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.
Overloading is covered under the Law, within the Road Traffic Act, Health & Safety at Work Act and The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) regulations.
The road transport industry is very tightly controlled by rules and regulations meaning that training is often necessary. However this training/advice can often be in conflict with what is best practice in order to comply with the law.
Essential Fleet Operator takes a look at how effective road risk management can help you to meet your legal and moral obligations while delivering a return on investment.
Maintaining the safety of your drivers should be a priority for all organisations and ensuring your drivers stay healthy and mentally fit, should be very high on your list of concerns.
Organisations need to understand the impact that stress and fatigue can have on company drivers and the associated risks. Employees who drive for the majority of the working day are at an exceptionally high-risk of lifestyle-related health problems. Being exposed to long hours of sitting, poor access to exercise, working mainly alone and having limited availability to healthy foods on the road, are all factors that mean drivers can soon slip into a very unhealthy routine. A routine that if left unchanged, could have a significant impact on their mental well-being, health and ability to work and especially drive safely.
Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is illegal and it is a controversial and incredibly dangerous issue. Many road safety organisations and the Government feel that it should be viewed as socially unacceptable as drink or drug driving.
Mobile phone driving laws were first enacted in December 2003, and since 2007 the penalty was three points on your licence and a fine.
Just because its not illegal to drive tired doesn't mean you should put yourself at risk.
Employees should inform employers, or potentially DVLA, about a medical condition that could affect their driving. But fatigue cannot be so easily identified or addressed.