Fuel Prices Suffer Record Rise In May – What To To Next?

UK Drivers Facing Record Fuel Price Increases Prices at UK fuel pumps suffered a record 6p a litre rise in May, following their highest increase in 16 months, and are hovering at near four year highs. The price rises have been fuelled by rising global oil prices caused by political tensions around the world which has seen oil hit as high as $76 a barrel. Both unleaded petrol and diesel rose by around 6p per litre in May, according to the RAC’s Fuel Watch service – the sharpest rise in 18 years. Diesel increased by 6.12p – from 126.27p to 132.39p – the second worst rise since the start of 2000. As a result the cost of a tank of [...]

By |June 18th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Changes To MOT Ratings Could Cause Confusion

MOT Ratings Change Changes to MOT ratings could cause confusion and may require increased communication between company car and van owners and drivers to avoid misunderstandings The new rules, which came into force on May 20, mean that instead of vehicles being given a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ rating at their MOT, any defects will now be categorised as ‘dangerous’, ‘major’ or ‘minor’ with the first two of these resulting in a test failure. How has the MOT rating changed? The new designations apply to all cars of more than three years old and increase the number of MOT ratings to five: dangerous, major, minor, advisory and pass. A ‘dangerous’ rating means a direct and immediate risk to road safety or [...]

By |June 15th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC increases Advisory Fuel Rates for small diesel and LPG cars as fuel costs rise HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its mileage rates for small diesel and LPG engined cars in a series of changes to its new Advisory Fuel Rates in line with the rising cost of fuel across the UK. Pump prices have reached three and a half year highs in recent weeks due to the rising price of oil on the world markets. The increases have prompted a warning from the motoring organisation, the RAC, which said that petrol and diesel prices could soar towards all-time record levels due to the rising cost of oil. The RAC said average prices had risen to 126.62p a [...]

By |May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Vehicle Emissions Testing | What is CO2MPAS?

CO2MPAS To Plug The Gap Between NEDC And WLTP The New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) test procedure for fuel consumption and emissions was replaced by The World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) in September 2017. The aim of the new test is to provide results that are far closer to those that would be achieved by drivers in real-world conditions. All newly launched or updated cars have been tested under WLTP since September 2017 and all models will need to be tested under this new regime from September 2018. This means motor manufacturers are currently very busy attempting to get every vehicle through the new test before the autumn deadline. However, HMRC has confirmed that for tax calculation purposes, [...]

By |April 4th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|2 Comments

Dangers Of Lack Of Sleep

Clocks Go Forward This Weekend Make sure you get enough sleep! The arrival of British Summer time this weekend means the clocks go forward on hour on Sunday, March 25. However, the hour less in bed and initially darker mornings mean we all need to pay more attention when driving. Research indicates that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep-related, and are more likely to result in a fatality or serious injury than any other type of accident. Whilst an hour less sleep might not seem significant, it is. Researchers in Canada analysed data relating to nearly 1.4 million road traffic accidents. They observed that the spring shift to daylight savings time, and the loss of one hour of [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

Easter Opening Hours at CLM

Easter 2018 opening hours and service availability As Easter beckons, we need to make you aware of the arrangements in place for supporting your company and your drivers across the holiday weekend. o Friday 30th March – Closed o Saturday 31st March – Closed o Sunday 1st April – Closed o Monday 2nd April – Closed CLM will reopen on Tuesday 3rd April at 08.15. During the days that CLM’s offices are closed, services will continue to be available through our supporting agents in the same way they are currently provided outside of standard office hours. Although some repairers will shut-down, key breakdown, accident management and service booking operations run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Business news, Driving, Fleet, Rental|Comments Off on Easter Opening Hours at CLM

CLM’s Electric Vehicle Experience Day

CLM’s Electric Vehicle Experience Day As part of our ongoing efforts to engage with and educate clients about electric vehicles (EVs) and their role in fleets, we recently held an electric vehicle experience and education day at Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes. The event involved leading EV manufacturer, Renault, and the UK’s largest supplier of charge points, Chargemaster. The event was attended by fleet decision makers from amongst our client base and involved presentations from both suppliers.  The fleet managers could then get behind the wheel of a number of EVs available for test driving purposes. Vehicle tests Renault has the largest line-up of EVs of any European vehicle manufacturer.  A number of its electric models were available for test purposes, including [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet|0 Comments

Spring Statement 2018

Chancellor Vows To Champion ‘White Van Man’ And Fund City Transport The Chancellor of the Exchequer vowed to champion “the great British white van driver” with a review of Vehicle Excise Duty rates designed to encourage uptake of the greenest light commercial vehicles, as well as opening bidding on the remaining Transforming Cities Fund for improving transport in English cities. In a brief inaugural Spring Statement that gave a ‘Tiggerish’ view of the state of the UK economy, Philip Hammond said that he aimed to “champion business” with the measures. In his speech, the Chancellor gave details of the health of the UK’s economy, but without details of major tax changes. These should come at the next Budget Statement later [...]

By |March 13th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Average New Car CO2 Emissions Increase

CO2 Rises For The First Time As Diesel Sales Continue To Decline An anti-diesel agenda and a slower than anticipated take-up of electric vehicles have combined to produce an increase in CO2 output from new cars for the first time in two decades. That’s the conclusion of a new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) which also warns that the automotive industry could miss its next round of CO2 targets in 2021. The SMMT’s “New Car CO2 Report 2018: Driving the transition to a low carbon future” reveals that average carbon emissions from new cars last year rose for the first time in 20 years to 121.0g/km.   More efficient cars This is despite cars being more [...]