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Government plan to ban petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040

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The Government has this week announced plans to improve air quality by ending the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced the changes as part of the £3billion air quality plan which includes a host of initiatives to reduce roadside emissions.

The ban won’t include hybrid vehicles, those with a smaller engine and battery-power capability, which already make up a significant portion of Ogilvie’s growing fleet of over 15,000 vehicles.

The Government also has an ambitious plan to only have zero emission vehicles on the roads by 2050. 

DEFRA’s air quality plan includes a number of ideas to provide cleaner transport and improved air quality, including:

Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) including a £100million investment in the UK’s charging infrastructure and plug-in vehicle grants. 

£290million towards reducing transport emissions including new and retrofitted buses and plug-in taxis.

£1.2 billion towards The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

With almost 200 electric and hybrid vehicles models currently available in today’s market, and with many more ULEV scheduled to be launched in the next 12 months alone, the UK is well placed to meet the target. ULEV’s are Ultra Low Emission Vehicles with a sub 75g/km of CO2 emissions rating.

As member of the Go Ultra-Low scheme, Ogilvie Fleet company car users are encouraged to choose ULEV vehicles, with charging points available at all of Ogilvie’s UK offices.

Ogilvie Fleet has also partnered with Pod Point, one of the UK’s leading providers of home electric car charging stations, with government grants available for most vehicles.  

If you would like to know more about how Ogilvie Fleet can help your company run ULEVs then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Double technology award win for Ogilvie Fleet

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Ogilvie Fleet notched double top in this year’s fleet industry ‘Techies’ - the annual awards that recognise the fleet industry’s technology-specific products and services across all areas of the business car market.

Ogilvie Fleet won the Leasing and Contract Hire Award for the fourth time in the past five years for the continued evolution of its MiFleet Showroom online reporting tool, and the Best App for its ‘Happy Drivers App’, which is available to the industry at large, not just company car and van drivers and fleet managers that are customers.

The two awards further cement Ogilvie Fleet’s position as the number one contract hire and leasing company for providing the most technologically advanced and sophisticated management and information solutions to customers.

Expanding Ogilvie boosts Southern team with new recruits

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Business is booming for Ogilvie Fleet which has recruited a further two members to its South of England sales team.

The company has seen the number of company cars and vans on its books under lease and fleet management arrangements expand to more than 15,000 units as it targets a fleet of around 20,000 vehicles in the coming years.

Now Sarah Craig and Lance Spencer have joined the South of England sales team led by director of sales Jo Clark and supported by sales managers Mike Wynn and Jamie Arkell.

Sarah has enjoyed a career of more than 15 years in the contract hire industry, holding front line sales positions with both Leaseplan and ALD. Sarah joins Ogilvie Fleet from Daimler Chrysler Fleet Management, where she held a new business and account management role for the Southern region.

Meanwhile, Lance, a former apprentice footballer at Bristol Rovers, joins Ogilvie Fleet from the Toomey Leasing Group where he has successfully grown the Southern region over the last two years

Team Ogilvie raise £3,000 for charity

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Four members of staff from Ogilvie Fleet’s Sheffield office have raised £3,000 for two local charities by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. 

The team climbed three of Yorkshires highest peaks – Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – covering 25 miles and 5,200ft of ascent in less than 11 hours.

The funds raised will be split between St.Lukes Hospice in Sheffield and the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme. The Hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients with terminal illnesses and their families in Sheffield. The Community Programme works in conjunction with schools and local organisations to develop cohesive communities in the area through participation, social inclusion, health & well-being and education.

The team would like to thank all of their sponsors and Ogilvie Group for their support.

Cash or Car: the impact of OpRA

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Following the Finance Bill Update, Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA’s) are changing the way employees are taxed on schemes that swap salary for benefits.

The new rules came into effect on 6th April this year and affect people who choose to take a company vehicle instead of a cash alternative.  Essentially, this means that an individual will be taxed on the greater amount of the company car tax or the income tax payable on the cash alternative.

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The graphic above highlights that in some cases an employee who chooses a low emissions vehicle will inadvertently face a higher tax bill, whilst the employer will see a rise in National Insurance Contributions (NIC).  However, Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV’s), those with emissions under 75g CO2/km, are exempt.

Ogilvie Fleet recently held our inaugural Fleet Taxation Forum, in association with Deloitte, to discuss the changes in the recent Finance Bill update and the implications on fleets and drivers.

Ogilvie Fleet's online company car tax calculator takes the OpRA changes into account and works out whether you will be paying tax on a vehicle or the Optional Remuneration.

To find out more about the changes, you can view the presentations here.

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