Author - Carlos Montero

Company Car Speeding

Are employers doing enough to curb the rise in speeding offences?

The first ever car to receive a speeding ticket, an 1896 Arnold Benz Motor Carriage, is due to go on display at the upmarket motor show at Hampton Court Palace this September. The driver, Walter Arnold from East Peckham in London, was caught doing 8mph and stopped by a police officer following him on a bicycle. He was fined a shilling plus costs for driving at four times the legal speed limit at the time, in what was believed to [...]

PSA Group Peugeot

Will car manufacturers follow PSA Group’s lead on real-world fuel economy tests?

I have the utmost respect for businesses that lead by example and PSA Group have done exactly that recently, by publishing the results of real-world fuel economy tests for thousands of its cars. It’s a bold move that aims to reinforce consumer confidence in their Peugeot, Citroën and DS brands in the aftermath of Dieselgate and brings trust and transparency back into the testing process. As you might expect, the real-world consumption figures are significantly lower than those obtained via [...]

Fleet Operators shouldn't ignore the importance of AdBlue

Fleet operators shouldn’t ignore the importance of AdBlue

For fleet owners in the UK and Europe, AdBlue is growing in importance, as are the costs of ignoring it. The AA reported that, in 2016, the number of AdBlue-related breakdowns went up every month, to the point that they were dealing with more than 1,000 every four weeks. They also predicted that there could easily be more than 20,000 diesel vehicles suffering the same fate in 2017. So, what is AdBlue and why has it become such an important [...]

Diesel vehicle exhaust fumes

Will scrappage mean the end of the road for diesel vehicles?

The total number of diesel cars sold worldwide last year reached 10 million. Around 7.5 million of those cars were sold in Europe, making the recent issues of pollution and public health risks associated with them, a very European problem indeed. Over the last 15 years’ motorists in the UK have been encouraged to drive diesel vehicles because they were found to produce less CO2 than their petrol equivalents. The Government incentivised businesses to choose them by offering lower tax [...]

VED changes April 2017

Vehicle Excise Duty is changing from 1st April 2017

Changes to the way VED (Vehicle Excise Duty) or road tax is calculated will be changing for certain vehicles that are registered on or after 1st April 2017. Commercial vehicles, which do not exceed 3,500 GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) will not be affected by the new rules. How is the VED calculation changing? The changes to road tax were announced by former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, in response to a rise in low-emissions vehicle ownership. The current VED calculations, based [...]

Electric Nissan Van FleetEurope

Van operators need to start planning for an electric future

The UK has experienced a significant increase in demand for electric vehicles in recent years with new registrations of plug-in cars surging from 3,500 in 2013 to over 80,000 in December 2016, according to SMMT figures. On the other hand, EV take-up among van operators has been slow in comparison, with only 5,000 live registrations for plug-in vans. So, why are the majority of light commercial fleets reluctant to make the switch to electric, despite a record-breaking 29,784 new vans [...]

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More than skin deep; just how important is company car image?

Company cars have long been considered an important perk for attracting and maintaining the best talent. When it comes to choice lists, it’s not just running costs that are considered a priority; to drivers (user choosers) and a company itself, image is still an all important factor. The way cars are marketed and placed in the media creates impressions and opinions with the public, aligning the vehicle with specific messages. The Toyota Prius is a good example of this, synonymous [...]