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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Electric Vehicle Grant

Plug-In Vehicle Grant Drop & Price Cap Introduced

All good things must come to an end, and this is never more prominent than when the government is involved. The electric car incentive is changing and there will be three different grant levels based on the cars CO2 emission and battery range.

The new grant will come into effect from the 1st of March 2016 and stay in place until March 2017, or unless a prescribed number of each grant level has been met, whichever comes first. What this prescribed number of vehicles will be is a mystery much like the elusive night tube. In other words if you are considering a plug-in vehicle you better get in quick, or the best thing you may get by way of an electric incentive in the future is a polite ‘thank you.’  

“Plug-in Grants are only available on those vehicles which can be “plugged in” and charged by electricity. From March 2016 the Plug In Car Grant will break down as follows:

Category 1 - Published Emission figures of less than 50g/km with a zero emission range of 70 miles - £4,500

Category 2 - Published Emission figures of less than 50g/km with a zero emission range of 0-69 miles - £2,500

Category 3 - Published Emission figures of 50g/km to 75g/km with a zero emission range of at least 20 miles - £2,500

The monthly rental for a lease car over a typical 3 year period will then increase by roughly £15 per month for category 1, and approximately £70 per month for category 2 and 3! There is however a small portion of time before this change over takes place.

If you place an order by no later than the 29th of February 2016 you should still be eligible for the current grant structure, as free stuff from the government is generally few and far between we suggest you give us a call asap and order one now – 0800 043 2050
The current structure is as follows:

35% of the cost of a car up to a maximum of £5,000

20% of the cost of a van up to a maximum of £8,000

To encourage zero emission vehicles and maximise the number of everyday motorists who can benefit from the grant, a price cap for category 2 and 3 vehicles will come into effect from the 1st of March. Plug-In Vehicles in category 2 and 3 that cost upwards of £60,000 will no longer be eligible for the grant at all. Plug-In vehicles that fit into the cat 1 conditions – published Emission figures of less than 50g/km with a zero emission range of 70 miles – will NOT have a price cap.

Currently Eligible Vehicles

Category 1 Vehicles 

  • BMW i3
  • BYD e6
  • Citroen CZero
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
  • Mitsubishi iMiEV
  • Nissan e-NV200 5-seater and 7-seater
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Peugeot iON
  • Renault Fluence
  • Renault ZOE
  • Smart fortwo electric drive
  • Tesla Model S • Toyota Mirai • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volkswagen e-Golf

 Category 2 Vehicles 

  • Audi A3 e-tron
  • BMW i8
  • BMW 225xe
  • BMW 330e
  • Mercedes-Benz C350 e
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • Vauxhall Ampera
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE
  • Volvo V60 D6 Twin Engine
  • Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Category 3 Vehicles

  • Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid
  • Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

When the total number of cars receiving a grant reaches 40,000 in cat 1 and 45,000 cat 2 and 3 combined, another review of the grant structure will then go under way. This will include cars sold prior to March 2016. In December 2015 23,000 claims had been made in cat 1 and 28,000 claims had been made for cat 2 and 3.

Confused? This basically means that half of the grants have already been claimed since the scheme came into place in 2011. The number of Plug-In car sales have been growing rapidly over the past two years so do not expect it to take another 5 years until the second half of the grants are claimed. Once the combined 85,000 trigger point has been reached a new review will reveal whether this scheme will continue.


So get your plug-in order in before the grant runs out as the governments concern for our environment will only last as long as the coffers are full. 



Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Concept 2016

What's in store for 2016

This year Concept will be getting some brand new shoes! Well figuratively - we are polishing up our logo and rolling out a new design that we will launch early this year. The Concept brand will retain the same fantastic reputation but now with an updated look and feel. Watch this space.

Our sponsorship of Team GB and local Surbiton Hockey player Georgie Twigg will be very exciting this year as we follow her on her Road to Rio 2016! Keep up to date with Georgie as she gears up for the Olympics at – The RoadToRio2016.co.uk

There are a lot of new models coming out this year which will be on offer through Concept. Our sales managers will be up to date on all the latest vehicles and technology and with the London Motor Show returning after an 8 year absence we predict a fantastic year for the automotive industry.


With a lot of changes happening in 2015 we are looking forward to a good year with a strong and enthusiastic team who are geared up to find you the best deal and offer our award winning customer service to each and every one of our clients – we look forward to hearing from you!



Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Small Fleet Leasing Awards

Concept Vehicle Leasing is Best Small Fleet Leasing Company!

We are very proud to announce that we have won the Best Small Fleet Leasing Company Award - 250 to 1,000 vehicles sales category, in the 2015 Business Car Manager Small Fleet Leasing Awards. 

The awards are hosted by motoring magazine, Business Car Manager and are supported by the key industry funders, Alphabet, LEX Autolease, Arval and Network. Now in their third year, the Small Fleet Leasing Awards are designed to recognise the breadth and diversity of Leasing Broker offerings to the SME sector. We were originally short-listed from over 40 entries, the judges said;

“Concept Vehicle Leasing offer great customer care and are developing good products in a substantial package for continued growth.”

We were also short-listed for the Best Small Fleet Leasing Marketing Award for our innovative sponsorship of Team GB Hockey Athlete, Georgie Twigg, and narrowly missed out on the Best Small Fleet Leasing Company Customer Service Award.

Here at Concept we provide fully outsourced fleet management and maintenance, offering the full package to small businesses that do not have the resources for a dedicated fleet manager, so that our clients can concentrate on their business and not worry about the details of running their vehicles, from servicing right through to accident management. Behind our success this year is a new company framework with two new account managers to offer a fresh perspective, an experienced sales director and a new fleet and rental controller who has 10 years’ experience as a mechanic.

The awards were held at a prestigious luncheon at Corrigan’s Mayfair in London. Ralph Morton, editor of Business Car Manager who presented us with the award, said:

“It is clear that regardless of whether the client operates a fleet of 50 vehicles or is a private individual with a cash allowance, every single customer benefits from exactly the same experience with Concept. 

Concept's approach to technological advances is also commendable, both in the vehicle fleet - such as exploring the potential for major expansion of electric vehicles for the London area - and in company administration.” 


Winning a Small Fleet Leasing Award is something truly special for us as it means Concept have been independently recognised as “Best in Class” in our sector by key industry funders. Having now scooped 3 awards as many years, it demonstrates that we are consistent in our approach to business and our dedication to providing exceptional Customer Service.

We are really proud of what our team have achieved – it’s fantastic!



Winter Tyres

Winter Tyres: Revenue Stream or Safety Necessity?

At this time of year a lot of information fly’s around about winter tyres. Some people are heavy supporters whilst others think its money down the drain, but which is it really? No one wants to look like the chump who fell for the £500 rubber bank breakers, but then again no one wants the blame for not taking the necessary safety precautions in the event of an accident, especially if it involves family members.

In Germany and many other continental countries winter tyres are a legal requirement. However those countries are guaranteed a good slathering of snow, unlike the UK where some parts of the country won’t experience weather necessary of winter tyres at all. A large factor of this decision relies on where you live and how often you drive.

The advice goes that when the temperatures drops below 7 degrees you need to pop on your winter tyres as your breaking ability will drastically decrease and the car will have difficulty griping the road. Considering the predictability of UK weather this shouldn't be a problem right?

Winter tyres are made up of a special rubber tread compound with a high silica content which means they are still soft in low temperatures. They mould well to the cold and at times frozen road with a special tread pattern designed to assist breaking and traction. They do not however do well on the hot dry summer roads so although they have a thicker tread than normal tyres it isn't recommended to keep them on all year, even though legally they may be road worthy you should not use winter tyres without at least a 3mm tread.

A set of winter tyres will set you back upwards of £500 according to the AA estimates, however for those driving a new model this could be more around the £1000 mark. This will include the fitting and storage costs, as let’s not forget you will need to store this additional set of tyres whilst the other set is on if you don’t have a garage. This is a big sum to put down before the festive season, however most winter tyres will last roughly 2 to 3 winters depending on your mileage. We do not suggest winter tyres as a replacement Christmas present for the spouse however as that will definitely be detrimental to your health.

When it comes to safety the big issue is breaking distance. The continental breaking chart below explains how each tyre type reacts on different conditions.


Winter tyres are proven to be safer in winter conditions. They break and handle better in frozen and snowy conditions. Just because there isn't snow, it doesn't mean the road is safe, as ice can be very dangerous and is a lot harder to notice. There is the option of All-Season tyres, as you will see on the chart above, they are reasonably good all year around but are not the best performers in any season. Therefore we don’t consider them much of an option.

