Diesel was the dominant force in the fleet sector; until a short while ago, at least. And, things used to be so simple: most lorries and vans used diesel and most cars run on petrol engines. However, diesel has become a fuel under fire, especially considering the severely worsened air quality in British cities due to high NOx levels, among others, that are attributed to diesel transportation. Although the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders answered with a campaign that highlighted the environmental credentials of the latest diesel engines that meet Euro 6 emissions standards, great controversy still rages over this matter.
Vehicle theft is a multi-million-pound criminal enterprise, with fleet vehicles (and their contents) being the focus of those that wish to make fast money. In the UK alone, there were more than 76,000 police reported motor vehicle thefts, in 2016 alone (17 percent of the estimated 5 million incidents related to property crimes), but the number is steadily rising since 2012. Given that business vehicles are the lifeline of the entrepreneur, regardless how large or small the fleet, it is crucial you take all proactive measures necessary to help design a solid plan so you can protect your profits, employees, and, of course, vehicles.
Along with Madrid, Paris, Athens, Brussels, Mexico City, and Vancouver, among others, 35 UK cities are also taking the car-free plunge. Diesel drivers will probably be forced to pay a £20 “toxin-tax” as the Government is trying to find out more ways to reduce air pollution in the UK by lowering CO2, NOx, and NO2 levels.
For many years drivers have been faced with tough decisions when it comes to choosing either a petrol or diesel model. Each has its own benefits in terms of performance, economy and how much you pay at the pumps; but in recent years we’ve seen diesel drivers being punished because of their carbon dioxide emissions.
Potholes can be a costly nuisance for drivers and fleet managers alike. Damage to a vehicle from a pothole can include damage to the bodywork, the tyre and often distortion to an expensive wheel wall. To help make the process of claiming back on this damage, we've compiled a useful guide on how to make a successful pothole claim in the UK.
Do you see any major benefit to having a speed limiter or restrictor placed on a vehicle? Do you think they hinder productivity rather than enhance it or even benefit you as a company in other ways? There are, in fact, a lot of plus points for getting speed limiters placed on vehicles, and we thought it was about time to highlight some of the major factors. Speed restrictors were originally designed as a safety aspect. Improving the accountability of drivers on all the roads and highways to ensure that vehicles never accelerated beyond a certain speed. It certainly isn’t just for vehicles with a personal use, but also can help with commercial vehicles and company fleets.
London already has a number of emission reducing strategies in place and has even talked up the prospect of joining the likes of Paris, Mexico City and Madrid in banning diesel vehicles from the city centre. With this in mind, we’ve taken a look at the current situation and how such changes are likely to affect businesses who manage a fleet of vehicles.
The core of any business that relies on getting goods from one place to the next, or even their employees out in full force, will rely heavily on their vans or fleet of vehicles. There is no shying away from the huge benefits these vehicles offer you. Not to mention the money they potentially save you on outsourcing this side of things out to someone else. However, not taking care of your fleet can be disastrous. Which is why it is worth remembering some of the major factors that can help ensure that your van fleet stays healthy and running smoothly. In this day and age, there are still thousands of unroadworthy and unmaintained vans and vehicles on the road that are causing more issues for the UK. Because of this, there is now more funding in place set aside from the government for more roadside checks to be done, and for more vans and trucks to be stopped to check. It is now more essential than ever to ensure that your fleet is up to scratch.
Craig Hughes, a private client tax director at Menzies LLP, suggests a two-tier approach to staff perks could be an ideal solution to employers and employees.
Jodie Hill, solicitor at Milners Law, discusses the possible legal grey areas that may appear once some sacrifice schemes are scrapped.
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