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

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

2019 Fleet Cars

New Fleet Cars to Look Out For in 2019 A new year always brings new metal to drive, but there are extra criteria to think about in 2019. The wonderfully snappily-named Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) comes into full force this year. This is the name for the EU's new fuel efficiency ratings for all petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid cars and will need consideration when choosing fleet cars. With no word on company car tax changes until spring, we’re going to put the focus on lowest emission vehicles first and look at what could well be great new fleet cars this year. Peugeot 508 The new super saloon from Peugeot has been winning awards left, right and [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Diesel Slump Continues

New Car Sales Market Continues to Slide The UK car sales market is still shrinking. Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have confirmed the damage year on year. Total new car sales are down to 2.37 million, equivalent to a 6.8% drop over the previous 12 months. Diesel hit Worst hit was diesel; the fuel type saw a 29.6% fall in 2018, that volume loss is equivalent to around 180% of the market's drop. December also marked the 21st month that diesel sales were down. The 'dirty diesel' wheels keep on turning, not helped by the lack of clarity from government and car manufacturers alike. This withdrawal from diesel is no doubt going to harm [...]

By |January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Plug-in Car Grants: Latest Changes

Government Announces Shake Up of Plug-in Car Grants The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has announced significant changes to the grants available for plug-in vehicles. The changes were due to come into effect from 9th November but were brought forward to 21st October due to what has been termed, ‘exceptional demand’, as individuals and organisations sought to qualify for the old, more generous grants. Through the modifications to the scheme, OLEV has extended the availability of purchase incentives to the next 35,000 cars, but reduced the number of vehicles that are eligible and the maximum value of the grants. The previous grants provided different levels of incentive depending on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions and the distance that [...]

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 [...]

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
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