Tyre Management Q&A

Tyre Management Chris Mitchinson, Director of In Life Services at CLM, answers the questions that he commonly receives on tyre management Just how importantly do fleet decision-makers need to take tyre management policies? A car is attached to the road via a piece of tyre about the size of the palm of your hand. So ensuring that tyres are in tip-top condition is very important, not least from the viewpoint of a duty of care to your employees. We would put tyre safety at the heart of any tyre management policy, ahead of cost, and would advocate regular tyre checks to assess not just the depth of the tread but also the condition of the tyre – whether there [...]

By |September 9th, 2019|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Company Car Research

Alternative Solutions to Traditional Fleet Problems There’s a simple truth about company cars – drivers love them Put aside the ongoing angst about high BiK tax rates and there’s nothing like the reassurance of driving a new, well-maintained, fully insured vehicle provided by somebody else. This isn’t just anecdotal either, in a recent CLM survey1 of over 300 individuals eligible for a company car, more than three-quarters stated that they saw this as a valuable benefit and only 12% said that they were unlikely to take a company car in the future. And this is great news for businesses. Not only does it provide them with a clear steer in terms of what to include in their benefit packages, [...]

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Advisory Fuel Rates for September 2019 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has updated its Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs) from 1 September. Under the new rates, petrol vehicles see 1 ppm rate decreases for engine sizes above 1.4 litres. 1601 to 2000cc diesel engines see a rate decrease of a penny a mile. And LPG sees a rate increase for the 1401- 2000cc bracket, when other rates are unchanged. 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 incurring business, rather than private mileage. Companies can use the old [...]

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Drivers Increasingly Receptive Towards AFVs

Power of the People – the Rise of Alternative Fuel Vehicles The world is changing. Whether in politics or the world of sports - established orders are being challenged. And the world of transport is no different, with the mass uptake of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFV) fast approaching. Recent survey results from CLM show that drivers are more receptive towards AFVs than ever before. Almost 90% of UK drivers believe that, in 20 years’ time, most or all vehicles sold will run on alternative fuels and 66% said that they definitely won’t, or are unlikely to, choose a diesel option as their next car. Unsurprisingly, the biggest driver of these changing attitudes to AFVs is the UK’s increasing environmental [...]

ULEV Tax

Understanding the Tax Benefits of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles The term ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) has been around for some years now, often used by the Government to categorise those vehicles which gain preferential treatment for tax purposes. While the definition of a ULEV has remained consistent; a vehicle that emits 75g CO2 or less for every kilometre that it travels, the tax treatment has changed considerably, so it’s worth taking some time to understand exactly how the various rules apply. Company Car Benefit-in-Kind Tax ULEVs currently fit into one of two Benefit-in-Kind tax bands; 0-50g/km or 51-75g/km CO2. For a petrol car, just sneaking under the 75g limit, the company car driver would be taxed at 19% [...]

The Dos and Don’ts of Driving Abroad

Guide to Taking Your Car Abroad The summer holidays are here and if you are planning a trip abroad, either with your own car or hiring one when you get there, make sure you are prepared and understand the rules so that you drive safely and legally. The CLM Guide to Taking Your Car Abroad has been updated. We've ordered the guide according to a timeline so you can see what you need to prepare in advance, make sure you have before you travel, and consider once you arrive at your destination. There are a number of tips for travellers, including information about clean air schemes in France and Germany. You also need to be aware of new style [...]

By |July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on The Dos and Don’ts of Driving Abroad

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 [...]

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