Government launches drink and drug driving campaign

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The government has launched its annual festive season campaign to tackle drink-driving, this year targeting those who do not recognise that even a small number of drinks before setting off on a journey can be deadly. 
 
It urges everyone to THINK! before drinking and driving and highlights how a second drink can double the chance of being in a fatal collision.
 
New research from Department for Transport campaign group THINK! shows that while half the population (51%) would not consider consuming any alcoholic drinks before driving, one in 10 people (10%) would consider having two or more drinks before getting behind the wheel. The figure increases to one in five among men aged 18 to 34 (19%).
 

FORS to deliver Driver CPC courses free of charge

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The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is making 100 fully accredited Driver Certificate of Professional Competence  Staying Legal courses available to its members free of charge.

FORS operators can book their free place by visiting www.stayinglegal.co.uk.

U turn on 3% diesel BIK removal

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The government is retaining the 3% diesel company car benefit-in-kind tax supplement until April 2021, thus reversing a decision announced in the 2012 Budget.

It had been expected that from April 2016 the 3% supplement differential would be removed thus placing diesel cars on a tax parity with their petrol-engined rivals.

However, amid the ongoing debate over the relevance of the current vehicle emissions testing regime and the moves to introduce a system linked to real world driving, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne reversed the 2012 decision in this week’s Autumn Statement.

He told the House of Commons that the supplement would be retained until new European Union-wide emissions testing procedures would ensure new diesel cars met air quality standards even under strict real world driving conditions.

Retention of the 3% supplement is forecast to raise an additional £1.36 billion for HM Treasury in the five years to 2020/21.

John Pryor, ACFO chairman, said: “ACFO is disappointed that the government has decided to retain the diesel supplement. There will be, ACFO is certain, many fleets and company car drivers that have made vehicle choices based on the fact that they would save cash as a result of the previously announced withdrawal of the supplement.

“Over many years, ACFO has been consistent in its call for clarity and long-term decision-making so that fleets and company car drivers could plan for the future in full knowledge of what the tax burden will be. This government U-turn does not assist that process.”