New ‘Real World’ Emissions Test Introduced

The way emissions are tested in new cars has changed. The current Europe-wide NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) test is being replaced by the WLTP (The Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles test). Introduced in the 1980s, NEDC is based on theoretical driving rather than real driving data. WLTP resolves this by measuring C02 emissions, pollutants and fuel consumption. Manufacturers […]

Euro NCAP Explained

You may have heard of NCAP car safety/star ratings when considering which new car you should choose. The guide below explains what NCAP is and the associated test process. Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) is an independent crash safety body set up to rigorously test the crash safety of new cars, the aim being to […]

Brexit/Industry Challenges Facing BVRLA Members

With Brexit negotiations only just starting this is an uncertain time for all UK businesses, with BVRLA members (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association) being no exception. It is therefore imperative that the UK government recognises the significance of the current single market arrangements to the automotive sector. The UK’s changing relationship with the EU single […]

The Electric Revolution – Fleet Benefits

Company car tax is intended to encourage employers and company car drivers to choose cars with lower levels of CO2 emissions, with a range of incentive offered to both employee and the employers. This has historically lead to a big increase in the number of diesel cars on UK roads, around half of new cars registered […]

Speeding Fine Increase

The fines received for being caught speeding are rising today – Monday, 24 April 2017. Drivers in England and Wales will now face increased changes across the board which could be extremely costly for drivers. The increase in fines follows a review of the sentencing guidelines given to magistrates’ courts by the Sentencing Council. The […]

Duty of care to fleet drivers – Your responsibilities as a Manager

As a provider of a company vehicle to an employee, it is your responsibility and duty to both the driver and your company to ensure that the driver is fit and able to carry out his duties whenever he/she is driving on company business. To ensure this is the case a risk assessment of each […]

2017 VED Road Tax changes

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) commonly known as road tax is changing. The substantial change to the system includes a switch to new road tax bands which will affect anyone buying a new car from 1st April 2017. The new rates will not affect any car registered before 1st April 2017. This creates a predicament for […]

Mobile Phone Crackdown – New Penalties Introduced

New penalties announced by the Department for Transport aimed at punishing drivers for using a mobile phone behind the wheel will come into effect from Wednesday 1st March 2017. Offenders will risk a £200 fine and six driving licence penalty points for texting, making phone calls without a hands-free kit or using any form of social media […]

Vehicle Funding Guide

At Gofor Finance we offer industry-leading services, including maintenance add-ons to your monthly/contract hire rental price. This includes maintenance and replacement of vehicles, roadside assistance, motor insurance and accident management. We’re here to help so get in touch if you have any questions or would like any advice. The guide below discusses Contract Hire, Finance Lease, […]

Effective fleet management

Fleet Management is, like most things, all about organisation. A lot of issues can be easily remedied by putting simple solutions in place and getting all your staff to buy into them. Most SME’s do not directly employ professional fleet managers to control the whole process from procurement to replacement as well as the day […]

Adblue

LCV Euro 6 and Adblue From September 2016 it will be a mandatory requirement for all light commercial vehicle manufacturers to meet new Euro VI emission standards set out by the European Commission. To meet the strict new restrictions manufacturers will have to reduce Nitrogen Dioxide by using a Selective Catalytic Reduction, this will turn […]

Go Green Save your business money

There has been a gradual shift in the past 5-10 years towards companies running more efficient “green” fleets. Large companies have certainly been quicker to realise the potential savings to be made from managing fleet policy in an environmentally friendly way. Small to medium companies have been slower to react, however, as there is a […]

Company car tax changes in 2016

Originally due to be dropped in April 2016, the Government has made the decision to postpone the scrapping of the proposed surcharge until at least 2021.  This decision was no doubt affected by the close scrutiny of diesel car emissions in general following the Volkswagen scandal. A new testing process to record emissions more accurately is […]

The Dutch are Going Green!!

The Dutch parliament is preparing the ground for the banning of petrol and diesel cars from sale in the Netherlands from 2025. A motion was passed in April, despite strong opposition, supporting the legislation required to ensure all new cars are sustainable from 2025. This follows on from the Dutch government signing an ‘energy agreement’ […]