New Driving Laws for 2019

Changes You Need to Know to Avoid Penalties After driving for years, it is easy to think that the laws on the road are the same today as they were when you first passed your test. However, updates to the Highway Code, new driving laws and changes to MOT certification can mean that your thinking is out of date. It is a driver’s responsibility to review the Highway Code regularly to ensure that they are always aware of any changes in the law or other guidelines – how long has it been since you picked up a copy? Changes made midway through 2018 and in force now in early 2019 may have been missed. To help, we have this [...]

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|1 Comment

2019 Fleet Cars

New Fleet Cars to Look Out For in 2019 A new year always brings new metal to drive, but there are extra criteria to think about in 2019. The wonderfully snappily-named Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) comes into full force this year. This is the name for the EU's new fuel efficiency ratings for all petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid cars and will need consideration when choosing fleet cars. With no word on company car tax changes until spring, we’re going to put the focus on lowest emission vehicles first and look at what could well be great new fleet cars this year. Peugeot 508 The new super saloon from Peugeot has been winning awards left, right and [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Tightening of Congestion Charge Standards

Cleaner Vehicle Discount to Replace Ultra Low Emission Discount From April 8th 2019, there will be significant changes to the permitted emissions standards in London.  The Ultra-Low Emission Discount will be replaced by the tighter Cleaner Vehicle Discount in the central London Congestion Charge zone. This could impact significantly on owners of vehicles which don’t meet the Euro 6 emissions standards. Alongside these measures, exemptions currently applied to private hire vehicles in the zone will be removed. Background The Congestion Charge was introduced 15 years ago, in an attempt to combat the rising levels of vehicle volume and pollution on London’s inner-city streets. The problems of jammed roads and toxic air go hand in hand, so an initiative like the Congestion [...]

By |February 4th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Fleet Telematics

Fleet Telematics Help Fleets Manage More Precisely Used correctly, fleet telematics can help fleet operators run their vehicles in a more precise, carefully targeted way that brings a range of benefits. These include: reduced carbon footprint improved fuel consumption more efficient route planning fewer accidents. Add to that impressive list other features such as predictive servicing, enhanced maintenance management and faster error reporting and it’s little wonder that telematics has grown so dramatically in recent years, especially with fleets of light commercial vehicles (LCVs). What is fleet telematics? Telematics technology monitors a wide range of data relating to an individual vehicle or an entire fleet. Telematics systems gather information including vehicle location, driver behaviour, engine diagnostics and vehicle activity, [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

WLTP: Impacts on Company Car Taxation

WLTP in Context The Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) regime is in motion. The assumption is that WLTP should far better represent everyday driving profiles and, hence, elicit more accurate CO₂ values. This is backed by the UK Government, which contends that the WLTP will help reduce the current gap of around 40% that exists between the former lab-generated New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) results and actual emissions. This test should result in a higher g/km CO₂ value for a given vehicle compared to the former NEDC regime, simply because the WLTP is far more rigorous than the former test. WLTP and Company Car Tax The UK Government announced in its 2017 Autumn Budget that cars registered [...]

By |January 28th, 2019|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Diesel Slump Continues

New Car Sales Market Continues to Slide The UK car sales market is still shrinking. Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have confirmed the damage year on year. Total new car sales are down to 2.37 million, equivalent to a 6.8% drop over the previous 12 months. Diesel hit Worst hit was diesel; the fuel type saw a 29.6% fall in 2018, that volume loss is equivalent to around 180% of the market's drop. December also marked the 21st month that diesel sales were down. The 'dirty diesel' wheels keep on turning, not helped by the lack of clarity from government and car manufacturers alike. This withdrawal from diesel is no doubt going to harm [...]

By |January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Cost Effective Vehicle Leasing

We Compare the Long and Short-term Leasing Options The cost-effectiveness of leasing a vehicle largely depends on who you lease it from, the terms of the agreement and what you compare it to. Leasing a vehicle Leasing a vehicle can have significant advantages over outright purchase, not the least of which is that large amounts of capital don’t have to be committed and can be preserved for other uses. Budgeting is easy, as the payments should remain the same throughout the term of the agreement. There are other considerations, however. Long-term leases Traditional leasing agreements usually run for a minimum of two years, most often three and sometimes four years or longer. When you have known vehicle and accounting [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Rental|0 Comments

Fleet Predictions for 2019

The Fleet Agenda for 2019 2018 was seen as a year of unprecedented change and uncertainty in the fleet world. Many will be hoping that that the beginning of the new year marks a change in that climate and a return to some level of stability and normality. In this post we take a look at the key topics and issues that are likely to characterise 2019 for fleet operators, and whether this year will prove any less challenging.  Brexit One topic that could impact on almost all areas of UK business life, including fleet provision, is Brexit. While the uncertainty of 2018 continues unabated, there are a number of things that fleet decision-makers can and should be considering [...]

By |January 10th, 2019|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Speed Limits on Smart Motorways

Beware of Speeding on Smart Motorways Word is that, from midnight on the 8th January 2019, all of the Active Traffic Management (ATM) system cameras that monitor speeding on the M1 and M25 motorways will become live. Not a problem, you might think, and if you keep to the speed limits it probably won’t be. However, if you tend to exceed the limit a bit – or a lot – beware and read on! One thing to remember is that the cameras are on all the time - 24/7 -  not just when a lower speed than the national limit is showing on the gantry. They don't necessarily flash either. The ATM incorporates an automatic ticket generating system. This will [...]

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Driving|10 Comments
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