ANPR – Parking Your Car – Beware!

Potential Issues with ANPR Car Parks Everything seems to have ‘smart’ technology involved with it these days. Driving in particular has seen huge changes, with complex, smart motorways becoming more and more prevalent. Now, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is in use in car parks all over the country, in retail parks, supermarkets and privately-owned car parks. Although it should theoretically be fool-proof and fair, some drivers find that there are problems with the system which can cost them dearly in both time and money. What is ANPR? ANPR technology is based on the use of CCTV cameras to monitor the arrival and exit of cars, using photos of their registration plates. Combined with the purchase of a timed [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

Safe Driving in Fog

Your Guide to Safe Driving in Fog When it comes to driving in fog, there are several things that you need to consider to keep yourself and those around you safe. Using your lights correctly is just one of them, as they not only light up the road ahead, they also allow you to remain visible to other road users too. However, a lot of people get the use of fog lights wrong . This leads to unnecessary accidents being caused, as well as  fines from the police for not following the correct procedures as set out by the Highway Code. Safe driving in fog is something that can challenge even the most experienced drivers. So, you’ll need to [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

Car Crime

Modern Car Crime and How to Combat it In the late ‘90s, as locks, immobilisers and in car electronics advanced, car theft declined significantly and, as cars became more sophisticated, you needed the keys to take most modern vehicles. Home invasion type break-ins were the only way to be able to steal high priced, high-performance cars, but things are changing. New technology aimed at driver convenience has unintentionally given car thieves a new way in. Having your car unlock for you as you walk up to it is helpful, but the electronic signatures transmitted from your keys to your car can be copied and used to confuse the vehicle. Technology is part of the problem To steal a car [...]

By |March 4th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Driving Abroad After Brexit?

Preparing to Take Your Car Abroad After Brexit With around a month to go, the Brexit debacle is still rolling along with no clean-cut conclusive end in sight. Not only does that bring economy uncertainty, it could also impact motorists driving abroad. Currently, there’s legislation in place that permits UK drivers free roam across Europe; that may all change thanks to us leaving the EU. Here are some of the ways in which you might be affected once 28th March 2019 comes around. International Driving Permit (IDP) Currently, you only need an International Driving Permit for some countries that are outside the EU and EEA. If there’s a no deal situation, the default position would be that IDPs are [...]

By |February 28th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|1 Comment

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Advisory Fuel Rates for March 2019 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reduced its mileage rates for most cars in the new rates which apply from 1 March. All petrol cars plus LPG vehicles with an engine of 1.4 litres or less had have rates fall by 1p per mile. The larger LPG engined categories have been reduced by 2ppm. Under the new AFR rates, which are effective for the three months from March 1, there is no change to the rates for diesel cars with an engine size of 1.6 litres or lower, but the rate for larger engined diesel cars has also reduced by 1ppm. These rates are introduced on the back of recent fuel price reductions, largely driven [...]

By |February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

New Driving Laws for 2019

Changes You Need to Know to Avoid Penalties After driving for years, it is easy to think that the laws on the road are the same today as they were when you first passed your test. However, updates to the Highway Code, new driving laws and changes to MOT certification can mean that your thinking is out of date. It is a driver’s responsibility to review the Highway Code regularly to ensure that they are always aware of any changes in the law or other guidelines – how long has it been since you picked up a copy? Changes made midway through 2018 and in force now in early 2019 may have been missed. To help, we have this [...]

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|1 Comment

2019 Fleet Cars

New Fleet Cars to Look Out For in 2019 A new year always brings new metal to drive, but there are extra criteria to think about in 2019. The wonderfully snappily-named Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) comes into full force this year. This is the name for the EU's new fuel efficiency ratings for all petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid cars and will need consideration when choosing fleet cars. With no word on company car tax changes until spring, we’re going to put the focus on lowest emission vehicles first and look at what could well be great new fleet cars this year. Peugeot 508 The new super saloon from Peugeot has been winning awards left, right and [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Tightening of Congestion Charge Standards

Cleaner Vehicle Discount to Replace Ultra Low Emission Discount From April 8th 2019, there will be significant changes to the permitted emissions standards in London.  The Ultra-Low Emission Discount will be replaced by the tighter Cleaner Vehicle Discount in the central London Congestion Charge zone. This could impact significantly on owners of vehicles which don’t meet the Euro 6 emissions standards. Alongside these measures, exemptions currently applied to private hire vehicles in the zone will be removed. Background The Congestion Charge was introduced 15 years ago, in an attempt to combat the rising levels of vehicle volume and pollution on London’s inner-city streets. The problems of jammed roads and toxic air go hand in hand, so an initiative like the Congestion [...]

By |February 4th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Speed Limits on Smart Motorways

Beware of Speeding on Smart Motorways Word is that, from midnight on the 8th January 2019, all of the Active Traffic Management (ATM) system cameras that monitor speeding on the M1 and M25 motorways will become live. Not a problem, you might think, and if you keep to the speed limits it probably won’t be. However, if you tend to exceed the limit a bit – or a lot – beware and read on! One thing to remember is that the cameras are on all the time - 24/7 -  not just when a lower speed than the national limit is showing on the gantry. They don't necessarily flash either. The ATM incorporates an automatic ticket generating system. This will [...]

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Driving|11 Comments
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