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New low emissions BIK rules removed from Finance Bill

Posted on by Mark Knight

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A proposed change to Benefit-in-Kind tax rates for ultra-low emission vehicles has been scrapped from the Finance Bill that was announced in the spring budget.

The snap election means parliament will be dissolved on May 3, with Finance Bill subsequently reduced from 762 pages down to 130 to ensure it is approved by both Houses of Parliament.

Whilst the 15 new tax bandings, due to take effect from 2020, will now be omitted form the Bill, Optional Remuneration Arrangements and changes to Vehicle Excise Duty are still included.

The news will be welcomed by the industry that had pushed for the Finance Bill to be discussed at length prior to it, although the changes could still come into place in the autumn budget.

A specialist industry tax advisor commented: “The Commons wasted no time in approving the Finance Bill, which goes to the House of Lords today and then to Her Majesty on Thursday (27th). The Chancellor said that measures removed from the Bill would return to parliament after the General Election, with the likelihood that effective dates would remain unchanged. It thus seems most likely that the Finance Act in the next parliament would receive Royal Assent in mid-September, just like FA 2016. We can’t rule out enactment by the third week of July – in line with the original timetable.”

More information can be found on the Fleet News website here.

British drivers facing new emissions rules in French cities

Posted on by Mark Knight

British motorists heading to France this summer will need to plan ahead if they are heading to one of three major cities, as the new measures have been introduced to reduce pollution in line with European emissions regulations. 

All vehicles travelling to Paris, Lyon or Grenoble will now require a clean air sticker, called a Crit’Air vignette, to be displayed. The colour of the sticker indicates the level of emissions produced by the vehicle and drivers without one could face an on the spot fine of up to £ 117.

The scheme aims to reduce the emissions output in some of France’s major cities, by restricting access to some vehicles during times of particularly high pollution.

Stickers cost as little as £3.20 for foreign motorists, but drivers are advised to buy as soon as possible, with delivery talking up to 6 weeks. 

The sticker assigned to a vehicle is based on its European Emissions Standard, ranging from green, the cleanest electric and hybrid vehicles, to black, those with the highest levels of emissions. Older vehicles or those with particularly high emissions will not be able to apply for a sticker and will not be permitted access when restrictions are in force.

The RAC has warned of some unofficial third party sites that are selling the stickers for up to seven times the official rate. Drivers should only buy through the official Crit’Air website here. 

If you are travelling to Europe this summer, you can find a full breakdown of local driving laws and regulations on the RAC’s driving abroad pages, including checklists for Europe’s most popular driving destinations. 

Speeding Penalties are Changing

Posted on by Matt Topham

New Speeding laws are set to come into effect next week with fines now based on your weekly income, up to a maximum of £2500.

From April 24th, the penalties will vary depending on how fast you are travelling both in terms of the fine and in the number of penalty points that may be added to your driving licence. The changes were designed to bring some consistency to the current system. Further details can be found in the table below:

Ogilvie Fleet attempt the Yorkshire Three peaks

Posted on by Mark Knight

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Members of staff from Ogilvie Fleet’s Sheffield office are raising funds for two local charities by attempting to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. The challenge involves climbing three of Yorkshires biggest peaks in the space of 12 hours, which covers 25 miles and 5,200ft of ascent.

The five team members are helping to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice and the Sheffield Wednesday FC Community Programme.  St Luke’s helps people with incurable diseases by offering care and support to both the patient and their loved ones with the aim of giving them the best possible quality of life. The SWFC Community Programme promotes the development of cohesive communities around South Yorkshire and seeks to increase engagement, training provision and support amongst its residents. All raised funds will be split equally between the two charities. 

The five team members will complete a clockwise route of Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m), three of the Yorkshire Dales biggest peaks.

If you would like to sponsor the team, no matter how large or small, you can do so here. Every penny will be gratefully received.

Seventh consecutive FleetEye award for Ogilvie Fleet

Posted on by Mark Knight

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Fleet decision-makers have voted Ogilvie the UK’s top vehicle leasing and fleet management company for service to customers in the 2017 Experteye awards. 

Topping the category, which recognises service to fleet operators with more than 250 vehicles, makes it an unprecedented seventh year in succession that the contract hire and fleet management specialist has won an Experteye award.

Fast-growing Ogilvie Fleet has, in recent years, seen the number of company cars and vans on its books under lease and fleet management arrangements expand to more than 15,000 with industry-leading customer service and cutting-edge IT instrumental in underpinning that growth.

The latest triumph further builds on Ogilvie Fleet’s quintet of customer service awards and a customer innovation award won in the previous six years thus further underlining the company’s leadership of the UK contract hire and leasing industry in putting clients first.

The Experteye awards cover eight different fleet and automotive categories in total. Ogilvie’s Fleeteye CSI honour is based on results obtained throughout 2016 from Experteye’s market-leading post-sale customer satisfaction survey, drawn from a subscriber base of top leasing companies in the UK.

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