehicle Management Company DFC celebrates 25 years in business with this exciting new announcement.

Belfast-based DFC and the RAC have joined forces to provide market-leading Breakdown Recovery, Accident Management and Telematics services, ensuring the cutting edge vehicle technology is available for all customers.

Uel Butler CEO at DFC said: “We are pleased to announce that all DFC Contract Hire Vehicles, ordered from April 2015 will include RAC Telematics, Breakdown Cover and Accident Management as standard. Our new holistic fleet management approach will be widely available for all vehicle users.

“DFC has just celebrated 25 years supplying and managing vehicles in the UK and Ireland and this exciting new partnership with the RAC is a fantastic way to mark this milestone. This game changing approach, a first in Northern Ireland guarantees maximum cost savings on your vehicle(s), secures peace of mind and promises full GPS cover for your vehicles 24 hours a day, with the advantage of incorporating RAC Breakdown and Accident Management.”

RAC Corporate Sales Director Jenny Powley said: “We have developed a powerful relationship with DFC which will provide their customers with the level of Breakdown Cover and Accident Management they would expect from the DFC brand.”

A feature of this partnership is that businesses will also be able to buy RAC Telematics systems, whether they are a customer or not from DFC in Belfast.

This will provide further support to businesses looking to drive down costs and provide highly accurate insight into how fleets are functioning in terms of fuel consumption and driving styles.

The new partnership with the RAC will not only provide peace of mind for DFC’s customers in terms of breakdown, with eight out of ten vehicles being fixed at the roadside, but will also help support business and personal customers with a range of service enhancements.

For more information or to arrange your personal consultation with Pauline Nelmes, DFC/RAC Telematics Consultant, call 07775 773 806 today.

RAC Telematics Technology Standard on All Vehicles

Pictured from left to right.

Uel Butler – CEO
John Moore – Operations Director
Pauline Nelmes – DFC/RAC Telematics Consultant
Corinne Redman – Strategic Account Manager RAC
Gordon Lee – RAC Patrol

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Notes to editors

For further information, please contact:
Simon Peevers, RAC Business PR Manager: 01454 665562 / 07966 610 774
Email: speevers@rac.co.uk

RAC Press Office: 01454 66 4123
Email: press.enquiries@rac.co.uk
Twitter: @RAC_Business

About RAC Business Services

RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists.

RAC Business offers a comprehensive range of services and products for UK businesses of all sizes and currently has around 24,000 corporate and SME customers.

Products available include: fleet breakdown coverage, telematics, fuel cards, accident management, inspections, training, commercial and fleet insurance, fleet management (Business Club) and risk management services.

RAC also provides client-branded outsourced services and call centre support for customers of leading car manufacturers, insurance, fleet providers and logistics companies, as well as truck breakdown, truck warranty and insurance for vehicles from 3.5t to 44t.

Key facts:

  • RAC patrols fix four out of five vehicles at the roadside and on average within 37 minutes
  • RAC patrol vans carry more than 500 parts and tools, so we’re always well-equipped and ready to fix wherever possible
  • We fix 98% of battery fault breakdowns at the roadside
  • The RAC has more patrols per member than any other breakdown provider

RAC press releases, news alerts and a wealth of motoring research is available from www.rac.co.uk/press-centre/.

RAC Business partners SHB Hire Ltd with new five year contract

RAC Business has secured a new five year contract with one of the UK’s most interesting and diverse vehicle leasing businesses – SHB Hire Ltd.

Michael Parker from SHB with RAC Patrol Aaron Chalk

Michael Parker from SHB with RAC Patrol Aaron Chalk

The deal to provide Breakdown and European Breakdown Cover for SHB Hire Ltd will see RAC potentially coming to the assistance of more than 13,500 vehicles ranging from standard B2B hire cars, to golf buggies, all-terrain vehicles, cranes and other specialist vehicles.

