BVRLA welcomes attempts to axe regulation
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing
Association (BVRLA) has welcomed the government’s review of
unnecessary or labyrinthine regulation, known as the
Red Tape Challenge.
Proposals include making V5 documents
available on request, not issued automatically; replacing the paper
counterpart of UK driving licences with electronic information; and
removing the need to present proof of insurance when taxing a
The BVRLA is also lobbying to make commercial
vehicle rental drivers exempt from requiring a driver Certificate
of Professional Competence.
John Lewis, BVRLA chief executive, said:
“Credit is due to the coalition government for coming up with this
initiative and the Department for Transport for working with the
industry to come up with some real results.”
DVLA changes could save fleet industry
Further government proposals to consolidate
the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and move more of its
services online have also been encouraged by the BVRLA.
Some of the changes include: electronic
notification for vehicle disposal, e-licensing for goods
vehicles, removing the need to display the tax disc, and
prepayment accounts for the refund or purchase of Vehicle Exercise
Lewis said that although reducing unnecessary
bureaucracy would cut jobs, roles would open up within the private
sector due to the changes.
“Last Spring we sat down with the minister and
told him that there was a massive opportunity to streamline and
modernise the way the DVLA dealt with its customers.”
Lewis again said the government was “willing
to listen and take brave decisions when it comes to poor
legislation and inefficient working practices.”
Volkswagen to trial online solution
Volkswagen Fleet Services (VWFS) has embarked
on a three-month trial of an electronic vehicle delivery and
collection solution called MoDel
The trial will involve 17 of VWFS’s 65 fleet
business partner dealerships and the fleet customers of Hitachi
Capital Vehicle Solutions, GE Capital Fleet Services, ING Car Lease
and Volkswagen Group Leasing. If successful, VWFS plans to roll the
system out to its entire fleet retailer network.
MoDel is a joint venture between solutions company
Ebbon-Dacs and motor accessories supplier VGroup International as
an extension of
the Leaselink program. It automates the handover and
collection process, allowing customers to feedback instantly into
the Leaselink platform.
Iker Lazzari, national hire and leasing
manager at Volkswagen Fleet Services, said the trial was expected
to deliver around 500 new vehicles over the next three months to
end-user fleet customers of the leasing companies involved:
“We are working with a mix of small, medium
and large sized dealers within our fleet business partners’ network
to test the quality of the service and collect customer feedback
information at the point of handover. At that point, we will ask
the customer five service questions to rate the overall experience
and capture their responses.”
ACFO predict tax change to raise fleet
The Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO)
predicts pressure on personal consumption levels will trump rising
benefit-in-kind taxation to push people into more company cars.
Benefit-in-kind taxes, targeting car
emissions, are set to rise in 2012 in almost all brackets of carbon
dioxide per kilometre but ACFO believes this can be overcome by
fleet operators’ choice of – and manufacturers’ emphasis on –
By doing so, drivers may see their tax bill
rise by less in a company car than a private one, according to ACFO
which cited a recent RAC calculation that the cost of private
motoring has risen 14% in the past 12 months.
“A company car is the financially astute
choice in these austere economic times,” said Julie Jenner, ACFO
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Involved In An RTA
According to the latest figures from Pulse,
the online fleet diagnostic tool run by leasing and fleet data
analysts Zenith, Tuesday is the most likely day for a company car
to get in a scrape.
Friday has the highest number of road
accidents for all vehicles, yet is the least likely weekday for a
company car to be involved, Sunday being the quietest of all.
Of those accidents recorded by Zenith, the
most common accident is a third party hitting an unattended car
(21%) with theft or break-in second (19%).
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