Posted by LPN on October 15th 2015
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has just confirmed that companies operating Volkswagen Group vehicles fitted with so-called ‘defeat devices’ will not face a rise in company car tax. The confirmation follows news that Volkswagen Group used the software devices to pass official nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions tests in the US. As a result, Volkswagen has now initiated the recall of 11m vehicles across Europe for remedial work, which it expects to begin in January and conclude by the end of 2016. Fleet operators and company car drivers have now been assured that, irrespective of the outcome of VW’s solution, their cars will not be re-banded for Benefit-In-Kind tax or Vehicle Excise Duty, leaving monthly costs unchanged. A spokesperson at HMRC said: “Company car tax is based on the CO2 emission figures for the particular type of car, shown on either the UK approval certificate or the EU approval certificate. “As the car benefit charge is calculated on the basis of the figures shown on the approval certificates, the tax position for benefit-in-kind purposes remains unchanged.”
The Government also confirmed that drivers will not incur higher Vehicle Excise Duty if their existing vehicles are found to be fitted with the software that manipulated the emissions tests. Irrespective of the outcome of VW’s solution, cars will not be re-banded for Benefit-In-Kind tax or Vehicle Excise Duty. There is currently an ongoing Government investigation into the extent of this practice which will look at whether the software used by Volkswagen is being used elsewhere.
The Department for Transport has written to vehicle manufacturers to seek further clarity and the next phase will include further laboratory and real world testing by the Vehicle Certification Agency. New Volkswagen chief executive, Matthias Müller, told the German press that, if the plans the company has submitted to the country’s transport authority are accepted, then repairs will begin in January and are likely to be complete by the end of 2016.
Volkswagen also said that in many instances a software update would be sufficient, but that some vehicles may also require hardware modifications. In total, nearly 1.2m Volkswagen Group vehicles in the UK are to be recalled, with Volkswagen having a total of 508,276 cars and 79,838 commercial vehicles affected, Audi 393,450, Skoda 131,569, and SEAT 76,773. Volkswagen added that the software in question does not affect handling, consumption or emissions and that affected vehicles are still safe to drive and roadworthy. The company also said that new vehicles with EU6 engines are not affected by the controversy, while all petrol models, as well as V6 TDI and V8 TDI models, are also unaffected.
Online Vehicle Checker
All Volkswagen Group brands involved have now issued online VIN checkers where drivers can identify affected vehicles by entering their VIN numbers online. More details of the Volkswagen VIN checkers can be found here: www.volkswagen.co.uk/owners/dieselinfo the page also contains links for Audi, SEAT and Skoda.
New car orders, with ‘EU6’ latest diesel engines, are unaffected. If you have any queries regarding your leased vehicles which may be affected, please let us know.
Posted by LPN on August 20th 2015
Seat has launched a new edition of the Leon aimed at business drivers – the Leon SE Technology Business.
The new model comes with a raft of equipment that aims to support fleets and make life easier for company car drivers including, a technology pack, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors and a convenience pack.
Like its fleet-optimised specification, the new model’s powertrain options aims to maximise value for business drivers and fleets – particularly with the new tax regime in mind.
The five-door 1.6 TDI 110PS version emits 99g/km of CO2 and achieves 74.3mpg on the combined cycle.
Its benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rate is a fleet-friendly 17% in five-door guise and 18% in ST format.
The technology pack, comprising integrated satellite navigation, DAB audio system and LED headlights, was chosen alongside adaptive cruise control and rear parking sensors for maximum comfort and safety.
The convenience pack, consists of automatic headlights, rain sensor and auto dimming rear view mirror.
Seat’s efficient 1.6-litre four cylinder TDI engine resides in the entry-level SE Technology Business model.
Given it produces an 110PS and performance to satisfy the keen driver, its efficiency is all the more surprising – achieving up to 74.3mpg (five-door combined cycle).
Initially available in estate form, the Seat Leon ST SE Technology Business is available to order in either 1.6 TDI 110PS or 2.0 TDI 150PS form, priced from £20,545 (P11D value) or £20,650 OTR.
The order book for the five-door version will open in early 2016.
Balancing increased performance and efficiency, the 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine enables the five-door variant to reach 62mph in 8.4 seconds.
The 150 PS engine can still return 68.9mpg and emit 106g/km of CO2 (five-door and ST).
Strong economy and efficiency is bolstered by predicted residual values; the Leon ST SE Technology Business is expected to be a desirable vehicle for major end-user fleets and small business customers, where a high level of specification and low P11D values are essential.
Peter McDonald, Seat UK head of fleet and business sales, said: “The Leon has spearheaded our fleet sales drive over the last 18 months, but the SE Technology Business takes the model on to the next level when it comes to business use.
“An already remarkable package has been made even more compelling, especially when value is such a key part of the equation, which it inevitably is whether the choice is down to the user chooser or fleet manager.”
Posted by LPN on August 7th 2015
Should you take vehicles on contract hire, then are you clear on what is classed as ‘fair wear and tear’ ?
