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Plug-in Car Grant withdrawn for most low emission vehicles
Release Date: 15-10-2018

  The Government has announced changes to the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), which will reduce or completely remove the financial incentives for new low emission car buyers. On October 11th 201...
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Green number plates could be fitted to electric vehicles
Release Date: 11-09-2018

  Electric vehicles might be fitted with green number plates, under Government plans to increase the awareness of low emission vehicles. The number plates might be introduced to electric o...
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New offence for dangerous cycling could be on the horizon
Release Date: 13-08-2018

  A new offence could soon come in to place to create a cyclist equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving. There will be a consultation from August 12th 2018 for 12 week...
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Do you know what these obscure road signs mean?
Release Date: 29-06-2018

  We drive past hundreds of roads signs every day, but do you know what all of them mean? We've highlighted the most obscure and weird UK signs to test your knowledge. Take the quiz below! ...
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Police given greater legal protection for pursuits
Release Date: 30-05-2018

  The Home Office has proposed changes to the current laws which would enable police officers to have better legal protection when pursuing a reckless driver. Currently, there is a test to...
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The truth about Electric Vehicles and why you need to get one
Release Date: 22-02-2018

  Electric cars are fast becoming more and more popular as a vehicle of choice, with many favouring the environmental and economic benefits. However, whilst more than 120,000 drivers are enjo...
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The latest tax changes
Release Date: 16-08-2017

  According to the latest research by Arval, most small-to-medium businesses were unaware of the new company car tax changes. The 2017 Corporate Vehicle Observatory Barometer surveyed 3,84...
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Should recommended stopping distances be increased?
Release Date: 04-08-2017

  According to a road safety charity, the time it takes for a driver to spot a hazard and react has been significantly underestimated by the Highway Code, a report finds. The charity &lsqu...
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Electric Vehicles by 2040
Release Date: 27-07-2017

  The Government has announced plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, leaving hybrid and electric vehicles to become the staple of the motoring market. Petrol and diesel ...
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New VED Regulations
Release Date: 22-06-2017

  From April 1st, we have seen some revised Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) tax bands come in to force. But how will they affect you?   If you are considering the prospect of buying a new se...
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Penalties for mobile phone use to become tougher
Release Date: 21-02-2017

GEM Motoring Assist warn from Wednesday 1st March 2017 people caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel will receive a £200 fine and six penalty points. If, however, you have been driving ...
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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2017
Release Date: 13-02-2017

This year Mitsubishi have revealed their all-new Outlander PHEV. A marginally revised version of Mitsubishi’s best-selling golden-child and successful plug-in hybrid SUV. The newest Outlander...
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Learner drivers to have lessons on motorways
Release Date: 05-01-2017

    On the 30th December 2016 the transport minister, Andrew Jones, made an historic announcement that learner drivers could have driving lessons on motorways before passing thei...
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Diesel driver’s doomed to pay noxious charge?
Release Date: 04-11-2016

Diesel driver’s doomed to pay noxious charge? Diesel drivers could be charged on entering city centres after a high court ruling on Wednesday stated that the government’s current plan...
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Government launches three consultations on tax policy affecting fleets
Release Date: 16-08-2016

Government launches three consultations on tax policy affecting fleets The government has issued consultations on three key areas of tax policy affecting the fleet sector: 1.  ...
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Fleets lead the way for electric vehicles
Release Date: 29-10-2015

Thursday 22nd October saw Transport Minister Andrew Jones hail the significance  of UK vehicle fleets at the Future of Business Mobility business summit held in London. The summit saw company...
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Smoking ban in cars with children
Release Date: 02-10-2015

As of today, drivers of vehicles where a child is present are now banned from smoking by law across England and Wales. This law is coming in to force in an attempt to reduce passive smoking- as the...
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Do We Need To Update Drivers Eyesight Test?
Release Date: 30-03-2015

  Eyesight tests for drivers have, some would say, not kept up with the times. We take a look at this subject to see what people thought.  Comments by GEM Motoring Assist CEO David Will...
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Budget 2015: Company Car Tax and Duty Freeze
Release Date: 27-03-2015

