Carmarthenshire County Council has announced plans to install the latest reversing aid technology, Reaclear, to its fleet of 28 waste and recycling vehicles.
The primary reason for the decision is to improve the safety of crew members and the general public by reducing the risk of reversing accidents.
Shaun Lynch, Waste Operations Manager, Carmarthenshire County Council: “Like many parts of the country we have experienced a significant increase in housing development and that is leading to more restricted access. There is more traffic, more parked cars and more people, and our drivers are operating 26t refuse trucks in even tighter spaces.
“There have been incidents in other authority areas with fatalities that have been caused by reversing vehicles and we want to avoid that happening in Carmarthenshire. We have experienced an increase in vehicle damage, which nearly always occurs when the vehicles are reversing.”
The DVSA has updated the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness. It gives advice on different types of inspection, inspections intervals, data storage, and essential reviews.
The updates include:
You can now access written decisions made by traffic commissioners at public inquiry.
Their decisions will be uploaded to GOV.UK once they’ve been issued to operators and transport managers.
You’ll be able to read about cases where safety and licensing standards have not been met and what action traffic commissioners have taken against operators and transport managers.
You can access the decisions here.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) earned recognition scheme has been officially launched at the CV Show this week (Tuesday 24 April 2018).
Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive, has officially launched the DVSAearned recognition scheme at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC, Birmingham.
The launch follows a successful year-long pilot involving more than 60 commercial vehicle operators from various sectors of the industry.
The launch event was attended by pilot operators, audit providers, IT systems suppliers and trade associations.
With 2.5 billion package deliveries every year in the UK*, most delivered by petrol or diesel vans, now is the time for forward-thinking van operators to cut their costs by switching to an electric van.
Nissan’s new, longer range, e-NV200 has a 705kg payload, enough cargo space for two Euro pallets and is capable of travelling 124 miles between charges (WLTP combined cycle) - comfortably more than the 55 miles a day covered by the average van in the UK.
Offering zero emissions mobility, low running and SMR costs, the UK’s best-selling pure electric van is exempt from road tax, the London Congestion Charge, and from all proposed LEZ (Low Emissions Zone) and ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zone) charges.
And with low emissions zones and clean air charges planned for major cities including Oxford, Newcastle, Sheffield, Southampton, Birmingham and Leeds in the near future, the new e-NV200 offers the perfect solution for van operators nationwide.
Road Transport and Logistics business owners and managers are concerned about the continuing shortage in the number of drivers, according to a straw poll taken at an event for the transport sector in Ipswich this week. Over two thirds of delegates raised their hands when asked if they had seen a deterioration in driver recruitment in the past three months. Conversely, not a single delegate had found an improvement.
“There are serious concerns in the road transport and logistics sector not only about the availability of UK or EU professional drivers but in the future other EU workers who account for a significant part of the workforce, impacting the viability of many businesses”, said Tim Ridyard, Partner, who specialises in this sector base at Ashtons Legal.
Tim adds: “Latest statistics suggest a shortfall of 45,000 to 50,000 commercial drivers in the UK. There are 300,000 people who drive for a living, and a further 200,000 people who drive as part of their job. There are a number of reasons for the shortage – the industry has become unattractive, workers cite bad facilities, low rates of pay and the costs of qualifying as issues that are deterring new people to the sector. We also have a huge number of drivers who will retire in the next ten years – 75,000 – and very few young people replacing them”.
Brake, the road safety charity, is running a free webinar that will provide fleet and road safety professionals with best practice guidance on engaging at-work drivers with key road safety messages. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 5 June 2018. Attendance is free, and you can register by emailing email@example.com, or booking online.
The webinar will be delivered by Brake Professional, Brake’s low-cost membership service for professionals working in the field of fleet safety. Brake Professional shares training, tools, and guidance on global fleet safety best practice with its members, as well as networking and development opportunities.
The ability to make fleet operating cost savings and the ‘simplicity’ of monthly fixed costs contributed to Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG) switching to a fully outsourced contract hire solution with Ogilvie Fleet for its 45 light commercial vehicles.
Historically, GUHG, an innovative leading provider and developer of affordable housing and related services in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, managing almost 12,000 properties, has purchased its fleet vehicles.
