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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 [...]

Electric Vehicle Movement Gathers Momentum

The 'Road to Zero Strategy' And Electric Vehicles The movement towards the electrification of UK motoring has gathered momentum, following details of the government’s ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ and the acquisition of leading charging provider, Chargemaster, by oil giant BP. What is the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy? As part of moves towards the planned ban of all non-hybrid petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the government’s ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ targets 50-70% of new cars sold annually to fall into the Ultra Low Emissions (ULEV) category by 2030 (a 10-year earlier deadline). Recognising advancements in technology, the government says that within three years (that is from 2021), it expects to define an ULEV as a car or van that emits [...]

GDPR Brings Changes To Licence Checking Rules

GDPR And What It Means For Fleet Driver Licence Checks You will probably have been living in a cave if you haven’t heard of or received emails about the new European data protection legislation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – which came into force on May 25 2018. One of the consequences of the new legislation, amongst a whole host of new outcomes, is the need for company car drivers to sign new driver licence-checking consent forms. GDPR requires businesses to comply with new privacy regulations and one of the areas affected is that of driver consent forms. Supplied by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), they permit third-party companies, including employers, rental and licence checking companies, to [...]

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Diesel Debate Gets More Complex

A Fascinating Picture Is Emerging In The Debate On The Future Of Diesel Fuelled Vehicles The huge drop in the volume of diesel car registrations this year mirrors the findings from CLM’s own research*, in which just over 67% of drivers stated that they were unlikely to choose a diesel as their next car. However, the announcement of new engine technologies that dramatically reduce harmful diesel engine emissions, the legacy of two decades of massive growth in the volume of diesel cars on the UK’s roads, and its continuing importance in the LCV market, mean that reports of the fuel’s imminent death may be premature. Bosch dramatically cuts diesel NOx emissions Engine parts manufacturer Bosch, claims it has achieved a breakthrough [...]

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

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

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

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
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