1 in 5 admit driving when they think they're over the limit

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One in five company car drivers admits to getting behind the wheel despite thinking they may be over the drink-drive limit the morning after a Christmas party - more than double that of private vehicle owners.
 
With the festive party season starting in earnest, the survey, conducted as part of the RAC’s annual Report on Motoring, revealed that 20% of company car drivers said they suspected they had driven with alcohol still in their system, putting them over the legal limit. In contrast, just 8% of non-company car owners made the same admission.
 

eCall to be standard in all new vehicles from 2018

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Automatic Emergency Call (eCall), the European Commission-backed system for sending an automatic message from a vehicle to an emergency call centre in the event of a crash, is to be standard on all new car and van model from 31st March, 2018.
 
MEPs have voted on the measure which will use the 112 number - it defaults to 999 in the UK - to call emergency services automatically, enabling them to reach crash scenes faster and thus save lives and reduce the severity of injuries.
 

Demand for used diesel cars could flounder

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Fleets have been warned that used market demand for diesel company cars could flounder amid legislators’ concerns over their exhaust emissions.
 
Vehicle manufacturers have invested heavily to develop, deliver and market lower CO2-emitting cars, supported by CO2-based company car benefit-in-kind tax, Vehicle Excise Duty and capital allowances and lease rental restrictions.
 
As a result, demand for diesel vehicles has soared as fleets and company car drivers seek tax savings and fuel efficiency benefits.