However, Richard Pearce, the organisation’s Health, Safety and Business Services Manager, undertook a root and branch funding review to ascertain the most cost effective method of acquisition for its vehicles.
Ogilvie Fleet, one of the UK’s fastest growing vehicle leasing and fleet management companies with more than 16,000 company cars and vans on its books, was among the contract hire providers approached to provide a detailed whole life cost analysis of the fleet.
Volvo has been appointed to supply 15 new V60 estate cars to Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). Following an extensive tender and evaluation, the new vehicles join an existing fleet of 21 Volvo V60s, each one bluelight converted and delivered to NIFRS livery specification.
Ian Reger, Volvo Car UK’s Special Vehicles Manager, said: “We are delighted to have received a repeat order from the NIFRS. This new contract was awarded following an extensive tender exercise in competition with many other manufacturers.
“The cars have been equipped with bluelight equipment by Volvo’s approved converter network which meet NIFRS requirements for response capable cars.”
The V60 impressed the NIFRS on many criteria, including suitability for the role and competitive whole life costs. Volvo worked closely with NIFRS to agree on the placement and design of the equipment to suit its requirements working to extremely tight deadlines.
Volvo recently unveiled its all-new V60, which will compete head-on with rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz when it arrives in the UK later this year.
More information on the new Volvo V60 can be found at www.volvocars.co.uk.
The new 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 40kWh will make its UK debut at the CV Show in Birmingham as Nissan showcases the strength and depth of its light commercials range.
Incorporating a new 40kWh battery that delivers a 60% increase in range without any loss of payload or cargo capacity, the new e-NV200 will strengthen Nissan’s position as the undisputed market leader in the pure EV van sector.
Arriving at Nissan’s nationwide network of specialist business centres this summer, the model’s zero emissions performance means it continues to qualify for the Government’s Plug-in Van Grant and exemption from both road tax and the London Congestion Charge.
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), has joined with the Road Haulage Association (RHA), Freight Transport Association (FTA), and the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) in raising concerns about the way HGVs are treated in future Clean Air Zones (CAZ).
The associations have written a joint letter to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, calling for Government support in ensuring that the introduction of CAZs will not unfairly hit businesses who rely upon HGVs.
A growing number of cities across England have announced that they are considering the introduction of some kind of HGV charging CAZ in a bid to reduce illegal levels of roadside NOx emissions. London is further advanced, with its expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone scheduled to begin on April 8th next year.
A novel approach to workplace wellbeing has helped Lanes Group plc win a RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award for the ninth year in a row to retain its RoSPA Gold Medal for multiple consecutive awards.
The UK's largest independent drainage specialist could evidence significant health and safety initiatives during 2017, clearly demonstrating the continuous improvement expected by the award scheme.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents annual award scheme is one of the most rigorous and prestigious tests of occupational health and safety excellence in the UK.
OVO has unveiled a range of products that, together with its intelligent platform VCharge, will form the components of a distributed, domestic energy system for the future.
The range includes the world’s first widely available, domestic electric vehicle-to-grid charger, designed and manufactured in the UK. The charger will accelerate the global transition to electric vehicles and will enable drivers to sell surplus energy from their electric vehicle batteries back to the electricity grid – meaning they may never have to pay to be on the road again.
A truck with a combustion engine powered entirely from zero carbon hydrogen fuel will take to the roads later this year. Developed by hydrogen fuel pioneer ULEMCo, the converted VOLVO FH16 vehicle will use what is believed to be the first ‘zero emission’ combustion engine anywhere in the world. The 100% hydrogen combustion truck, with Mega Low Emissions (MLE), is designed to provide a dramatic demonstration of how hydrogen fuel can be deployed to decarbonise heavy goods vehicles efficiently and cost effectively.
Unlike other ‘hydrogen fuelled’ vehicles, the MLE truck uses hydrogen to power the vehicle using a combustion engine rather than via fuel cells and an electric motor. However, in common with fuel cell versions, there will be none of the usual emissions from hydrocarbons that impact on air quality - such as unburnt fuel, particulates, carbon monoxide etc., and the NOx levels will be immeasurably low. ULEMCo believes that using conventional engines and existing truck designs, rather than the full transformation needed for electrification, the time frame to the target of zero carbon emissions can be shortened significantly, at the same time dramatically reducing the cost of the change for customers.
