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Company Car Tax Update: July 2019

No Company Car Tax for Electric Vehicles for 2020/21 The Government has today announced that, from April 2020, company cars producing no CO2 emissions will attract a zero percent Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate, replacing the previously published rates of 2%. The zero percent rate will also apply to vehicles, first registered from 6 April 2020 and producing between one and 50g/km of carbon dioxide, that are capable of more than 130 miles on battery power alone. These rates will then increase to 1% for 2021/22 and 2% for 2022/23 for vehicles registered after 6th April 2020. The Government has also provided clarity on the BiK rates for all company cars up to and including the 2022/23 tax year, providing [...]

Green Driving

Options for the Green-Minded Driver The popularity of pure electric vehicles is unquestionably on the rise; 2019 year-to-date figures from the SMMT show an increase in EV registrations of over 63% on the same period last year. But this still represents a tiny proportion of overall car registrations – just 0.9%. Our own research1 on Alternative Fuel Vehicles highlighted that 25% of consumers are likely or very likely to consider an EV for their next vehicle and that a further 24% were in the balance. This has been driven by increases in electric vehicle range, an increasing choice of electric-only cars and an increase in the availability of public charging points. But the pure EV remains a niche choice, [...]

By |June 28th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

What Drivers Think About Intelligent Speed Assistance

Intelligent Speed Assistance: A Help Or Hindrance? In an age where new technological innovations promise to give us all the answers, we ask drivers for their views on this important discussion on driving speed, a surprisingly sensitive topic… Following on from our article about the introduction of compulsory speed limiting technology a few months ago, we launched a survey to gauge opinions on the announcement that Intelligent Speed Assistance technology may become compulsory in new cars from 2022. The responses showed a surprising strength of opinion, suggesting that this mandate may be controversial if introduced. What is Intelligent Speed Assistance? Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is a system which enables cars to receive information via GPS so that the vehicle can [...]

Alternative Fuel Vehicles – Driver Research Findings

Consideration of AFVs Outpaces Drivers’ Understanding of the Technology In a recent piece of CLM online research, we discovered that more than 60%1 of company car drivers intend to choose an Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) rather than a petrol or diesel when they next change their car While this high proportion is somewhat surprising, there are a number of factors currently operating in the AFV market that could go some way to explaining the strength of sentiment: There’s a burgeoning amount of choice in the AFV market; with more than 40 models currently available in the UK and with manufacturers set to increase this by at least 50% by the end of 2019. With more choice comes greater [...]

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Advisory Fuel Rates for June 2019 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its mileage rates for most cars in the new AFR rates which apply from 1 June. Under the new rates, all petrol cars and LPG vehicles benefit from rates rises of 1p per mile. There is no change to the rate for diesel cars with an engine size of 1.6 litres or lower, but the rates for larger engined diesel cars have also risen by 1ppm. 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 [...]

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

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

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
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