• Fleets urged to check vehicle safety recalls or face £20,000 fine and prison

    Fleets have been urged to check vehicles for outstanding safety recalls or risk a £20,000 fine and/or up to three months in prison. Additionally, for fleet owners, operators and businesses that provide fleet services, a vehicle with an outstanding recall could see insurance voided. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), together with the […]
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  • Fitness to drive: don’t hide a medical condition

    Drivers could be fined a maximum of £1,000 and prosecuted if they are involved in a crash for failing to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about any medical condition they have been diagnosed with. Furthermore, a failure to disclose a notifiable medical condition, or eyesight failing to meet the minimum standard of […]
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  • Rise in digital car theft techniques signals update of security by manufacturers and new advice to drivers

    Security assessments for all new cars are being tightened to bring in fresh measures to address the challenges presented by digital theft techniques, Thatcham Research has announced. The motor insurers’ automotive research centre is updating the New Vehicle Security Assessment (NVSA) programme, centred on securing cars against the growing threat presented by digital compromise. Simultaneously, […]
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  • FTA fights back against mandatory fitment of tachographs in vans threat

    A call by Brussels bureaucrats for vans weighing 2.4 tonnes and above in the UK to be fitted with a tachograph was an “unfair and excessive exercise in red tape”, which would make it even harder for British business people to make a daily living, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The FTA, which […]
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  • New campaign to improve fleet tyre safety: Related deaths and injuries preventable

    A new campaign designed to educate company car and commercial vehicle drivers on the signs and symptoms of unhealthy tyres and encourage them to commit to the habit of checking their tyres once a month has been launched by Goodyear Tyres. Simultaneously, new research unveiled by Highways England and tyre company Bridgestone has suggested that […]
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  • Life-saving eCall technology mandatory in all new cars and vans

    Emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to crashes now have to be fitted to all new type approved models of cars and light commercial vehicles. The European Union eCall in-vehicle system automatically dials 112 – the European Union emergency number which also works alongside 999 in the UK – in the event of […]
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  • Employees to face demands in 2018/19 for unpaid tax as OpRA impacts

    Thousands of employees with a company car or cash allowance option are expected to face a demand for unpaid tax in 2018/19 as Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA) begin to bite. The new rules came into effect on April 6, 2017 and apply to car salary sacrifice schemes and car or cash allowance programmes. Essentially the […]
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  • MoT changes: New defect types and stricter rules for diesel car emissions

    The MoT test will change on May 20, with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt. The changes affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles and, while the 40-year exemption may not apply to company cars and vans the other changes most definitely […]
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  • Fleet operating costs to rise as air conditioning re-gas prices escalate

    A shortage of ‘old style’ air conditioning gas is resulting in price increases for a refill and service, garages have reported. The price increases of around £10 – some independent garages are quoting almost £60 for an air conditioning gas refill and £75 for an air conditioning service – are due to changes in vehicle […]
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  • Businesses face added risk as keyless van theft increases

    Keyless van thefts are on the increase with vehicle security company Tracker suggesting that 82% of models recovered last year were stolen without the owner’s keys – up by nearly 100% compared to 2016 (44%).   The Ford Transit was again the most popular van stolen last year and accounted for more than half of […]
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