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Tips For Driving Abroad This Summer

Be Extra Careful If Driving Abroad This Summer! For the many company drivers taking their vehicles abroad there are a number of things to watch out for this summer, including clean air stickers (Crit'Air) in certain French cities and new generation mobile speed cameras in Spain. French clean air law Company car drivers heading for France will need to give their leasing company or employer plenty of notice because of the latest clean air regulations, which apply in a number of French cities and which have been extended since they were first introduced. The Crit’Air scheme, which came into force in January 2017, requires all vehicles to display a windscreen sticker, or vignette, according to how much they pollute. The scheme [...]

By |July 5th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Challenging Perceptions With Mini-lease

Mini-lease: Surprisingly Cost-Effective Flexibility and commitment are old adversaries; commitment equals structure, predictability, dependability and lower cost. Flexibility, well it means you can change your mind regularly, don’t have to be loyal and you’ll have more experiences … but at a higher cost. Think about cars, some run them for years and others replace them regularly. For those that keep them (at least until a point in time) they will spend less money on their motoring than those that chop and change. When it comes to leasing, short term hire is at the flexible end of the continuum and contract hire represents commitment. In cost terms, short term hire is much more expensive over time than contract hire. There is [...]

By |July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Rental|0 Comments

Struggling With The Impacts Of WLTP? Mini-lease Provides A Solution

Struggling With The Impacts Of WLTP? Mini-lease Provides A Solution To say that WLTP (the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) is causing the fleet industry a headache is something of an understatement. The new emissions testing standard, which come into force for all cars from September this year, is having a significant impact on vehicle manufacturers, fleet managers and drivers. Manufacturing Issues For manufacturers, the main issue is ensuring that every single model has been tested under the new standard in time for the September deadline. This not only means undertaking the new, more stringent, WLTP lab tests but also road testing every vehicle in their range, with every drivetrain combination, under the RDE (Real Driving Emissions) test element [...]

By |June 28th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Rental|0 Comments

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC increases Advisory Fuel Rates for small diesel and LPG cars as fuel costs rise HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its mileage rates for small diesel and LPG engined cars in a series of changes to its new Advisory Fuel Rates in line with the rising cost of fuel across the UK. Pump prices have reached three and a half year highs in recent weeks due to the rising price of oil on the world markets. The increases have prompted a warning from the motoring organisation, the RAC, which said that petrol and diesel prices could soar towards all-time record levels due to the rising cost of oil. The RAC said average prices had risen to 126.62p a [...]

By |May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Vehicle Emissions Testing | What is CO2MPAS?

CO2MPAS To Plug The Gap Between NEDC And WLTP The New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) test procedure for fuel consumption and emissions was replaced by The World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) in September 2017. The aim of the new test is to provide results that are far closer to those that would be achieved by drivers in real-world conditions. All newly launched or updated cars have been tested under WLTP since September 2017 and all models will need to be tested under this new regime from September 2018. This means motor manufacturers are currently very busy attempting to get every vehicle through the new test before the autumn deadline. However, HMRC has confirmed that for tax calculation purposes, [...]

By |April 4th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|2 Comments

Dangers Of Lack Of Sleep

Clocks Go Forward This Weekend Make sure you get enough sleep! The arrival of British Summer time this weekend means the clocks go forward on hour on Sunday, March 25. However, the hour less in bed and initially darker mornings mean we all need to pay more attention when driving. Research indicates that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep-related, and are more likely to result in a fatality or serious injury than any other type of accident. Whilst an hour less sleep might not seem significant, it is. Researchers in Canada analysed data relating to nearly 1.4 million road traffic accidents. They observed that the spring shift to daylight savings time, and the loss of one hour of [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

Average New Car CO2 Emissions Increase

CO2 Rises For The First Time As Diesel Sales Continue To Decline An anti-diesel agenda and a slower than anticipated take-up of electric vehicles have combined to produce an increase in CO2 output from new cars for the first time in two decades. That’s the conclusion of a new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) which also warns that the automotive industry could miss its next round of CO2 targets in 2021. The SMMT’s “New Car CO2 Report 2018: Driving the transition to a low carbon future” reveals that average carbon emissions from new cars last year rose for the first time in 20 years to 121.0g/km.   More efficient cars This is despite cars being more [...]

Winter Weather Fleet Policy

Bad Weather Reinforces The Need For Sound Fleet Policy The combination of ‘the Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’ has created some of the worst travelling conditions that many of us can recall, with regular images of stranded drivers and abandoned vehicles. Significant storms, like those we have just witnessed, prevent many workers from being able to report for work, creating significant declines in revenue for the duration of the bad weather, or even for a longer period of time. For example, breakdown company, Green Flag, reported that, in one particularly bad wintry week three years ago, over 8.5 million or 18% of British adults were unable to work their contracted hours because of the adverse weather, costing employers [...]

By |March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

AFVs On The Rise As Diesel Fall Continues

Sales Of Alternative Fuel Vehicles Increase AFV sales have risen in January but the overall January new car market was down 6.3% as 163,615 cars left UK showrooms Sales of AFVs rose almost 24% last month to 9,020 new units compared to the same month last year, but this did little to counter a fall of 25.6% in sales of diesel cars which saw numbers decrease from 78,000 last January to just 58,000 this year. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which compiled the figures, said the fall was due to confusion over government policy towards diesel cars which had continued to cause buyers to hesitate. Petrol sales also up At the same time, sales of petrol cars rose [...]

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