The AA advises; "winter tyres make sense if you live in a remote area where winter conditions are likely to be worse for longer. Elsewhere, it may be harder to justify the cost – though this has to be a personal decision. Lots of people decide simply not to drive in bad weather. Those living in urban or built-up areas may be able to use public transport instead."

Our consensus is that if you live remotely, get them, they will last a few years and they are worth it. However if you live urbanely, or in an area that very rarely sees the temperature drop below 7 degrees then they may not be necessary, we would however strongly advise you to check your tyre tread, if you are nearing the 1.6mm depth mark then it may be time to get a new set of tyres. Even if it’s not legally required, driving with tread at least 2mm should provide you with greater handling and breaking ability this winter season.

But most importantly if you are a nervous driver or you find the changing winter elements quite tricky then bite the bullet and get winter tyres, piece of mind goes a long way to driving confidently and knowing you and your passengers are safe.




Friday, 9 October 2015

Why do cars depreciate in value?

Vehicle depreciation and what you can do combat it...

We’ve all heard that cars depreciate in value as soon as they are driven off the forecourt, but what does that actually mean? Well, the depreciation of a vehicle is quite simply the difference between the value of the car when you first buy it and the value of the car when you decide to sell it. All cars depreciate over time and on average a car will lose 40% of its value in year one.

By the end of year three, most cars will have lost 60% of their value. But what causes this depreciation?

We have highlighted some of the main reasons below.

Dealership costs

One of the main reasons a car depreciates as soon as it leave the forecourt is because the buyer has paid extra costs to the dealership above the value of the car. The dealership obviously needs to make a profit on the car, but they also need to pay their staff and other overheads, therefore an additional cost is added to the car. Once you have purchased the car, these costs are no longer relevant to its value so it decreases instantly.

Age of the car

As your car gets older, the value decreases, just as it does with anything you buy. The best way to avoid depreciation by age is to buy an older car. A 5 year old car will depreciate much slower than new one and most cars will have finished depreciating by the time they are 8 years old.


Usage of the car

The higher the mileage of your car, the faster the depreciation. If you drive your car for over 10,000 miles a year, it is likely to depreciate more rapidly than a car which gets less use.


Condition of the car

If your car has scratches, dents or damage when you go to sell it, it will be worth less than an undamaged car. Also, if you have internal damage this will lessen the value, so try to drive sensibly! Getting your car serviced regularly will help to maintain the value of the car.

High fuel efficiency

There is a higher interest in cars which have a better fuel efficiency, therefore a car that uses a lot of fuel is less desirable and will therefore depreciate quicker.

Model updates

Cars are constantly being upgraded with innovative new designs and technologies to make the driving experience a better one. If your car model has been out for a while and a new model is going to be released soon, you can be sure that your car will depreciate faster.

So what can you do?

There are plenty of ways to slow down the depreciation of your car. Keeping your vehicle in a good, clean condition, keeping mileage at a minimum, getting servicing done when appropriate and keeping your service record as well as swiftly attending to any repairs necessary will all help to slow down the depreciation process.

If you’re wondering what your cars level of depreciation is, you can find a car depreciation calculator here.

If you want to avoid depreciation costs altogether, contact one of our team members today about leasing a car.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

BMW i3, the future of urban mobility


BMW i3, the future of urban mobility – or so it calls itself.

The big fancy booklet that comes with it talks about change and innovation, the general theory is that sustainability is here to stay and it’s time to get on board via the BMW i3.

We are weary of mentioning the giant VW shaped elephant in the room but the fact is since the recent emissions debacle the green movement is only going to gain more traction. We aren’t biased here at Concept on our choice of engine but electric was one area we weren’t entirely clued up on. So what better way to learn more about electric cars than to drive one for a week, and here are our thoughts:-

Do I look fat in this?

The first thing anyone ever notices about a car is the look and size. Our office all had mixed opinions, some good, some bad, this all comes down to personal preference but it is defiantly small and modern. The interior is taken up largely by the front two seats which very nearly touch the roof, they can be adjusted up and down but the height of them is similar to a sports car. This being said, they are extremely comfortable. Not too soft, not too hard, fantastic height for resting the head, if goldilocks could get her hands on one she’d never leave.

Once seated the interior of the car is quite spacious. The twin sun roofs for the driver and passenger give the illusion of more space and for a person of 6ft there was ample leg room when the seat was fully back. The back seats would fit a few small things, be it boxes, children or luggage, but other fully grown members will find it a bit tight on drives longer than 15 minutes.

