Posted On : 28th Apr, 2017

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Taxation & Finance
General election call sees company car-related tax measures axed from Finance Bill
The government’s decision to call a snap election has led to several measures proposed by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in his spring Budget being dropped from the 2017 Finance Bill – including company car benefit-in-kind tax rates for 2020/21 and 100% first year capital allowances on workplace electric vehicle charging equipment.
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Industry-leading Fleet Tax Guide updated with critical cash or car calculator
Leading fleet funding and vehicle taxation experts BCF Wessex has updated its Fleet Tax Guide benefit-in-kind calculator which, in what is believed to be an industry-first, now includes the ability for users to find out if the cash alternative offered by their employer will increase their tax bill.
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Fuel & Green
Election forces government to make last-ditch bid to delay ‘essential’ clean air plans
The UK government has made a last-ditch bid to delay publication of its air quality plans citing “pre-election proprietary rules”.
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EST launches search for 2017 Fleet Heroes
The Energy Saving Trust is searching for its 2017 Fleet Heroes with the launch of the annual awards that recognise and celebrate sustainable fleet management.
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Petrol cars to make a fleet comeback as diesel demand declines, says survey
Fleets are increasingly moving towards petrol vehicles with a growing demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles, according to the latest ExpertEye Fleet Industry Review.
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Regulatory & Legislation
BVRLA calls for tougher MoT regime for large vans
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has submitted a detailed response to the Department for Transport’s consultation on the future of the MoT, urging the government to reconsider the frequency of tests for some light commercial vehicles.
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SMMT calls for government proposal to extend first MoT to four years to be scrapped
Extending the time when cars and vans require a first MoT from three to four years would have a significant impact on vehicle safety and the proposal should be scrapped, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
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Tougher penalties for speeding motorists introduced
New sentencing guidelines for magistrates came into force on Monday (24 April) with one of the offences covered being speeding.
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Insurance & Road Safety
GPs can now report ‘unfit’ drivers without their consent
Doctors are now able to report patients they believe to be unfit to drive without their consent under new guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC), which came into effect on Tuesday (25 April).
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Scotland to take new steps to tackle scourge of substance-impaired motorists
New drug-driving limits and roadside testing will be introduced in Scotland, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has announced.
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Groupe Renault UK appoints new managing director
Groupe Renault UK has appointed Vincent Tourette as its new managing director in succession to Paul Flanagan, who has taken up a new role within the business.
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Honda’s new Civic one of the most cost effective choices for fleets
Whole life cost figures from motor industry data supplier KeeResources reveals that the newly launched 10th generation Honda Civic is a “competitive force” in the C-segment market.
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Disposals & Remarketing
Used diesel values to remain stable, says Aston Barclay Group
Used diesel values are likely to remain consistent over the coming 12 months if historic price deflation is anything to go by.
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Fleet News
Autovista Group introduces Glass’s Repair Estimate to UK market
Crash repair data provided by Autovista Group, parent company of Glass’s, has been launched in the UK.
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Driverless car test fleet to hit UK roads in 2019
A fleet of driverless vehicles using UK-built technology is to be trialled between Oxford and London in a 30-month pilot set to take place in 2019.
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Ford expands mobile servicing nationwide
Ford is rolling out its Ford Mobile Service programme nationwide following what it said was a successful trial around Greater London.
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FORS reveals insurance tie-up to deliver member benefits
Direct Insurance Group (DIG) has teamed up with the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) to provide fleet operators with a ‘benefits-rich’ range of insurance packages, developed exclusively for members.
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Lex Autolease keeps Lloyds Bank on the road with new mobile branches
Lex Autolease, the UK’s largest vehicle leasing and fleet management company, has supplied Lloyds Bank with six mobile branches, which have hit the roads.
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Nearly five million vehicle records shared with private parking firms in 2016/17
Private parking companies obtained 4.7 million sets of vehicle keeper records from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the last financial year, more than ever before.
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TomTom Telematics and BP partner to help customers boost fleet efficiency
TomTom Telematics and BP have joined forces to offer businesses a new fuel and driver management solution.
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Two new products to be launched by FleetCheck at CV Show 2017
Two key new products were launched by fleet software specialist FleetCheck at this week’s Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC, Birmingham.
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Crown adds a stroke of genius with first Mercedes-Benz vans
One of the biggest names in the decorating industry has given its merchandising team a professional makeover, by setting them on the road in its first Mercedes-Benz vans.
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Fleets sign-up to Ford’s Transit plug-in hybrid van trial
The first wave of fleets participating in the Ford Transit plug-in hybrid van (PHEV) London trial, starting this autumn, have been confirmed.
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