SHB Hire Ltd has evolved from its original foundations as a building company, which began hiring vehicles in 1968, to a UK-wide business with nearly 50 years’ experience. It can also boast Europe’s largest 4×4 hire fleet and the UK’s largest hire fleet of HGV tippers and crane lorries, as well as being one of the largest providers of specialist vehicles.

SHB Hire has provided the provision of one of the largest hire fleets of 4×4 vehicles for Glastonbury Festival and operates the UK’s largest fleet of golf buggies. All of which means you can expect to see RAC patrol vans in some interesting locations as they come to the support of its new partner and their customers.

The RAC beat off stiff competition to secure the contract and was chosen based on its policy of investing in the latest innovations, the quality of its technical team and its drive to remain the number one breakdown organisation in the UK today. The partnership will be managed by a team of experienced account managers and a dedicated contact team for customers providing a high level of service.

The RAC has almost 120 years’ experience serving the needs of motorists and is well equipped to deal with the full range of vehicles offered by SHB. While its patrols have the technical skills and know-how to fix four out of five vehicles at the side of the road, they also have the capability to service the requirements of any vehicle ranging from a 3.5 tonne van to a 44 tonne truck and everything in between.

The RAC’s new director of business services David Wallace said: “This is a very exciting win for our Business Services team and secures a partnership with one of the UK’s leading vehicle hire companies with a wide range of vehicle needs serving a range of businesses from construction to finance and distribution to leisure.

“The RAC has extensive experience in serving traditional motorists, B2B fleets and meeting the needs of a wide variety of business customers. We recognise how critical it is to business customers to keep their vehicle fleets on the road and to ensure that  downtime is kept to an absolute minimum.

“Our industry experts have in-depth knowledge of the diverse range of trucks and construction vehicles, ancillary equipment and haulage in service today and so can provide a professional trusted service to meet the customer’s needs. This has led to a strong partnership that we believe will continue to grow and deliver major benefits to SHB Hire Ltd and to their customers.”

Nicky Simpson, Commercial Director at SHB Hire Ltd, said: “I looking forward to working with the RAC and I believe our customers will see the benefits in the relationship through quick response times and more repairs being carried out roadside.  

“A key theme to awarding this contract was having a ‘first time, right solution’ culture. We wanted to ensure the correct specialist attendance is provided resulting in minimal downtime for our customers, which I believe the RAC can deliver.”
 

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Notes to editors

For further information, please contact:

Simon Peevers, RAC Business PR Manager: 01454 665562 / 07966 610 774
Email: speevers@rac.co.uk    

RAC Press Office: 01454 66 4123
Email: press.enquiries@rac.co.uk
Twitter: @RAC_Business

About RAC Business Services

RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists.

RAC Business offers a comprehensive range of services and products for UK businesses of all sizes and currently has around 24,000 corporate and SME customers.
Products available include: fleet breakdown coverage, telematics, fuel cards, accident management, inspections, training, commercial and fleet insurance, fleet management (Business Club) and risk management services.

RAC also provides client-branded outsourced services and call centre support for customers of leading car manufacturers, insurance, fleet providers and logistics companies, as well as truck breakdown, truck warranty and insurance for vehicles from 3.5t to 44t.

Key facts:

  • RAC patrols fix four out of five vehicles at the roadside and on average within 37 minutes
  • RAC patrol vans carry more than 500 parts and tools, so we’re always well-equipped and ready to fix wherever possible
  • We fix 98% of battery fault breakdowns at the roadside
  • The RAC has more patrols per member than any other breakdown provider

RAC press releases, news alerts and a wealth of motoring research is available from www.rac.co.uk/press-centre/.

About SHB Hire Ltd

SHB is an award winning, family owned and operated company providing vehicle hire and management for nearly 50-years. We have a diverse fleet of over 13,500 vehicles ranging from cars, standard and specialist LCVs and HGVs, plant and buggies, and ATVs. We also have the largest 4×4 hire fleet in Europe as well as the biggest hire fleet of HGV tippers; crane lorries and buggies in the UK.

