Company Car Tax Update: July 2019

No Company Car Tax for Electric Vehicles for 2020/21 The Government has today announced that, from April 2020, company cars producing no CO2 emissions will attract a zero percent Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate, replacing the previously published rates of 2%. The zero percent rate will also apply to vehicles, first registered from 6 April 2020 and producing between one and 50g/km of carbon dioxide, that are capable of more than 130 miles on battery power alone. These rates will then increase to 1% for 2021/22 and 2% for 2022/23 for vehicles registered after 6th April 2020. The Government has also provided clarity on the BiK rates for all company cars up to and including the 2022/23 tax year, providing [...]

Green Driving

Options for the Green-Minded Driver The popularity of pure electric vehicles is unquestionably on the rise; 2019 year-to-date figures from the SMMT show an increase in EV registrations of over 63% on the same period last year. But this still represents a tiny proportion of overall car registrations – just 0.9%. Our own research1 on Alternative Fuel Vehicles highlighted that 25% of consumers are likely or very likely to consider an EV for their next vehicle and that a further 24% were in the balance. This has been driven by increases in electric vehicle range, an increasing choice of electric-only cars and an increase in the availability of public charging points. But the pure EV remains a niche choice, [...]

By |June 28th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

What Drivers Think About Intelligent Speed Assistance

Intelligent Speed Assistance: A Help Or Hindrance? In an age where new technological innovations promise to give us all the answers, we ask drivers for their views on this important discussion on driving speed, a surprisingly sensitive topic… Following on from our article about the introduction of compulsory speed limiting technology a few months ago, we launched a survey to gauge opinions on the announcement that Intelligent Speed Assistance technology may become compulsory in new cars from 2022. The responses showed a surprising strength of opinion, suggesting that this mandate may be controversial if introduced. What is Intelligent Speed Assistance? Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is a system which enables cars to receive information via GPS so that the vehicle can [...]

Drugs and Driving – Focus on Hay Fever

Is Your Hay Fever Medication Affecting Your Driving? We all know that drugs and driving just don’t mix, and a new study conducted by insurance comparison site Confused.com highlights the fact. However, and very worryingly, the study shows that a substantial number of people are driving while under the influence of prescribed and over-the-counter medication, without being aware of the risks they are taking. A particular culprit at this time of year appears to be hay fever medication and, as summer moves on and the pollen count rises, many drivers could be breaking the law without knowing it. Apart from driving under the influence of any impairing drug obviously being dangerous and illegal for all drivers, the hay fever [...]

By |June 13th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Alternative Fuel Vehicles – Driver Research Findings

Consideration of AFVs Outpaces Drivers’ Understanding of the Technology In a recent piece of CLM online research, we discovered that more than 60%1 of company car drivers intend to choose an Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) rather than a petrol or diesel when they next change their car While this high proportion is somewhat surprising, there are a number of factors currently operating in the AFV market that could go some way to explaining the strength of sentiment: There’s a burgeoning amount of choice in the AFV market; with more than 40 models currently available in the UK and with manufacturers set to increase this by at least 50% by the end of 2019. With more choice comes greater [...]

CLM Takes Safety Seriously at Silverstone

Client Safety Event Recently, CLM hosted a driver safety focused event and invited clients along to listen to presentations and to enjoy some hands-on training. The event, held at the Porsche Experience Centre, overlooking the Hanger Straight at the prestigious Silverstone racing circuit, saw attendees split into groups to hear about the latest driver monitoring technology and then to test their own skills. Supported by CLM’s business partners, delegates got to experience on the road training with instructors from TTC and then test their skills in driving simulators from XPI. Technology, provided by Trackm8, was fitted to the test vehicles so that as well as hearing about general monitoring advancements, drivers could hear about their own performances behind the [...]

By |May 30th, 2019|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Smart Motorways – New Automatic Fixed Penalties

Obey the Red X or Get a £100 Fine If you’re driving somewhere on the currently 400 miles of smart motorways (200 miles in each direction) and you see a red X on the overhead gantry, that’s telling you that the lane you’re on is closed and you must move to an adjacent lane as soon as it’s safe to do so. If you don’t comply, the cameras will record your number plate and you’ll get a £100 fine and notice of 3 penalty points on your licence through the post a few days later. This is a new law which comes into operation from 10th June 2019, although Highways England say that actual fining won’t be happening until [...]

By |May 30th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Advisory Fuel Rates for June 2019 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its mileage rates for most cars in the new AFR rates which apply from 1 June. Under the new rates, all petrol cars and LPG vehicles benefit from rates rises of 1p per mile. There is no change to the rate for diesel cars with an engine size of 1.6 litres or lower, but the rates for larger engined diesel cars have also risen by 1ppm. The advisory electricity rate (AER) first introduced in September 2018 for plug-in electric cars remains unchanged at 4ppm. The AFR changes are relevant as the company car advisory fuel rates are used by organisations to reimburse drivers for fuel used in [...]

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

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
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