Posted On : 24th Feb, 2017

AFR Rates
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ICFM launches new Masterclasses with focus on salary sacrifice schemes
Imminent changes to car salary sacrifice scheme and cash or car allowance rules will be under the spotlight at the inaugural ICFM Masterclass.
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BusinessCar – Fleet Software roundtable
BusinessCar is launching a series of roundtable events in 2017 to help fleet managers keep up to date with the latest technology, share best practice, reduce operational costs and increase fleet efficiencies.
The first roundtable will be held on the 23rd of March at the Tower Hotel in central London and focuses on how businesses can best utilise fleet software in a modern world to drive savings and improve duty of care. Free to attend, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk with other fleet managers within the industry and software experts about how to make data really work for your business. The roundtable starts in the morning around 9.30am, and includes refreshments and a working lunch. There will be a number of open discussions, plus a presentation from sponsor, Chevin. The event will close by 2pm.
Spaces are limited. If you’re interesting in attending or have any queries, please email: editorial@businesscar.co.uk.

New vehicle tax rates from 1 April 2017
The way vehicle tax is calculated will change for cars and some motor homes that are first registered with DVLA from 1 April 2017.
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Fuel & Green
£10 London ‘Toxicity Charge’ for most polluting vehicles set for autumn 2017 launch
A £10 Toxicity Charge – or T-Charge – is to be introduced in central London from autumn 2017, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed.
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Pump prices at two-year high fuel UK inflation
The UK’s highest inflation rate for two-and-a-half-years has peaked at 1.6% largely due to higher fuel prices.
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Insurance & Road Safety
New measures set out autonomous vehicle insurance and electric vehicle infrastructure

New insurance rules for self-driving cars and measures to improve provision of electric vehicle charge points have been introduced, as part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill.
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Regulatory & Legislation
Government awards £4m for tech projects that cut congestion and improve air quality
Apps that notify motorists of congestion and free parking spaces, and real time journey information for visually impaired passengers, are just some of the projects that will receive a share of £4 million government technology funding.
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Tougher mobile phone penalties to be introduced in 1 March
Drivers caught using their mobile phones at the wheel from Wednesday, 1 March, 2017 will receive six penalty points and a £200 fine.
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Fleet News
Arval UK’s expansion driven by a focus on people and service
Arval strengthened its market position in the UK during 2016, delivering fleet growth of 8% to go beyond 160,000 leased vehicles for the first time and rank in the top three vehicle leasing companies in the UK.
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Barclaycard and TMC announce fuel card contract with Centrica
Barclaycard Commercial Payments, in association with TMC, has been awarded a contract by Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, to provide a single fuel card programme for its van and car fleets. The contract was won following a competitive tender process and will run for three years.
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British-built Vauxhall Astra scoops SME Company Car of the Year Award
The Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi Design 110PS S/S ecoFLEX has been voted the SME Company Car of the Year 2017.
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Changes at the top in Kwik Fit fleet as Peter Lambert retires
New top management appointments have been announced to lead Kwik Fit GB’s fleet operation following the decision of Peter Lambert to retire on March 31.
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FSGB launches new cutting-edge driver app
Fast-growing Fleet Service Great Britain (FSGB) has launched a driver app with a wealth of cutting-edge features delivering 24/7 support to employees at the wheel of company vehicles.
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Investment in services drives Lex fleet growth
Lex Autolease, the UK’s largest vehicle leasing and fleet management company and part of Lloyds Banking Group, has announced further gains in total fleet and customer assets.
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North West Ambulance Service rapid responders get to grips with Michelin tyres
Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres are helping the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust save money and boost mobility, after the organisation selected the unique summer tyre with winter capabilities for its 160-strong ‘rapid response’ paramedic fleet.
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Over claiming on business expenses costs UK economy £1.6bn a year
Professionals who over claim on their business expenses, including vehicle mileage, could be costing the UK economy a massive £1.6 billion a year, according to new research.
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Safo Group takes majority stake in TR Fleet
European fines management and automotive IT specialist Safo Group has acquired a 75% stake in fleet management and software provider TR Fleet.
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TomTom Telematics surpasses 700,000 fleet vehicle milestone and sees further growth
TomTom Telematics has consolidated its position as the leading European provider in its sector with more than 700,000 subscriptions to its connected car and fleet management solutions.
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Traffic congestion costs UK motorists more than £30bn
Traffic congestion cost UK motorists £30.8 billion in 2016, an average of £968 per driver, according to connected car services company INRIX.
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Transpoco appoints VQS as UK telematics installations partner
Transpoco, the Dublin-based global fleet telematics supplier, has appointed Vehicle Quality Solutions (VQS) to install black box telematics technology to its growing number of UK customers.
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Winners of 2017 Fleet World Honours revealed
The winners of the 2017 Fleet World Honours were announced this week at a lunch at the RAC Club in London.
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A-Plant achieves FORS Champion status
A-Plant, the largest plant, tool and equipment hire company in the UK and an existing member of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has become a FORS Champion.
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Kwik Fit promotes new services to drive business efficiency at 2017 CV Show
Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive repair company, will promote two new services at the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show – ‘Mobile7’ and a Fleet Web Booking tyre facility.
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Van owners neglecting essential in life inspections, says Gain Solutions
Business owners and companies, with vans on their fleet, are ignoring important elements of their duty of care responsibilities and failing to regularly conduct thorough risk assessments, according to Gain Solutions.
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Venson offers safety advice to SMEs operating vans
Venson Automotive Solutions has highlighted the importance for SMEs to focus on the safety of their vehicles and has compiled a checklist to help ensure the vehicles they operate are fit-for-purpose.
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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles backs up AA support with more Transporter vans
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is extending its working partnership with the UK’s largest motoring organisation, the AA, with an order to supply 158 Transporters.
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Zenith expands into HGV sector with CVL purchase
Bridgepoint, which recently bought vehicle leasing and fleet management company Zenith in a £750 million deal, has acquired Contract Vehicles Holdings Limited group (CVL) from its shareholders for an undisclosed sum.
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