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 [...]

Drugs and Driving – Focus on Hay Fever

Is Your Hay Fever Medication Affecting Your Driving? We all know that drugs and driving just don’t mix, and a new study conducted by insurance comparison site Confused.com highlights the fact. However, and very worryingly, the study shows that a substantial number of people are driving while under the influence of prescribed and over-the-counter medication, without being aware of the risks they are taking. A particular culprit at this time of year appears to be hay fever medication and, as summer moves on and the pollen count rises, many drivers could be breaking the law without knowing it. Apart from driving under the influence of any impairing drug obviously being dangerous and illegal for all drivers, the hay fever [...]

By |June 13th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Smart Motorways – New Automatic Fixed Penalties

Obey the Red X or Get a £100 Fine If you’re driving somewhere on the currently 400 miles of smart motorways (200 miles in each direction) and you see a red X on the overhead gantry, that’s telling you that the lane you’re on is closed and you must move to an adjacent lane as soon as it’s safe to do so. If you don’t comply, the cameras will record your number plate and you’ll get a £100 fine and notice of 3 penalty points on your licence through the post a few days later. This is a new law which comes into operation from 10th June 2019, although Highways England say that actual fining won’t be happening until [...]

By |May 30th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

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

Mobile Phone Safety While Driving

Mobile Phones: Rules When Driving Driving while holding a mobile phone has been against the law since 2003, but many people still appear to be confused by this legislation. It’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the ins and outs of mobile phone safety while driving, as the penalties for getting it wrong can be high. Only a few days ago, in a very high-profile case, footballer David Beckham was convicted of driving while holding a mobile phone. In his defence, he said that he was in very slow-moving traffic in the middle of London. Unfortunately, no matter how slow-moving the traffic is, it’s still against the law to hold your mobile phone and getting caught can cost [...]

By |May 14th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Google Maps Boost for EV Drivers

Google Guides EV Drivers Up until now, the go-to source for information on UK EV (electric vehicles) charging facilities around the country has been Zap-Map, a UK-based platform which provides information on the whole topic of electric vehicles and their green potential. This app has static map images showing the location of charging stations, but not their status. However, on Tuesday 23rd April 2019, Google Maps introduced the latest innovation for the drivers of EVs. Simultaneously in the US and the UK, the American multi-national technology company Google LLC launched a new real-time addition to Maps which will assist EV drivers in finding available charging stations and a lot more. All the major charging networks are included, plus businesses [...]

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
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