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Driving your lease vehicle abroad this Summer?

If you intend to travel abroad using your lease vehicle you will require a ‘Vehicle On Hire’ (VE103) certificate which entitles you to drive the vehicle in any EU member state. All UK motorists travelling abroad in a vehicle must carry the original Vehicle Registration Document (V5). If your vehicle is leased from Fleetdrive we hold the V5 at our head office, meaning that you need a Vehicle on Hire Certificate (VE103), which is the recognised alternative to the V5 document. A VE103 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 VE103 is the only legal substitute for the registration document (V5). Photocopies of the V5 or letters of authority are not accepted. It is the…

EV Charge Points at Motorway Services to be mandatory

EV Charge points will be required by law at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers under new legislation in the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. The Queen’s speech revealed that the installation of public charge points for electric vehicles, as well as a set of common technical and operational standards, are required to ensure that EV public charging is convenient to access and works seamlessly right across the UK. The Government says it also plans to extend compulsory motor vehicle insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles, to ensure compensation claims continue to be paid quickly, fairly and easily, in line with longstanding insurance practice. The provisions would apply to England, Wales and Scotland. Fleetdrive Electric have welcomed the news as charging infrastructure has been a barrier to EV adoption for a large percentage of the population that are unable to charge…

Summer heat takes its toll on windscreens

Windscreens take the Summer heat as the UK experiences temperatures of 30°C. With the hot weather set to continue, and motorists take to their cars to enjoy the UK sunshine, it is increasingly important that drivers prepare their cars for long journeys, as well as themselves. 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 other problems caused by the intensely hot sunshine could have implications for the condition of the car and safety on the road. If your windscreen is already damaged, the hot weather can make it worse. Simple steps to prepare the windscreen, fluid levels and wheels, can make all the difference to being safe on the road this…

Fleetdrive help businesses get smart about workplace EV charging

To accelerate the UK’s transition to ultra-low emission vehicles, Fleetdrive Electric, the sustainable vehicle leasing specialists, introduce ‘Crowd Charge’, a smart electric vehicle charging solution designed specifically with business users in mind. Launched at the edie LIVE 2017 event at Birmingham NEC this week, the bespoke charging solution enables Fleetdrive Electric to provide clients with the complete EV fleet package – a unique, easy to use system for introducing, implementing and managing EV’s at the workplace. Providing workplace charging can effectively double the range of a pure electric vehicle and therefore can significantly increase the potential number of zero emission drivers at any business. It makes sense that when an electric vehicle is stationary for a period of time, it should be charging. Workplace car parks therefore present the perfect opportunity for businesses to support the use of electric vehicles and enable their employees…

Have your say on London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

With the recent announcement of the introduction of the ULEZ in the central London congestion charging zone beginning 8 April 2019, approximately 17 months earlier than the original start date of 7 September 2020, the Mayor has opened a further consultation on the proposals to improve air quality. The Mayor is also proposing to expand the ULEZ across Greater London for larger vehicles in 2020, and up to the North and South Circular roads for cars and vans in 2021. Other proposals are for the required ULEZ emission standard for diesel vehicles to include particulate matter (PM) to align with national standards. Find further details and comment on these proposals on the Transport for London website. The ULEZ would replace the £10 T-Charge, which is due to start in October this year. The ULEZ daily fee to drive in the zone will apply 24…

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…

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