The boot however is limited, you can get in all your groceries and the back seats can be folded down but we expected to find more space back there. The ‘suicide doors’ were also a matter of contention in the office so this feature comes down to personal preference. The way they function mean the back doors are hinged at the rear of the car as there is no central column, which means that the front doors have to be opened before you can open the back doors. This does provide for very easy access into the car, however you do need to open the front doors before you can open the back.

What do all these buttons do?

The Sat Nav is HUGE! This is fantastic we can actually see where it is sending us and because of the fantastic position it doesn’t obstruct our vision. The entire dashboard was actually very different but easy to use. The radio was easy to tune and well placed for easy access. The dip in the middle of the dashboard also provides ample room for your cell phone, sandwich or any other distracting things we’re not meant to use.

The interior design we had was the Suite Interior World, at first we weren’t a huge fan of this as the finish of the eco friendly material looked a bit rough and the white flecks reflected slightly in the windscreen but over time it did actually win us over. The cost of this earth friendly addition however is something we probably wouldn’t splurge on as it is heavy on the pocket.
There are a lot of gadgets you can ramp up the i3 with, however the two things there wasn’t an option of having were a bike rack or tow bar.

Does it drive like it runs AA batteries? 

If you aren’t used to electric you may expect it to drive like your sons remote control car on a shaggy carpet and this is the most surprising thing, it doesn’t - it’s zippy, really zippy. The i3 is responsive when accelerating in ways that normal automatics are not, it goes at the tap of a foot. The way it decelerates is like a manual, once you take your foot off it slows down drastically. This takes a bit of getting used to but if you adjust the way you drive and anticipate the traffic ahead you can do all your driving with only one foot.

The turning circle, as expected, was great – U-turns are a breeze and the steering is very responsive. The drive however was quite bumpy, you can feel a lot of lumps in the road so this could really be improved.

One of the best and worst features is the sound. It is so quiet, so much so you are surprised when the car actually takes off without the roaring splutter of an engine. This creates a sense of real tranquillity that unfortunately can turn into a sense of - I am actually falling asleep. Lucky the sound system is fantastic.


How much does it REALY cost to charge?

Each night it was simply plugged into the wall socket in the garage and taken off again each morning, we didn’t have access to the rapid charger which apparently takes 3 hours. There is the option of getting the range extender model but it is significantly more expensive and the i3 isn’t really aimed at the long distance driver.

When running about the city there are only 1,400 electric ‘fill up’ stations, however 40% of these are out of action at any given time (according to the Evening Standard). Old Boris does have ambitions to have 6,000 charging stations set up by 2016 but if they go via the current rate of in-active machines that will mean 2,400 non-working machines, and no doubt we will be lucky enough to only find a park at these stations.

As we used the i3 as a home to work vehicle we never actually had to charge it during the day.  During a morning route to and from work, including a school run and a few run arounds in the afternoon, we never ran out of charge and generally had about 20 miles left at the end of the day. This cost on average £2 a night to charge, so roughly £14 a week, compared to the £50 that was usually spent on petrol. So we are looking at a savings of around £1,872 a year. With the lease on a BMW i3 with concept currently costing £239.49 + VAT (based on a 2 year lease) it’s definitely worth considering.


So what’s the verdict?

A garage makes this whole process a lot easier. If you park on the street you’re going to need a heavy duty extension cord or you will be playing active charging station roulette throughout the city. There is the 75% grant from the government ‘for the provision of domestic charging points’ but there isn’t any provision for installing a company charging point at the office. So for the corporate client, electric may be determined on whether your employees have access to charging points, can have one installed at home or you may have to put some in yourself - at roughly £1,000 to £1,200 for installation, there goes the petrol savings for the year.

If you have a garage, then electric is definitely for you, it really is bliss not having to worry about finding the nearest petrol station and just think of what you can do with those savings. If you don’t have a garage then electric is going to take some logistical thinking.



Tuesday, 29 September 2015

VW Emissions Crisis

VW Emissions Crisis


With response to the recent VW emissions crisis we have the following announcement from the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association), they are the trade body for the vehicle rental and leasing sector. The association regulates the industry through a regular series of quality assurance inspections and a mandatory code of conduct.

