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James Day attends the 2018 CV Show media preview day to get a sneak-peak at what will be shown at this year’s event

Ahead of the Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show each year, a media day is held at the NEC to give exhibitors a chance to start generating interest in the new developments they will have on show. The event is colloquially referred to as ‘speed dating,’ with each exhibitor given a small table and members of the press moving around the room speaking to each organisation relevant to their respective industries.

If the preview event was anything to go by, then this year’s CV Show, which runs from April 24-26, also at the NEC, will have a lot to offer coach, bus and minibus operators. It’s fair to say there was no shortage of interesting companies attending from our perspective. What follows are some of the highlights.

Allstar Business Solutions

Fleetcar-owned Allstar Business Solutions will be demonstrating the capabilities of its fuel cards.

The system the company offers can measure litres of fuel purchased and calculate miles per gallon statistics. It can also help to prevent internal fraud through this monitoring.

The fuelcard is merged with a Visa payment card, which allows operators to give drivers access to specific facilities they might need. For example, a driver who is carrying out long-distance travel can be allowed to use the card to book hotel accomodation, but merchants which the driver will not require through the course of the work can be blocked. These restrictions can be dynamically changed as necessary.

The company said the card intends to fill a middle ground role between a full corporate credit card and a fuel card.

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