Licence Bureau’s innovative ’12 Driver Distractions of Christmas’ road safety campaign has been extremely well received by fleets and young drivers following its launch on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Running from 8-23 December to highlight the pitfalls of becoming distracted behind the wheel during Christmas, Licence Bureau’s campaign, supported by road safety charity, Brake, advises drivers and fleet road safety champions on how to remain safe through 12 impactful images.
Volkswagen Van Centre Brian Currie in Milton Keynes has donated a brand new Caddy van to the South Central Ambulance Charity. The converted Volkswagen Caddy van will be used by the charity’s team of volunteers to deliver lifesaving first response care to residents of Newport Pagnell and the surrounding area.
We’ve seen increased levels of interest in our Drive to Work Scheme following the confirmation of tax treatment in the Autumn Statement. After extensive lobbying, the Government confirmed that car schemes can continue as a benefit of employment. Furthermore, they are going to be treated differently and more favourably than many other salary sacrifice products.
The Government has published the draft Finance Bill, due to be debated and come into force during 2017.
Of particular interest to the BVRLA's leasing members are the further details regarding salary sacrifice arrangements. As announced by the Chancellor last month, the tax and employer National Insurance advantages of salary sacrifice schemes will be removed from April 2017, though cars which emit less than 75g/km CO2 will be exempt from these changes until 6 April 2021. Cars where the salary sacrifice contracts begin, end, are varied or auto-renewed prior to 6 April 2017 will also continue to remain exempt until 2021.
The reform will apply to arrangements where the employee forgoes cash in exchange for a BiK, including salary sacrifice arrangements, flexible benefit packages with a cash alternative and BiKs where there is an option to take a cash allowance instead. This includes vehicles provided under a cash-alternative basis, as well as purely salary sacrifice arrangements.
What should the penalty be where death/serious injury arises through dangerous or careless driving? Are current sentencing powers adequate? Does any further offence need to be created to cover any gap in the law?
These are some of the issues under consideration in a new Ministry of Justice consultation lasting from 5th December 2016 to 1st February 2017.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is pleased its concerns about management and signalling on smart motorways have been addressed in the Government’s response to a Transport Select Committee report.
FTA raised its concerns with Highways England on Red X compliance and proper management of the signal systems on smart motorways. The Government has today responded to the Transport Select Committee’s report on all-lane running, highlighting these concerns.
Hyundai Motor is accelerating development of its advanced ccOS (connected car Operating System), the core platform technology for its future connected cars. The highly sophisticated software will optimize the high-speed transmission and reception of data within the vehicle to support increasingly complex features that will lead the connected car market.
Thatcham Research announces the safest new cars of 2017, and long list of finalists for the What Car? Safety Award, as the independent research centre powers the award for the third year running, as part of its “safer cars, fewer crashes” mission.This year’s tests have shown that there is more choice than ever in choosing a safe car. As manufacturers continue to raise the safety bar, the UK public are safer on UK roads than ever before.
Balfour Beatty VINCI delivers tangible success through innovative use of 4D modelling on smart motorway upgrade
Balfour Beatty VINCI, the joint venture working on the conversion of the M5 Junctions 4a to 6 smart motorway project on behalf of Highways England, has achieved significant results through the use of 4D modelling as a management tool.
The joint venture utilised 4D modelling for all critical activity which had the potential to impact project timescales to enhance understanding of the works sequence prior to starting on site, reduce waste and inefficiencies, avoid operational and logistics clashes and mitigate health and safety risk.
LeasePlan UK, the UK division of the world’s leading vehicle fleet management company, today announces the appointment of Stuart Houlston as Commercial and IT Director. The position of Commercial Director was previously held by Jo Elms who, after 10 years of service to LeasePlan UK, is leaving the firm.
One glass of wine can put a woman over the drink drive limit, warns a leading road safety organisation in the wake of the Government’s decision not to reduce drink drive levels in line with the rest of Europe.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced that the Government would not reduce the limit from 80 to 50 similar to most countries because they did not want to penalise motorists for simply having “a glass of wine at the pub.”
'FleetWave is increasingly being used to help operations identify risks such as accidents, poor utilisation and more though enhanced vehicle and driver profiling' says Chevin Fleet Solutions
The FleetWave ‘database views’ functionality enables businesses to pull their fleet data together into a consolidated view and create enhanced reports presenting the information in a more meaningful way – to help spot trends, risks and potential for improvement.
“FleetWave can integrate into almost any third party application including telematics systems, training programs, accounting systems, driver licence databases and fuel systems,” explains Ashley Sowerby, managing director, Chevin Fleet Solutions.
Government has outlined its plans to invest £290 million into low emission vehicles and improve the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, following its announcement in the Autumn Statement that it was committing the funds.
A new register of certified LGV driving instructors will go live in the New Year, replacing the voluntary government-run register managed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
The National Register of LGV Instructors is led by the road transport industry and is the only DVSA endorsed instructor register, developed by the industry for the industry.
British manufacturer Wrightbus has revealed a new zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell bus, which it plans to put into full scale production next year in both double and single-decker layouts.
The new technology from the Northern Irish bus maker uses a drive system encompassing a hydrogen fuel cell and a battery pack, and was unveiled at last week’s Zero-Emission Bus Conference at London’s City Hall. The combination of the two technologies makes daily operation of the vehicle feasible, with no tailpipe emissions other than water.
Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils and the Regional Transport Partnership, Nestrans are working with local commercial fleet operators in a new scheme that will improve air quality across Aberdeen City and Shire. The scheme was launched at the Town House, Aberdeen last month, with award presentations to inaugural members which included, DHL, Dyce Carriers, Freelands Freight Services, Hargreaves Logistics, John G Russell, Robert Gordon University, Sport Aberdeen, W Munro and William Walker Transport Ltd.
The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has become the first public sector organisation in Northern Ireland to achieve Freight Transport Association Van Excellence operator accreditation. The Trust was presented with a certificate at its Ulster Hospital headquarters yesterday (Monday 5 December).
The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust provides Health and Social Care services to a population of approximately 345,000 people in the North Down & Ards and Down & Lisburn areas, employing approximately 10,000 staff and operating 168 vehicles of which approximately one-third are vans and light commercial.
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