What will the Carbon Tax mean for fleet?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 15/07/2011 10:34:57 AM

Big news events don't usually fall on Sundays. Normally our news anchors, politicians and journalists have the good grace to leave us all more or less alone on our traditional day of rest, however like it or not Sunday’s event was anything but normal. Placing a price on carbon emissions (if the measure passes in parliament) is possibly one of the most fundamental changes in Australian government policy in decades and has the potential to fundamentally change the way Australian busin...

How will the Carbon Tax affect pump prices?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 26/05/2011 1:23:21 PM

The art of negotiation has a long and distinguished history. While in a political sense it gathers most attention during coalition formation talks, it does have the capacity to crop up at any time or place in most societies. The current negotiations and wrangling over the terms and conditions of a proposed carbon tax may (and most likely will) create a new chapter in Australian negotiation history. Fleet Managers will be well advised to stay updated on these developments as the prospect of a ...

FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax) Changes Budget 2011

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 17/05/2011 1:52:50 PM

This year’s budget change relating to Novated Lease FBT rates on company vehicles has been much talked about since the release of the budget information last week. On our blog this week we wanted to outline these changes for our readers whilst addressing the most common questions relating to the new system. The overhaul will, over a four year time frame, end the lower rates of FBT liability for those who drive in excess of 24,999 kilometres per year. The change to those over th...

Pump prices pack a punch

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 1/04/2011 2:37:18 PM

Who would have thought 5 years ago that we would be paying $1.50 per litre at the petrol station? I certainly wouldn’t have. Gone are the days that a station was selling fuel for $0.98/L. How I wish those prices would come back! But times have changed, and so have prices. Now the average national petrol price is at $1.43 per litre, and it doesn’t look to be decreasing any time soon. We all rely on fuel in one way or another. These are just a few areas that the price rise has a...

Australian auto industry faces some speed bumps

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 18/03/2011 2:44:54 PM

As the devastating news of an earthquake and subsequent tsunami hitting Japan came across TV screens all over the world, so too did the images of the damage and catastrophe it had left behind. One of the scenes saw the new cars that were at the dock ready to be shipped overseas instead being dragged away by a strong and powerful wave. It soon became obvious that these terrible events weren’t just restricted to this one country, but they were going to affect the world, in more ways then ...

Toyota to stay on top

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 27/01/2011 3:41:38 PM

There was a time when Toyota was an automotive leader in the global car industry by a country mile. No other company was able to compare to the staggering sales records, quality reputation, and loyal consumers Toyota had accumulated through-out its years of operation. However, given the year of recalls they had in 2010, what comes to mind now when you think of Toyota? Throughout 2010 as the news of the various worldwide Toyota recalls hit the ears of automotive enthusiasts, the once quali...

5 vehicle checks to complete post flooding

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 13/01/2011 9:51:05 AM

As the flood waters in Queensland slowly fall, Australia is left with the devastating aftermath. The unexpected flooding savaged people’s livelihoods from communities and created ghost towns in its place. For the people affected by this natural disaster, all of us at Fleetcare have you in our thoughts and prayers. If you managed to salvage your vehicle in the immediate aftermath there is still bound to be flood damage. However, as a result of the excessive flooding conditions, the a...

Worlds Apart: Australian vs European car market

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 18/11/2010 10:41:07 AM

Europe. The continent many Australians consider the epitome of exuberance. With the delectable cuisine, the breath-taking views, and the ancient historical attractions how could anyone say otherwise? However, its no secret the struggles that the European economy has faced in recent times. With record car sales just been announced on this side of the globe I decided to look further into how their car market is faring. While Australia has been enjoying impressive new car sales figures, Euro...

Speed Cameras: Life savers or money makers?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 17/09/2010 11:13:17 AM

Recently in some UK counties, fixed speed cameras have been switched off due to cost cutting. In some states in Australia they have been introduced (WA being the newest recipient). If they save lives, why switch them off? If they don’t save lives, why have them?   Do speed cameras really save lives? Research in the UK has shown that there has been a 70% reduction in speeding at fixed speed camera sites (caradvice.com.au). However, what is to say that people don’t ju...

Is Speeding in Moderation OK?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 14/07/2010 11:59:55 AM

Speeding is bad.  That is what we have all been taught from a young age.  “Don’t ride your bike too fast, you will fall off” and “don’t run around the pool, you will slip” are words most mothers have used at least once, warning their children of the consequences of speed, no matter what the mode of transport is. It seems counter intuitive that the Queensland Government is now looking at introducing new rules in their learner’s driving te...

Suzuki Left off 'The First Car List'

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Coordinator | 24/06/2010 12:29:51 PM

Despite being under $15000, having 6 airbags, ESP & an ANCAP rating of 4 stars the Suzuki Alto was excluded from ‘The First Car List’, a government initiative aimed at getting young drivers in safer cars. Rather confusing considering a 1989 Peugeot 404 made it on the list. Nothing against Peugeot’s but which car would you feel safer in? The reason for leaving the Alto off the list is that only second hand cars are allowed. Suzuki and other manufacturers are mystified...

March New Car Sales Increase by a Record Breaking 25.2%

Bowan Spanbroek | 8/04/2010 2:58:42 PM

In December 2009 the car sales figure dubbed ' the magic million'  seemed like a far off prospect left back in 2007/08. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry  chief Andrew Mckellar predictied 2011 as the year Australia would return to pre-GFC sales levels.  However the outstanding March new car sales figure of 94,744 was enough to change Mr Mckellar’s somber tune from last year, “This is an outstanding March result and provides further evidence that...

Holden Caltex and the Victorian Government Create Alternative Fuel Consortium to Introduce E85 Fuel Network

Bowan Spanbroek | 25/03/2010 3:23:15 PM

The bio-fuel cars of tomorrow could be closer than we think with the Victorian government recently announcing the formation of a consortium including, Caltex, Holden, & Coskata. The group will investigate the viability of creating an ethanol production plant in Victoria. This plant could produce up to 200 million litres of ethanol annually for cars powered on the ethanol based bio-fuel E85. This alternative fuel consists of 85% ethanol and 15% regular petrol and has various positive effec...

The Move Towards a 0.02 Alcohol Limit for Australian Drivers

Bowan Spanbroek | 18/03/2010 3:33:10 PM

The recent suggestion of a 0.02 blood alcohol limit in Queensland has ignited a nation wide debate, splitting academics and the media down the middle. It has stemmed from a submission to the Government of Queensland giving numerous options for combating drink driving, a 0.02 limit being one of them. Professor Daube from Curtin University in Western Australia says the move is ‘inevitable’. “We can wait forever for yet more evidence or we can decide as a nation that we...

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Car production takes a dive

Bowan Spanbroek | 11/01/2010 4:04:05 PM

Australian car production has slumped to a low of 225,713 vehicles produced in 2009, a staggering 100,000 fewer cars than 2008. The high Australian dollar has hindered the already diminished demand from foreign importers in the US and Middle East. On top of this local producers are hurting from the recent tariff cut that has lowered foreign importers costs considerably. These combined factors mean local producers will be relying heavily on tax-payer funded assistance in the coming year, w...

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