Posted by LPN on October 18th 2018
Register a Vehicle (RaV) is the replacement service for AFRL (Automated First Registration and Licensing) which is used by all manufacturers and retailers registering new vehicles.
The AFRL service was first developed in the 1990s and is due to be updated to keep up with the changing requirements within the DVLA and motor industry.
Jaguar Land Rover piloted the RaV System during April 2018 with Mazda Motors UK Ltd the first Manufacturer to go Live with the RaV system on the 21st June. Fiat Chrysler along with a total of 201 other retailers have registered around 4,000 vehicles already, just in time for the announcement that AFRL will be decommissioned in February 2019.
Fiat Chrysler’s Alan Napier said; “DVLA’s technical redevelopment provided us with an opportunity to build in enhancements of our own, to arrive at an even more user-friendly system that fulfils everyone’s needs. Working closely with the DVLA and key retailer partners, we were delighted to deliver the project on time and to have the DVLA’s support with a phased migration strategy that ensured system continuity for our network. This was undoubtedly only possible because of the regular communication throughout the development period and the commitment on both sides to the deployment of the required migration support resources.”
The new RaV system is a Cloud based computer service which is designed to be more flexible, giving the ability to make changes easily and quickly to meet any future needs. The web service is currently being redesigned for current users and is due to go Live later this year, making the first registration process “simpler, quicker and even more user friendly.”
DVLA vehicles service manager Rohan Gye said; “Modernising this service allows motor retailers to complete registrations simply and quickly, using dynamic technology and is part of our drive to become a hub for digital motoring.”
The V55 series of forms, used to register vehicles are also being renewed to incorporate new fields based on new legislation introduced to made it easier to access and to go electronic.
Mazda UK sales planning manager Chris Larholt said: “The move away from the long-standing AFRL system needed to be carefully planned and delivered, so at Mazda we worked closely with our supplier and the DVLA over a number of months to ensure the switchover was seamless.
Leasepoint are confident that this change will not cause any registration glitches as it seems well tested, and based on some prior examples of the AFRL system having down time, we are hopeful for improved consistency.
The 4 letters that have been causing us problems in the car and van leasing and retail motor industry however, are WLTP, the less said about this the better!. We now expect the delays to our car/van fleet leasing and personal car leasing customers to ease, as the manufacturers are revising C02 emissions over the coming weeks.
Posted by LPN on September 27th 2018
Driving in Bad Conditions and How to Prepare…
After a glorious long, hot summer, it seems that winter is well and truly on its way!
The news was alight last week with Ireland, Scotland and the north of England being battered by Storm Ali and Storm Bronagh with more storms and Amber Warnings issued for the predicted 80mph winds and ‘severe conditions’ that is still to come, it seems now would be an appropriate time to discuss driving in bad weather conditions and how to prepare for them.
The road safety charity Brake, along with the AA, RAC and the Gov.UK website, has urged drivers to follow the ‘A, B,C of staying safe in bad weather and winter conditions’. These A, B,C’s stands for; Avoid Driving, Be Prepared, and Careful, cautious driving.’
These always sounds simple, but a quick traffic report update on a Friday afternoon is full of orange and red lines and traffic warnings of accidents/ incidents (I’m looking at you M5, M6 & M25!!) So with the best advice is that if you don’t have to drive or travel then don’t but public transport or walking for some is just not possible so if you must drive, ensure that you are confident enough to be in full control while you’re behind the wheel and remember that driving at a slow speed in normal flowing traffic can be just as dangerous as speeding!
Being prepared is something that every driver should do before making a journey and journey but especially in bad conditions, high winds, fog, heavy rain or pretty much any type of weather the good old British Forecast can throw at us.
Ensure your vehicle is well-maintained, this is done simply (and legally) by ensuring there’s an up-to-date MOT, regular service, and a walk around check by the driver.