BVRLA comment on VW emissions crisis

In response to the US emissions scandal that emerged last week, BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney has made the following statement:

“The rental and leasing industry plays a vital role in promoting the uptake of clean vehicles, so it will be affected as this crisis unfolds. Our members and their customers are concerned as to the potential ramifications it will have for the UK fleet sector.

“Numerous investigations are now underway, so we will be watching closely to see if the scope widens further to include other manufacturers and vehicles. It is difficult to comment any further about potential impacts until we have a better understanding of how governments, manufacturers and customers react.

“In the meantime, we should remember that diesel engines are the most energy-efficient internal combustion engines, and diesel vehicles remain a vital part of the fleet mix. It is often the most appropriate powertrain for long distance journeys and non-urban freight transportation, and the latest Euro 6 diesel engines have made some major gains in reducing harmful NOx emissions.

"For some time now, the BVRLA has been calling for the introduction of more accurate, real-world testing regimes for both CO2 and NOx. We hope that these will now be introduced swiftly and successfully, helping to restore much of the trust that has been lost.”


- We will provide regular updates on this situation as they arise.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

The Big 5: Things to Consider for your Vehicle Lease

The Big 5 -things to consider for your vehicle lease

Vehicle Leasing can be complicated, but at Concept we will provide you with the first day of school hand hold grade of step by step advice. We want to understand your needs and make sure you understand all the benefits and disadvantages for the different leases we have to offer, so you can find the perfect fit, both for the vehicle you want and financially.

Lease Term

The lease term is simply the length of time that your car will be leased. Typically, this will be anything from 24 – 48 months. Generally, the longer the term the lower the monthly repayments. The choice you make is largely based on the commitment that you want to make, but your decision should also factor in things like warranties, maintenance and termination costs.

Maintenance Contracts

Like any car, whether you’re leasing or owning the vehicle, there is likely to be a few bumps and scrapes. It is important that you understand what maintenance is covered in your lease agreement so that there are no unexpected additional costs. You can also find out things like will you receive a courtesy car free of charge if any work is needed on your vehicle.

Mileage Restrictions

The more miles a car drives, the more its value drops. This is no exception when it comes to leasing.
When you agree on a leasing contract, an annual mileage for the contract will be agreed, every mile that exceeds this mileage limit will be subject to a set fee. While agreeing to a lower mileage may save you some pennies on your lease, under-estimating your mileage could really cost you with excess charges, so make sure you know how much driving you’ll be doing during the lease.

Insurance

Leases generally do not include insurance as the car does not belong to you, so having fully comprehensive insurance is a necessity.

Although this is easy to obtain, the premiums on insurance can often be higher if you choose to lease rather than if you owned the vehicle – that’s why at Concept we are delighted to work with the SIA Group in order to provide our clients with access to a comprehensive range of insurance related services.

Owning the Vehicle

Consider whether leasing a car is better for your situation rather than owning the vehicle. Some leases allow the opportunity for drivers to own the car at the conclusion of the agreement, this is generally only an option for business lease holders however there are a few exceptions for personal leases. What you want to happen at the end of the agreement will have a heavy impact on the type of lease agreement you take up going forward.

If this is all making as much sense as a fish in gumboots then do not fret, we are here to help. We have a number of lease agreements for both Personal & Business users to suit any need and a wide range of vehicles on offer. We can walk you through all your options and explain all the little bits a pieces you need to know.

Got a question? Find out more, take a look at our website, or contact us today to find a deal that suits your needs.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Top Tips for more efficient Driving

WARNING TO ALL DRIVERS, New research shows that when it comes to petrol you’re basically throwing money down the drain!


What’s that you say? - You already knew this, nothing new, but your rear end just can’t hack the small triangle of a bicycle seat. So down the drain it goes, litre by litre, as you sit in traffic waiting for the grace of a small round light.

Petrol prices are what they are, and whilst they continue to increase there really isn’t anything we can do about it, but there is however a few things we can do about the way we drive, resulting in less petrol used and more money in the pocket.

A recent survey, conducted by Barclaycard Fuel+ found that on average British drivers waste over 636 million litres of petrol each year equating to an astonishing £700 million spent on fuel bills per year in the UK, let’s not even get into how many vintage Merc’s that is.

While most motorists could benefit from shopping around for the cheapest fuel, the Barclaycard Fuel+ survey recommended that choosing to drive more efficiently could save you up to £84 per year. Some of you may believe you’re the next Lewis Hamilton and not be inclined to change your ways, but for those who are willing, fuel economy could be increased by 10% per year for the small price of changing a few habits.

