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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. 

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.

Ogilvie launches fleet for Raymond Brown Construction

Posted on by Mark Knight

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Attention to detail and a straight-forward business approach has helped Ogilvie Fleet win a four-year full outsourcing contract to provide vehicles and a range of services to Hampshire-based Raymond Brown Construction.

The construction company, which has offices across southern England and Wales, and operates in multiple work streams including the core specialist areas of energy, rail and building, has turned to Ogilvie Fleet after facing “challenges” with other vehicle suppliers in recent years.

Both Ogilvie Fleet and Raymond Brown Construction are privately owned businesses and each can trace their history back to 1953. The two companies also share the same unstinting commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service with integrity, accountability and professionalism.

The comprehensive outsourcing contract will see multi award-winning Ogilvie Fleet provide and maintain 140 vehicles. 

Initially, legacy management of previous suppliers’ vehicles will be provided with new company cars delivered as current models on the fleet reach the end of their fleet life.

Furthermore, the contract includes a comprehensive range of additional services from Ogilvie Fleet’s portfolio including: fleet management and maintenance, fuel card management and employee driver licence validation.

Budget 2017 - What it means for you

Posted on by Mark Knight

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget speech today (Wednesday, March 8, 2017).

It was also the final spring Budget as Mr Hammond announced in last November’s Autumn Statement a rescheduling of the two major fiscal-related announcements of the Parliamentary year.

Starting in the autumn, Britain will have an Autumn Budget announcing tax changes “well in advance of the start of the tax year”. From 2018 there will be a Spring Statement, responding to the forecast from the Office of Budget Responsibility, but no major fiscal event.

As a result, with today’s Budget coming just four months after the Autumn Statement it has been viewed as a “transitional Budget” with no dramatic or radical announcements.

Indeed many tax measures, including those relating to company car benefit-in-kind tax to the end of 2020/21, Vehicle Excise Duty for cars first registered from April 1, 2017, capital allowances, car fuel benefit charge, van benefit charge, van fuel benefit charge and Insurance Premium Tax had been previously announced.

Below we highlight those measures previously announced, alongside other tax changes and spending plans published in the Budget papers and impacting on the company car and van sector and wider motor industry.

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