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 [...]

Winter Weather Fleet Policy

Bad Weather Reinforces The Need For Sound Fleet Policy The combination of ‘the Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’ has created some of the worst travelling conditions that many of us can recall, with regular images of stranded drivers and abandoned vehicles. Significant storms, like those we have just witnessed, prevent many workers from being able to report for work, creating significant declines in revenue for the duration of the bad weather, or even for a longer period of time. For example, breakdown company, Green Flag, reported that, in one particularly bad wintry week three years ago, over 8.5 million or 18% of British adults were unable to work their contracted hours because of the adverse weather, costing employers [...]

By |March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC Increases Advisory Fuel Rates For Some Petrol Cars But Cuts LPG Rates HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its mileage rates for petrol engined cars over 2.0 litres but cut them for LPG-powered cars in three changes to its Advisory Fuel Rates effective from March 1st. Pump prices have again edged upwards due to the rising price of oil on the world markets, before plateauing in recent weeks. The new rates have come from the HMRC’s quarterly review and are effective for the three months from March1st. Under the new rates, those for petrol engined cars increase by 1p per mile to 22p for all cars of over 2000cc. Those cars of 1400cc or less remain unchanged at [...]

By |February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Thieves Target Latest Models With ‘Relay Attacks’

Certain Cars Susceptible To New Style Of Car Theft Criminals are targeting certain types of keyless entry cars in a new form of vehicle theft called a ‘relay attack’ which uses a transmitter relay device and two criminals working together. One thief stands near the car being targeted and the other stands near the front door of the owner’s home to get in range of ‘keyless’ key fobs, which are often left on hallway tables or kitchen worktops. The relay device then picks up the key fob signal from inside the house and relays it to the car. Using this method, thieves are then able to drive away in a stolen vehicle in a matter of just a few seconds. [...]

By |February 17th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Vehicles|0 Comments