In 2014, Chancellor George Osborne made plans for huge annual increases on costs for ULEV’S (For your car to be classed as a ULEV it must have Co2 emissions of 75g/km and below).
Now the government have changed direction and decided the rates for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV’S) will grow at a much slower rate.
Last year’s budget saw drivers of ULEV’S face a steep increase each year for the next four years. This meant the drivers of lower emissions vehicles would face bigger increases than owners of higher emissions cars.
Mr Osborne recognised this was not the best course of action and decided to U-turn by slowing the year on year increase for ULEV’S and increasing the yearly charge for vehicles which emit more than 75g/km.
This makes it very important for business users to research and find vehicles which have low Co2 emissions and fit user requirements.
Plans are set for a full range of “active safety technology” to the market. This will include, vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communication which is set to be available at the start of 2016.
Again leading the way in technology, Toyota have developed a safety mechanism which relies on wireless frequencies from integrated traffic systems which monitor traffic flow and road changes. This frequency can also be used to communicate with other cars on the road.
Imagine pulling up to a busy junction without being able to see clearly because of fog. Sensors on the car will detect oncoming cars and pedestrians then send a warning straight to the screen on your dashboard to give you prior warning.
The system also has radar guided cruise control, which monitors the car in front and maintains correct levels of acceleration and breaking to create an effortless drive.
The Japanese technicians are liaising with local government regulations so they can introduce this to the market next year.
Do you clean your car once or twice a year regardless of how dirty it gets? If so, now is one of the best times to do it! Give your car a good old spring clean! Now the winter months have passed, your car will have seen the worst of the weather, so a thorough clean will help avoid long term corrosion.
Firstly, the number one source of corrosion is salt, which causes rusting if it’s left on the bodywork, so it’s important to remove this fully. The best option is to visit a car wash which cleans the underneath of your car, this way you can be sure it’s tackled properly with a pressure washer.
Next, the inside of your car may have been damp all through winter, due to wet feet on the car mats on a regular basis. The moisture will have remained when there has been no ventilation to dry it. Faded upholstery, worn out carpets and general wear and tear will also lead to a reduction in value for your vehicle. Its best to strip the car inside of all the loose mats and shampoo the carpets with as little water as possible. Make sure you choose a hot day so the drying process is a short as possible.
General motor stores stock a variety of products such as shampoo’s, Upholstery cleaners and polishes to bring back colour for each material inside your car. Bear in mind It’s always best to trial each on a small patch before use.
Finally, on a regular basis you must check the oil level, tyre pressure, windscreen wash, and radiator coolant. If you are unsure how to do this, the vehicle handbook explains the best approach for each. By Just implementing these 10 minute checks you are lowering the risk of a breakdown.
On March 18th, George Osborne delivered the 2015 budget which saw funding for driverless cars and another freeze on fuel duty introduced.
Drivers were not on Mr Osborne’s priority list this year, which was expected by everyone; however, he has been kind. The fuel duty rise in September has been scrapped and he announced plans to pump £100 million into autonomous vehicle technology in hopes that Britain will lead the way in the emerging market. This is the second time George Osborne has cancelled a fuel duty increase, so we are now looking at the longest freeze we have seen in two decades.
What else should motorists look out for?
Tax disc changes – This has been in place since October 1st, so you no longer need to display a tax disc in your car windscreen. Recognition cameras will be the new method of checking cars’ data.
No more paper license – This comes into effect on 8th June 2015. Your paper counterpart will no longer be needed which means you should destroy yours. The government is removing all “red tape” and moving many aspects online in an effort to save an estimated £8 million. Drivers will now be able to check and alter their details online.
Great news for business car drivers! In 2019 the rates for ultra-low emissions vehicles will increase, but at a much slower rate than originally indicated. The longer savings period makes investing in petrol hybrids look even more appealing as a sensible business motoring decision, particularly when combined with the diesel penalties being added in major cities across the EU.
The UK has witnessed an additional 12% rise in new car sales. In a recent report from the SMMT, a total of 76,958 cars were driven out of the show room last month.
Using a straight line forecast this is expected to continue to rise throughout 2015, with February being the 36th consecutive month of growth.
Fleet buyers drive the trend in being the biggest spenders, and we predict private registrations will gain more momentum through March, which is well known as the biggest period on the car buyers calendar.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has stepped up his support for additional charges against diesel car owners in his home borough of Islington.
This has come after Islington became the first area to bring in an additional £96 per year expense on top of the current emissions pricing system for residents.
At the moment residents pay between £15 and £434 for a yearly resident parking permit depending on engine size and carbon dioxide discharge. The plan has the go ahead and will start in April.
Next in line, Hackney council have outlined plans to launch a £50 surcharge on parking permits for diesels, with the full charges coming into effect by 2017.
London takes a strong stance in its mission to improving air quality, as diesel fumes are a major cause of air pollution.
Red Nose Day is here and Jemca Car Group is taking part in more fundraising activities in each of our seven Toyota centers!
So far we have had various competitions and fundraising events, including a Frozen after school children’s party, which took place at Jemca Toyota Croydon, and raised over £500 for comic relief.
Today Darren Noakes is getting in the Red Nose Day sprit at Jemca Toyota Bromley by wearing a Minion Onesie! A massive thank you to all who have kindly donated to the Onesie fund!
For those of you who haven’t donated text TYTA85 £(amount) to 70070 to donate to Comic Relief.