IVECO has delivered the first batch of 255 Daily 3.5-tonne panel vans to Cadent – the UK’s largest gas distribution network serving 11 million homes. The supply marks a major conquest order for IVECO – with a second tranche of Daily vans to follow during 2018/19.
The arrivals, supplied by West Bromwich-based IVECO dealer Guest Truck & Van, mark a two-year commitment between IVECO and Cadent with an option to extend for a further two years.
The current order is for the Daily 35S12, featuring 116 hp diesel engines. However, Cadent will use the relationship with IVECO to explore using CNG-powered vehicles for future fleet replacements – with IVECO’s gas models forming a key part of the International Van of the Year 2018-winning Daily Blue Power range.
The vans are being kitted out with Bri-Stor Systems internal racking and will be self-sufficient mobile workshops with split drive 110v onboard electric and air compressor supply thanks to Winton and Gardner Denver.
The announcement that licence regulations are to be relaxed for drivers of some alternatively-fuelled vans has been warmly welcomed by the Freight Transport Association.
Currently, drivers with category B (car) licences are permitted to drive vans which weigh up to 3.5 tonnes. However, electric and hybrid vans of a comparable size must carry a large battery pack, making them slightly heavier. The government announced today (29 March) that it would seek agreement from the EU for drivers with category B licences to be permitted to drive alternatively-fuelled vans weighing up to 4.25 tonnes.
FTA, which represents more than 17,000 logistics businesses moving goods and services across the country, consulted its members on the proposal and they were largely in favour of the change. It follows news that operators of alternatively-fuelled vehicles up to 4.25 tonnes will also be exempt from HGV operator licensing, as long as they only operate domestically.
Volvo Trucks is proud to introduce its first all-electric truck for commercial use – the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. With this introduction Volvo Trucks takes the lead in offering solutions for electrified goods transport in urban environments.
The first trucks in the new Volvo FL Electric range are now entering regular operation with two customers in Gothenburg, the home of Volvo Trucks, with sales and series production of the new model starting in Europe next year.
Jaama adds new functionality to Key2 asset management system to further drive fleet efficiency, compliance and cost savings
Jaama has added new functionality to its industry-leading, multi award-winning Key2 asset management system to improve its customers’ fleet operating efficiency and ensure increased compliance management along with providing additional cost controls.
Jaama has completely overhauled and significantly improved the Vehicle Event Manager area of Key2 and renamed it Compliance Manager.
Additionally, a new Tyre Data Import module enables systemised validation of incoming tyre costs against pre-agreed costs matrixes to ensure correct charging for tyres. The new import module complements Key2’s existing tyre management functionality.
Furthermore, Key2 has also been enhanced to enable the importing of vehicle details that are the subject of a motor manufacturer recall along with the ability to capture the related rectification work. The new functionality works alongside the current manual entry system, streamlining the process and significantly reducing administrative intervention.
Fife Council has saved £189,000 on its annual fuel bill by working with employees to encourage a safer, more efficient driving style.
Carbon emissions were also substantially reduced in 2017, with CO2 output being cut by 3,400 tonnes compared to the previous year, thanks to a 15 per cent improvement in mpg.
This was achieved through the successful implementation of a driver improvement programme across the Council’s Building Services and Direct Response teams, underpinned by WEBFLEET, the Software-as-a-Service fleet management solution from TomTom Telematics.
Performance data provided by WEBFLEET – which scores drivers based on eight performance indicators, including harsh steering, sudden braking and speeding – is used to identify potential issues, and targeted driver training offered to help employees improve.
M Group Services Plant & Fleet Solutions, the specialist utility services provider is specifying a new underbody lighting system, which illuminates when reversing to maintain safety during vehicle manoeuvring and to ensure compliance with REG 23 and Reg 48 - the European directives which specify the intensity and positioning of vehicle manoeuvring lights.
Named BM3 Banksman R23, the light is designed by Labcraft and takes its name from the European regulation REG 23, which defines the specification of reversing and manoeuvring lamps for commercial vehicles. The regulation stipulates that the light colour must be white, must not exceed an intensity of 500 cd (Candela) and should come under an intensity of 0.5 cd in the field of view where the light must not be seen.
In turn, REG 23 forms a part of the ECE Regulation 48, which defines the specification and positioning of reversing and manoeuvring lights installed prior to vehicle registration.
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