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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 that want to hire their vehicles for months as opposed to days or years, Mini-lease is the ideal solution. You can hire a vehicle for six months instead of three years if that makes more sense for your business or your drivers. 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 contract hire [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Rental|

Green Number Plates?

Government Plans Green Number Plates for Electric Vehicles The government has announced a formal consultation on its proposals to introduce a highly visible way of identifying electric vehicles on the UK’s roads. The plans aim to allow individual drivers and fleets to demonstrate the positive environmental choice that they have made, as well as raising public awareness of the numbers of electric vehicles on the road and ‘normalising’ the idea of driving an EV. What's your view? The government plans to issue Electric Vehicles (EVs) with green number plates.  As a driver, would you like to be easily identified as having chosen an EV in this way?   The scheme is also intended to help city and local authorities [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Driving|

Switching from Petrol and Diesel?

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle ConundrumAlternative fuel vehicles, or AFVs, are unquestionably becoming a more popular choice with drivers. In fact, in recent research 60% of company car drivers stated that they are more likely to select an AFV for their next company car than a traditional petrol or diesel vehicle1.That’s a very strong demonstration of intent to make the switch to a more efficient pure electric or hybrid vehicle. However, taking a look at the latest statistics2 for the registration of new AFVs gives quite a different picture, with sales of all types of AFV accounting for just 7.5% of total car sales.So, what is it that’s creating this gap between the preference for an AFV and the final vehicle [...]

By |October 17th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet, Vehicles|

Mental Health for Drivers at Work

Mental Health for Drivers at Work Do you remember that moment when you first passed your driving test? Those immediate feelings of relief and excitement, transitioning to a sense of freedom and enjoyment in the proceeding months as driving enabled you to explore the world in a whole new manner. Fast forwards a few (perhaps many!) years and what comes to mind when you think about driving? Commuting to work, the school run, ferrying family members around at the weekend and journeying across town to the shops? Driving conditions seem to worsen, traffic is omnipresent, road surfaces are deteriorating, we feel guilty for not driving an electric vehicle, and so the list goes on. While a lucky few may [...]

By |October 10th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

The Future of Company Vehicles?

A Holistic Approach to Employer Provided Vehicles Twenty years ago, the company car market was pretty straightforward; organisations chose to either purchase their vehicles outright or lease them, mainly through contract hire with hire purchase and finance lease thrown in when the circumstances demanded. In the intervening years the market has diversified, with new (or repackaged) offerings being launched with the promise to take advantage of the accounting regime and tax legislation of the moment. At a headline level these offerings have included employee car ownership (ECO), salary sacrifice and employee personal contract hire schemes, but behind the scenes there are numerous variants of each available. As their popularity has waxed and waned with successive regulatory turns, it has [...]

By |October 9th, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Funding|

WLTP / RDE Emissions Testing Update

The Latest on WLTP / RDE Emissions Testing You may have heard that changes occurred to the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) emissions regime on 1st September 2019. If you’re not sure what those changes are, here’s a quick guide. The WLTP ‘Second Act’ The second step in WLTP is simply a ramping up of the standards required as part of the testing regime and for a vehicle to be certified for sale. This means that any models that passed the test before 1st September will have their results run through a new set of algorithms to ensure that they meet the more stringent criteria. The new criteria include passing the Real Driving Emissions test (see below) and meeting [...]

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|

Company Car Research

Alternative Solutions to Traditional Fleet Problems There’s a simple truth about company cars – drivers love them Put aside the ongoing angst about high BiK tax rates and there’s nothing like the reassurance of driving a new, well-maintained, fully insured vehicle provided by somebody else. This isn’t just anecdotal either, in a recent CLM survey1 of over 300 individuals eligible for a company car, more than three-quarters stated that they saw this as a valuable benefit and only 12% said that they were unlikely to take a company car in the future. And this is great news for businesses. Not only does it provide them with a clear steer in terms of what to include in their benefit packages, [...]

By |September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet|

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Advisory Fuel Rates for September 2019 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has updated its Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs) from 1 September. Under the new rates, petrol vehicles see 1 ppm rate decreases for engine sizes above 1.4 litres. 1601 to 2000cc diesel engines see a rate decrease of a penny a mile. And LPG sees a rate increase for the 1401- 2000cc bracket, when other rates are unchanged. The advisory electricity rate (AER) first introduced in September 2018 for plug-in electric cars remains unchanged at 4ppm. The AFR changes are relevant as the company car advisory fuel rates are used by organisations to reimburse drivers for fuel used in incurring business, rather than private mileage. Companies can use the old [...]

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

Drivers Increasingly Receptive Towards AFVs

Power of the People – the Rise of Alternative Fuel Vehicles The world is changing. Whether in politics or the world of sports - established orders are being challenged. And the world of transport is no different, with the mass uptake of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFV) fast approaching. Recent survey results from CLM show that drivers are more receptive towards AFVs than ever before. Almost 90% of UK drivers believe that, in 20 years’ time, most or all vehicles sold will run on alternative fuels and 66% said that they definitely won’t, or are unlikely to, choose a diesel option as their next car. Unsurprisingly, the biggest driver of these changing attitudes to AFVs is the UK’s increasing environmental [...]

By |August 17th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet|
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