Everything to stay on the right side of the law, from driving eyesight regulations to company car compliance
If your car is written off, the insurance payout will leave you out of pocket when you come to get a replacement. That's where GAP insurance comes in to fill the gap between the price paid and the market value of the car. It's also applicable to car leasing.
THERE'S a red alert as 'grey fleet' drivers slip past risk assessment more stringently applied to company car drivers. And that applies as much to business drivers who have taken a cash-for-car cash option instead of a company car from their employer. Cash takers can potentially fall off the radar when it comes to safety, even though there are frequently [...]
NEW sentencing guidelines to allow courts to impose much stiffer sentences for those found guilty of dangerous driving will be heading for parliament soon. Following a public consultation the Ministry of Justice has announced new sentencing guidelines, which include possible life sentences for causing by death by dangerous driving, as well as a new offence of causing serious injury by [...]
A NEW study from TomTom Telematics has revealed that over a fifth of UK businesses do not have a road safety policy in place. This leaves both the employees and the business at risk of health and safety breaches. When you consider driving is one of the highest-risk activities employees can engage in, it becomes clear more needs to be [...]
SHOULD I drive when I'm pregnant? The short answer for company car drivers and business owners is - of course you should! Driving while pregnant is fine; so long as you’re feeling well and comfortable it’s completely safe and you can continue to drive right up until labour. But there are a few tips to help you feel at ease. [...]
IF you're found guilty of a motoring offence in court the chances are it will be for one of speeding - and that could be through ignorance as much as blatant disregard for the rules of the road. How many times do you hear of somebody being told: "Take the works van - all staff are covered to drive it". [...]
THE MAJORITY of businesses opt for some type of financing deal for their vehicles and while this is a great way to finance a company car, it is essential that you consider protecting your company from vehicle finance debt if an employee were to get into an accident and write off the car or if the vehicle were stolen. Unfortunately, [...]
IF YOU have your lease car through leasing company Alphabet then tyre changes should be slicker with a new online Tyre Replacement Portal rolled out in collaboration with Kwik Fit. In what is believed to be a first-to-market for the leasing and mobility industry, business drivers can arrange a quick, timed appointment to replace their tyres online or via an [...]
IT'S not just us saying it - but the UK's largest leasing firm is too: make sure you have the right paperwork before driving off to Europe in your leased car. More leased cars than ever are likely to join the millions crossing the Channel this summer. Lex Autolease and Halifax Car Insurance have revealed a ten-point checklist for drivers [...]
Current health and safety regulations stipulate that organisations need robust policies in place to ensure that every grey fleet car is fit for purpose, has a valid MoT, is insured for appropriate business use and that the employee has a valid driving licence. ONE in six firms fail to check grey fleet vehicles - private cars used for work, estimated to [...]
What’s happening? VED rates change for all new cars registered from 01 April 2017 On a fleet of 100 cars that can mean over £1000 a month extra in running costs Cars over £40,000 attract a special rate in years 2-6 of £310 extra a year Is there a way to escape the rising costs? Yes – read on to find [...]
Hand-held mobiles - new driver penalties 6 licence penalty points £200 fine No option of remedial training Novice drivers (less than 2 years full licence) will have licence revoked and must retake theory and practical driving tests Truck and bus drivers face having licence revoked by Traffic Commissioners under their 6-point limit TRUCK drivers and novice car and van drivers will [...]
Full implications of mobile phone penalty doubling Losing your licence could cost you your job and livelihood Penalty points substantially increase insurance costs for several years Employers have a duty of care relating to staff behaviour Click here for the full details MANY drivers were still unaware of this week's mobile phone penalty doubling for using a hand-held device while in charge [...]
Road tax revival puts a price on green drive – and premium dreams – in new Vehicle Excise Duty rates for 2017
THERE’S no such thing as a free lunch and the days were numbered for tax-free new car motoring for many, thanks to George Osborne’s 2015 summer budget surprise shake-up of vehicle excise duty rates for 2017. The road fund licence, abolished as such in 1936, makes a comeback under the changes from April 1, 2017, when all vehicle excise duty [...]
Rising price of using mobile phones at wheel Proposed new penalties include: 6 points on your licence, instead of the current three On-the-spot fine doubled from £100 to £200 Further details about the penalties for hand-held phone use here DO you text, Facebook, make calls and Instagram behind the wheel? If you do, then you’re among three-quarters of drivers in the [...]
The penalty for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving increases from the end of February.
Drivers caught using a hand-held mobile will now receive three penalty points and a L60 fixed penalty fine.
The fine could rise to L2500 if taken to court.
The new penalties are part of the Road Safety Bill, which is designed to make roads safer.