Novtel Vehicle Hire Changes
• Fixed a bug where terminal services clients was incorrectly downgraded to the lite version if they typed their Windows username with different case characters from the time of registration in the rdp window
< Novtel Vehicle Hire Changes
• Fixed a run-time error where required Novtel Vehire Hire folders could not be found.
The application will now automatically create all mandatory folders automatically.
• Fixed a bug where the application would use incorrect forms if the current database path
or pastel path could not be found. Now, the Setup Dataset form is displayed.
• Fixed a Windows 8.1 compatibility issue
• Removed the ‘Demo Data has been preloaded’ message from the Lite version to avoid
modal errors during the restart process
• Fixed a run-time error that occurred if you closed the application directly after adding
your first vehicle
• Fixed the Upgrade Installer not correctly registering COM Interop DLLs
• Updated the application to use the latest authorization system
Note: After this upgrade, all Professional editions will be temporarily downgraded to the lite version.
This is required for the application to be upgraded and authorized by the new algorithms and to
be identified as legitimate. If you are unsure of this process please contact Novtel Support.
Novtel Vehicle Hire Changes
• Updated to the latest version of NovPasSDK and other related DLLs
Novtel Vehicle Hire Lite Changes
• Updated the lite databases to the latest database version
• Performed the year end procedure on the live and demo companies so that new lite users
do not receive the ‘Date out of Pastel Period’ message
• Fixed a bug where changing the Pastel Interface settings on the demo database resulted in an error
• Fixed a bug where the live data would still post to the demo Pastel company when interfaced to Pastel
Novtel Vehicle Hire Changes
• Fixed a bug where the reservation Date In and Date Out values were swapped on the invoice imported to Pastel
• Fixed a bug where the reservation Time In and Time Out values were swapped on the invoice imported to Pastel
• Fixed a bug where the reservation Date In and Date Out values were swapped on the Novtel Invoice
• Added the option to update the customer’s Document and Statement email addresses when the main email address is changed.
This option can be enabled/disabled under Setup -> Company -> Preferences
• Added an option to control whether the delivery addresses displayed on the Edit -> Tenant form is shown
as the Physical or Delivery Adress. This option can be enabled/disabled under Setup -> Company -> Preferences
• Updated to the latest version NovPasSDK
The NovPasSDK.dll have been altered to support Pastel 14 and is included in the upgrade.
Europcar is extending the range of services available from its ground-breaking Mobility Centre at ExCeL London. Focused on giving visitors to the exhibition and conference venue a transport solution that is tailored specifically for their needs – a first for the events sector – the new Europcar Chauffeur Service enables customers to take advantage of a luxury driving option. ? Read More
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Customer Report with Postal and Delivery Addresses
An option to print a list of Customers with their postal and delivery address have been added to Reports=> Customer => List All. In the dropdown list the “Show All With Postal And Delivery Addresses”.
Non-Revenue status Print Check list
The option to “Print Check List” have been added to a booking with a Non-Revenue status.
Non-Revenue status Record Damages
The option to record damages on a vehicle have been added to a booking with a Non-Revenue status.
Cape Town traffic officers to target hospitality
Cape Town restaurants, pubs and clubs will be targeted by traffic officers if they routinely allow drunk patrons to leave their establishments and get behind the wheel, the Western Cape Transport Department has warned. As the latest “Name and Shame” list was published, Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle announced that he was to ramp up the pressure against drivers who abuse alcohol. Now restaurant, shebeen, club and bar owners are in his sights. Carlisle has called on owners of these venues “to take responsibility for those who drink at their establishments”. “Every club, pub, shebeen or restaurant has a responsibility to help me to eliminate drunken driving,” said Carlisle. “I am giving notice that I will, in the future, use roadblocks and other methods to target certain localities where people consume large quantities of alcohol.”
The MEC said he would give establishments “time to get their house in order before the onset of these roadblocks”. But he warned that the roadblocks would start soon. Until now, it has not been common practice for traffic authorities to target specific establishments, but Carlisle said this would now change. “I do not accept a situation where people are plied with massive amounts of alcohol and the proprietor looks the other way when they stumble out the door to climb into their cars. “As proprietors you are morally responsible to ensure that the person that gets drunk on your premises does not drink and drive, endangering their life and the lives of others.” Carlisle said the roadblocks would be followed up by meetings with the owners of pubs and similar establishments at which he would explain what he believed to be their responsibilities.
Tourism MEC Alan Winde said of the plans: “I’m in support of this. It makes good sense for an establishment owner to intervene.” He said owners not only had a moral obligation but “it makes good business sense for an establishment owner to prevent patrons from going out on to the road and driving drunk or, worse, hurting and damaging other people. “I convened a meeting late last year between Fedhasa (Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa), big liquor producers and the taxi industry to discuss this. “I envisage a restaurant going into a partnership with a transport company – it would be easy to work out a business model – and for a restaurant owner to be able to direct patrons to a taxi service, if necessary,” he said. Winde added, however, that the primary responsibility would always remain with the drivers.
Fedhasa Western Cape’s Dirk Elzinga sounded a warning in response to the news: “The minister should not exaggerate. Responsible restaurants are already doing this – that’s what good restaurant and good bar owners do. “Yes, there may be some ‘not-so-responsible’ owners who are not doing this, and we would have no problem with them being targeted. But the minister should not be draconian against those who are being responsible.” Winde cited the impact of “last drinks” campaigns in New Zealand and Australia, where law enforcement officers would find out where drunk drivers had been prior to their arrests and then investigate whether action could be taken against proprietors – Cape Argus
COMBINED Motor Holdings (CMH), one of South Africa’s biggest vehicle retailers, has taken a swipe at the e-tolls billing system in Gauteng.
In commentary with results for the year to end-February released on Wednesday, CMH CEO Jebb McIntosh said the ill-conceived billing system designed for Gauteng toll roads was proving unworkable in a dealership environment.
He said e-toll accounts were being received for vehicles long sold and also for (toll road) use before CMH dealerships had traded in used vehicles.
“This occurs, in part, because the toll system is linked to an already flawed eNaTis system containing inaccurate vehicle ownership information.”
He said attempts to have invoices redirected to owners were met with no response from an “obviously overloaded” South African National Roads Agency Limited billings department. “I hope that the inefficiencies highlighted since the opening of these toll roads will prompt a rethink by the appropriate authorities.”
Though Mr McIntosh declined to quantify the cost of dealing with erroneous e-toll accounts, he said 20 extra staff were required at dealership level in Gauteng to deal with hitches. Toll road problems aside, CMH emerged from a tricky trading period with its profit engines ticking over smoothly.
Revenue was up 10% to R10.8bn, with the core retail motor segment and the car hire and financial services hubs showing real growth at top line.
The retail motor segment, accounting for 95% of revenue, reported an 11% drop in profit before tax to R171m. But this was offset by a 175% increase in pre-tax contribution from the financial services arm to R33m, and an 8% increase in profit from the car hire division to R28m.
Reflecting on the financial services division performance, Mr McIntosh said insurance premium income increased almost 200% during the year.
Earnings came in 1.3% lower at R169m. Mr McIntosh said although this was disappointing, the operational performance still represented a creditable 27% return on shareholders’ funds.
He expects tougher trading conditions and predicted negative vehicle sales growth in the year ahead. But he expects continued growth from car hire, financial services and parts or workshop departments, as well as a boost in second-hand car sales after the increase in new vehicle prices.