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…

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…

Advisory Fuel Rates from 1 March 2017

HMRC has updated Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs) which apply from 1 March 2017. AFRs apply when employees are reimbursed for business travel in their company cars, or where they are required to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel. The following table shows the new rates as well as the previous rates in brackets. The only changes are to petrol rates which have risen by a penny per mile for vehicles over 2000cc and LPG vehicles over 2000cc which is also up by a penny. All other rates remain the same.   Engine size Petrol – amount per mile LPG – amount per mile 1400cc or less 11 pence 7 pence 1401cc to 2000cc 14 pence 9 pence Over 2000cc 22 pence 14 pence Engine size Diesel – amount per mile 1600cc or less 9 pence 1601cc to 2000cc 11 pence Over…

Energy Saving Trust offer guide to choosing a company car

Is your company car due for replacement? The Energy Saving Trust have produced an animated guide, narrated by electric car enthusiast Robert Llewellyn, outlining which vehicle technologies are likely to be most suitable for different daily driving routines. The guide also outlines how choosing a suitable low emission vehicle could save you money in company car tax and fuel for private mileage. [iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ok_ZC0FVuvM”]

Introducing the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Fleetdrive are pleased to introduce Kia’s first ever plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Optima PHEV. Instantly recognisable as part of the Optima range, the exterior design features a series of visual enhancements that also give it a unique look of its own and improve aerodynamic efficiency. These include re-profiled front and rear bumpers for enhanced air-flow over the body, special eco blue inserts for the dedicated front grille and side sills, distinctive full LED headlamps and, of course, the integrated charging port. Offering enjoyable driving and low running costs with minimal environmental impact, thanks to its advanced new plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Optima provides a compelling proposition for green-minded motorists. CO2 from 37g/km 2.0 Petrol engine and 9.8kWh battery combine to deliver 202bhp Up to 176MPG combined fuel consumption* 8” Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping Reversing Camera System harman/kardon Premium Sound System with…

Driving your lease vehicle abroad this Summer?

If you intend to travel abroad using your lease vehicle you will require a ‘Vehicle On Hire’ (VE103B) 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 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. You must apply…

BVRLA reveal truth about grey fleets

The full extent of the UK’s “grey fleet” is revealed today in the most comprehensive report into private vehicles used for business. The nation’s grey fleet comprises 14 million cars – 40 per cent of all vehicles on the road – and costs employers more than £5.5bn a year in mileage claims and car allowances. According to Getting To Grips With Grey Fleet, a new report produced by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and commissioned by the British Vehicle Leasing and Rental Association (BVRLA), some 12 billion business miles are driven each year on Britain’s roads by employee-owned cars. The grey fleet describes the use of an employee’s own vehicle for business purposes. In return for using their own car, employees are reimbursed on a pence per mile basis. Using government figures and data from real- life fleets, EST researchers were able to produce…

Free Seminar: Introducing a ULEV Salary Sacrifice Scheme

Fleetdrive Electric will be hosting a free seminar at their offices in Marlow, Bucks, on November 11th 10am-1pm, to provide an introduction of how their new, exclusive Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles Salary Sacrifice Scheme brings benefits to organisations, their employees and the environment. The launch of an ULEV Salary Sacrifice solution is the latest in a series of 2015 initiatives by Fleetdrive Electric, who are always exploring new, pioneering ways to support the UK’s transition to Ultra-Low Carbon Transport utilising their specialist knowledge and expertise. Fleetdrive Electric, which has more than 300 ULEV company cars and vans on its books, says interest from existing customers for car salary sacrifice has increased in recent months. Historically, Fleetdrive Electric’s focus has been the sub-100 fleet sector but the company believes that a salary sacrifice scheme specifically designed for Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles can prove attractive to large and…

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