Regularly checking the tyres of your vehicle and replacing when necessary (a tread dept of at least 3mm to be safe in the wet)
To be extra prepared when undertaking a long journey, pack an emergency kit. They don’t take much room, and without sounding to dramatic, could save your life or at least keep you warm and safe (don’t ask me about that time my car broke down on an ‘unnamed road’ in the middle of Devon while driving from Crewe to Falmouth) This could include small simple things like, torch, cloths, warm blanket, extra jumper, warm socks, food, drink, first aid kit, spade, warning triangle, high vis vest. Try to ensure you have a fully charge phone or a why of charging your phone if you do get stranded (although don’t be tempted to use it while driving!)
Car batteries are the biggest call out for the AA & RAC during the winter months as they are more likely to die in the cold. If your car battery is old (more then 5 years) or if there are signs it’s struggling, get it checked out by your local garage and replaced if needed.
Clear ice, snow and condensation completely from your windscreen, back window, side windows and mirrors, before setting off.
If you do have the unfortunate luck of being stranded or broken down, regardless of the weather, ensure your vehicle is not a hazard to other road users, exit the vehicle and keep a safe distance away.
Careful, cautious driving… everyone thinks they’re good at driving, right? Well, maybe not, that’s a matter of perspective.
The advice that is given is; slow down and maintain a safe gap between you and the vehicle in front! Take corners safely and reduce your speed accordingly to conditions and other drivers. The overall stopping distances are doubled for wet conditions and it takes 10 times longer to stop in snow and ice. For example, for the average sized family car stopping in normal weather conditions at 30mph it takes 75 feet or 6 car lengths, in the rain it will take the same car 150 feet or 12 car lengths.
Be extra careful about hazards and people. Stay in control by avoiding harsh braking and acceleration, make manoeuvres slowly with extra care.
Use your lights (yes, that does include indicators!) put on your normal lights in gloomy weather and use front and rear fog lights when visibility is hugely reduced. Don’t forget to turn them off once visibility improves.
Driving in heavy rain and flooded area seem inevitable now so remember, keep well back from the vehicle in front of you.
Never attempt to cross a flooded road if you are unsure of the depth (did you know many vehicles only require 2 feet of water to float? No? That’s okay I didn’t either!)
If driving on a flooded road, drive in first gear, and If the steering becomes unresponsive, ease off the accelerator and gradually slow down, keep calm and don’t try to speed up, the unresponsive steering is when the flood water prevents the tyres from gripping.
Test your brakes immediately after driving through any body of water. Don’t forget to warn your passengers first (unless you’re planning on making an hilarious video for social media)
In high winds take extra care when passing over bridges or on open roads exposed to strong winds. If your vehicle is being blown about, slow right down and take care to maintain a steady course. Keep well back and allow plenty of space for motorcycles and high-sided vehicles.
Hopefully everyone will drive safely and carefully in this, (totally rubbish) weather because this weather will only last another 6 months!
Happy Winter everyone!
Rachel Allen, Leasepoint Admin team
Posted by LPN on September 14th 2018
We all know that driving through a city is noisy and heavily polluted, however by 2030 driving through a city is about to change……
In 2025 cities within the UK will be only running electric buses and by 2030 only electric vehicles will be allowed into our major cities. So far, the cities in the UK that have signed up for the ‘Zero Emissions Areas’ are Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford and all cities in Scotland.
The Climate Group and C40 Cities are predicating this to be next global phenomenon as more and more cities across the world are signing up to the ‘Zero Emissions Areas’.
Today at the ‘Zero Emissions Vehicle Summit’ in Birmingham the Prime minster, gave a key note speech, in which, she confirmed an “ambitious mission” with the Road to Zero Strategy “which is mapping out, in detail, how we will reach the target for all new cars and vans to be, effectively, zero-emissions by 2040-and for every car and van to be zero-emission by 2050.”