It will take some time to see a big difference in your fuel bill, but at least in the long term, many drivers could soon be saving hundreds on their fuel, their MOT and their insurance.

Top Tips for more efficient Driving:

1) Turn off your engine when stationary
We’re all familiar with traffic jams and long waits at temporary traffic lights. While you’re idle with your foot firmly rooted on the brake pedal, more and more fuel is being dumped down the drain, essentially for doing absolutely nothing. But don’t turn the engine on and off to frequently as this can wear out the starter in your engine.

2) Drive in the right gear
According to the Energy Saving Trust, skipping gears is recommended, so long as you’re driving in the highest possible gear for the condition of the road. This reduces fuel consumption as well as prevents wear and tear on the car’s transmission. If you have a newer car, look out for the handy ‘Shift’ light on your car dashboard to signal when you need to change gear.

3) Use the handbrake whilst waiting in traffic lights
While we wouldn’t recommend turning your engine off every time the car is stationary, an easy way to be more efficient is to simply use the handbrake while waiting at traffic lights. In the long term, this will stop excessive wearing on your pedals.

4) Give your tyres some TLC
It is your responsibility to regularly check tyre pressure, particularly before long journeys, in accordance to the correct pressure stated in the car’s handbook. Underinflated tyres can increase your fuel intake by 15%, meaning the petrol pump will be absorbing more money than necessary. Want to save even more money? Get eco tyres to save up to a litre per tank.

5) Drive along at one continuous speed.
The accelerator and brakes are money burners, so be conscious of not revving to speed up and braking too hard. Speed up smoothly and where safe, allow yourself to slow naturally. Try to always remember that your car is at its most efficient when travelling at one continuous speed.

Let’s be honest, we love our cars and we love driving them, we’re not going to give them up until teleportation devices go public and we can arrive at our destination in a matter of seconds.

If you were to take away one thing it should be that every time you have to put your foot on the accelerator – the harder you press the more fuel you’ll be using, and the less beers you’ll be buying.
Keep this thought front of mind when you’re driving and you’ll be saving petrol whenever you get in the car.

Let us know of any top tips for saving you may have, or anywhere we can top up cheap the next time around.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

The abolition of the paper counterpart driving licence

The paper counterpart driving licence - do you know the laws?




You may or may not already know this, but as of June 8th 2015, the paper counterpart driving licence was no longer valid or even issued by the DVLA.

The paper counterpart was traditionally used to display any details that could not be displayed on your photo card; for example, the vehicle categories you are entitled to drive or the penalty points against you for driving infringements. This information will now all be stored electronically instead.
It has been advised by the DVLA that you should now destroy your paper counterpart as it holds no legal status anyway, unless you have a paper driving licence which was produced before the photo card came into existence in 1998. These paper driving licences are still valid and should not be destroyed.

Penalty points, or endorsements, will still be recorded and you will still have to pay any fines applicable and submit your licence to the court. The only thing that has changed is the way in which the courts deal with the paperwork. If you have a photo card licence, the courts will keep the paper counterpart and give you back the photo card. If you still have a paper licence, the court will return this to you but will not print any offences on it. You will now only be able to view your driving licence endorsements online or by telephone/post request.

For new drivers this means you will not need to take your paper counterpart to your driving test but you will still need to take your photo card or paper licence. For existing drivers, if you need to confirm your driving status to an employer you can generate a ‘check code’ to give to your employer so they can check your details online. They will now be able to see any endorsements you may have and which vehicle categories you are eligible to drive.

There has been some confusion regarding car hire and the relevance of the paper counterpart in that situation. The best advice going forward is to check with the hire company whether or not they need to see details of your driving licence beyond the photo card.

You can use the ‘request a code’ online service mentioned earlier in this article to share your details with a hire company. This code will only be valid for 72 hours. You can also request that the DVLA provide verbal confirmation of your licence details to a car hire company. You may not even be asked to provide this information but it is best to ask the hire company involved. The same should apply for overseas hires, but again it is important to check with the hire company first.

The reason these changes have been made is to abide by the DVLA’s strategic plan, part of which states that the DVLA are committed to simplifying their service. Although it may seem confusing at first, these changes will provide easy access to your most up to date driving licence details in the future.

Got a question about the abortion of the&nbsp paper counterpart driving licence, we may be able to help. Contact the Concept Vehicle Leasing team today.

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