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The Dos and Don’ts of Driving at Christmas!

Driving Home for Christmas? Stay safe on the roads this festive season with our top tips Christmas is meant to be a joyous time of year with peace on earth and goodwill to all. But driving over the festive period can present a number of challenges, with more police patrols and increased levels of drink-driving, inclement winter weather, congested roads and longer journeys than normal - to name but a few. Here’s our guide to successfully navigating through the potential pitfalls of driving during the festive season. Drink driving – don’t do it! More than half a million drivers are stopped and breathalysed each year by the police, with more breath tests carried out in December than other months. [...]

By |December 13th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Christmas Holiday Period Arrangements

CLM Christmas Opening And Service Availability 2018 As the festive season beckons, we need to make you aware of the arrangements in place for supporting your fleet management requirements over the Christmas and New Year period. CLM’s opening hours are detailed below – during these dates/times, service will be delivered completely as normal. Friday 21st December 2018 – 08.15 to 18.00 Monday 24th December 2018 – 08.15 to 13.00 Tuesday 25th December 2018 – Closed Wednesday 26th December 2018 – Closed Thursday 27th December 2018 – 08.15 – 18.00 Friday 28th December 2018 – 08.15 – 18.00 Monday 31st December 2018 – 08.15 – 18.00 Tuesday 1st January 2018 – Closed CLM will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January at 08.15 During the [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|Categories: Business news, Driving, Rental|Comments Off on Christmas Holiday Period Arrangements

Drink Driving Rules For The Festive Season

Drivers Three Times More Likely to be Breathalysed in December Over 70,000 people are caught drink driving every year As this year’s Christmas drink-drive campaign gets under way, it has emerged that drivers are nearly three times more likely to be breathalysed in December than in other months of the year. Home Office figures show that police forces across England and Wales conducted 63,648 roadside breath tests last December – 20% of the annual total. The December figure was also approximately three times higher than the monthly average of 23,840. And the number of motorists found to be over the drink drive limit last December, including those who refused the test, was 4,816 – a failure rate of nearly 8%. [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

Download Guide: Winter Driving

Winter Driving Tips For Keeping Safe On The Road With dark mornings and nights and wintery weather conditions, fleet managers and company vehicle drivers need to keep in mind the ‘dos and don’ts’ of winter driving. So, with this is mind, we have created the following winter driving tips as a reminder of the added perils on our roads at this time of year.  We've also created a PDF guide which you can download, keep and share - click here for your copy.   We’ve noticed an increase in the use of the latest technology in favour of driving long distances for face-to-face business meetings at this time of year. And arguably the safest and most environmentally sustainable approach to winter driving [...]

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC increases Advisory Fuel Rates for diesel and LPG cars from December 2018 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its mileage rates for diesel and LPG engined cars, while the rates for petrol engined and electric vehicles remain unchanged, in the latest quarterly Advisory Fuel Rates. Under the new AFR rates, which are effective for the three months from December 1, there are no changes to the rates for petrol cars, but the rate for diesel cars, with an engine above 2.0 litres, increases by 1p per mile (ppm), from 13ppm to 14ppm. All other diesel rates remain unchanged. There is also a 1ppm increase for LPG vehicles with an engine of 1.4 litres or less, from 7ppm to 8ppm, and for [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

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
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