Derek Bryan, VP EMEA, Verizon Connect
In April 2019, London’s congestion charge will evolve, bringing in new, tighter regulations on exhaust emission standards and a revised fee for vehicle registration as part of the new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). While the ULEZ represents an important step forward in the UK’s efforts to limit pollution, fleet managers and operations teams will need to factor the revised regulations into route planning and operations for commercial vehicles travelling into London.
In an industry driven by operational efficiency and narrow margins, the planning for ULEZ (and its potential expansion) will become an additional item on a manager’s to-do list. Geofences are one tool fleet managers can use to help reduce penalties incurred by drivers inadvertently entering the ULEZ with a non-compliant vehicle by providing near-real-time alerts when a driver approaches a geofenced zone. It can also help reduce the extra time spent factoring the ULEZ into route planning by clearly marking the area in navigation systems.
ACFO provides Government with six-point Company Car Tax action plan to protect and enhance corporate demand
The Government has been urged by ACFO, the UK’s premier fleet decision-makers’ organisation, to adopt a six-point action plan to protect and enhance company car demand.
The action plan has been sent to HM Treasury in response to its review into the impact of the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) on company car benefit-in-kind tax and Vehicle Excise Duty.
From 1 October 2019 the new ABI Code of Practice for the disposal of motor vehicle salvage will require that vehicle salvage can only be categorised by an Appropriately Qualified Person (AQP). TEC Engineers, part of the TEC Reports Group, is one of the few UK providers of engineers, assessors and managers of motor vehicle claims services to have all its vehicle engineers already fully approved to the new Appropriately Qualified Person (AQP) standard.
The Vehicle Remarketing Association has added its support to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s response to the current Government’s WLTP consultation.
Sam Watkins, chair at the VRA, said that her organisation shared the BVRLA’s concern about how the potential, negative impact on the company car sector could have widespread repercussions.
As an operator of heavy goods or public service vehicles, you'll already know the importance of security when it comes your vehicles and what you carry in them.
However, online security may not be an obvious concern to everyone.
With social media being a big part of everyone’s lives nowadays, including professional drivers, the need to be vigilant is more important than ever.
Images of personal information like licence and vehicle documents could be invaluable to someone looking to commit fraud.
That's why the DVLA has provided some tips to help motorists stay safe online. They received over 1000 reports of online scams in the last 3 of 2018.
Read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/7-tips-for-motorists-to-stay-safe-onlinewww.gov.uk/government/news/7-tips-for-motorists-to-stay-safe-online
Transport data firm Inrix calculated that the average road user in London lost up to GBP1,680 due to jams.
This was followed by Edinburgh (GBP1,219), Manchester (GBP1,157) and Leicester (GBP1,145).
Liverpool had the lowest cost of congestion among the cities studied, at
GBP878 per driver.
London and Edinburgh are the country's slowest cities with an average speed for journeys into the central business district of just 7mph in peak time.
Wincanton has selected Alcumus SafeContractor as its health and safety partner, to assess and ensure legal compliance for contractors. It is the first third-party logistics company (3PL) to fully roll out the accreditation scheme across its contractor base.
Van drivers are risking accidents by failing to leave enough distance to stop, according to research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, that shows over half of van drivers don’t know how heavy loads impact braking distances.
The majority of van drivers carry up to half a tonne of equipment on a daily basis* which can increase braking distances by up to 36% - equal to an extra five metres to stop at 60mph – as revealed in exclusive tests carried out by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles**.
Fleet operators around the world are being asked to join a new global campaign to help tackle the rising epidemic of road deaths, injuries and poisonous air from vehicles. Launched this week by Brake, the road safety charity, Global Fleet Champions is a not-for-profit and partnership campaign that everyone can join to prevent crashes and pollution caused by vehicles used for work purposes.
Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) help businesses prepare for a low carbon future by offering the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging points.
New study reveals current state of UK's green fleets and infrastructure as well as changing attitudes towards electric vehicles
Kia Motors (UK) Ltd. has undertaken an extensive new study, interviewing 150 Fleet Managers nationwide for its 2019 Fleet Green Perspectives Report. The report uncovers the current state of UK fleets, the changing perspectives of Fleet Managers and how the UK infrastructure and public attitude is affecting decision making.
The UK trade body for the vehicle rental and leasing industry is urging drivers to think ahead about what documentation is needed when they take a vehicle abroad.
Before setting off to Europe for a winter adventure, General Tire is urging motorists to check where winter tyres are mandatory. Laws surrounding the use of winter tyres vary from country to country and even region to region, so it is vital that motorists understand legal requirements and markings on the sidewall before they set off. Especially relevant in the lead up to Ski seasons and school holidays.
By the time the Electric Nation project ended in December 2018 data had been collected from more than 140,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging events. Analysis suggests that there is likely to be sufficient flexibility to manage charging away from peak electricity demand periods.
Initial findings show that on average, vehicles are plugged in for over 12 hours, but they are rarely charging for the full time. Other conclusions from the project suggest that the average charging event starts with the battery already more than 50% full and EV owners only charge their EVs three times a week.
We have all come across road rage at some point in our driving lives. When it happens, it can leave you feeling intimidated and scared. But with a bit of planning you can prevent the situation altogether as no one sets off on a journey intending to have an argument with another driver, often the road rage is the culmination of a bad day. Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards, provides a few top tips about how to avoid being a victim of road rage, and what to do if it escalates.
Ford is adding ten liveried trailers to its UK transport operations to mark this year’s Time to Talk Day. The specially-designed trailers - sharing the message “Don’t let mental health be the elephant in the room” - travel thousands of miles a year, and will act as “mobile billboards” to raise awareness of the Time to Change campaign to end mental health discrimination.
BVRLA and other leading trade bodies are making a collective call to industry to take action - on government’s consultation Review of WLTP and vehicle taxes
As the closing date looms on government’s consultation Review of WLTP and vehicle taxes, the BVRLA and other leading trade bodies are making a collective call to industry to take action.
Concerned that government’s continued lack of alignment of its taxation and environmental policies will result in a failure to remedy the current vehicle tax regime, the BVRLA is urging industry colleagues to respond to the consultation which closes on 17 February.
In its response the BVRLA is calling upon government to:
Hand gestures, head nods and thumbs-up signals all help to ensure drivers, pedestrians and cyclists know what each other is doing. But how will self‑driving vehicles, with no human driver, communicate with those around them?
Ford has been testing one approach that uses lights to indicate what the vehicle is doing and what it will do next as part of research into a communication interface that will help autonomous vehicles seamlessly integrate with other road users.
Wincanton has invested in six new Mechanical Offload (MOL) vehicles as part of its working relationship with Tarmac’s Building Products business.
The new additions to the Tarmac-branded fleet are three Renault T460 Artic combinations and three Mercedes Actros 2546L drawbar combinations.