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The Fleet Business partners with Specsavers Corporate Eyecare
The Fleet Business is delighted to announce its partnership with Specsavers Corporate
Eyecare to deliver UK-wide eyecare solutions to its corporate and fleet drivers.
As a responsible fleet management and maintenance company, The Fleet Business has always recognised that safe driving is a combination of both vehicle and driver being fit for purpose. Fleet drivers need to be suitably qualified and physically capable of driving their vehicles in the same way that vehicles need to be properly serviced, inspected and, where applicable, MOT’d.
While scary and alarming statistics really don't help, research has shown that:
“Less than half of employers (47%) surveyed* believed their employees could see adequately to drive.”
The difficulty faced by The Fleet Business was while fleet managers recognised the need to check driving licences and to risk assess drivers, during discussion it became apparent that few drivers had evidence of safe levels of eyesight. The irony became quickly apparent that those drivers who wore glasses had an eyecare inspection regime in place but those who did not had often not had an eye test for many years.
While employers face a statutory requirement to mitigate against eye damage caused by screen usage, a similar requirement to specifically consider driver eyesight does not exist, although the risk in the case of a company driver is not limited to the driver but includes other road users and pedestrians too. The legal consequences of a driver being unable to see are far reaching and could include prosecution under Health & Safety & Corporate Manslaughter legislation with far reaching implications for: drivers, directors and even the continued existence of the organisation.
While explaining the obvious risk of having drivers unable to pass the modest roadside eye test was straightforward, the necessity was to find a solutions partner.
A partnership with Specsavers Corporate Eyecare was the obvious answer to The Fleet Business requirement for an eyecare partner who could provide:
UK-wide branch coverage
On-site test facilities
Latest eyetest technology
Reasonable and acceptable charging structure
Cost effective eyewear solutions
Background & Infrastructure to support corporate clients
To discuss all aspects of your Driver & Fleet Management strategy including: driving for work, the risks, responsibilities and eyecare solutions and to receive a free Specsavers Driving Eyesight Toolkit for employers, please visit: www.thefleetbusiness.co.uk or email directly: email@example.com
*The research was conducted on behalf of Specsavers Corporate Eyecare by eMedia in May 2016, among 106 heads of UK companies, representing between 255,156 and 434,106 employees.
1st December 2016 - NEW WEB SITE
The Fleet Business has formally launched its new branding and Web Site - thanks to our new best friends Nina
- and confirmed our Social Media presence with a new Facebook Page
Account and updated LinkedIn
We hope our online presence will be; useful, informative and profitable but also slightly provocative, fun and blue, in fact very blue!
Our mission is to introduce what we do to new customers to enable them to benefit from The Fleet Business Customer Experience but also to keep our existing clients fully up to date with news and industry updates.
Our News Section and Social Media Updates include:
- Our Stuff - what we are up to, our success, war stories and new products and services
- The Big Wide World - Industry wide news, developments, trends, relevant, thought provoking stuff you need to be aware of.
- Offers - Our vehicle suppliers are charged with updating us with exciting Car & Van Offers as they land, these are often transit offers and we update you as they hit.
So please: add us to your Favourites, Bookmark Us
, Like Us
, Follow Us
As part of our commitment to staying in touch with the experts in the Fleet Industry, ICFM Member Michael Brophy
represented The Fleet Business at the 2016 ICFM Conference
at The BMW Mini Plant in Oxford to hear the thoughts of Industry experts: Richard Hudson Sales Director BMW, Nick Walker Managing Director Telematics (UK) RAC
and Jacob Neil Chief Economist Morgan Stanley
with his insight into the effects of Brexit.
3rd December 2016 HMRC Updated Fuel Rates
HMRC has released its latest advisory fuel rates (AFRs), to come into force from December 1.
There are only two changes - petrol engined vehicles from 1401cc to 2000cc, and those over 2000cc, will gain an extra penny per mile.
All other rates are unchanged.
Rates below take effect from December 1, 2016.
Petrol - LPG
1400cc or less 11/ 7 pence
1401cc to 2000cc 14/9 pence
Over 2000cc 21/13 pence
Diesel - amount per mile
1600cc or less 9 pence
1601cc to 2000cc 11 pence
Over 2000cc 13 pence
PARTIAL REPRIEVE FOR SALARY SACRIFICE SCHEMES
The fleet industry has won a partial reprieve on salary sacrifice, with ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) being excluded from changes announced today in the autumn statement.
The Chancellor Philip Hammond also froze fuel duty and, to provide stronger incentives for the adoption of ULEVs, announced new company car tax bands for the lowest emitting cars.
Following a consultation on salary sacrifice, Hammond said that the tax and employer National Insurance advantages of salary sacrifice schemes will be removed from April 2017, except for arrangements relating to pensions (including advice), childcare, Cycle to Work and ULEVs. “This will mean that employees swapping salary for benefits will pay the same tax as the vast majority of individuals who buy them out of their post-tax income,” said the Treasury.
“Arrangements in place before April 2017 will be protected until April 2018, and arrangements for cars, accommodation and school fees will be protected until April 2021.”
Lauren Pamma, head of consultancy at Lex Autolease, told Fleet News: “We welcome the decision from the Government to remove ultra-low emission vehicles from the changes to salary sacrifice. We will be carefully reviewing the detail announced today to evaluate the full impact.”
However, Colin Tourick, professor of automotive management at the University of Buckingham, believes there will be a general sense of shock in the industry that the chancellor has changed the arrangements for taxing salary sacrifice schemes.
“You can see why he has done it,” said Tourick. “He expects to raise more than £230 million per annum once the new system has bedded in in 2018-19.
"However, all is by no means lost for the fleet industry and those employees who have salary sacrifice cars or planned to have them. People already sacrificing salary will continue to enjoy the benefits for four years.
“We can expect a huge rush in salsac registrations between now and 5 April, when the new rules come into force. And employees can continue to enjoy the benefits of salsac if they choose an ultra-low emission car, which is no great hardship as there is now a good selection of sub-75g/km cars on the market, with more to come soon.”
He concluded: “All in all, whilst this is not the outcome the industry was hoping for it’s by no means a disaster.”
New company car tax bands
In terms of company car tax, there will be a change to the appropriate percentage banding structure used in establishing the taxable benefit for ULEVs.
The appropriate percentages for zero emission cars will be 2%, while those for cars with CO2 emissions between 1g/km and 50g/km will vary between 2% and 14% depending on the number of zero-emission miles the vehicle can travel.
The measure also increases appropriate percentages by 1 percentage point to a maximum value of 37% for cars with CO2 emissions of 90g/km and above. The measure will be effective from April 2020.
Support for plug-in cars
Hammond also announced the Government will invest a further £390 million by 2020-21 to support ULEVs, renewable fuels, and connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). This includes £80m for ULEV charging infrastructure, £150m in support for low emission buses and taxis, £20m for the development of alternative aviation and heavy goods vehicle fuels, and £100m for new UK CAV testing infrastructure.
In addition to the tax incentives for ULEVs in company tax and salary schemes, from today to the end of March 2019 the Government will also offer 100% first-year allowances to companies investing in charge-points for electric vehicles.
Chris Chandler, principal consultant at Lex Autolease, said: “Take up of electric vehicles has surged over the last two years as financial incentives increased affordability and established the UK as a leader in green vehicle technology.
“Despite the growth, ultra-low emission vehicles still make up a tiny percentage of cars on the road. The decision to extend these measures with a share of £390m announced to invest in Low Emission Vehicles is welcomed and should see further growth as businesses look to reap the benefits of adding electric vehicles to their fleets.”