Round-Up: FCA joins CCS scheme, Month of work lost each year to congestion, Budget date confirmed

FCA joins CCS scheme

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been granted inclusion onto the Government scheme which provides vehicles to the public sector.

According to the firm, it has taken four years to be added onto the framework for the Crown Commercial Service (CCS). As part of its bid to join the programme, the firm has had to launch a 24-hour servicing programme while additional field fleet support and head office staff have been added “to ensure FCA’s corporate fleet sales operation offers the best possible service to customers.”

“It has been a four year process to become part of the CCS platform and a lot of work has gone into this, so we are clearly hopeful of the growth it can deliver,” said Neil McNicholl, motability and national public sector manager at FCA UK.

Month of work a year lost to congestion

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More than a month of work is lost every year due to congestion on the roads, research by Mercedes-Benz Vans has suggested.

According to a poll of 2,000 van owners and operators across the UK as part of its quarterly Business Barometer survey  found that  on average 16% of a working day is lost due to congestion.

Based on an eight hour working day this equates to more than six hours across a typical working week adding up to 37 working days a year.

“We know from our Business Barometer that a growing customer base ever more focused on online retail is a positive for the industry, but unless the issue of congestion is tackled, these businesses will suffer. Congestion causes delays that cost money as well as time and can damage the reputation of business that rely on their deliveries,” said Steve Bridge, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK. “This is a key issue for the van driving/owning community so we hope that the trade associations and Government organisations will continue to take note of the opinion and sentiment of van owners and operators and listen to their concerns.”

Budget to take place on 29 October

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The Government has announced this year’s Budget will take place on 29 October.

It is expected BIK rates beyond those previously announced will be confirmed, while it is likely the chancellor will also explain how the Government intends to mitigate the impact the new WLTP testing regime will have on company car tax rates.