As part of Crown Commercial Services’ (CCS) total fleet solutions, the Fleet Category has successfully delivered a new commercial agreement for the funding, fleet management and rental solutions for vehicles. It is the 5th generation agreement for CCS, building on previous successes by widening the scope and supplier participation.
Within both the public and private sectors, the vast majority of vehicles are sourced through a financing arrangement, meaning that excellent deals are important. The industry has seen unprecedented change and challenges over the past 12-months, creating a demand for access to specialist expertise and more flexible contracting for fleet managers.
Don’t invalidate your car insurance: 10 things you need to know if you are thinking of driving in Europe this summer
1 Make sure you’re covered for every country you visit
Under the Green Card system, the majority of UK car insurance policies should provide you with the minimum third-party cover in all other EU countries. Check with your provider beforehand as this may be less than your UK level of cover.
Non-EU countries, including Montenegro and Ukraine, are not part of the Green Card system, so you’ll need to carry a Green Card at all times. You can get this from your provider so contact them well ahead of time.
Manufacturers of passenger cars and Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) must carry out a series of tests to verify their compliance with regulations prior to placing their vehicles on the market. In September 2019, LCVs must make the transition to one such test.
Since the 1980s, laboratory tests have been used to measure vehicle fuel consumption and C02 and pollutant emissions. The tests follow standardised procedures that can be reproduced, allowing for the comparison of results. Under conditions defined by EU law, the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test was based on theoretical driving cycles to test different car models and allow consumers to compare the results.
Change is afoot in the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) market. While diesel is currently used by the vast majority of operators, manufacturers are branching out to provide sustainable alternatives. As businesses prepare for tighter emissions regulations and seek ways to address climate change, the electric van is a viable option for any single or fleet operator.
E-commerce and the surge in last mile deliveries is driving change, particularly in urban areas and the electrification of LCVs is increasingly on the minds of operators with environmental sustainability crucial to the future of their businesses.
Operating vehicles overloaded is a pervasive compliance issue in the commercial road transport industry that goes underappreciated by fleet operators, according to Russell Ledger, Commercial Manager at specialist on-vehicle weighing systems provider Red Forge.
When talking on this subject with Fleet Manager magazine, Russell said: “The health and safety risks of operating a commercial vehicle while it is overloaded are without doubt underappreciated by drivers and fleet companies. However, the feedback we are receiving more often nowadays is that operators are in fact becoming more aware of the issue and are attempting to make the change due to the punitive measures handed out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for those found guilty.”
Jaama, the UK’s leading fleet and asset management software provider, is gathering “huge interest” in its revolutionary Maintenance Exchange platform from both maintenance providers and commercial vehicle operators.
Over recent years, the breadth of choice of commercial vehicle conversions has expanded greatly and at the same time, what will always be complex procurement procedures, has been simplified by manufacturer schemes and collaborative procurement hubs. Within the Public Sector and Housing Associations therefore, there will always be a conversion that is “fit-for-purpose”, either from a manufacturer’s “factory fitted” range or through their conversion programmes for more bespoke requirements.
MONITOR YOUR DRIVING STYLE
There are three main causes of tyre problems speeding and overloading.
Small changes in driving style can make a big difference to maintaining your
tyres and of course to your fuel consumption. Driving at speed, rapid acceleration
and fast cornering will create a greater build-up of heat within the tyre which in turn
can cause tyre damage. Also, emergency or harsh braking can sometimes leave your
tyres with premature tyre removal. It is always recommended to have your tyres checked
if the vehicle has been involved in an emergency manoeuvre like sudden and heavy braking.
However impatient a driver is feeling, perhaps as a result of delays during the holiday period, it is important to realise the dangers of tailgating. Drivers must realise this activity will lead to an increased chance of a collision.
Tailgating is the scourge of safe driving that refuses to go away. This aggressive behaviour is difficult to react to in the correct way. It triggers a series of emotive responses, but it is absolutely essential that drivers are not intimidated enough to put themselves and their passengers in danger.
Guidance to drivers on changes in the law which allow category B licence holders to drive alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) up to 4.25 tonnes
In 2018, UK law was changed so that the weight limit for Category B driving licence holders driving alternatively-fuelled vehicles could be increased from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes.
The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (the 2018 Regulations) made changes to the law to allow Category B licence holders to drive an alternatively fuelled vehicle that weighs between 3.5 and 4.25 tonnes, provided it is not driven outside of Great Britain, used for the transportation of goods, is not towing a trailer and the driver has completed a minimum of 5 hours training.