Company car drivers will face a three percentage point year-on-year hike in their company car tax from 2019/20. However, the Government has indicated that the rates for ultra-low emission vehicles...
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UK to become leader of driverless cars
Release Date: 26-02-2015

Will the UK become the leading counry in the pursuit for autonomous cars? The UK has long been the leader of certain prestigious vehicles such as the Rolls Royce, McLaren, Austin Healey and the As...
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A debate into Speed Cameras
Release Date: 09-02-2015

  Are speed cameras really beneficial to cutting road accidents? We investigate to find out more. Speed cameras have long since been the subject of debate; from boardrooms to front rooms, th...
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Racing to revolution: motoring at CES 2015 so far...
Release Date: 08-01-2015

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) started this week and has kicked 2015 off with a bang. Motoring companies have only recently started to drive onto the stages of the consumer show, and this year ...
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A study into the UKs greenest councils
Release Date: 12-12-2014

Living in a green city is something which is becoming increasingly more important to people. This shows, with Caroline Lucas running the countries first green administration in Brighton. The UK has...
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Country Roads- Deadlier than you think
Release Date: 10-10-2014

When it comes to road safety, we envisage the majority of casualties to happen on the motorways where speeding, overtaking and recklessness is abundant. However it seems that this might not necessa...
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What the abolition of the tax disc means to you
Release Date: 29-08-2014

Tax discs have been a present token on our windscreen for over a hundred years, a testiment to the British motor Industry and a small slice of history. And now that is being eradicated, with the ab...
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Volvo Cars Will Be Crash Free
Release Date: 21-08-2014

Volvo have set themselves a new target for 2020; they want to make their cars so safe that it is virtually impossible to crash. In order to realise their vision, they have opened a new testing fa...
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Which car is for me?
Release Date: 09-07-2014

Cars are like clothes. There is something for every occasion- the fancy over the top showy pieces, the bland blend-into-the background pieces, the suits anyone goes anywhere piece, and those that f...
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Fleets support tougher penalties for disqualified drivers
Release Date: 19-05-2014

A recent law has been proposed that speaks of how disqualified drivers who cause death or serious injuries should receive tougher prison sentences. And it seems this law would be widely supported b...
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Dangerous drivers face harsher punishment
Release Date: 07-05-2014

For families and those affected by dangerous drivers, the news announced yesterday (6th May) is likely to be met with relief. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced the introduction of a ne...
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UK holds highest petrol prices
Release Date: 07-05-2014

The UK is continuing to struggle to pull out of the recession, and one factor not helping our wallets is the fact we hold the highest petrol pump prices of any major world economy. This hits busine...
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Global NCAP recommends 5-star vehicles
Release Date: 06-05-2014

Global NCAP has recommended that organisations operating vehicle fleets only buy 'five-star' cars; a statement that comes from new guidelines they have published.  These guidelines advise fle...
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Government scheme for Ultra-Low Emission vehicles
Release Date: 02-05-2014

The usage of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) is steadily catching on, with the enhanced environmental and cost benefits a great incentive for customers. However, to ensure the ULEV market reall...
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Proposals could cut a number of Britain
Release Date: 02-05-2014

When it comes to road necessities, you would think that road markings and signs would be the most important, however new plans are allowing local councils in Great Britain the freedom to reduce the...
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Government not doing enough to fix potholes
Release Date: 11-04-2014

So far this year the Government have provided £200 million to fix the nation’s pothole problem, but experts claim it isn’t anywhere near enough. The additional funds mean that a t...
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Budget penalises low emission vehicles
Release Date: 09-04-2014

Chancellor George Osborne has been accused of discouraging the take-up of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) following recent changes to company car tax rates announced within the budget.  T...
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FTA urges A14 proposals to be examined
Release Date: 08-04-2014

