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Most Efficient Lorries Will Pay Less Tax in 2019

Beginning February 2019, lorries meeting the most recent Euro 6 emissions standards will be eligible for a 10 per cent reduction in the cost of the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) levy. Lorries that don’t meet the latest emissions standards will be expected to pay 20 per cent more in their HGV levy.

Currently, the HGV levy is up to £10 a day or £1,000 a year, depending on the vehicle’s size and weight. However, the amount of emissions will also be a determining factor for the levy sometime in the future.

The change is a part of the government’s programme to improve air quality and reduce emissions, as lorries with the cleanest emissions produce 80 per cent less nitrogen than dirtier ones, according to the Department for Transport’s research.

What Are the Euro 6 Standards?
The Euro 6 standards apply to all new cars registered after 1 September 2015 and defines acceptable limits for exhaust emissions. The limits are as follows:


  • Carbon monoxide: 1.0 g/km
  • Hydrocarbons: 0.10 g/km
  • Nitrogen: 0.06 g/km
  • Particulate matter (direct injection only): 0.005 g/km
  • Particulate matter (direct injection only): 6.0×10^11/km


  • Carbon monoxide: 0.5 g/km
  • Hydrocarbons and nitrogen: 0.17 g/km
  • Nitrogen: 0.08 g/km
  • Particulate matter: 0.005 g/km
  • Particulate matter: 6.0×10^11/km

Who Will Likely Be Affected?
Companies operating HGVs will be most impacted, especially if vehicles in their fleet were manufactured before 2015. Vehicles manufactured after September 2015 should meet emissions standards.

How Can I Comply?
If a vehicle fails to meet the emissions standards, there are a few options available to help reduce the amount of emissions produced by the vehicle.

  • Have the vehicle regularly serviced.
  • Instal in-cab technologies that monitor driving and provide performance feedback to help encourage driver behaviours that lower emissions.
  • Encourage your drivers to drive more smoothly, which helps increase fuel efficiency and thus reduce emissions and costs.

However, one of the most effective methods to ensure that a vehicle complies with emissions standards is to instal a selective catalytic reduction system, which reduces nitrogen emissions. Another option is injecting fuel tanks with cerium each time you refuel the vehicle, which helps optimise the diesel particulate filter.

Drive Clean, Breathe Easy
For more compliance information, contact Direct Insurance Corporate Risks today.



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The Impact of Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying can take many forms—it can be directed at specific people or related to certain work activities. Specific definitions of bullying vary, but many describe it as negative behaviour targeted at an individual, or individuals, persistently over time. Workplace bullying can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Ignoring or excluding
  • Assigning unachievable tasks
  • Spreading malicious rumours or gossip
  • Delegating meaningless or unpleasant tasks
  • Making belittling remarks
  • Undermining co-worker integrity
  • Withholding information deliberately
  • Undervaluing contributions
  • Degrading others in public

Bullying can cause psychological health problems, such as depression, and physical health problems, such as sleep difficulties or stomach pains.

In general, targets of bullying feel a sense of isolation. In some cases, workplace bullying can leave the victim so traumatised that they feel powerless, disoriented, confused and helpless.

If you are the victim of bullying or have witnessed it in the workplace, it’s important to speak up.

Start by speaking to someone you feel comfortable with, like a manager or co-worker. It’s important to be specific and describe the behaviour you experienced or witnessed.

When it comes to addressing workplace bullying, it’s important to follow the policies and procedures established by direct Insurance Corporate Risks. Doing so can help ensure a safe and healthy workplace.

If you’d like to gain access to our workplace hub for HR support, risk management tools and much more simply get in touch today.



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Why the GDPR Means You Need More Cyber and D&O Insurance

Last year was a record-breaking year in terms of cyber claims, totalling more claims than the previous four years combined, according to recent industry research. However, researchers predict that cyber claims will rise now more than ever as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Due to the GDPR’s strict regulations and hefty non-compliance fines, the consequences your business may face in the event of cyber-attacks and data breaches are at an all-time high.

Apart from the need for increased cyber-insurance, researchers also predict that the GDPR will cause a surge in directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance claims. The GDPR essentially places direct responsibility on directors and officers to prioritise cyber-security throughout their organisation. Failing to do so could make them personally liable. To protect your directors and officers, consider adopting the following best practices:

• Approach cyber-security as an organisation-wide risk management issue, not just an IT issue.
• Understand the legal implications of cyber-risks.
• Ensure adequate access to cyber-security expertise and encourage regular discussions on cyber-risk management.
• Set an expectation that management will generate a cyber-risk management framework with proper staffing and budget.
• Discuss cyber-risk in terms of which risks to avoid, which to accept, and which to mitigate or transfer through insurance.

For more information on the need for increased cyber and D&O insurance, contact Direct Insurance Corporate Risks today.

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