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

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC increases Advisory Fuel Rates for small diesel and LPG cars as fuel costs rise HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its mileage rates for small diesel and LPG engined cars in a series of changes to its new Advisory Fuel Rates in line with the rising cost of fuel across the UK. Pump prices have reached three and a half year highs in recent weeks due to the rising price of oil on the world markets. The increases have prompted a warning from the motoring organisation, the RAC, which said that petrol and diesel prices could soar towards all-time record levels due to the rising cost of oil. The RAC said average prices had risen to 126.62p a [...]

By |May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Dangers Of Lack Of Sleep

Clocks Go Forward This Weekend Make sure you get enough sleep! The arrival of British Summer time this weekend means the clocks go forward on hour on Sunday, March 25. However, the hour less in bed and initially darker mornings mean we all need to pay more attention when driving. Research indicates that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep-related, and are more likely to result in a fatality or serious injury than any other type of accident. Whilst an hour less sleep might not seem significant, it is. Researchers in Canada analysed data relating to nearly 1.4 million road traffic accidents. They observed that the spring shift to daylight savings time, and the loss of one hour of [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

Easter Opening Hours at CLM

Easter 2018 opening hours and service availability As Easter beckons, we need to make you aware of the arrangements in place for supporting your company and your drivers across the holiday weekend. o Friday 30th March – Closed o Saturday 31st March – Closed o Sunday 1st April – Closed o Monday 2nd April – Closed CLM will reopen on Tuesday 3rd April at 08.15. During the days that CLM’s offices are closed, services will continue to be available through our supporting agents in the same way they are currently provided outside of standard office hours. Although some repairers will shut-down, key breakdown, accident management and service booking operations run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Business news, Driving, Fleet, Rental|Comments Off on Easter Opening Hours at CLM

Thieves Target Latest Models With ‘Relay Attacks’

Certain Cars Susceptible To New Style Of Car Theft Criminals are targeting certain types of keyless entry cars in a new form of vehicle theft called a ‘relay attack’ which uses a transmitter relay device and two criminals working together. One thief stands near the car being targeted and the other stands near the front door of the owner’s home to get in range of ‘keyless’ key fobs, which are often left on hallway tables or kitchen worktops. The relay device then picks up the key fob signal from inside the house and relays it to the car. Using this method, thieves are then able to drive away in a stolen vehicle in a matter of just a few seconds. [...]

By |February 17th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Vehicles|0 Comments

Company Drivers At Risk From Over The Counter Remedies

Drug Driving Laws Company drivers could be unwittingly putting themselves in danger of prosecution by taking over-the-counter remedies that are on a Government prohibited substance list In 2016, following the introduction of new screening equipment and roadside tests by the police, there was a seven-fold increase in the UK in the number of drivers being convicted for drug-driving. What does the law say? The law, which was first introduced in 2015, makes it illegal to drive with certain drugs in the body– eight illegal drugs and nine prescription drugs - above specified limits. If caught, drivers face losing their licence for at least a year, being fined up to £5,000 or a spell in prison. However, some of the banned [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments
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