Public understanding of the UK Government’s high profile Clean Air Zones initiative is worryingly low just weeks ahead of the introduction of London’s low emission zone, research commissioned by Hitachi Capital UK has found.
Remarketing sector faces unprecedented demand for upskilling to meet new tech needs over the next decade, says VRA
Rapidly changing vehicle technology means that the remarketing sector is going to have to undergo an unprecedented period of upskilling over the next decade, says the Vehicle Remarketing Association.
The organisation – which represent companies that handle, sell, inspect, transport or manage more than 1.5 million used vehicles every year – says that the rise of electric vehicles, increased connectivity and increasing levels of autonomy will all have an impact.
Traffic Commissioner said the loss of repute was unavoidable with significant issues of trust raisedTrust and honesty are at the foundation of the operator licensing regime.
A recent public inquiry saw that trust break down beyond repair.
A transport manager learned the hard way recently that responsibilities of that role should never be abused.
Both the company holding the licence and the transport manager admitted the declaration they'd made - that a contract between them was in place - was indeed a false one.
The licence had been running without a transport manager for 15 months.
Although both parties held their hands up to what they'd done, Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England, Simon Evans, found the events went against the protection of fair competition in the industry. He said the arrangement had been a charade from the beginning.
After the TM admitted “he knew deep down what he was doing was wrong”, Mr Evans concluded regulatory action was an unavoidable consequence of those actions.
The operator’s licence was also revoked.
You can read the latest traffic commissioner decisions for your area here.
Thirty Dennis Eagle RCVs with Terberg lifts have been bought by Harrow Council for domestic and trade waste collections in the London borough.
The order includes 24 Olympus wide-bodied vehicles for domestic rounds fitted with Terberg OmniDEKA bin lifts and six further narrow RCVs on Elite 6x2 rear-steer chassis. All six have Terberg lifts – three OmniTRADE for commercial collections and three with OmniDEKA lifts.
Ahead of tomorrow’s key European Parliament vote on the update of the General Safety Regulation, which governs the safety systems to be included in new vehicle types, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) calls for a rapid adoption of this important piece of legislation.
“The European auto industry is committed to play its role in continuing to reduce road accidents and fatalities,” commented ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “In this context, we welcome the revision of the General Safety Regulation and support a wide array of the safety measures proposed by the European Commission last May.”
As transport regulators, the traffic commissioners promote safe passenger and goods transport.
Although most operators, like you, comply with the rules and take operator licensing very seriously, some aren't as diligent and don't keep road safety at the forefront of their minds.
Unfortunately, there are bad practices, dangerous vehicles and unsafe operations out there.
The commissioners work tirelessly to remove these businesses from the industry and keep our roads safe. They can do this because DVSA examiners investigate rogue operators and report them to the commissioners.
If you have information about any non-compliance, such as an overloaded lorry, a bus with dangerously low tyre treads or a vehicle carrying insufficiently secured goods, please report it to DVSA.
Email: IntelligenceUnit@dvsa.gov.ukCall: 0300 123 9000
Winter car prangs, bumps and scrapes peak in the 10 minutes between 17:00 and 17:10, according to new research from industry specialist, AX.
This year has already seen snowfall and icy temperatures cause chaos on Britain’s roads, and more is to be expected as March is second only to November as the busiest for car-to-car incidents. Both November and March are among the wettest months of the year.*
The winter period of November to March sees accident rates spike by 7.45% compared with the summer months.
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.