Certificate reminder for driving company cars abroad

Fleetdrive is urging business drivers to ensure that they have a valid VE103B (or vehicle on hire) certificate if they plan to travel abroad in their car. All EU countries require that a foreign driver travelling in a leased or rented company car carries a VE103B document with them. A VE103B contains details of the vehicle taken from the V5, along with the name and address of the hirer and enables the authorities to verify that the person driving the vehicle has permission to do so. The VE103B is the only legal substitute for the registration document (V5). Photocopies of the V5 or letters of authority are not accepted. Drivers caught without the correct documentation face long delays which can be time consuming and costly. The BVRLA highlights examples in Europe of drivers being stuck at border control for four days while the VE103B…

Companies encouraged to claim against pothole damage

Fleet operators are paying out millions of pounds on vehicle repairs to rectify damage caused by potholes and poorly-maintained road surfaces. On average, fleets are facing bills of £147 per vehicle to get their cars back on the road at a total cost of £215 million. However, campaign group Potholes.co.uk is urging fleet operators to take the time to make a claim against the relevant authority. Warranty Direct managing director Duncan McClure Fisher, who is also the founder of Potholes.co.uk, said: “Fleet managers have the same chance of recouping damage costs as any member of the public. “We created the ‘how to claim’ guide to make things as clear and simple as possible for anyone who’s suffered because of potholes and we hear from many people who’ve followed the steps and made a successful claim.” The number of claims received by local authorities for…

Fewer than 30% of company car fleet operators have speeding policy

The majority of fleet operators do not have a driver speeding policy in place or are ‘unsure’ whether they have one, according to a recent survey. Only 29% of 100 fleet operators surveyed by TrackCompare say they have a driver speeding policy in place while just over a fifth (21%) say they do not have one and half are ‘not sure’. This is despite calls from road safety organisations to tackle speeding. In August last year, Brake, the road safety charity, urged fleet operators to take steps against speeding and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) said ‘inappropriate’ speeds were causing 24% of fatal accidents and 16% of collisions resulting in serious injury. However, nearly half (45%) of the fleets surveyed by TrackCompare that don’t have a policy suggest that speeding isn’t a problem on their fleet. Around a quarter (26%)…

Millions of company cars have brake problems…

A new report from Kwik Fit suggests that Britain’s drivers are sharing the road with cars with defective brakes and are at risk of accidents as a result. The new research shows that over five million motorists (15%) admit to having some sign of brake damage. Worryingly, a third of motorists with defective brakes, some 1.7 million drivers, have known about the problem for at least a month, without getting it repaired. Men are most likely to have neglected any issues – 24% of male motorists with a brake problem admitted to knowing about it for at least three months – compared to just 7% of women. This neglect is all the more worrying when combined with drivers’ experiences. Kwik Fit’s study also found that nearly one in five (18%) motorists have been in a car accident caused by braking errors. However, their responses…

Budget extends tax appeal of ultra-low emission cars

Manufacturers have welcomed the Government’s announcement in the Budget to extend the tax appeal of sub-76g/km models for fleets. The introduction of two new bands from 2015, which reverses a 2012 Budget decision to remove tax exemptions, will cut benefit-in-kind tax by hundreds of pounds a year. However, ultra-low emission vehicles have not yet caught the imagination of the majority of fleets, despite the lure of Government incentives, such as the plug-in car grant which offers up to £5,000 off the price of vehicles up to 75g/km. In 2012, 1,262 pure electric cars were sold, with the Nissan Leaf accounting for 55% of registrations. Range extended vehicles, such as the Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt, which emit 27g/km, accounted for 522 registrations and plug-in hybrids, like the Toyota Prius at 49g/km, were responsible for 470 registrations. Combined they accounted for 2,254 units out of…

DVLA changes could mean longer wait for company cars

Government plans that will result in the closure of 39 DVLA regional offices could result in fleets having to wait longer for vehicles to be delivered. Effectively, the dealer controls the tax disc process, but has to wait for permission from the leasing company to register the car at which point the disc is ordered. But with regional offices being shut, the dealer will no longer be able to issue the tax disc on site and collect from its nearest centre. Instead, it will be issued centrally by the DVLA which could result in it taking up to three weeks to receive the disc. It creates a dilemma. Do you want it sent to the dealership or sent to the customer, but then who is the customer? The leasing company won’t want it because of the cost of administering the service and the associated…

Fleetdrive lease car specialists will be exhibiting at the Fleetworld Fleet Show

Come and meet us at the Fleetworld Fleet Show on Wednesday 24th April 2013 from 9.30am – 4.30pm at The Silverstone Wing, Stowe & Grand Prix Circuits, Silverstone, Northamptonshire. As well as meeting us for a chat about reducing your fleet costs, the event gives fleet managers an unparalleled chance to assess the latest company cars. 200 models from 20 manufacturers will be on display and also available to test drive on the iconic Silverstone Grand Prix and Stowe racing circuits. Included in the line up is the new electric Renault Zoe, as well as the Vauxhall ADAM and Citroen DS3 Cabrio. Find us in Hall 3 at Stand G3 where we will have a free prize draw to win an iPad mini.