Mobile Phone Safety While Driving

Mobile Phones: Rules When Driving Driving while holding a mobile phone has been against the law since 2003, but many people still appear to be confused by this legislation. It’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the ins and outs of mobile phone safety while driving, as the penalties for getting it wrong can be high. Only a few days ago, in a very high-profile case, footballer David Beckham was convicted of driving while holding a mobile phone. In his defence, he said that he was in very slow-moving traffic in the middle of London. Unfortunately, no matter how slow-moving the traffic is, it’s still against the law to hold your mobile phone and getting caught can cost [...]

By |May 14th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Tyres Trigger Debate at Silverstone

Tyre Matters Debated at CLM's Silverstone Customer Event At CLM’s recent driver safety focused event, delegates got to hear all about recent tyre developments and how tyre tread is currently the subject of much debate in the fleet and wider motoring industry. Michelin shared details about how electronics are being incorporated into tyres to allow tyre performance to be monitored by the vehicle they are fitted to, and from afar as well. And not just about pressure, but tread depth and damage too. It might not be that long before fleet managers don’t need to inspect employee tyres in carparks any longer because sensors and software will ultimately do it for them. The technology is being trialled in certain [...]

By |May 14th, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Google Maps Boost for EV Drivers

Google Guides EV Drivers Up until now, the go-to source for information on UK EV (electric vehicles) charging facilities around the country has been Zap-Map, a UK-based platform which provides information on the whole topic of electric vehicles and their green potential. This app has static map images showing the location of charging stations, but not their status. However, on Tuesday 23rd April 2019, Google Maps introduced the latest innovation for the drivers of EVs. Simultaneously in the US and the UK, the American multi-national technology company Google LLC launched a new real-time addition to Maps which will assist EV drivers in finding available charging stations and a lot more. All the major charging networks are included, plus businesses [...]

Compulsory Speed Limiters

Intelligent Speed Assistance Likely To Be Compulsory In New Cars From 2022 It has been reported this week that rules to mandate speed limiter technology in cars have been provisionally agreed by the EU and that it is likely that Intelligent Speed Assistance will be required for all new cars sold in Europe by 2022. Regardless of Brexit outcomes, the UK government has already indicated its support. What is Intelligent Speed Assistance? The Intelligent Speed Assistance system enables cars to receive information via GPS and a digital map so that the vehicle knows what the speed limit is and can limit its top speed accordingly. In addition to the data feed, an onboard video camera, capable of recognising road [...]

By |March 29th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

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|2 Comments
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