Plans to develop the Cambridge to Huntington stretch of the A14 moved a step closer to happening yesterday, causing the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to say it is time to ‘look seriousl...
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Road safety improvements
Release Date: 07-04-2014

Statistics have revealed that up to a third of all road accidents in the UK involve someone who is at work, resulting in over 20 fatalities and 250 serious injuries a week. It is because of this th...
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Tax discs on their last legs
Release Date: 03-04-2014

The paper tax disc is not long for this world. The Government will be submitting a change in law in June 2014 to be implemented on 1 October 2014 by Parliament.  From that month onwards, pape...
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New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Release Date: 02-04-2014

Being branded the ‘Car without compromise’ the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will offer customers the choice of diesel or plug-in hybrid SUVs for the same price. Launched in the UK this...
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Speed reduction limit implemented
Release Date: 02-04-2014

Recent research into speed limits on specific areas found overwhelming support for the limit of 20mph to be the norm around schools, on residential streets and in village town and city centres.&nbs...
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Smarter Parking benefits revealed
Release Date: 28-03-2014

There are plenty of elements which add stress to driving, however once you've steered past the careless motorists, traffic jams and wrong turns and reached your destination, there is one final...
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Company Car carbon emissions reduced
Release Date: 25-03-2014

Recent data has been revealed by ALD Automotive which shows how the average carbon emissions of new company cars fell to an all-time low of 120.4g/km in February 2014; a 4.8g/km drop compared to AL...
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Portland fixed fuel card
Release Date: 25-03-2014

Fleets are always trying to find ways to save money, and it is widely known that fuel cards can assist with this. However, specialist oil trading company Portland claims to have a fuel card which w...
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Brake calls for killer drivers to have harsher punishment
Release Date: 21-03-2014

Having a loved one in an accident or being in one yourself can be a very traumatic and haunting experience, and this is why road safety charity Brake is working with bereaved families to call for t...
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Fleet Logistics slam rise in company car tax
Release Date: 21-03-2014

The Budget delivered mixed news for fleet operators, according to Fleet Logistics International who deeply regret the 2% tax increase announced by the Government for company cars in 2017/18 and 201...
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Budget sheds light on company car tax rates
Release Date: 20-03-2014

Chancellor George Osborne has revealed new details on company car tax rates for Budget 2014, as well as plans for simplifying employee expenses and benefits.   The Government responded to the...
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Electric car chargers to be launched across the country
Release Date: 14-03-2014

Milton Keynes CrossLink, a network of electric vehicle rapid chargers, has been launched across the country four weeks ahead of schedule. Initiated by Milton Keynes Council, CrossLink’s cha...
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60% of drivers admit to eating and driving
Release Date: 20-02-2014

Road safety charity Brake and Direct Line are urging drivers to avoid eating food while driving. Research suggests that 62% (more than 6 in 10 people) of people eat at the wheel. Nearly a third (29...
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Drivers paying £1.2bn in pothole damage repair bills
Release Date: 11-02-2014

Experts claim that we are about to experience the worst pothole season ever seen in the UK. Due to the incredible amount of rain and wet weather and potentially freezing conditions in the next few...
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Is new ‘Green’ fuel actually better for the Environment? What Car? Tests…
Release Date: 10-02-2014

When we think 'green' we normally think of various benefits from environmental to wallet-saving positives; however the introduction of 'greener' petrol seems to tell another story.  The intro...
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New website to improve views on electric vehicles
Release Date: 04-02-2014

Although the popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles is growing, there is still a certain amount of negative stigma behind them. The Government and UK automotive industry are hoping to quash the...
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Drink driving figures down
Release Date: 29-01-2014

Drink driving is an expected problem over the Christmas and New Year period, however it seems a relentless enforcement campaign has worked in reducing numbers, with 573 less arrested in 2013 than 2...
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More pothole problems
Release Date: 28-01-2014

January is normally a month where money is tight, hard earnt cash splashed out on countless Christmas presents is taking its toll, and bills are looming. One thing most people do not need, are furt...
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Reluctanct attitude to Driverless Cars
Release Date: 15-01-2014

