With Christmas and New Year now a distant memory, many of us will be looking forward to spending some time out of the UK to escape the cold and wet! Idyllic thoughts of white, sandy beaches, blue skies and cocktails. The reality for many is that jetting away to the Bahamas is not in the budget for 2017. So, a great alternative is to head for Europe using the Channel Tunnel or many ferry routes.
Being a master of your own destiny and the opportunity to explore little known places at your own pace are big attractions for this type of holiday. I have many fond memories of my childhood holidays when my parents would pack a large percentage of our worldly goods into and on top of a Renault Espace. We would head south, over the English Channel (usually by hovercraft, later Speedcat), through France and finish on the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, we would stop at small villages and spurious landmarks to take in the culture of the various secluded oddities that were in central and rural France.
Many people travel to Europe for business, whether for meetings or to deliver goods. With the Tunnel being so convenient for cars and vans to travel to Europe, it can slip your mind that you are crossing international borders. Different laws apply in Europe with reference to driving, what you carry in your vehicle and how you conduct yourself.
You can drive a vehicle on lease into Europe; however, as you are not the registered keeper of the vehicle, you must first request the permission of the registered keeper before taking the vehicle to Europe. In the case of contract hire vehicles, this would be the finance company your agreement is with. Most EU countries require you to carry a certificate in a vehicle that is ‘on hire’ (Contract Hire is included in this category). There are severe consequences for not doing so.
WestWon Fleet has comprised a free helpful guide to obtaining a VE103 Vehicle on Hire Certificate and the consequences of not doing so. Download our free guide by visiting our Resource Centre.
Written by Paul Hendry.
ACFO launches 2016 awards. This will be the 33rd consecutive year of the awards. They will enable all members and non-members to nominate the best in their opinion across seven categories:
- Fleet service company of the year
- Environmental initiative of the year
- Fleet safety initiative of the year
- Green vehicle of the year
- Small van of the year
- Large van of the year
- Fleet car of the year
SMMT state that remaining in Europe is “critical to future” of UK Automotive industry. Exports of UK manufactured vehicles is at its highest level for over a decade and therefore the uncertainty of leaving the EU could damage this position. The industry has a bias to export at 80% of which 57.5% are destined for the rest of the EU
Mitsubishi continue to lead the way on ultra-low carbon vehicles with the Outlander PHEV. At the end of Q1 2016 there were 19,945 plug-in hybrid Outlanders registered on UK roads, for comparison, the all-electric Nissan Leaf stands at 12,469. All hybrid and electric vehicle sales are showing a boost to sales figures in comparison to 2015 with the trend set to continue.
Vice-Chairman of ACFO, Richard Baird, is re-elected to ACFO Board – First elected to the board in 2013, Baird retired from the board and was re-elected by ACFO members unopposed as no other members put themselves forward.