Fleet managers warn of safety risks in FBT changes

By Julian Bajkowski The Australian Fleet Management Association (AFMA) has intensified its campaign against Canberra’s removal of longstanding concessions for new car buyers under the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) regime, warning the changes could undermine both fleet and road safety. The national group, which represents both fleet buyers and sellers, says surveys it conducted during […]

Toyota hybrids plug into Victorian GoGet trial

By Paul Hemsley Melbourne’s inner north is set to become a real-life car testing ground for innovative vehicle rental service GoGet Australia which has said it will to use four new Toyota hybrid electric vehicles to determine how well the cars work in the “real word conditions” of the city’s densely populated areas. The commercial […]

Holden’s subsidy demand spells more doubt for fleet buyers

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Australian public sector fleet buyers are facing fresh uncertainty over the future of General Motors Holden’s domestic manufacturing operations Australia after the carmaker reportedly demanded another $265 million from the federal government in addition to the $275 million that Canberra has already committed to keep the Aussie icon’s factories […]

Combet blasts councils for buying too many foreign cars

By Paul Hemsley Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet has attacked state and local governments for not buying enough Australian-made cars for their vehicle fleets, suggesting that 70 per cent of local government purchases come from foreign manufacturers. Mr Combet’s sharp criticism over the low purchasing rate of locally-made cars comes as Ford […]

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