• 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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  • Fleet chiefs must select right car for the right job, says FSGB, as ‘war on diesel’ intensifies and manufacturers axe models

    Fleet decision-makers must remain focused on operating the right cars for the right job amid media hype surrounding the ‘war on diesel’. The so-called ‘demonisation of diesel’ by a largely ill-informed national media has been blamed for the slump in new car diesel registrations – down 17.1% last year and 24.9% in the first two […]
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  • Fleet repair costs soar due to ADAS technology

    Innovative Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) fitted into the latest company cars are important safety aids, but they are adding significantly to the cost of fleet repair bills. It comes at a time when the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has already warned that vehicle repair costs have accelerated by an average 33% over the […]
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  • FSGB delivers new market-leading IT solutions to save fleets time and money and aid compliance

    A string of new technology-based features have been launched by Fleet Service Great Britain (FSGB) designed to save customers time and money in managing their company car and commercial vehicle operations and ensure legislative compliance. FSGB launched in spring 2015 and, offering a comprehensive range of in-life vehicle management services underpinned by cutting-edge IT solutions […]
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  • Fleets and company drivers oblivious to danger of illegal hand-held mobile phone use

    Many fleets and company car and van drivers remain oblivious to the dangers of using a hand-held mobile phone while behind the wheel, according to a raft of new data released to coincide with the first anniversary of tougher sanctions for those breaching the law. The penalties for being caught while using a hand-held mobile […]
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  • Vehicle-related tax rises to hit fleets and drivers from April

    The cost of motoring for companies and their drivers will increase from April with a range of tax rises coming into force. April 6, the start of the 2018/19 tax year, signals a two percentage point rise in company car benefit-in-kind tax for models with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions above 75g/km – rates for cars […]
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