The Summit will also see the signing of the ‘Birmingham Declaration’, which will see countries commit to co-operating to accelerate the roll out of green vehicles and supporting infrastructure. Eleven countries will become founding signatories of the declaration, including, Italy, France, Denmark, UAE, Portugal, Belarus and Indonesia.
However, Carolyn Fairbairn, the Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry, made a speech in which she explained that “building the vehicles is only half the story as people must be sufficiently motivated to move away from a technology that has defined our lives for a century” and she compared the transition to zero-emissions technical challenges to the Space Race.
Although there has been no real mention of how the Road to Zero Strategy will affect businesses, the Government has committed to investing £1.5 Billion to this cause, so as with most things, only time will tell but one thing is for certain; any businesses operating within a city centre will need to change their fleet to electric vehicles by 2025.
Leasepoint are gearing up for an increasing switch to electric cars. It took 5 years to sell the first 1 million electric cars, and one million sold in 2017!
Posted by LPN on September 4th 2018
We’ve heard a lot recently about WLTP and the new Government enforced testing, but how much do you know? I must admit, I didn’t know that much, except it was causing delays across all makes and models of new vehicles that are in build at the car factories! So, when I was asked to write an article explaining what it was and the affect or benefit from it, I needed to do some serious research!.
The main questions I have looked at; What is WLTP? I found a very helpful website run by the EU who defines the testing as;
Under conditions defined by EU Law, the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) laboratory test is used to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from passenger cars, as well as their pollutant emissions.
But to most of us who doesn’t speak EU Law, I have roughly translated this to mean; Introduce a better way to test fuel and emissions so that it will help fleets and drivers to make better choices.
I have read a few different articles and news columns on this subject, before writing this one and discovered (shockingly?!) that depending on who wrote each article WLTP is either a good thing or in some cases not. The government stance is that WLTP is a good thing and will give all consumers better information on new vehicles to help them make better choices on new vehicles in the future.
However, after the initial phase of testing, which is happening now, the rest is based on estimates and guesswork.
I have discovered that the more research I did into the subject of WLTP Testing, the more confusing all the various information became! All in all, the motor industry as a whole is just going to have to wait and see what happens in the future because the only thing that is 100% confirmed at this moment in time, is that all makes and model of vehicles are going through the tests and it is causing delays across the board with thousands of customers affected.
From what we understand, the major manufacturers will have until late October 2018 to re-classify their C02 emissions / figures, from which point the waters of vehicle factory lead times will greatly settle, in which case we look forward to getting back to reliable lead times for the production of our customers vehicles. If you have any queries just let us know on 01270 620 760 or via email@example.com
Posted by LPN on December 13th 2017
The festive Season has now arrived and so have the Christmas Parties, Work Do’s and even the quick catch up friends. More often that not, these outings can result in having a few drinks. Remember if you have a drink, don’t drive!
There are many alternative options you can choose other than driving home:
- Arrange a Taxi
- Use Public Transport
- Arrange a lift with the parties designated driver
- Arrange a lift with a family member or loved one
- Stay over night
A drink driving conviction are severe and long -lasting. No-one wants a conviction as a Christmas Present.
- If you drive a twice the legal alcohol limit you are thirty times more likely to cause a road accident.
- Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive.
- Sobering- up tricks do not work.
- Time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system.
- You could still be over the legal limit many hours after drinking
- On average, it takes your body approximately 1 hour per unit of alcohol to process and remove it from your system
If you plan to drive, the only safe option is not to consume alcohol.
Posted by LPN on September 11th 2017
Following the purchase and fit out of our Crewe based office, in early to mid 2016, we have been busy working on the infrastucture of our business.
With scalability in mind, we have had to overhaul our operational processes, to make it possible for us to process a higher volume of transactions. This has come in the form of a new IT platform, which brings together our sales, admin and ordering processes in to one system. Having implemented in March 2017, we are now fully up to speed, and ready to test the system as our volumes grow during 2018 and beyond. So with our processes ready, and our compliance in a very tidy state, we are ready to push on and see where we can steer our ship!. We have also taken on some great new staff this month, in both Admin, and more recently in sales.