In terms of motoring technology, one project taking the front seat is driverless vehicles. With everyone from Volvo to Google hopping aboard the bandwagon, it is hardly surprising drivers are just ...
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Parking fines may be scrapped
Release Date: 13-01-2014

When it comes to paying fines, one most seem resentful of paying are parking fines due to the generalised view councils use parking enforcement simply as a “Cash Cow.” However, it now s...
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45% of men fallen asleep at the wheel
Release Date: 10-01-2014

For some, commuting is a time to grab a last few minute’s shut-eye before a busy day in the office with snoring being a regular occurrence on trains, buses and tubes in the early hours. Howev...
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Poll reveals support for tax disc abolishment
Release Date: 06-01-2014

A recent decision made by the Government announced the abolition of the paper tax disc which will include a large revamp of the system which has been around for ninety years. This schemeis est...
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Government scheme to improve transport
Release Date: 06-01-2014

The Government are planning a scheme which will greatly benefit England’s sustainable transport schemes by pledging a funding boost of £78.5 million. Local transport authorities ou...
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Young driver points show need for reform
Release Date: 18-12-2013

According to recent statistics, current training is failing to produce safe and law abiding motorists. Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says men in particular are racki...
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Paper tax discs abolished in 2014
Release Date: 16-12-2013

For the first time, motorists will be able to pay road tax in monthly instalments, with the old tax disc system being replaced. After ninety years, a new electronic system will see the old one bein...
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Highest number of new cars produced in 5 years
Release Date: 13-12-2013

With the largest amount of new cars being produced and sold since 2008, 2013 has seen the automotive industry take a big step in the right direction. And according to John Leech, Head of Automotive...
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Volvo to test driverless cars
Release Date: 11-12-2013

In a truly enormous step forward for motor technology, Volvo is planning a large-scale trial of driverless cars on public roads in 2017 on the streets of Gothenburg. 100 cars will drive in normal ...
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None for the road
Release Date: 10-12-2013

Christmas is a time for festivities and cheer, often usually accompanied by a drink or two. Yet couple these drinks with a driver and the change of events can be dramatic. This is why road safety c...
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Scepticism over Speedcameras
Release Date: 26-11-2013

As the austerity of our climate continues to increase, drivers are more often viewing speed cameras as a revenue raising scheme as opposed to accident reducing apparatus. This scepticism can be see...
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Government create jobs in 2014 motorway venture
Release Date: 15-11-2013

In the biggest investment since the 1970s, the Government is planning a £1.9 billion venture on British road that is hoping to rake in over 9,500 jobs, as well as allow Britain's motorways to...
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Councils prepare for winter weather
Release Date: 13-11-2013

Winter in the UK does not only bring snow, but the inevitable traffic chaos that falls alongside it and this year Councils are aiming to be more prepared than ever before, with 98% either maintaini...
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Germany forces a revision on co2 emissions cap on new cars
Release Date: 11-11-2013

Contrary to prior debate, European Ministers have acceded to German pressure to scrap an agreement that would cap CO2 emissions from new cars at 95g/km from 2020. In June, the European Parliament,...
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Clamp down on fraudulent whiplash claims
Release Date: 08-11-2013

Whiplash is one of the most common claims in what Ministers call ‘compensation culture’ – where many are unclarified or exaggerated, meaning motoring costs are significantly highe...
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New alternative needed to highlight driving risks with prescription drugs
Release Date: 17-10-2013

Early 2013 saw the Government announce the introduction of a drug-driving bill, including chemicals that can be found in prescription drugs. This means that drivers who take certain prescription dr...
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Vehicle Growth In The UK At An All Time High
Release Date: 07-02-2013

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the SMMT, recently announced that the total production of vehicles reached a four-year high in 2012 in the United Kingdom. A 9 percent growth over 20...
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How will you and your business be affected by ESOS?
Release Date: 23-02-1902

 How could ESOS affect your fleet and your company? You may have heard of The Governments new compliance legislation, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)? If you don’t know wha...
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