It is important to assess the condition of your vehicles ahead of hand back. Please click on the below online guide that is very useful and has been created by one of our main funders. This can be viewed via the following link:
Our industry trade body, the BVRLA, has worked extensively over the years to ensure that there is a uniform approach to end of contract damage charges, with fairness for you the customer in mind.
If you have any queries relating to the hand back condition of your vehicles, contact us.
Posted by LPN on June 4th 2015
HMRC has relented a little with its latest company car mileage rates, as fuel pump prices have stabilised, raising the allowances by 1p in most petrol and diesel engines categories.
However, LPG users are the worst off with medium sized engines of between 1,401 and 2,000cc actually dropping by 1p in the rates, known as Advisory Fuel Rates (AFR).
These new Advisory Fuel Rates are applicable from 1 June.
At the same time, drivers of LPG cars in both other engine groups of under 1,400cc and over 2,000cc remaining unchanged.
The only other drivers to lose out on rate relief are those using cars with diesel engines over 2,000cc which also do not change.
Advisory Fuel Rates are used to claim back business mileage in company cars or to repay private mileage if fuel is provided by the company so to avoid car fuel benefit tax.
HMRC reviews the Advisory Fuel Rates every quarter basing its calculation this time on average fuel prices on one day in February from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and LPG average price quoted on the AA website in January.
The new company car business mileage rates are listed below
Petrol: Company car mileage rates from 01 June 2015
- Engine size 1400cc or less: 12p – 1p increase
- 1401cc to 2000cc: 14p – 1p increase
- Over 2000cc: 21p – 1p increase
Diesel: Company car mileage rates from 01 June 2015
- Engine size 1600cc or less: 10p – 1p increase
- 1601cc to 2000cc: 12p – 1p increase
- Over 2000cc: 14p – unchanged
Hybrid and LPG-fuelled company car mileage rates
- Drivers of petrol/electric hybrid company cars should use the petrol rates.
- Drivers of diesel/electric hybrid cars should use the diesel rates.
- Drivers of LPG company cars should use the following rates: Engine size 1400cc or less: 8p – unchanged; 1401cc to 2000cc: 9p – 1p reduction (LPG); Over 2000cc: 14p – unchanged (LPG)
The Advisory Fuel Rate company car business mileage rates are to be used by company car drivers and should should not be confused with Approved Mileage Allowance Payments, known as AMAPs, because these are the tax-free pence-per-mile rates applicable only when drivers use their private cars for business purposes.
If you have any queries regarding your fleet, your drivers, or anything else vehicular, contact Leasepoint on 01270 620760 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by LPN on May 28th 2015
With only weeks to go before the abolition of the paper counterpart of the photocard driving licence on June 8, fleet managers should have begun addressing the move to online checking, industry experts are warning.
The abolition of the licence paper counterpart presents fleet operators with a duty-of-care quandary: how are they going to check whether employees are legally entitled to drive without a visible record of their driving eligibility?
Traditionally, the counterpart carried details of any driving offences and endorsements that drivers might have received. But its abolition means there will be no manual means of checking drivers’ licences, entitlements and endorsements after June 8.
What do the changes mean?
Drivers who wish to access their licence information, such as penalty points, will have to do so online, by phone or via post via the DVLA website. But they can also give their consent for their employers to do this through the DVLA’s View Driving Licence online service, or via the ‘Share Driving Licence’ service which will become available on, or after, June 8.
Going forward, all new penalty points will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences. From June 8, if your drivers commit a driving offence they will still have to pay any applicable fine and submit their licence to the court in the usual way.
Drivers booking rental vehicles abroad will require a special code to access their licence online.
What problems could drivers face?
One issue that has been much publicised is that of drivers picking up rental vehicles at UK airports, or booking for holidays abroad after the June deadline. To do so, they will need to pre-generate a special code to access their licence online to show the rental company what endorsements they might have on their licence.
To access their details, drivers will need:
Drivers will also have the option to download their driving history as a printable PDF file, although it is unclear whether all car hire firms will accept that.
Experts are concerned, however, the new system could lead to people being turned away by foreign car hire firms who may still insist on examining the paper counterpart to check for endorsements or bans.
At least one major motoring organisation is advising drivers intending to travel abroad to retain their paper counterparts. And the terms and conditions of many car rental companies still state that paper counterparts must be produced.
Why is online checking important
By switching to online checking now will help fleets avoid the issues surrounding licence renewal, endorsements or verification of new and existing licences.
Rather than deterring fleets from using online licence checking services, some experts are predicting that more companies will move to using an online checking and compliance service – as data for an entire fleet is collated in a single place, cutting down administration considerably.
Should fleets leave any changes too late, it could cost them considerably in extra resources as they try to catch up.
By being fully prepared and minimising any changeover issues, fleets can take advantage of quicker and more efficient licence verification from June 8th onwards.
What can Leasepoint offer?
lEASEPOINT already offers an online service, Licence Check, which reduces risk by automatically checking drivers’ licences against DVLA licence data, and is a perfect way of resolving the current dilemma.
Licence Check helps comply with the Health and Safety guidelines regarding driver licence checking. Once drivers are set up, the process is automatic. This not only reduces the risks to the business but also reduces the administrative burden of checking licences.