However, firstly we need to maximise our existing customer base, and our new website (due latter 2018) will provide a far greater experience for customers. We are creating a marketing department internally, and will ensure our new site is loaded with many more offers, and useful content, to help us engage better with our customers. We are also adding a Trustpilot rating to the site, to showcase our high levels of customer service in a tangible way.
We are looking forward to 2018. A year in which we are set to enhance even further our good service with existing customers, whilst heavily promoting our business to new customers throughout the UK.
Posted by LPN on May 5th 2017
Posted by LPN on March 1st 2017
Driver’s caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel will now get 6 points added to their licence along with a fine of £200.
This new government legislation has doubled both the fine amount and the numbers of points that can be applied, and also means that a driver can be taken to court and disqualified.
Previously a driver could take a remedial course in some areas but ministers believed that this wasn’t strict enough, so if you are caught using a mobile phone for the first time you will automatically receive penalty points, with no option for the course.
If you are a new driver you could face a total ban if caught using a mobile phone.
You must be in full control of your vehicle at all times. If the police believe that you are not in control or are distracted you can be stopped and issued with the fine and penalty points.
The only time that you can safely use a mobile phone whilst in a vehicle is when you are safely parked or when dialling 999 or 112 where it is unsafe or impractical to stop.
Official DVLA website – https://www.gov.uk/using-mobile-phones-when-driving-the-law
If you require any assistance with your vehicle leasing needs, or with your compliance responsibilities surrounding the provision of business company cars or vans, please contact us.
Posted by LPN on February 14th 2017
From 1st April 2017, the way Vehicle Excise Duty or road tax is calculated on new vehicles is changing.
Any vehicle registered from 1st April will be subject to the change which sees a fixed amount for ‘Standard Rate’ from year 2 on all vehicles that have a value of less than £40,000. If a vehicle is over £40,000 a supplement of £310 per year is payable for the first 5 years.
All vehicles registered before 1st April 2017 will remain on the current system.
Below is the new Vehicle Excise Duty/ road tax table
Be aware that the registration date does depend on the dealership supplying the vehicle and normally a vehicle will be registered on the day of delivery by the dealer. If a vehicle is estimated for delivery prior to the 1st April 2017 but is delayed, any agreed lease costs could increase due the changes detailed.
A Zero emissions vehicle with a list price under £40,000 when first registered would have a Vehicle Excise Duty of £0.00
A Zero emissions vehicle with a list price over £40,000 when first registered would have a Vehicle Excise Duty of £310.00
A 145g/CO2/km emissions vehicle with a list price under £40,000 when first registered would have a Vehicle Excise Duty of £200.00 for the first year and the following years would be £140.00
A 145g/CO2/km emissions vehicle with a list price over £40,000 when first registered would have a Vehicle Excise Duty of £200.00 for the first year and the following years would be £450.00
If you have any queries regarding your car or van leasing requirements or concerning this article please contact Leasepoint
For official information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax-rate-tables/overview
Posted by LPN on December 5th 2016
It is nearly the season to be merry, and as a responsible provider of vehicles, we of course wholeheartedly recommend that drinking should be very seperate from driving.
However, we are sure our customers are looking forward to some well earned down time, just like us, over the festive period, and we would like to provide one lucky recipient with a gift boxed bottle of the world’s finest Rum (according to Roger Whittaker of Leasepoint who confirms this to be not only the worlds best Rum, but perhaps the worlds best Spirit – high praise indeed in his limited experience !!).
Along with the nicely presented gift box, will come 2 glasses specific to this Rum.
Any order placed with us between now and Wednesday December 14th at 5PM, will be entered in to our draw.
We will announce the good news to the winner at 5:30PM on Wednesday 14th December, after which the prize will be promptly dispatched.