Electric Car Momentum Gathers Pace

Electric Vehicles Get A Boost From Government’s Automated And Electric Vehicles Bill Earlier this year the government announced that it planned to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans, including hybrids, from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) posed a major risk to public health. The commitment was part of the government’s clean air plan which was needed because of the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality was having on people’s health, Ministers said. The government believes that poor air quality poses the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, costing up to £2.7bn in lost productivity in one year alone. The future’s electric The direction of Britain’s future mobility [...]

By |October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Autumn Driving: Tips and advice for driving at this time of year

How Autumn Affects Typical Driving Conditions Autumn has arrived and the clocks will be soon going back to mark the start of the winter season.  This time of year brings many changes for road users, from dazzlingly blinding sunlight to the first icy windscreen of the season. Autumn is particularly bad for dazzle from low sun.  However, drivers can improve their vision by making sure that the windscreen is clean - inside and out - as a hazy film builds up on the inside surface over time. At the same time, make sure you check the condition of the screen as scratches, abrasions and chips on the outside can intensify the sun's dazzle too, and may require remedial treatment, [...]

By |October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Which Fleet Services To Outsource?

Which Fleet Services Should You Outsource? Following on from our recent blog: Six Questions a Fleet Manager Needs to Ask About Outsourcing, in which we consider and answer six questions aimed at helping fleet managers decide whether to outsource, what and who to - we look in a little more detail at which fleet services to outsource. As well as outsourcing the whole fleet, there are many scenarios for partial outsourcing of selected fleet-related functions that can be successfully outsourced to a specialist provider to take some of the burden off the in-house department. These can include vehicle sourcing and purchasing; funding management; maintenance – either scheduled or pay-as-you-go; all fleet admin; legislative compliance such as P11D and P46 reporting; fuel [...]

By |October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Fleet, Outsourcing|0 Comments

Questions to Ask About Fleet Outsourcing

Six Questions a Fleet Manager Needs to Ask About Outsourcing In this blog post we consider and answer six questions, aimed at helping fleet managers decide whether to outsource, what and who to. They are: 1.Which processes are you thinking of outsourcing and why? Outsourcing is the ‘contracting out’ of a business function, such as the management of the vehicle fleet, to a third party specialist without your business losing the overall control. The appointed third-party organisation takes control of the function and becomes responsible for its success. Outsourcing allows you to concentrate on your core business activities and, at the same time, save money, be more flexible and manage growth effectively. It also allows your business to gain access [...]

By |October 4th, 2017|Categories: Fleet, Outsourcing|0 Comments

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 out. However, legally this is not the case and, if their car fails, it is immediately deemed to be no longer roadworthy, regardless of how long there is still left to run on the MOT certificate. What [...]

By |September 19th, 2017|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

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 also fall by 1p to 13p and 8p respectively. All other rates are unchanged. The rates are as follows for the period from September 1: Engine size Petrol LPG 1400cc or less 11p 7p 1401cc to 2000cc 13p 8p Over 2000cc [...]

By |August 29th, 2017|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel 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 car serviced, with an average hourly rate of just over £81. At the other end of the scale, Scottish county Selkirkshire had the cheapest average at £49.69. The list of the top 10 most expensive regions of [...]

By |August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Fleet, Outsourcing|0 Comments

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 Union has therefore developed a new test, called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) under which testing conditions will become much more realistic. While the old NEDC test determined values based on a theoretical [...]

By |August 17th, 2017|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

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 ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees, and the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 Act. Under this act, companies and organisations can, for the first time, be found guilty of corporate [...]

By |August 15th, 2017|Categories: Fleet, Outsourcing|0 Comments