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AdBlue Confusion

Drivers Are Still Making AdBlue Mistakes Five Years On AdBlue technology was first introduced in passenger cars in 2014 with the advent of the Euro 6 emissions standard, and it has been widely used in HGVs for around a decade longer. But, despite this history and the fact that the majority of modern diesel cars use AdBlue, there still appears to be a significant amount of ignorance about what it is and how it should be used. The most recent data collected on AdBlue-related breakdowns was published by the AA in June 2018. This showed that they had dealt with over 23k AdBlue related breakdowns in the previous year, almost double the number of the year before that. As [...]

By |April 26th, 2019|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

Spring Statement 2019

No Clarity Yet on Car Related Tax In the 2017 Autumn Budget, the government announced that cars registered from April 2020 would be taxed based on CO2 emissions data as determined under the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) regime. The new testing requirements have been in effect from September 2018, however the old NEDC figures have continued to be used for VED and company car tax purposes until April 2020. Fleets, company car drivers and the industry have been awaiting clarity on the rates to be used from April 2020. After all, anyone ordering or taking delivery of a new car now will be doing so with limited knowledge of what level of tax they will be paying [...]

By |March 14th, 2019|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Advisory Fuel Rates for March 2019 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reduced its mileage rates for most cars in the new rates which apply from 1 March. All petrol cars plus LPG vehicles with an engine of 1.4 litres or less had have rates fall by 1p per mile. The larger LPG engined categories have been reduced by 2ppm. Under the new AFR rates, which are effective for the three months from March 1, there is no change to the rates for diesel cars with an engine size of 1.6 litres or lower, but the rate for larger engined diesel cars has also reduced by 1ppm. These rates are introduced on the back of recent fuel price reductions, largely driven [...]

By |February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

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

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 [...]

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