• Budget: New diesel car taxes to spell end of the road for fleet’s favourite fuel?

    Fleet demand for diesel company cars is tumbling and speculation that new taxes will be announced in this month’s Budget could further accelerate the decline of a fuel that on a model-for-model is more efficient than petrol. In this year’s March Budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond served notice that the “tax treatment for […]
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  • Fleets must get in gear for arrival of London Ultra-Low Emission Zone in April 2019

    Fleet decision-makers in charge of vehicles entering central London must review their replacement programmes to ensure compliance with the world’s first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which will be introduced on April 8, 2019, or pay the price. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed the long-awaited start date of the ULEZ and diesel vehicles that do not […]
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  • Hauliers may switch to vans to comply with ULEZ entry criteria as focus shifts to ‘last mile logistics’

    London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is designed to improve air quality, but there are fears the initiative may be counterproductive – and also increase traffic congestion – with the number of vans operated by some businesses rapidly increasing. That’s because some fleet operators may replace introduce smaller vehicles to their fleets in place of HGVs […]
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  • Killer drivers face life in prison as government bows to campaigners’ calls

    Killer drivers face life behind bars after ministers confirmed plans to introduce tougher sentences for those who drive irresponsibly and devastate lives. The government’ further toughening of prison sentences for rogue drivers further turns the spotlight on at-work driver safety and management focus on occupational road risk management in respect of both company-provided and privately-owned vehicles […]
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  • FSGB customer shortlisted for top fleet award

    Steve Mulvaney, head of fleet at VPS UK, a long-standing Fleet Service Great Britain (FSGB) customer, is in the running for a top industry award. Mr Mulvaney, who is in charge of a fleet comprising 488 light commercial vehicles, 79 company cars, four HGVs and 40 items of plant and machinery, including trailers, is a […]
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  • New central London T-Charge targets ‘polluting older’ vehicles

    A Toxicity Charge – known as the T-Charge – in to be introduced in central London on October 23 targeted at the oldest and most polluting vehicle and 18 months ahead of the capital’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). The T-Charge – a £10 per day per vehicle emissions surcharge – applies to vehicles, including cars, […]
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  • Toll charges to be cut at Severn Crossings on the road to abolition

    The government has announced the schedule for abolishing toll charges on the Crossings over the River Severn linking England and Wales. The Crossings will revert to Government control on 8 January, 2018, after which they will be managed by Highways England. Following that date, the tolls will no longer include VAT, and so the rate […]
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  • Budget company car tax hikes will trigger ‘rapid decline’ in perk, BVRLA warns Chancellor

    Continuing increases in company car benefit-in-kind tax will mean a “rapid decline” in employee take-up of the ‘perk’, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has warned the government. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in his Budget Statement on Wednesday, November 22 is expected to: Announce company car benefit-in-kind tax rates for 2021/22 […]
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  • HMRC urged to clarify ‘what is a van’ as accountants warn fleets of tax trap

    HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been urged to clarify its benefit-in-kind tax guidance on company cars and vans with double cab pick-ups a specific future concern. The call comes from RSM, a leading firm of accountants and business advisers, following a First Tier Tribunal, which ruled two Volkswagen Transporter Kombi models were cars, while […]
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  • Fleets urged to operate AEB-equipped only vehicles as deaths and injuries on UK roads rise

    Fleets managers and company car drivers – as well as private motorists – have been urged to insist on Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) being fitted on their next new vehicle, a feature it is claimed could save hundreds of lives and reduce crash injuries on the UK’s roads. AEB systems – billed by insurance experts […]
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