Fleet Operations warns to be wary of GDPR breaches
Fleet Operations, the British independent provider of fleet management services, warns that many businesses within the fszleet industry remain underprepared for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The GDPR, which comes into force on 25 May 2018, requires businesses to comply with a new set of rules designed to safeguard personal data.Fleet suppliers face a particularly high risk due to the large amount of personal data that occur within the fleet supply chain.
Brian Hardwick, head of operations at Fleet Operations, explained: “It appears that many organisations still have not assessed the full impact of the GDPR and taken the requisite action to ensure they will be compliant. There is a perception that this is a minor adjustment when, in fact, businesses need to assess their entire supply chain to ensure each link is secure.”
“At a starting point,” Mr Hardwick continued, “it is vital for organisations to map all data flows across the business, which means documenting all data coming in and going out, as well as the various organisations or individuals that process information at each point in the supply chain. Contracts must be in place between the data controller and data processor in each of these data transactions covering all the requisite details outlined by the GDPR.”
The consequences for non-compliance with the GDPR can potentially be high, with a maximum penalty set at €20 million or 4% of turnover, whichever is greater.
In light of what’s at stake, Mr Hardwick insists it is the responsibility of everyone within an organisation to minimise the potential for breaches. It is not sufficient to simply hand all responsibility to a designated data controller – everyone should bear some of the burden.
Beware of emails
“There are obvious data streams, such as payroll,” said Mr Hardwick, “but there are also less obvious ones that include everyday emails. A breach could occur due to something as simple as copying someone into an email thread that contains data they do not have consent to view.”
According to Fleet Operations, it is key to communicate the new regulation to all staff and to put data protection at the centre of each organisation’s culture.
The only way is down for diesel across Europe
In the first quarter of 2018, 37.9% of all new passenger cars in the EU ran on diesel – a far cry from the numbers of only a couple of years ago. For the first time, Germany has beaten Norway in EV sales.
According to figures released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association ACEA, petrol cars accounted for 55.5% of the market, making it the most sold fuel type. Alternatively powered vehicles made up 6.5% of EU car sales, with electrically chargeable vehicles accounting for 1.7% of all new cars sold.
Diesel goes down
Registrations of diesel cars totalled 1,574,333 units in the first quarter of this year, a decline of 322,622 units (17%) compared to the same period in 2017. This drop in diesel sales was largely offset by a rise in petrol sales, as demand for petrol-powered cars grew 14.6% in Q1, totalling 2,303,129 units.
Alternative goes up
Sales of alternatively powered vehicles increased across Europe, spectacularly in some countries. The starting market share being modest in most cases, numbers are still quite low in most cases.
Registrations of alternatively powered vehicles grew by 26.9%. Battery electric cars went up 34.3% and plug-in hybrids 60.2%. In total, 69,898 electrically chargeable vehicles were registered in the first quarter. In the same period, 139,556 hybrid electric vehicles were sold, an increase of 25.7% over last year. Sales of NGV, LPG and E85 cars also rose, going up 12%.
Germany saw the strongest increase in alternatively powered car sales (+73.4%), followed by Spain (+53.4%) and France (+15.3%).
Norway, a long-time market leader in EVs and plug-in hybrids, was beaten by Germany with 17,574 registrations compared to 16,182. Recently, Norway has reconsidered removing part of their extensive EV incentives following a drop in EV sales.
Diesel goes on
The sales figures for the first quarter of 2018 confirm that fuel type choice is heavily influenced by legislation, taxation and the current demonisation of diesel. Nevertheless, growing CO2 emission levels are a worrying side-effect of the shift from diesel to petrol. Recently, Bosch announced a new technology to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, a development which could help save diesel technology.