It’s the start of a brand-new year, which means 365 new possibilities for your business! As a fleet manager, have you thought about your business resolutions? What you can do to improve and run your fleet of vehicles more efficiently? Following on from the big changes last year, utilising new technologies, such as a vehicle tracking system, will be essential in helping you achieve this.
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, had several key announcements during the latest budget, the most talked about being the tax rise for diesel can owners. For fleet managers and business owners this is likely to hurt the bottom line. It’s less than a decade ago that the government was encouraging business fleets to take on diesel fuel vehicles for their business operations. Now the government has done a full U-turn and the Chancellor’s diesel benefit-in-kind tax supplement is set to rise from 3% to 4% from as early as April 2018. This echoes recent speculation out of Whitehall that the government could in fact even ban diesel altogether in major cities from 2020. So where does this leave business owners with a fleet of diesel vehicles?
As of Monday October the 23rd, Mayor Sadiq Khan has introduced the new T-Charge to come into effect immediately as an effort to tackle the problem of toxic air pollution in London.
The use of dashboard cameras (aka dash cams or dashcams) is becoming more and more widespread in the UK. Motorists purchase a dash cam not only to capture idyllic scenery of their journey but also gain quality footage in case of an accident or road incident and protect themselves against bogus insurance claims. The evidence can then be sent either to the police or insurance companies to settle any disputes. The question that arises is whether dash cams are legal to own and use. As a relatively new gadget, things are a bit blurry in regards its ownership and usage because there are concerns that using one constitutes a violation of privacy laws.
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.
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