Adblue and Diesel Particulate Filters Explained

Diesel has featured in the press continually in recent months, with “Dieselgate”, The New VED (Road Tax) and Diesel Surcharge for Parking Permits. Nearly all the press has focused on the negative impacts of Diesel on the environment and the emission effects in towns and cities. Diesel can still, however, be the most economical and cost-effective fuel […]

Watch out for changing capital allowances

Most businesses can apply capital allowances as a form of tax relief for items they have bought for the purposes of business. Handily, this includes cars. So if your business buys a vehicle as a company car for an employee, then the car can be written down against taxable profits. There’s a general ‘pool’ for […]

Plug-In Car Grant – The Removal of Categories 2 & 3

A big blow to the growth of Electric and Plug-In vehicles announced yesterday. The UK government has announced changes to the Plug-In car grant that will take effect from the 9th November 2018. The changes announced yesterday will mean that the grant rate for Category 1 vehicles will move from £4,500 to £3,500 and Category 2 and 3 […]

5 Upcoming Hybrids & Electric Cars For Transitioning Your Fleet

Fully electric and hybrids currently amount to a small proportion of vehicle sales in the UK, but this is set to change rapidly in the coming years. Most of the world’s leading car-makers have announced plans for the extensive electrification of their line-up with manufacturers such as Volvo announcing that they will only sell hybrid and electric vehicles […]

Our Top Tips When Driving in Spain & France

If you’re planning to drive in Spain or France, it is essential that you get to grips with the different rules and regulations. Our guide below outlines the key things you need to know. Driving in Spain The minimum age for anyone driving in Spain is eighteen years old and you must carry the following documents: A […]

Preparing your vehicle for the end of the lease

If you’re reaching the end of your lease contract it is important that you take time to prepare your vehicle properly for inspection. The chances are that you will have lots of questions about returning your vehicle from arranging collection to excess mileage and damage charges. Our dedicated Fleet Management Team will be in contact […]

Claiming For Business Mileage

How does your business reclaim fuel expenses? Many businesses use a fuel card. Other businesses ask employees to submit fuel expenses. It’s a strangely complicated business, in fact, made more complex by the presence of fuel benefit tax. Fuel benefit tax: that’s where you can be taxed for the benefit of receiving ‘free’ fuel. ‘Free’ […]

Five Manageable Ways to Save Fuel

The cost of running a fleet can be one of the highest expenses a business can incur, with the ever-increasing cost of fuel making business trips more and more expensive. Managing fuel costs and mileage while reducing emissions are some of the greatest challenges fleet managers face. There is no quick fix to reducing fuel costs […]

Automotive Manufacturers – The Perfect Partnership

The idea of automotive manufacturers working together isn’t new. In this day and age, the research and development of new vehicle technology can cost billions of pounds. Automakers need to find ways of cutting costs when designing a new vehicles such as collaborating with other industry experts who share similar goals. BMW Group Initially producing […]

MOT Test Changes 2018 – What you need to know

The MOT test changed on the 20th May 2018.  New defect types, new test items, a 40-year-old exemption and stricter rules for diesel car emissions have come into force, this is the most significant change for nearly 60 years. Changes in Defect Categories Defects found during the MOT of cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger […]

Which manufacturers are going electric and when?

So far, the electric car landscape has been simple – Tesla and the Renault-Nissan Alliance (think Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf) were the leaders in pure electrics while Toyota and Lexus dominated in hybrids. But now most of the world’s leading car-makers have announced plans for extensive electrification, announcements that mirror similar targets set by […]

Our Favourite Electric Cars Available Now

Since the introduction of the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant in 2011 registrations of electric cars has grown dramatically with 200,000 set to be on the road by the end of 2018. Fleets and businesses are leading the charge for plug-in cars and vans with more than 70% of EV registrations being made to UK businesses. Deciding what […]

Company Car & Van Tax Table – 2018/19 to 2020/21

Company cars and vans like many business benefits are taxed, this is called Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) Tax. As company vehicles are an additional taxable benefit they fall outside of your standard National Insurance tax contributions. The amount of company car tax that you will pay is based on a range of factors, including annual earnings, the […]

Let’s Talk Autonomous Technology

The automotive industry has undergone a tectonic shift in recent years. Traditional automotive manufacturers have had to rethink consumer wants and needs. Expectations around features and mobility are higher than ever before driven by rapid technological development in the consumer electronics market. Autonomous driving pioneered by companies like Tesla has created a consumer need for […]

A New Electric Contender – The Jaguar I-Pace

Up until now, there has only ever been one contender when looking for a premium electric SUV- the Tesla Model X. Things have now changed. The new Jaguar I-Pace is the first pure-electric model from the Coventry-based brand and sets the standard for a range of forthcoming electrified Jaguars. All Electric Drive The I-Pace all-wheel-drive […]

Pre-Registered Vehicles Explained

You may have come across the term ‘pre-registered’ when looking at your next lease vehicle. This is the term often used to refer to a car or a van that has been registered prior to lease or sale. This is often done to achieve preferential levels of discounts directly from the manufacturer with the assurance […]

Six of the best choices for your next fleet car

What makes a good fleet car? It isn’t a trick question but it is a surprisingly difficult one to answer. The answer is going to depend on exactly what you require from your car. How many miles do you cover? Are they short or long journeys? Are you likely to be affected by congestion charges […]

Capital Allowance Changes 2018

Capital Allowance is a deduction that can be taken from a company’s overall corporate or income tax on profits. You can claim Capital Allowance on cars you lease and buy in your business. Depending on the car’s emissions you can deduct the full or partial value of the car from your profits before you pay […]

New VED (Road Tax) 2018 – The Diesel Increase

The VED (Road Tax) for new diesel cars is changing. Under the current VED (Road Tax) system, issued in the Spring Budget of 2017, new cars registered after April 1st, 2017 pay a one-off tax charge for the first year based on their carbon emissions in a CO2-based tax band system. From the 1st April 2018, new diesel cars […]

Autumn Budget 2017 – What it means for fleets

Company Car & Van Tax There will be an increase in company car tax on diesel cars that do not meet the Real Driving Emissions Step 2 (RDE2) standard. This will be an increase from the current 3% supplement to 4% and will come into effect from 6th April 2018 and will only affect cars, not […]

Plug-In Grant Eligible Electric & Hybrid Vehicles

The government plug-in grant was introduced to bolster consumer uptake of new electric or plug-in hybrid models by providing up to £4,500 off the list price. There are 6 categories of grants available, each grant is dependent on CO2 emissions and electric-only range. Eligible Vehicles – Category 1 Cars Category 1 cars are eligible for the highest grant available. This […]

“Dirty Diesel” Surcharge Plans for Parking Permits in Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Council has started a consultation process to apply a surcharge to diesel vehicles with issued parking permits. This could affect an estimated 8,000 permit holders. ] The consultation process is now open until the 28th January. The consultation has come days after London introduction of a £10 toxicity charge on the most polluting vehicles. […]

Smart Motorways Explained

You may have seen the increasing presence of smart motorways on UK roads, these are a technology-driven approach to the use of motorways. A smart motorway is a section of motorway that deploys traffic management methods in busy areas to reduce congestion and increase capacity. The latest smart motorways are designed to ease traffic flow […]

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 […]