Autumn Driving: Tips and advice for driving at this time of year

How Autumn Affects Typical Driving Conditions Autumn has arrived and the clocks will be soon going back to mark the start of the winter season.  This time of year brings many changes for road users, from dazzlingly blinding sunlight to the first icy windscreen of the season. Autumn is particularly bad for dazzle from low sun.  However, drivers can improve their vision by making sure that the windscreen is clean - inside and out - as a hazy film builds up on the inside surface over time. At the same time, make sure you check the condition of the screen as scratches, abrasions and chips on the outside can intensify the sun's dazzle too, and may require remedial treatment, [...]

By |October 8th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

WLTP / RDE Emissions Testing Update

The Latest on WLTP / RDE Emissions Testing You may have heard that changes occurred to the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) emissions regime on 1st September 2019. If you’re not sure what those changes are, here’s a quick guide. The WLTP ‘Second Act’ The second step in WLTP is simply a ramping up of the standards required as part of the testing regime and for a vehicle to be certified for sale. This means that any models that passed the test before 1st September will have their results run through a new set of algorithms to ensure that they meet the more stringent criteria. The new criteria include passing the Real Driving Emissions test (see below) and meeting [...]

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|

Tyre Management Q&A

Tyre Management Chris Mitchinson, Director of In Life Services at CLM, answers the questions that he commonly receives on tyre management Just how importantly do fleet decision-makers need to take tyre management policies? A car is attached to the road via a piece of tyre about the size of the palm of your hand. So ensuring that tyres are in tip-top condition is very important, not least from the viewpoint of a duty of care to your employees. We would put tyre safety at the heart of any tyre management policy, ahead of cost, and would advocate regular tyre checks to assess not just the depth of the tread but also the condition of the tyre – whether there [...]

By |September 9th, 2019|Categories: Fleet|

Company Car Research

Alternative Solutions to Traditional Fleet Problems There’s a simple truth about company cars – drivers love them Put aside the ongoing angst about high BiK tax rates and there’s nothing like the reassurance of driving a new, well-maintained, fully insured vehicle provided by somebody else. This isn’t just anecdotal either, in a recent CLM survey1 of over 300 individuals eligible for a company car, more than three-quarters stated that they saw this as a valuable benefit and only 12% said that they were unlikely to take a company car in the future. And this is great news for businesses. Not only does it provide them with a clear steer in terms of what to include in their benefit packages, [...]

By |September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet|

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Advisory Fuel Rates for September 2019 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has updated its Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs) from 1 September. Under the new rates, petrol vehicles see 1 ppm rate decreases for engine sizes above 1.4 litres. 1601 to 2000cc diesel engines see a rate decrease of a penny a mile. And LPG sees a rate increase for the 1401- 2000cc bracket, when other rates are unchanged. 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 incurring business, rather than private mileage. Companies can use the old [...]

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

Drivers Increasingly Receptive Towards AFVs

Power of the People – the Rise of Alternative Fuel Vehicles The world is changing. Whether in politics or the world of sports - established orders are being challenged. And the world of transport is no different, with the mass uptake of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFV) fast approaching. Recent survey results from CLM show that drivers are more receptive towards AFVs than ever before. Almost 90% of UK drivers believe that, in 20 years’ time, most or all vehicles sold will run on alternative fuels and 66% said that they definitely won’t, or are unlikely to, choose a diesel option as their next car. Unsurprisingly, the biggest driver of these changing attitudes to AFVs is the UK’s increasing environmental [...]

By |August 17th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet|

ULEV Tax

Understanding the Tax Benefits of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles The term ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) has been around for some years now, often used by the Government to categorise those vehicles which gain preferential treatment for tax purposes. While the definition of a ULEV has remained consistent; a vehicle that emits 75g CO2 or less for every kilometre that it travels, the tax treatment has changed considerably, so it’s worth taking some time to understand exactly how the various rules apply. Company Car Benefit-in-Kind Tax ULEVs currently fit into one of two Benefit-in-Kind tax bands; 0-50g/km or 51-75g/km CO2. For a petrol car, just sneaking under the 75g limit, the company car driver would be taxed at 19% [...]

By |July 26th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet|

The Dos and Don’ts of Driving Abroad

Guide to Taking Your Car Abroad The summer holidays are here and if you are planning a trip abroad, either with your own car or hiring one when you get there, make sure you are prepared and understand the rules so that you drive safely and legally. The CLM Guide to Taking Your Car Abroad has been updated. We've ordered the guide according to a timeline so you can see what you need to prepare in advance, make sure you have before you travel, and consider once you arrive at your destination. There are a number of tips for travellers, including information about clean air schemes in France and Germany. You also need to be aware of new style [...]

By |July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

Driving Alternatives to Consider

Going Green – The Alternatives to Driving In a recent post we looked at some of the ways that the ‘green-minded’ driver can reduce their environmental impact. This covered a lot of ground, from vehicle selection, to alternative ‘usership’ options, to driving styles that reduce emissions. But, given the context of recent protests and the declaration of a ‘climate emergency’, it seems only right that we extend this discussion to look at alternatives to driving and how, with a little thought and effort, we could all be relying less on cars, reducing levels of congestion and avoiding the inevitable environmental damage that car journeys cause. Don’t tell me I’m going to have to walk? Well, to some extent, yes! [...]

By |July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Driving|
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