• MOT failures
    Warning Over risk Relating To Early MOT Failures Warning Over risk Relating To Early MOT Failures

    Warning Over risk Relating To Early MOT Failures

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 …

  • smart car drunk driver
    Emergency assistance technology leads to drink driving arrest Emergency assistance technology leads to drink driving arrest

    Emergency assistance technology leads to drink driving arrest

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 …

  • wltp
    Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure

    Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure

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out under laboratory conditions, ­called the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), have been shown to be inaccurate and outdated, having originally been designed in the 1980s.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 …

  • company car whole life costs
    Whole Life Cost distortions – how to avoid the pitfalls Whole Life Cost distortions – how to avoid the pitfalls

    Whole Life Cost distortions – how to avoid the pitfalls

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 …

  • diesel
    Key Facts about diesel vehicles Key Facts about diesel vehicles

    Key Facts about diesel vehicles

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 – …

  • diesel
    Huge irony in diesel scrappage proposals Huge irony in diesel scrappage proposals

    Huge irony in diesel scrappage proposals

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 …

  • vehicle security
    Vehicle Security – What to Do Vehicle Security – What to Do

    Vehicle Security – What to Do

Vehicle Security – What to Do

How you can improve your vehicle security
Car crime falls but you should still remain vigilant!

Car crime has fallen significantly in recent years as vehicle security technology has improved, although car thieves are still coming up with ingenious ways of parting us from our motors.

Statistics show that you are much less likely to be the victim than ever before. But as around 100,000 vehicles are still stolen every year and three times that many cases of thefts from vehicles are reported, …

  • grey fleet risk
    Modern cars have come a surprisingly long way! Modern cars have come a surprisingly long way!

    Modern cars have come a surprisingly long way!

Modern cars have come a surprisingly long way!

Latest smart models are unrecognisable compared to 20 years ago

If you are running a ten year old car, you might get a surprise when you climb into the driving seat of something that is more up to date.

And the latest state-of-the-art features and driver aids available will surprise those who cut their driving teeth on models that required the occasional push starts, were temperamental on hills or broke down regularly.

In fact, the latest models have come so far in terms …

  • mot changes proposed to four years
    Government proposes MOTs every four years Government proposes MOTs every four years

    Government proposes MOTs every four years

Government proposes MOTs every four years

Safety gains should cut costs for fleet and general motorists

The time allowed for new cars before requiring an MOT could rise from three to four years, under new government proposals, a move that it is estimated could save up to 2.2 million drivers around £100m a year.

The proposals also mean that those who lease their new car are unlikely to ever have to pay for an MOT certificate during their contract, unless the term exceeds a four-year period.

Currently undergoing public …

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