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19th October 2017
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Mercedes Air Bag Recall

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 400,000 cars in the UK over an electrical fault that can cause the airbags to deploy by mistake. Mercedes advise that there had been a number of cases worldwide reported of this issue, although none have been reported in the UK. The models affected include the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class and E-class, the CLA, GLA and GLC range, built between November 2011 and July 2017.

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23rd August 2017
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Customers taking vehicles abroad

The BVRLA would like to remind members that photocopies, and/or letters of authority, are not acceptable alternatives to the VE103B certificate. The consequences of not having the original certificate will vary from country to country but the driver may be fined and in some cases the vehicle impounded. For leased or rented vehicles, the Vehicle on Hire certificate (VE103) provides the necessary authenticated proof that the hirer has permission, from the vehicle owner, to take the vehicle abroad.

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9th August 2017
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Demand surges for alternatively-fuelled vehicles

Electric Car Registrations
July’s new car registration statistics showed a 64.9% surge in demand for alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) with 8,871 new vehicles being registered, according to the latest vehicle data published by the SMMT. AFVs now have a 5.5% market share, compared to 3% in July of last year - representing a significant increase. Although diesel vehicles are down 20.1% year-on-year, they still represent a large proportion of new car registrations with a 42.

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FCA places spotlight on PCP in ongoing review of motor finance

The FCA has today provided more details of its work in the motor finance area. It has reiterated that its key focus is in the areas of responsible lending, conflicts of interest, clarity and transparency, and risk around asset valuation. It has highlighted the Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) sector, which it acknowledged was “popular with consumers”. The FCA confirmed that it has identified an extensive range of products across the market; some based on vehicle ownership and others on usership.

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2nd August 2017
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JCT600 VLS gains Go Ultra Low status

JCT600 Vehicle Leasing Solutions (VLS) has been awarded Go Ultra Low company status in recognition of its promotion and use of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) within its own company car fleet.  Read the full story : http://evfleetworld.co.uk/jct600-vls-gains-go-ultra-low-status/  

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28th July 2017
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JCT600 VLS awarded Go Ultra Low status

JCT600 VLS is delighted to have been added to the growing list of companies promoting and using ULEV’s in their own company car fleet. Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “We want to encourage every business in the UK to follow the example set by JCT600 VLS to offer employees the chance to drive or own an electric vehicle. Not only does it demonstrate a commitment to a cleaner automotive future, but there are multiple short- and long-term financial benefits for companies and their employees to enjoy.

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18th July 2017
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Small rise in number of company cars

The government has released its latest figures on benefit-in-kind statistics for 2014-15, showing that the number of company car drivers increased by 1% to 950,000. These drivers contributed an average of £1,430 in company car tax, a total of £1.37bn for the Exchequer. This figure was 5% higher than in 2013/14 and is expected to rise by 8% to £1.48bn for 2015/16. In contrast, Company Car Tax revenues fell by nearly 5% between 2007 and 2013.

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30th June 2017
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Fleets and air quality

We have now outlined our strategy for tackling road transport’s impact on UK air quality in response to the Government’s recent UK Air Quality Plan. We have been urging policymakers to move from consultation to action as soon as possible, calling for a carefully blended combination of incentives and restrictions that encourage people to move towards a greener driving solution without being punished for decisions made based on previous Government policy.

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24th May 2017
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Main parties unveil their plans for motorists

The Conservative Party has committed to ensuring that almost every car and van is zero-emission by 2050, and is prepared to invest £600million by 2020 to help meet that target. The party’s manifesto includes a 'digital infrastructure' section, which mentions autonomous and electric vehicles with a promise of a "programme of support" to create a better environment for new technologies to be tested in the UK – potentially pointing to permission for autonomous and driverless cars and lorries to be tested on British roads.

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Tougher punishments for speeding and drink driving

Stricter punishments for motorists caught driving too fast or while under the influence of alcohol come into force from 24th April 2017. The new speeding guidelines place a stronger emphasis on disqualifications rather than penalty once the offence falls outside the lowest bracket of speeding e.g. not more than 10mph above the speed limit. However, drivers caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway can now be fined 150% of their weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100%.

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