Through our acquisition of GolfBuggyHire we have further expanded into the events market. Our fleet of over 1000 buggies and ATVs can be fitted with various configurations such as, passenger carriers, utility, tippers and winter maintenance equipment.  

Having a close working relationship with our customers is paramount in fulfilling their demands. SHB specialise in tailored, flexible solutions and offer clients an array of different options including, spot, flexi, long term hire, buy and lease back options, new and older fleet. We also work with customers on any shared locations, workshop management and TUPE of staff if required.

As well as our large diverse fleet, we understand operational demands, the environment they deliver in and the importance of reliability, asset availability, quick turnarounds and reducing downtime, which can be done nationally across our entire fleet through fluid fleet management.

We specialise in various fields and market sectors such as, local and central government, facilities management highways, utilities and have over 1800 customers. SHB are able to provide a one-stop-shop approach to vehicle management supplying tailored flexible solutions 24/7, 365 days a year. Our diverse packages include simple fleet administration, repair and maintenance, accident management and telematics.

We currently operate out of 14 key locations across the UK and as our client base grows we continue to expand our geographical footprint continuously reviewing opportunities for new depots or shared sites to support operations. Each of our depots has full workshop facilities providing full servicing, inspections, repairs, MOTs and major breakdown work, six of which are equipped with a bodyshop. We also have the option to build bespoke vehicles to specification in our Romsey fabrication facility and can offer conversions and modifications. Our dedicated team of 55 mobile engineers carry out all on-site repairs and maintenance to vehicles and client owned assets reducing vehicle downtime. We have one of the highest ratios of mechanical staff to vehicles in the industry with circa 190 fitters.

The success of our business is our strong customer service ethos, we get to know our clients and their goals and tailor services to meet requirements and provide flexible solutions.  

Additional information is available from www.shb.co.uk

1-in-3 hitting the road for half-term holiday

More than nine million motorists are taking to the roads with friends and family next week to make the most of the half term holidays – despite heavy rain and the risk of localised flooding.

Research from the RAC shows a third (31%) of motorists will be using their cars to get away during the last school break before Christmas.

The RAC has been equally preparing for the extra holiday traffic and has issued warnings to motorists travelling in torrential rain and floods.

car driving through rain in traffic

Flood alerts have already been issued across a number of popular destinations for motorists, including the Lake District, South Wales and the rural parts of the Midlands**.

RAC roadside operations manager Matt Dallaway said: “Motorists across the UK are used to packing up the boot of the car and heading off on their ‘staycations’ no matter what the weather is doing.

“We are seeing such larger traffic volumes this half term as it’s the last one before the festive period and people will want to enjoy some time off before this with their family and friends.

“With some severe weather predicted, potentially including some localised flooding, we recommend drivers plan their journeys carefully and allow plenty of time to get to their destination.

“While most holiday makers do set about preparing their vehicles and routes in plenty of time, we often see an increase in the number of breakdowns from people who perhaps haven’t taken the chance to do a few simple checks to prepare their car.

“Motorists are urged to check vehicle’s oil, coolant and windscreen wash levels and tyres and use services such as the RAC’s traffic line to help you make good decisions about any necessary alternative routes ahead of time.”

To help plan your journey visit www.rac.co.uk to use the RAC Route Planner and get the latest traffic news. You can also download the free RAC Traffic app which gives the most up to date road information available including incidents and on-going roadworks.

Alternatively, you can use the RAC traffic line by calling 64644 from a mobile phone or 09003 444999 from a landline.

This provides:

  • Traffic information for any road in Great Britain
  • Traffic information for the local area, with the added benefit of detecting your current position from your mobile phone
  • A five-day weather forecast

The RAC recommends that you use its traffic line 64644 to plan your journey before you depart. Always remember to park safely before using the 64644 service, or use a suitable hands-free device.