Thieves Target Latest Models With ‘Relay Attacks’

Certain Cars Susceptible To New Style Of Car Theft Criminals are targeting certain types of keyless entry cars in a new form of vehicle theft called a ‘relay attack’ which uses a transmitter relay device and two criminals working together. One thief stands near the car being targeted and the other stands near the front door of the owner’s home to get in range of ‘keyless’ key fobs, which are often left on hallway tables or kitchen worktops. The relay device then picks up the key fob signal from inside the house and relays it to the car. Using this method, thieves are then able to drive away in a stolen vehicle in a matter of just a few seconds. [...]

By |February 17th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Vehicles|0 Comments

AFVs On The Rise As Diesel Fall Continues

Sales Of Alternative Fuel Vehicles Increase AFV sales have risen in January but the overall January new car market was down 6.3% as 163,615 cars left UK showrooms Sales of AFVs rose almost 24% last month to 9,020 new units compared to the same month last year, but this did little to counter a fall of 25.6% in sales of diesel cars which saw numbers decrease from 78,000 last January to just 58,000 this year. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which compiled the figures, said the fall was due to confusion over government policy towards diesel cars which had continued to cause buyers to hesitate. Petrol sales also up At the same time, sales of petrol cars rose [...]

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

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

Emergency assistance technology leads to drink driving arrest

‘Smart’ car catches out drunken driver following crash Emergency assistance technology leads to drink driving arrest Just how ‘smart’ are modern cars? Smart enough to inadvertently tip off police about a drink driver following a crash, it appears. The incident happened in Northern Ireland and involved a Ford Fiesta.  After the car was involved in a crash late one Saturday night, the car contacted police to report the incident, using the inbuilt emergency assistance communications feature within. A Facebook post from the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: “Some cars these days are pretty clever. Did you know that some can even phone police automatically to let us know you’ve crashed? That’s a really good safety feature. “It is however [...]

By |September 12th, 2017|Categories: Driving, Vehicles|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

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 vehicle comparison is an easy way to combine the various headline figures such as MPG, CO2 emissions and servicing costs into one meaningful and comparative figure. What are the components of Whole Life Costs? There are a [...]

By |July 31st, 2017|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Key Facts about diesel vehicles

SMMT Mounts Robust Defence Of Diesel Vehicles Key Facts About Diesel Vehicles The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)  has mounted a robust defence of diesel vehicles, saying they play an important role in helping improve air quality in towns and cities, and in tackling climate change. The SMMT has produced a list of key facts about diesels which, despite their recent bad press, saw British car buyers register almost a quarter of a million new diesel cars in March 2017 – an all-time record. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, commented: “In addition to their important contribution to improving air quality, diesel cars are also a key part of action to tackle climate change while allowing millions of people, particularly [...]

By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: Vehicles|0 Comments

Huge irony in diesel scrappage proposals

Diesel has been fleet fuel of choice for many years The huge irony behind newspaper reports that the Government is said to be considering plans for a diesel car scrappage scheme will not be lost on the majority of company car drivers. The Department of Transport and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), was reported in the national press to be considering a scrappage scheme as part of a plan to lower emissions and improve air quality. Various Government departments were said to be weighing up the pros and cons of a scheme to offer incentives for low emission cars if people traded in their older, more polluting vehicles, Talks were also said have taken place with [...]

By |March 24th, 2017|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments