EST demonstrates Electric Vehicle technology in Scotland

Whether you’re a large business with a whole fleet of vehicles or a small business with just one or two company cars, it’s worth finding out more about electric vehicles (EVs), says the Energy Saving Trust (EST). With the rising price of fuel and uncertainty in the economy, EST suggests it has never been more important to take action to reduce your organisation’s fuel costs. It says that EVs can help you do just that, with a cost as low as 2p per mile. And with increasing emphasis put on corporate and social responsibility, businesses are finding they can stand out from the crowd by demonstrating their environmental credentials to a range of stakeholders. EST is holding free morning events in five locations across Scotland for Scottish businesses who want to: • learn about the business benefits of EVs • understand the range of…

Company cars without full service records lose thousands at auction

Non-maintained fleet and leased vehicles which are presented at auction without a full service record, are losing up to £390 per vehicle and up to 5% of their value, according to recent research. it is estimated that up to 12% of non-maintained vehicles go to auction without a complete service record and this is resulting in a loss of thousands of pounds of profit for fleet companies. To put this in perspective, if a fleet or leasing company disposes of 5,000 vehicles per year, of which 5% have no full service record, they could face losing £97,500 annually. It goes without saying that dealers will pay a higher price for vehicles that have been properly maintained. Fleetdrive’s FleetCheck service, available from just £2.50 per vehicle, will send a text alert to the driver when a scheduled service, MOT test etc is due, ensuring that…

Summer heat takes its toll on windscreen

Autoglass reveals that it has seen a 10% year on year increase in damaged windscreens largely due to the heat, as the UK experiences temperatures of more than 30°C. With the hot weather set to continue and over two thirds (65%) of Brits planning to turn their back on a holiday abroad in favour of a UK getaway this summer, it is increasingly important that drivers prepare their cars for long journeys, as well as themselves. To help motorists beat the heat this summer Autoglass has developed a summer driving check-list to ensure that Brits are ready for any road-trip in hot weather. Families often ensure that they and their kids are ready for hours on the road with food, drink and games prepared, but some forget about their own car’s needs. If care is not taken beforehand, overheating, increased debris, poor visibility and…

Mini reveals Vision concept car

Mini has taken the covers off its new concept car, the Mini Vision, which is likely to show us how next year’s hatchback will look. The concept car – which is actually a 3D hologram – was unveiled by Mini’s head of design Anders Warming in Munich. It looks very similar to the outgoing Mini, but the hexagonal radiator grille harks back to the original Mini and incorporates front fog lights. The Vision retains the hallmark features of the Mini brand such as the floating roof and chrome strip along the body. The inside keeps the retro appearance of the last model with its trademark central speedo. Warming says the elastic door straps are ‘a nod to the brand’s British heritage’. When the new model arrives next year, we expect it to have CO2 emissions below 100g/km for petrol versions and 80g/km for diesels.

Fleets must state CO2 output in annual reports

A new law forcing businesses to report their greenhouse gas emissions for the first time will take effect from October, 2013. It will make it compulsory for companies to include emissions data for their entire organisation, including cars and vans, in their annual reports. Employees using their own cars on business will not be included. Initially, the new legislation will only affect 1,100 businesses listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. The new regulations will then be reviewed in 2015, before ministers decide whether to extend the approach to all large companies from 2016. However, environmental experts believe that the new rules could be open to interpretation, with leased vehicles being treated differently to those owned by the company. Gary Davis, operations director at carbon accounting specialist Ecometrica, said: “In the case of assets such as vehicles that may be purchased,…

Driver loses damage recharge tribunal

Employers need to ensure that damage recharge policies are watertight and well-drafted if they are to successfully claw back cash from their staff. The warning comes in the wake of a recent case involving an employee who complained money was unfairly deducted from his wages to pay for damage to his company car. Halsall Mechanical alleged that the vehicle driven by Simon Wright had body and paintwork damage, while the inside of the vehicle needed a full valet. But after deducting an undisclosed sum to cover the costs involved in repairing and cleaning the vehicle, Wright launched a compensation claim for breach of contract and for the unauthorised deduction of wages. The case against his Cannock-based employers was heard at Birmingham Employment Tribunal, where Wright defended the state of his company car. During cross-examination about the inside of his vehicle, he said: “I’m not…