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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out under laboratory conditions, ­called the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), have been shown to be inaccurate and outdated, having originally been designed in the 1980s.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

WLTP Impact For Drivers

How Much Do You Know About WLTP? If you’re a company car driver and haven’t heard of WLTP it’s worth taking a few minutes to get up to speed, particularly if you’re just about to order a new car. The short version If you’re in a hurry, this short animation gives the headline information. The technical bit WLTP (the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) is the EU’s new fuel consumption and emissions testing regime that’s taking over from the old NEDC tests. It’s a much longer test that better emulates both the type of journeys that modern drivers undertake and their driving style. By doing this it gives a much more accurate indication of how each car will perform [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Tax Benefits Of Electric Cars

How To Reduce Your Tax Bill With Capital Allowances On Electric Cars The Government is offering a tasty tax carrot to businesses to try and tempt them out of their traditional internal combustion engined vehicles and into electric or hybrid company cars. From April of this year and for the next three years, electric company cars that emit 50g/km of CO2 or less receive an attractive business tax benefit in the shape of a full 100% First Year Allowance (FYA). This allows companies to offset the full cost of the cars in the first year of ownership against their tax bills – a substantial incentive for any business that is prepared to go down an ultra low emission route.   [...]

By |August 6th, 2018|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

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

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
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