Licence Check provides comprehensive and up to date data on your drivers, directly from DVLA data which also protects the company against fraud. Users can also choose the frequency of the checks and carry these out more often for drivers with driving convictions or a poor accident record.
At the same time, Leasepoint can provide help and advice in setting up your drivers for automated and secure driver licence checking.
Tips for fleets and drivers:
- Fleets should digitalise their records as soon as possible
- Ensure their chosen provider is giving the range of services they require
- Consent can be easily obtained from employees before transferring licence checking online
- Drivers need to understand that the counterpart can be discarded from June 8th
- Drivers who only possess paper licences won’t be affected until renewing
Fleets who provide daily rental solutions should be aware of the change in the rental process
For more information on Licence Check contact us on 0845 525310 or email email@example.com
Posted by LPN on May 27th 2015
For a short time, we have an incredible 18 month lease deal on this very fast and sporty hot hatch!
We have a range of colours coming through from the factory, for mid to late June, and early July.
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Posted by LPN on May 27th 2015
It is critical that businesses who have drivers on company business, comply with the Duty of Care legislation surrounding Fleet Vehicle drivers.
Leasepoint can offer a range of fleet services to help you operate a more compliant and efficient fleet.
Our system will allow drivers to carry out vehicle inspection reports, log up to date mileage, and see information relevant to their vehicle. It will also allow an admin log in for those in control, to manage driver movements between vehicles, collate P11d data, keep a record of MOT due dates, log damage to vehicles, check vehicle replacement dates, and keep on top of notifications.
We also able carry out driver licence checks directly with the DVLA (The paper counterpart driving licence will no longer be valid from 8th June 2015) to ensure that all drivers and nominated drivers (family members nominated by an employee) have a valid driving licence and keep a record of any points that might have been accrued. For medium to high risk drivers more regular checks are required and the system will automatically take care of this.
Do you have a fleet vehicle policy that needs to be brought up to date? We can also look at this and offer guidance.
For further information visit: http://www.leasepoint.co.uk/services or call 01270 620760 and speak to a member of the team.
Posted by LPN on May 6th 2015
- Hyundai Motor UK Announces Price of World’s First Mass Production Fuel Cell Vehicle.
- ix35 Fuel Cell public retail price from £53,105 on-the-road (OTR) with part-funding from the HyFive project.
- Hyundai’s zero-emission ix35 Fuel Cell represents one of the world’s most advanced alternative fuel vehicles on the market.
- Available to purchase immediately directly from Hyundai Motor UK
High Wycombe, 5 May 2015 – Hyundai Motor UK today announced the official public pricing for the zero-emission, hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle.
The price of the innovative Crossover SUV is from £53,105 OTR with part-funding from the HyFive project.
HyFive is a European project that aims to deploy 110 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from the five global automotive companies that make up the HyFive consortium, which includes Hyundai. The project will also see another three hydrogen refuelling stations deployed in the London area, which will provide a total of five publically accessible refuelling stations in London by the end of 2015.
The Hyundai ix35 is the world’s first mass produced fuel cell electric vehicle and has been sold through central Hyundai channels to selected trial partners since 2013. Already on the road in 15 countries around the world, including 11 in Europe, the ix35 demonstrates the brand’s technical expertise and commitment to ultra-low emission motoring.
The ix35 Fuel Cell is equipped with a 100kW (136ps) electric motor, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 100mph (160km/h). Two hydrogen storage tanks, with a total capacity of 5.64kg, enable the vehicle to travel a total of up to 369 miles (594km) on a single fill, and it can reliably start in temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius. The energy is stored in a 24KW lithium-ion polymer battery, jointly developed with LG Chemical.
These impressive figures are the result of years of development by Hyundai’s research and development teams in Korea and around the world. The latest Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is the fourth-generation fuel cell-powered electric vehicle from Hyundai. This generation delivers significant improvements over its predecessor, including a driving range that has been extended by more than 50% while still producing zero tailpipe emissions, and fuel efficiency gains of more than 15%.
For further information please visit: http://www.newspress.co.uk/public/ViewPressRelease.aspx?pr=57629&pr_ref=24445
Posted by LPN on April 28th 2015
From 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will no longer be issued by the DVLA (this does not affect Northern Ireland / DVA).
What you need to do:
If you have an existing paper counterpart along with a photo card driving licence, this will no longer hold legal status. After 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart should be destroyed but the photocard should be kept.
If you have a paper driving licence only (issued prior to the photo card driving licence) this will remain valid and should not be destroyed.
The licence that a driver will hold will no longer provide an accurate account of any driving endorsements as the information will be held on the DVLA’s driver record.
For information on how to check you driving licence details and driving record please use the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes
If you require further information or have any queries vehicle related please contact us.
Posted by LPN on March 12th 2015
Welcome to our new website, which we hope you will find useful and informative.
We regularly update our special offers, and can offer competitive rates on any car or van.
As part of our continued growth, our services are expanding to fleet management services such as online fleet management software, vehicle rental and movements, and tracking too.
If you are business or individual that leases a vehicle or fleet, then we have a great service, and keen pricing to offer.
Please contact us to find out more.