Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)

The WLTP Will Test Cars In More Realistic Situations New emissions testing comes into force in September 2018 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out under laboratory conditions, ­called the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), have been shown to be inaccurate and outdated, having originally been designed in the 1980s.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 28th, 2018|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Is Your Fleet Policy Up To Date?

Why Now Is The Right Time To Review Your Fleet Policy With the huge changes in the fleet landscape over recent months, fleet decision-makers have been under significant pressure to make critical decisions for their businesses and keep their drivers informed and reassured about the potential impacts on them. At times like this, it can be hard to take a step back to assess the wider implications of change but, paradoxically, now is exactly the time to ensure that the guiding principles on which the fleet is run are up to date and fit for purpose. In this blog we look at some of the most pressing issues for fleet decision-makers and how these should be reflected in fleet policy. [...]

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC Announces Advisory Fuel Rates From 1 September 2018 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its mileage rates for smaller petrol engined cars as it announces the Advisory Fuel Rates applicable for the coming quarter. Under the new AFR rates, which are effective for the three months from 1st September, there are a total of four changes: a 1p increase for petrol vehicles with an engine size of either 1400cc or less and 1401cc to 2000cc which are now 12p per mile and 15p per mile respectively; a 1p decrease for LPG vehicles above 2,000cc to 13p per mile; and a 1 p increase for the 1601 to 2000cc engined diesel vehicles taking it to 12p per mile. All [...]

By |August 24th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Fleet Risk Assessment | Do You Need One?

Do You Need To Conduct A Fleet Risk Assessment? To manage the risk associated with the operation of the company vehicle fleet and meet their duty of care obligations, businesses need to ensure that their drivers are adequately educated, insured, safe and aware of dangers while out on the road. Every business has a duty to make sure that its workplace is safe and to prevent risks to the health of its employees, and the definition of ‘workplace’ extends to the company vehicles that employees drive on business. Therefore, businesses should regularly carry out a fleet risk assessment to ensure that, in using their company vehicles, they are compliant with the law and are meeting their duty of care and [...]

By |August 24th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

HMRC To Introduce Advisory Fuel Rates For 100% Electric Cars

100% Advisory Fuel Rate Introduced For Electric Cars HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to introduce an Advisory Fuel Rate (AFR) for 100% electric cars from September 1 this year of 4p per mile, following pressure from the fleet industry. The new Advisory Electricity Rate will be published alongside AFRs for petrol, diesel and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) cars and, as before, will be based on engine size. However, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars will continue to be treated as either petrol or diesel models for mileage reimbursement purposes, and will not have their own AFR, despite the industry also lobbying for their introduction. What are Advisory Fuel Rates? AFRs apply where employers reimburse employees for business travel in their [...]

WLTP Impact For Drivers

How Much Do You Know About WLTP? If you’re a company car driver and haven’t heard of WLTP it’s worth taking a few minutes to get up to speed, particularly if you’re just about to order a new car. The short version If you’re in a hurry, this short animation gives the headline information. The technical bit WLTP (the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) is the EU’s new fuel consumption and emissions testing regime that’s taking over from the old NEDC tests. It’s a much longer test that better emulates both the type of journeys that modern drivers undertake and their driving style. By doing this it gives a much more accurate indication of how each car will perform [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Tax Benefits Of Electric Cars

How To Reduce Your Tax Bill With Capital Allowances On Electric Cars The Government is offering a tasty tax carrot to businesses to try and tempt them out of their traditional internal combustion engined vehicles and into electric or hybrid company cars. From April of this year and for the next three years, electric company cars that emit 50g/km of CO2 or less receive an attractive business tax benefit in the shape of a full 100% First Year Allowance (FYA). This allows companies to offset the full cost of the cars in the first year of ownership against their tax bills – a substantial incentive for any business that is prepared to go down an ultra low emission route.   [...]

By |August 6th, 2018|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Electric Vehicle Movement Gathers Momentum

The 'Road to Zero Strategy' And Electric Vehicles The movement towards the electrification of UK motoring has gathered momentum, following details of the government’s ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ and the acquisition of leading charging provider, Chargemaster, by oil giant BP. What is the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy? As part of moves towards the planned ban of all non-hybrid petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the government’s ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ targets 50-70% of new cars sold annually to fall into the Ultra Low Emissions (ULEV) category by 2030 (a 10-year earlier deadline). Recognising advancements in technology, the government says that within three years (that is from 2021), it expects to define an ULEV as a car or van that emits [...]

GDPR Brings Changes To Licence Checking Rules

GDPR And What It Means For Fleet Driver Licence Checks You will probably have been living in a cave if you haven’t heard of or received emails about the new European data protection legislation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – which came into force on May 25 2018. One of the consequences of the new legislation, amongst a whole host of new outcomes, is the need for company car drivers to sign new driver licence-checking consent forms. GDPR requires businesses to comply with new privacy regulations and one of the areas affected is that of driver consent forms. Supplied by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), they permit third-party companies, including employers, rental and licence checking companies, to [...]

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments
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