Company van tax: understanding the rules

Company van tax: understanding the rules

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Road tax (VED) rates for vans are relatively simple for business owners to work through, although there are still certain factors to consider. Unlike cars, which face variable tax rates based on their CO2 emissions, vans and other light commercial vehicles (pick-up trucks and SUV-based commercial vehicles) all fall into just one tax band.Some older vans registered between 1 March 2003 and 31 December 2006 or between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2010 may qualify for a discounted tax rate if they meet either the Euro 4 or Euro 5 emissions standard. All other vans fall into just one category regardless of their emissions. That said, owning a Euro 6 compliant van will help you avoid other emissions-based road charges such as the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).In…
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What is Green NCAP?

What is Green NCAP?

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 With car makers continuing to face ever-more-stringent emissions regulations, and with an increasing number of drivers taking far more notice of their carbon footprint, the Green NCAP rating was created to promote the development of cars that are clean, energy efficient and less harmful to the environment.Just like the similarly named Euro NCAP safety rating, the Green NCAP rating utilises a star system to inform the customer on how harmful their new car could potentially be to the environment. This star rating is determined by testing ‘green’ credentials such as fuel or energy efficiency and emissions output.It’s not just a case of NCAP taking the manufacturers’ claimed figures at face value, though; the testing involved is rigorous and intended to achieve far more accurate ‘real-world’ results. Testing is carried out…
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Can I drive a van? Van driving licences explained

Can I drive a van? Van driving licences explained

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While most everyday jobs are manageable with a car, there are some that only a van can handle. Whether you plan to hire, borrow or even buy a van, the idea of driving one may seem intimidating due to their size and bulkiness. However, thanks to huge advances in technology, most modern vans aren’t much different to drive than a large MPV. There are also a number of smaller car-based vans on the market, too, such as the Ford Fiesta Van.Whatever you need to drive a van for, whether to save money when moving home, for large trips to the tip, or even for business purposes, it is important to do your research first. The first thing you need to know is whether your driving licence allows you to drive…
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Advanced driving courses and tests: prices, insurance and safety benefits explained

Advanced driving courses and tests: prices, insurance and safety benefits explained

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It’s so easy to disregard the idea of an advanced driving course, especially if you’re pretty confident behind the wheel. But the old maxim still holds true – you might have passed your driving test, but it’s when you get your full licence that you really start learning to drive. In which case, surely it makes sense to learn from the experts.Advanced driving courses are no longer dull affairs run by men sporting beards and tweed. Instead, they’re good fun, educational and organised by people just like you. There are courses both on the road and the track, to help you improve your observation, positioning and car control, and they’ll definitely make you safer behind the wheel. Some organisations will offer an advanced driving test at the end of the…
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What is hypermiling and how do you do it?

What is hypermiling and how do you do it?

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With high fuel prices being the bane of motorists’ lives in the UK, some drivers have started going to extreme lengths to get the best miles per gallon they can while driving their cars. In the US, this is known as hypermiling, but the techniques used by hypermilers to deliver fuel economy that exceeds manufacturer claims can be applied by every driver who wants to maximise their MPG. Even if you don’t want to go the whole hog, cherry picking a few hypermiling techniques can really give your fuel economy a boost.The history of hypermilingHypermiling gained traction in the US when petrol prices went sky-high in the early 2000s. With high prices at the pumps, many drivers bought more efficient hybrid cars, like the Toyota Prius. And soon fans of…
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How to renew your driving licence or change the address

How to renew your driving licence or change the address

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Whether you hold a full, automatic-only or provisional UK driving licence issued by the DVLA, it will need to be renewed every ten years, unless you are over 70, in which case a renewal is required every three years.Also, if you change address when you permanently move house, failing to update the details on your licence could land you with a fine of £1,000. A temporary move such as moving for university is fine as long as you can still be contacted at your original address.Renewing the information on your driving licence or the licence itself is now a straightforward process, thanks largely to the ease of the internet. If you don’t have online access, though, this isn’t a problem as you can still access the appropriate forms and conduct…
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Cheap car insurance for young drivers: top tips

Cheap car insurance for young drivers: top tips

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As a younger driver, car insurance is easily the biggest outlay once you’ve bought your car, and there are no two ways about it: cover for under 25s is expensive.It can be the single biggest hurdle that stands between you and enjoying your motoring because, in simple terms, the cars you want to drive are often off limits because they cost too much to insure. So you end up buying a cheap runabout, purely because it’s the only car you think you can afford to get cover for.All we can say is, think again, and certainly don’t give up as easily as that. There are deals out there to be had on insurance, so long as you’re prepared to shop around and accept some compromises. There are even some fun-to-drive cars…
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VED road tax: how does car tax work and how much will it cost?

VED road tax: how does car tax work and how much will it cost?

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Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) - also known as road tax, car tax, or the road fund licence - can be a confusing topic to understand, with a number of factors such as VED bands and their relative charges having undergone various significant changes over the years. The 2021/22 rates were increased in March in order to keep in line with inflation. Meanwhile, the last major changes came in April 2020, when calculations using WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) carbon dioxide emissions figures were introduced for the first time. Additionally, the supplement on cars worth more than £40,000 was scrapped for electric cars.How much will it cost to tax my car?This depends on when a car is registered: with the exception of inflationary increases, changes to the road tax system…
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Driving in Europe after Brexit: what are the new rules?

Driving in Europe after Brexit: what are the new rules?

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The Brexit transition period came to an end at 11pm on 31 December 2020, with a deal between the UK and the EU having been agreed at the last minute.Since the UK voted for Brexit back in 2016, there was much speculation on what leaving the EU would mean for British motorists driving on the continent. For the first time since then, we now know for certain what the rules are around driving licences, car insurance, driving permits and a host of other factors.Bottom line, driving in Europe is not going to be quite as simple or as convenient as it was before we “transitioned” at the end of 2020. Nor will it be as cheap, despite the UK’s trade deal with the EU, which has made driving in Europe slightly simpler than it might have been. Even…
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How to pass your driving theory test

How to pass your driving theory test

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Many learner drivers worry about their practical driving test, but there’s also a big hurdle to overcome first - the theory test. The theory test requires a lot more home study and revision to understand the questions. Follow our advice and, while we can’t guarantee a pass, you’ll certainly stand a much better chance of first time success. The theory exam is made up of a multiple choice questionnaire and a hazard perception test. You will need a minimum score of 43 out of 50 for the questionnaire and 44 out of 75 for hazard perception in order to pass. Both tests are carried out together on a computer at a dedicated testing centre, and are booked online.You can book your test at any time as long as you have…
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