• MOT failures
    Warning Over risk Relating To Early MOT Failures Warning Over risk Relating To Early MOT Failures

    Warning Over risk Relating To Early MOT Failures

Warning Over risk Relating To Early MOT Failures

Warning over risk relating to early MOT failures
Drivers could face fines even with a valid MOT certificate

Drivers risk being fined and prosecuted if their vehicle fails its MOT test, even though they have a current certificate that has not expired.

Many drivers follow the practice of putting their car in for an early MOT to find out if any faults need repairing, in the belief that, even if it fails, they can still use the vehicle until the old test runs …

  • advisory fuel rates
    HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

    HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Four changes to HMRC’s Advisory Fuel Rates for September

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced four changes to its Advisory Fuel Rates for the next quarter, which take effect from September 1 2017.

Diesel engined cars over 2000cc see their rates fall from 13p to 12p, while LPG cars with similar sized engines see their rates fall from 14p to 13p per mile.

At the same time, the rates for petrol and LPG cars between 1401cc and 2000cc …

By |August 29th, 2017|Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates
  • vehicle maintenance
    Survey shows difference between franchise and independent dealer labour rates Survey shows difference between franchise and independent dealer labour rates

    Survey shows difference between franchise and independent dealer labour rates

Survey shows difference between franchise and independent dealer labour rates

Survey shows difference between franchise and independent dealer labour rates
Garage labour rates average £67 an hour across the UK but regions vary widely

The average labour rate at UK garages, combining franchise dealers, independent garages and fast-fit outlets, is £67 an hour, according to an industry survey. But there are huge variations between regions and the type of garage used.

A nationwide survey of 6,000 garages across the UK found that, on average, Surrey was the most expensive place to have a …

  • wltp
    Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure

    Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure

Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure

The WLTP Will Test Cars In More Realistic Situations
New emissions testing comes into force within 12 months

There has been considerable controversy around the inaccuracy of claimed emission levels for many current generation cars, to the extent that there is a widespread belief that the whole testing regime has become devalued.

Current emissions tests carried out under laboratory conditions, ­called the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), have been shown to be inaccurate and outdated, having originally been designed in the 1980s.

The European …

  • duty of care
    Your duty of care obligatons to company car drivers Your duty of care obligatons to company car drivers

    Your duty of care obligatons to company car drivers

Your duty of care obligatons to company car drivers

What Are Your Duty Of Care Obligations To Company Car Drivers?

Each and every company has a legal obligation and duty of care to their company car drivers, as defined by regulations covering the type and use of vehicles, special health and safety legislation and regulations covering the carriage of dangerous goods by road – to name but a few.

These regulations include the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, which places a legal duty of care on all employers to …

  • vehicle funding options
    Choosing the most appropriate funding method for your fleet Choosing the most appropriate funding method for your fleet

    Choosing the most appropriate funding method for your fleet

Choosing the most appropriate funding method for your fleet

Choosing the most appropriate funding method for your fleet
A guide to help steer you through the funding maze

Company cars can be expensive to operate and, for most companies, are typically the second or third most expensive cost centre after salary and pensions. Selecting the most appropriate funding method for your fleet is therefore of paramount importance.

Various funding methods are available, each of which has its own features and benefits depending on a company’s operational objectives, and its accounting and cash flow …

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  • taking a company car abroad
    The do’s and don’ts of driving abroad The do’s and don’ts of driving abroad

    The do’s and don’ts of driving abroad

The do’s and don’ts of driving abroad

What to do if you are taking your car or van abroad

For those company drivers thinking of taking their company car or van abroad, or for those thinking of hiring a car while overseas, there are some clear do’s and don’ts if you are to have a safe and, above all, legal trip.

Taking a leased vehicle abroad

Where the vehicle is leased, a Letter of Authority and a Vehicle on Hire certificate (VE103) are required from the leasing company to provide permission to …

By |August 1st, 2017|Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on The do’s and don’ts of driving abroad
  • company car whole life costs
    Whole Life Cost distortions – how to avoid the pitfalls Whole Life Cost distortions – how to avoid the pitfalls

    Whole Life Cost distortions – how to avoid the pitfalls

Whole Life Cost distortions – how to avoid the pitfalls

Whole Life Cost distortions – how to avoid the pitfalls

For any company that operates cars on its fleet, there are many more costs to consider than just the initial purchase price of the vehicles.

Throughout a vehicle’s operational life there are a wide range of costs that will be incurred which, in order to make comparisons between vehicles easier to understand, can be brought together under one umbrella known as Whole Life Costs (WLC).

Using whole life costs as a metric for …

  • ulev tax bands finance bill
    Changes to taxation of ULEVs dropped from Finance Bill Changes to taxation of ULEVs dropped from Finance Bill

    Changes to taxation of ULEVs dropped from Finance Bill

Changes to taxation of ULEVs dropped from Finance Bill

ULEV proposals put on hold but other changes go through

New benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rates for ultra-low emission vehicles, due to take effect from 2020, have been dropped from the Finance Bill.

However, other changes, including the tax treatment of salary sacrifice and cash for car allowances, and new rules for Vehicle Excise Duty, have gone through.

The new tax treatment for ULEVs were confirmed in the Spring Budget and referred to 15 new bandings, of which 11 were for plug-in cars (sub-75g/km). …