Fleet Management

Fleet Management – Whose Job is it Anyway? When it comes to company fleet management and, more specifically, who takes responsibility for which aspects of the fleet, it seems no two organisations take the same approach. The issues faced, tasks to be undertaken and required expertise are diverse. Consequently, there are any number of individuals or departments within the organisation that might consider themselves to be important stakeholders. So, what does this mean for the fleet manager? With such shared interests and responsibilities, the question might be raised about the role of the traditional fleet manager. Where does the role fit into the decision-making matrix and how relevant is it in today’s organisations? To some extent it’s a matter [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Spring Statement 2019

No Clarity Yet on Car Related Tax In the 2017 Autumn Budget, the government announced that cars registered from April 2020 would be taxed based on CO2 emissions data as determined under the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) regime. The new testing requirements have been in effect from September 2018, however the old NEDC figures have continued to be used for VED and company car tax purposes until April 2020. Fleets, company car drivers and the industry have been awaiting clarity on the rates to be used from April 2020. After all, anyone ordering or taking delivery of a new car now will be doing so with limited knowledge of what level of tax they will be paying [...]

By |March 14th, 2019|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Fleet Procurement

Unpacking the Complexity of Fleet Procurement If you were asked about fleet procurement, the subject that’s likely to be in the front of your mind is the process of negotiating the best possible deal on vehicles. While that is certainly an important part of the story, the scope of fleet procurement is far wider. At the highest level, fleet procurement can be categorised into two areas of activity – development of the fleet procurement strategy and activating this strategy to get the best outcomes for the business. We’ll look at these two areas in detail. Setting the right fleet procurement strategy This is where the underlying work is done to ensure that future fleet procurement decisions are based on [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Outsourcing|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
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