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A Fleet Overview Of Budget 2018

Budget Signals An End To Austerity But Fails To Deliver In Key Fleet Areas In the 2018 Budget Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond said that austerity was coming to an end but he failed to address many of the more immediate concerns of the fleet industry, which had called for, amongst others, greater clarity in BIK rates, improved tax incentives for electric vehicles and assurance that company car drivers would not be disadvantaged by the new Worldwide harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). In unveiling his Budget Statement on Monday, October 29, exactly five months before the Brexit deadline, the Chancellor said the Budget “set out the government’s plan to build a stronger, more prosperous economy”. He had clearly signposted before [...]

By |October 29th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Plug-in Car Grants: Latest Changes

Government Announces Shake Up of Plug-in Car Grants The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has announced significant changes to the grants available for plug-in vehicles. The changes were due to come into effect from 9th November but were brought forward to 21st October due to what has been termed, ‘exceptional demand’, as individuals and organisations sought to qualify for the old, more generous grants. Through the modifications to the scheme, OLEV has extended the availability of purchase incentives to the next 35,000 cars, but reduced the number of vehicles that are eligible and the maximum value of the grants. The previous grants provided different levels of incentive depending on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions and the distance that they [...]

Road Safety Week – Useful Resources

Did you know it’s BRAKE’s Road Safety Week in November? The charity, which works to promote the road safety of at-work drivers and riders, is holding its headline annual event from 19th to 25th November. This year’s theme is the safety of all two-wheeled road users, from the perspective of both riders and those that they share the road with. This has been chosen, in part, due to the rapid increase in the number of cyclists in the UK and the fact that these road users are among the most vulnerable. The statistics* are sobering: More than a third of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads are those travelling by bike (either bicycle or motorcycle). More than 100 [...]

By |October 8th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Mini-Lease – Long Term Business Car Hire That Adapts To You

Mini-Lease - Long Term Business Car Hire That Adapts To You Lease a business car for up to 12 months For businesses which need their vehicles for longer than 28 days – the normal limit for daily rental vehicles – but don’t want to commit to a three or four year lease term, Mini-lease is the ideal solution that adapts to meet the needs of the user. Best solution for long term car rental Shorter than a conventional company car lease, but longer and less expensive than daily rental, Mini-lease is a form of long term car rental available for contracts such as three, six or 12 months. A Mini-lease solution bridges the mobility gap between daily rental and longer-term [...]

By |October 1st, 2018|Categories: Fleet, Rental|0 Comments

Fleet Logistics Planning: Do You Need Support?

Fleet Logistics Planning: Do You Need Support? The effective planning and control of fleet logistics is important for any business as it ensures that the right vehicles are delivered at the right time to the right place, with the minimum of fuss and cost. Often vehicles may need to be moved from one part of a business to another in a different part of the country. Or, in another scenario, used vehicles may require collecting to be taken to auction for disposal or new vehicles delivered to a driver’s home. In those circumstances, using a supplier with experience in offering logistics planning services is the ideal solution to ensuring the required fleet outcomes are achieved. Fleet logistics solutions CLM can [...]

By |September 25th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Fleet Management Ideas

How To Be A Highly Efficient Fleet Manager The role of the modern fleet manager demands a variety of skill sets and knowledge, not just of vehicles and their suitability for the role in question, but of legislation, driver training and a host of other regulatory and compliance issues. Larger companies often have a full time vehicle fleet manager whose sole responsibility is the efficient running of the vehicle fleet on a day-to-day basis. Other, often smaller businesses, may add the function of the vehicle fleet manager to that of another job role or department, such as human resources, administration or secretarial, depending on the number of vehicles involved and the scale of the business. What does a fleet manager [...]

By |September 20th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)

The WLTP Will Test Cars In More Realistic Situations New emissions testing comes into force in September 2018 There has been considerable controversy around the inaccuracy of claimed emission levels for many current generation cars, to the extent that there is a widespread belief that the whole testing regime has become devalued. Current emissions tests carried out under laboratory conditions, ­called the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), have been shown to be inaccurate and outdated, having originally been designed in the 1980s. The European Union has therefore developed a new test, called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) under which testing conditions will become much more realistic. While the old NEDC test determined values based on a theoretical [...]

By |August 28th, 2018|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Is Your Fleet Policy Up To Date?

Why Now Is The Right Time To Review Your Fleet Policy With the huge changes in the fleet landscape over recent months, fleet decision-makers have been under significant pressure to make critical decisions for their businesses and keep their drivers informed and reassured about the potential impacts on them. At times like this, it can be hard to take a step back to assess the wider implications of change but, paradoxically, now is exactly the time to ensure that the guiding principles on which the fleet is run are up to date and fit for purpose. In this blog we look at some of the most pressing issues for fleet decision-makers and how these should be reflected in fleet policy. [...]

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC Announces Advisory Fuel Rates From 1 September 2018 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its mileage rates for smaller petrol engined cars as it announces the Advisory Fuel Rates applicable for the coming quarter. Under the new AFR rates, which are effective for the three months from 1st September, there are a total of four changes: a 1p increase for petrol vehicles with an engine size of either 1400cc or less and 1401cc to 2000cc which are now 12p per mile and 15p per mile respectively; a 1p decrease for LPG vehicles above 2,000cc to 13p per mile; and a 1 p increase for the 1601 to 2000cc engined diesel vehicles taking it to 12p per mile. All [...]

By |August 24th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates
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