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

New Website For Mini-lease

CLM Launches New Website Following Surge In Mini-lease Demand CLM has launched a new dedicated website for its Mini-lease range of products following a surge in uptake and demand from corporate customers. We have seen bookings for our flexible, short-to-medium term rental product increase by 30% year-on-year, with companies of all sizes booking rental vehicles on highly attractive 3-12 month terms. The new website at www.minilease.online carries a range of available vehicles from small cars up to large sized vans, and a variety of different rates for Mini-leases ranging from 3-12 months in duration. CLM Director - In Life Services, Chris Mitchinson, said: “We are seeing continuous demand for our Mini-lease vehicles from companies of all sizes – from SMEs [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|Categories: Business news, 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 [...]

Fuel Prices Suffer Record Rise In May – What To To Next?

UK Drivers Facing Record Fuel Price Increases Prices at UK fuel pumps suffered a record 6p a litre rise in May, following their highest increase in 16 months, and are hovering at near four year highs. The price rises have been fuelled by rising global oil prices caused by political tensions around the world which has seen oil hit as high as $76 a barrel. Both unleaded petrol and diesel rose by around 6p per litre in May, according to the RAC’s Fuel Watch service – the sharpest rise in 18 years. Diesel increased by 6.12p – from 126.27p to 132.39p – the second worst rise since the start of 2000. As a result the cost of a tank of [...]

By |June 18th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

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

Vehicle Emissions Testing | What is CO2MPAS?

CO2MPAS To Plug The Gap Between NEDC And WLTP The New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) test procedure for fuel consumption and emissions was replaced by The World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) in September 2017. The aim of the new test is to provide results that are far closer to those that would be achieved by drivers in real-world conditions. All newly launched or updated cars have been tested under WLTP since September 2017 and all models will need to be tested under this new regime from September 2018. This means motor manufacturers are currently very busy attempting to get every vehicle through the new test before the autumn deadline. However, HMRC has confirmed that for tax calculation purposes, [...]

By |April 4th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|2 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
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