The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is currently free to join and provides a quality and performance benchmark for operators of vans, lorries, minibuses, coaches and buses.Read More
HM Revenue & Customs has announced the advisory fuel rates (AFR) that now apply, a copy of these can be downloaded from our website.
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The latest rates, which organisations use to reimburse drivers for fuel used on business journeys, took effect on March 1st in the future the announcements for AFR rates will be available on the gov.uk website rather than the HMRC website.
This is the new link.
The rates can also be downloaded from our website
The rules changed for users of vehicles under 3.5 tonne working for hire or reward that are towing small trailers.
The ruling came into force back in December 2011, if your using a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 3,500kg (3.5 tonnes) and are towing a small trailer with an unladen weight of less than 1,020kg the following will apply in respect of the requirement to obtain a Standard Operators Licence:
For those operating such vehicles towing heavier trailers (than 1020kg unladen weight) or goods vehicles with Maximum Authorised Mass greater than 3500kg the scope of requirements for needing a operators licence remain.
Note: This does not apply to to dual purpose vehicles when towing trailers:
The dual purpose category generally includes cars, estates, pick-ups (with second row of seats (crew cab) only), and domestic 4x4 vehicles such as Land Rovers, Jeeps and other similar vehicles below 2040kg unladen weight.
What is not Hire or reward
You are NOT usually operating for Hire or Reward when you carry goods you own or goods you have used or will use in the course of your business.
Operating for Hire or Reward
If you you are operating for hire or reward, you will need to apply for a goods vehicle operator's licence. the forms required can be obtained from:
There are some exceptions to the ruling, a guide explaining the requirements of operator licensing and how to apply for a goods vehicle operators licence (document GV74) is available in PDF format at:
If you are making comparisons between models from different manufacturers and sensibly analysing whole life costs. Seek independent advice from someone who is unbiased; If you are being advised by a manufacturer or dealer then the balance will probably swing in their favour.
It could be the case the vehicle you have selected is the most cost effective over the lease period, “make sure the correct fleet discounts are being applied across each model you have selected”. If you’re receiving a 25% fleet discount on Vauxhall or 30% on Ford then this needs to be considered in the "whole-life-cost" calculations.
Some manufactures are using this to their advantage, especially if their fleet discounts are lower; overall their product seems to be great value until the correct discounts are applied on the other models being selected.
Other considerations also need to be taken into account when analysing whole life costs to make an informed decision.