Car insurance premiums rise for many UK businesses

Two-fifths of UK businesses have suffered from rising company car insurance premiums over the past 12 months, new research by TomTom Business Solutions has revealed. Companies could be doing more to address the risk factors affecting premium costs, however, as the survey 71% of companies do not provide regular training for drivers. Only 36% monitor driver performance as a means of assessing and reducing risk, with less than a quarter of those (22%) using technology to do so. Giles Margerison, director UK & Ireland, TomTom Business Solutions, said: “Too often cars are viewed as an employee benefit rather than a place of work, so more can be done by businesses to improve safety, reduce collision rates and drive down the cost of insurance premiums. “Initiatives such as regular staff communications, safety discussions, driver training and schemes for measuring and improving driver performance are powerful…

Government look to convert public sector fleets to EVs

Plans to encourage public sector car fleets to take up electric vehicles have been announced as the Government unveils its infrastructure spending plan. The National Infrastructure Plan commits over £375bn of planned public and private sector investment to energy, transport, communications and water projects and includes the announcement that the Government is to take forward steps to convert public sector car fleets to electric vehicles, investing £5m in a pilot during the year 2014 to 2015. The National Infrastructure Plan also includes the announcement of plans to make the UK a world centre for the testing and development of driverless cars, with the Government adding that it will conduct a review to ensure that the legislative and regulatory framework to support this aim, reporting late 2014. It will also create a £10m prize fund for a town or city to develop as a testing…

Fuel duty frozen and tax disc scrapped in Autumn Statement

The planned fuel duty increase for September 2014, expected to be worth 1.61p per litre, will be cancelled. The Chancellor George Osborne announced the freeze in the Autumn Statement. In total, fuel duty will have been frozen for nearly four and a half years, the longest freeze for over 20 years. Average pump prices are 13ppl lower than if the Government had implemented the fuel duty escalator, and will be 20ppl lower by the end of the Parliament. The Treasury says that this means that it currently costs the typical motorist £7 less to fill up their tank, and will cost £11 less by the end of the Parliament. ACFO chairman Damian James said: “The move gives some stability to fleets in their budget forecasting and is welcome at a time when the green shoots of economic recovery are sprouting.” In total, the Government…

Fleetdrive Launch Series of Tesla Model S Test Drive Events

Fleetdrive Electric have teamed up with California motor company, Tesla Motors Inc., to offer a series of events offering the opportunity to take an exclusive test drive of the new Tesla Model S 100% electric car and gain an insight into the passion, history and technology behind the ground-breaking electric car soon to reach the UK market. Designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, Model S is the world’s first premium electric saloon car and with unprecedented range (over 300 miles on a single charge) sets the standard for 21st century performance. Using energy three times more efficiently than a petrol powered engine, the Tesla powertrain delivers the most thrilling driving experience. Unlike the internal combustion engine with hundreds of moving pieces that spark, pump, belch, and groan, the Tesla motor has only one moving piece: the rotor. As a result, Model…

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