Fleetdrive to showcase zero-emission technology at edie LIVE 2017

Fleetdrive Electric are proud sponsors of the Low Carbon Vehicle Transport zone at this year’s edie Live sustainability event. The huge diversity of industries and processes represented at the event fits well with Fleetdrive Electric’s industry-leading expertise and pioneering approach to helping the UK transition to zero-emission transport. Fleetdrive Electric have been helping businesses to seamlessly integrate Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles within their fleet since 2011 and have delivered more than 1,000 ULEVs. These vehicles are now generating savings across fuel, Congestion Charge and taxation for clients whilst significantly reducing their carbon footprint, proving that sustainability is good for business. Electric vehicles are the future, and now is the time to adopt a greener fleet strategy and start your organisation’s transition towards zero-emission transport. Visit stand M14 to take a look at the Nissan e-NV200 electric van, learn about the future of smart-charging technology and…

New BiK tax changes dropped in ‘rushed’ Finance Bill

New benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rates for ultra-low emission vehicles, due to take effect from 2020, have been dropped from the Finance Bill. The 15 new bandings, of which 11 were for plug-in cars (sub-75g/km), were confirmed in the Spring Budget. The decision to hold a snap election on 8 June means ministers are having to rush through legislation before parliament closes for business, and as a result ministers have effectively ditched the majority of the finance bill in a bid to ensure it gets through. In what is known as the wash-up period, the Commons and Lords decide what bills they want to let through and which they will effectively put on hold. During the Finance Bill committee stage debate yesterday (April 25) the Government cut the wording, reducing the bill from 762 pages to roughly 140, according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation…

Speeding drivers face tougher penalties

New sentencing guidelines take effect this week (from April 24) which will see speeding fines rise by up to 50% for the most serious cases in England and Wales. The previous limit was 100% of the driver’s weekly wage, up to £1,000 or £2,500 if they were caught on a motorway, however, under the new guidelines a driver caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, or 101mph on a motorway, could be fined 150% of their weekly income – although the upper cash limit will stay the same. Road safety charity, Brake has welcomed the measures to get tough on drivers who break speed limits. Gary Rae, campaigns director for Brake, said: “Toughening the fines and penalties for speeding is long overdue. “As a charity that offers a support service to families bereaved and injured in road crashes, we see every day the consequences…

Spring Budget – What does it mean for your fleet?

On 8th March 2017, the Chancellor announced this year’s Spring Budget. Following the announcement of a number of measures affecting vehicle fleets in the Autumn Statement 2016, the Spring Budget contained few surprises for company car drivers and Fleet Managers. Here is an overview of the important changes for company vehicles and how it may affect your business: TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE The Chancellor announced a £220m fund to tackle pinch-points on the national road network, of which £90m will be allocated for the North and £23m for the Midlands. In addition, a £690m competition for local authorities across England to tackle urban congestion was announced. This follows announcements made in the Autumn Statement, which included: £80m towards the charging infrastructure for Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) £40m for plug-in grants 100% first-year allowances for companies investing in charge-points for electric vehicles until end of March…