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Messages from Outer Space

Today’s Cars Rely Increasingly on Satellite Technology Modern cars are increasingly relying on messages from outer space to keep drivers abreast of the latest developments on the roads ahead of them. The latest technologies, such as satellite navigation, rely on real-time messages beamed back to earth from an army of satellites orbiting the planet, which ultimately help keep drivers better informed than ever before. The newest technologies are available in the ‘connected’ car of today which gives drivers access to a whole host of information that would have seemed unthinkable only a few years ago. What is a connected car? The term ‘connected car’ is one that is becoming widely used and increasingly commonplace. Basically, a connected car is [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Windscreen Replacement Getting More Complex

Driver Safety Systems Make Windscreen Replacement More Complex – and Costly!   One of the most recent trends in the new car market has been the increase and popularity of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which can be invaluable in helping warn drivers of oncoming dangers. Due to their many safety benefits, ADAS technologies feature as standard in many new vehicles, and the uptake of ADAS across corporate fleets has been much faster than in the UK car parc in general, as fleets tend to purchase the newest vehicles. Recent research by windscreen specialist Autoglass showed that 7.5% of all windscreens replaced now require ADAS calibration, but that for the fleet industry it was closer to 30%. However, the speed with [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Road Safety Week 2018 – Part 1

A Motorcyclist's Perspective On Road Safety Road Safety Week 2018 In the first of our articles for Brake's Road Safety Week, Adrian Baldwin, marketing manager, shares his perspective of motorcycling on the UK's roads as both a long-time car driver and a very new motorcycle rider. I’ll start with a confession, I am new to the world of motorcycling. I initially wondered if that really qualified me to contribute to the road safety debate, but I have reflected and decided that there is perhaps no better time to share my feedback. My perspective is this - I have had a driving licence and a car for thirty years, have driven in a number of different countries around the world and [...]

By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

Autumn Driving: Tips and advice for driving at this time of year

How Autumn Affects Typical Driving Conditions Autumn has arrived and the clocks will be soon going back to mark the start of the winter season.  This time of year brings many changes for road users, from dazzlingly blinding sunlight to the first icy windscreen of the season. Autumn is particularly bad for dazzle from low sun.  However, drivers can improve their vision by making sure that the windscreen is clean - inside and out - as a hazy film builds up on the inside surface over time. At the same time, make sure you check the condition of the screen as scratches, abrasions and chips on the outside can intensify the sun's dazzle too, and may require remedial treatment, [...]

By |November 6th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Fleet Management – How To Manage A Fleet Of Vehicles

Fleet Management - How To Manage A Fleet Of Vehicles Managing a company’s fleet of vehicles is a challenging task, demanding several different skill-sets and disciplines, and requiring the ability to assess and react to a whole range of data and feedback from vehicles and drivers alike. Many companies these days prefer to outsource their fleet management function to a firm of fleet management specialists because of the increased complexity surrounding the legal and operational aspects of their fleet. The case for inhouse or external fleet management Traditionally, many companies have relied on an inhouse fleet or transport department comprising a fleet manager and several fleet administrators – depending on the scale of the job – to tackle the management [...]

By |September 26th, 2018|Categories: Fleet, Outsourcing|0 Comments

Confusion Leads To Companies Delaying Purchase Decisions

Confusion Leads To Companies Delaying Purchase Decisions At CLM, we have seen many organisations struggling to get to grips with the everyday practicalities of running their fleet in the midst of the current debate and the rising confusion levels over the most appropriate fuel types and CO2 emission levels. Conflicting messages about the future of diesel, rising CO2 levels under the new WLTP emissions test and contradictory advice on how and when to introduce alternative fuel vehicles are all combining to delay companies from making new vehicle purchasing decisions. When you’re trying to make sensible decisions about managing costs, keeping the business mobile and helping drivers to reduce their tax burden, it’s not helpful to have so much noise and [...]

By |September 24th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

CLM Reappointed by AGA Rangemaster

Fleet Management Excellence Lures Top Kitchen Manufacturer Back CLM had previously managed AGA's fleet for over a decade After two years elsewhere, AGA Rangemaster has now re-appointed CLM as its fleet management provider. The UK manufacturer of cast iron range cookers, kitchen appliances and sinks, based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire operates a fleet of mainly job need cars for its sales force as well as some management cars. The majority diesel fleet, comprised of vehicles from Skoda, Kia, Volvo and Audi, is funded through contract hire. Under the renewed relationship, we will be looking to bring down acquisition costs by employing competitive tendering through our Smartpanel fleet funding system using a mix of four different leasing companies, as well as [...]

By |September 24th, 2018|Categories: Business news, Fleet|0 Comments

Fleet Risk Assessment | Do You Need One?

Do You Need To Conduct A Fleet Risk Assessment? To manage the risk associated with the operation of the company vehicle fleet and meet their duty of care obligations, businesses need to ensure that their drivers are adequately educated, insured, safe and aware of dangers while out on the road. Every business has a duty to make sure that its workplace is safe and to prevent risks to the health of its employees, and the definition of ‘workplace’ extends to the company vehicles that employees drive on business. Therefore, businesses should regularly carry out a fleet risk assessment to ensure that, in using their company vehicles, they are compliant with the law and are meeting their duty of care and [...]

By |August 24th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

HMRC To Introduce Advisory Fuel Rates For 100% Electric Cars

100% Advisory Fuel Rate Introduced For Electric Cars HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to introduce an Advisory Fuel Rate (AFR) for 100% electric cars from September 1 this year of 4p per mile, following pressure from the fleet industry. The new Advisory Electricity Rate will be published alongside AFRs for petrol, diesel and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) cars and, as before, will be based on engine size. However, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars will continue to be treated as either petrol or diesel models for mileage reimbursement purposes, and will not have their own AFR, despite the industry also lobbying for their introduction. What are Advisory Fuel Rates? AFRs apply where employers reimburse employees for business travel in their [...]

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