Autumn Driving: Tips and advice for driving at this time of year

How Autumn Affects Typical Driving Conditions Autumn has arrived and the clocks will be soon going back to mark the start of the winter season.  This time of year brings many changes for road users, from dazzlingly blinding sunlight to the first icy windscreen of the season. Autumn is particularly bad for dazzle from low sun.  However, drivers can improve their vision by making sure that the windscreen is clean - inside and out - as a hazy film builds up on the inside surface over time. At the same time, make sure you check the condition of the screen as scratches, abrasions and chips on the outside can intensify the sun's dazzle too, and may require remedial treatment, [...]

By |November 6th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Road Safety Week – Useful Resources

Did you know it’s BRAKE’s Road Safety Week in November? The charity, which works to promote the road safety of at-work drivers and riders, is holding its headline annual event from 19th to 25th November. This year’s theme is the safety of all two-wheeled road users, from the perspective of both riders and those that they share the road with. This has been chosen, in part, due to the rapid increase in the number of cyclists in the UK and the fact that these road users are among the most vulnerable. The statistics* are sobering: More than a third of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads are those travelling by bike (either bicycle or motorcycle). More than 100 [...]

By |October 8th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

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

HMRC To Introduce Advisory Fuel Rates For 100% Electric Cars

100% Advisory Fuel Rate Introduced For Electric Cars HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to introduce an Advisory Fuel Rate (AFR) for 100% electric cars from September 1 this year of 4p per mile, following pressure from the fleet industry. The new Advisory Electricity Rate will be published alongside AFRs for petrol, diesel and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) cars and, as before, will be based on engine size. However, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars will continue to be treated as either petrol or diesel models for mileage reimbursement purposes, and will not have their own AFR, despite the industry also lobbying for their introduction. What are Advisory Fuel Rates? AFRs apply where employers reimburse employees for business travel in their [...]

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

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

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

Diesel Debate Gets More Complex

A Fascinating Picture Is Emerging In The Debate On The Future Of Diesel Fuelled Vehicles The huge drop in the volume of diesel car registrations this year mirrors the findings from CLM’s own research*, in which just over 67% of drivers stated that they were unlikely to choose a diesel as their next car. However, the announcement of new engine technologies that dramatically reduce harmful diesel engine emissions, the legacy of two decades of massive growth in the volume of diesel cars on the UK’s roads, and its continuing importance in the LCV market, mean that reports of the fuel’s imminent death may be premature. Bosch dramatically cuts diesel NOx emissions Engine parts manufacturer Bosch, claims it has achieved a breakthrough [...]

Changes To MOT Ratings Could Cause Confusion

MOT Ratings Change Changes to MOT ratings could cause confusion and may require increased communication between company car and van owners and drivers to avoid misunderstandings The new rules, which came into force on May 20, mean that instead of vehicles being given a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ rating at their MOT, any defects will now be categorised as ‘dangerous’, ‘major’ or ‘minor’ with the first two of these resulting in a test failure. How has the MOT rating changed? The new designations apply to all cars of more than three years old and increase the number of MOT ratings to five: dangerous, major, minor, advisory and pass. A ‘dangerous’ rating means a direct and immediate risk to road safety or [...]

By |June 15th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments
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