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…

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…

Fleetdrive MD appointed with other BVRLA New Committee Members

Simon Oliphant, Chief Executive of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, has been named as Vice-Chairman of the BVRLA and will take over as Chairman of the association when Peter Cakebread steps down in May 2015. The appointment was announced at the BVRLA‘s AGM, in which several changes were made to the Committee of Management. Six new members were added: Tim Buchan, Chief Executive of Leasedrive Zenith Benoit Dilly, Managing Director of Arval UK Victoria Hudson, Managing Director of Eurohire Vehicle Rentals Tim Porter, Managing Director of Lex Autolease Mark Servodidio, Managing Director of Avis Budget UK Robert Shaw, Operations Director of Europcar Group UK Making way for these new members are Bart Beckers of Arval UK, David Bird of Leasedrive, David Brennan (formerly of LeasePlan UK), Kaye Ceille of Avis Budget UK, Alison Chadwick of Thrifty Car Rental and Andrew Morley of Prohire. Commenting on…

Peugeot 308 wins European Car of the Year 2014

The New Peugeot 308 has been crowned European Car of the Year 2014, beating 29 other models in the running. The title was awarded by a jury of journalists representing 22 European countries. The New 308 is a thoroughly modern hatchback designed for style and efficiency. It offers a winning combination of greatly reduced weight (140kg lighter than the previous model), exceptionally low, class leading CO 2 emissions starting at just 82g/km and a sleek, minimalist Peugeot i-Cockpit interior. Joining the New 308 range this summer will be the very stylish but practical SW version. Unlike many estates, the New 308 SW has been designed to ensure its 660 litres of boot space doesn’t compromise driving experience. Dynamic, low and sporty, the New 308 SW is a practical business option.

GM pulls Chevrolet out of Europe

General Motors has announced that it is to withdraw its Chevrolet brand from Europe from 2016, citing a ‘challenging business model and the difficult economic situation in Europe’. Instead GM will focus its efforts more on the Opel and Vauxhall brands whilst tailoring the Chevrolet its presence to offering select ‘iconic’ vehicles – such as the Corvette – in Western and Eastern Europe. Chevrolet will also continue to have a broad presence in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States where GM said the three brands are clearly defined and distinguished and, as a result, are more competitive within their respective segments. GM also announced that Cadillac, which is finalising plans for expanding in the European market, will enhance and expand its distribution network over the next three years as it prepares for numerous product introductions. ‘Europe is a key region for GM that…

Could the Peugeot 308 be your next company car?

Available to order now, the new Peugeot 308 will be priced from £14,495 OTR and will offer a four-trim line-up with efficient petrol and diesel engines, most with Stop&Start for class-leading low CO2. The new model is intended to build on the product values of stylish design, impressive driving experience, class-leading efficiency and high-quality fit and finish as well as offering an excellent, stress-free driving experience. A full range of petrol and diesel engines is available from launch, and includes the 1.6-litre HDi 120 with CO2 from 82g/km. The arrival of the New 308 helps further enhance the Peugeot brand’s environmental commitment to low CO2 motoring which is already second to none, and by May 2013 average emissions across the range were just 116.3g/km. From launch the 308 will be available with five petrol and HDi diesel engines, all offering class-leading fuel economy and…

The new Fiat 500 MPW

The latest member of the growing Fiat 500 family, the new Fiat 500L MPW (Multi-Purpose Wagon) offers the unique Fiat 500 design along with the ‘space efficiency’ ethos of the 500L. Throw in its ‘5 + 2-seater’ layout and the compact size of a mid-size car and the new Fiat 500L MPW really has something to offer everyone – including fleet drivers. As the most compact ‘5 + 2-seater’ MPV in its segment, the Fiat 500L MPW leads the way for being compact to drive yet offering an effective use of space. In fact, at 4.35m long, it has the best external dimensions to interior space ratio in its class and is the only car among its peers to boast a 638-litre boot. The optional third row of seats – which features a simple ‘one-hand’ mechanism – also gives drivers a choice between the…

Could a BMW X5 be your next company car?

BMW has released the first official pictures of its new X5 and revealed that it will be available with a four-cylinder diesel engine and two-wheel drive, reducing running costs compared with the current model. The X5 will be on sale in the UK from November 16 and the 2.0-litre 218bhp rear-wheel drive model is expected later in the year, and will achieve 50.4mpg and emit 149g/km CO2 with prices starting at £42,590. The move to offer a four-cylinder diesel unit comes after Mercedes offered a similar engine in its M-Class last year. All models will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission which has an Eco Pro mode that adapts the engine management, accelerator response and transmission characteristics to support a fuel-efficient driving style, and programmes the climate control and heated seats and mirrors for the most efficient use of energy. Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy…

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