A new trade body, the Association for Driving Licence Verification (www.adlv.co.uk) has been launched to provide fleet users with responsible and secure access to DVLA driving licence data. Formed in part as a response to the upcoming abolition of the current driving licence paper counterpart, members of this new association are already established providers of driver licence checking through the DVLA’s Electronic Driver Entitlement Checking Service [EDECS]. The data offered by the ADLV member companies will formalise this grouping and provide employers with a new and comprehensive alternative for validating the driver entitlement data for their employees. To ensure that the highest quality standards are maintained, the ADLV will conduct regular audits of members and operate within a strict code of conduct to ensure that the DVLA’s data assurance standards are met.
Clarks Vehicle Conversions has been awarded a contract worth more than £670,000 to deliver fleet conversion services for Northern Gas Network.
The Doncaster-based vehicle converter will manage the conversion of 230 vehicles from design to delivery in a project that will take place over seven months.
A construction industry-led initiative set up to protect vulnerable road users, has launched a new toolkit to help improve road safety in construction logistic operations; the CLOCS Toolkit: Managing collision reporting and analysis
For the first time ever, this toolkit helps transport managers manage, report and analyse road traffic collisions in a consistent way. This consistency will increase the understanding of road risks and collision trends enabling managers to better manage these risk and share lessons learned.
The planned presence of two Government Ministers at Euro Bus Expo 2014 (Tuesday, 4th – Thursday, 6th November, NEC Birmingham) underlines the importance of the showcase passenger transport event.
The Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, is scheduled to be at the NEC in Birmingham on the second day of the show (Wednesday, 5th November), whilst Minister of State for Transport, Baroness Kramer is also due to attend on the third and final day of the show on Thursday 6th.
As well as being able to see first-hand a wide spectrum of innovations in the bus and coach sectors from more than 280 exhibitors, both the Secretary of State and the Minister will also - no doubt - be keen to have the opportunity to hear latest industry thinking and views presented at two seminar programmes that will be taking place as an integral part of Euro Bus Expo 2014.
FTA has paid tribute and thanked Gary Whittam with the inaugural Van Excellence Lifetime Contribution Award which was presented as part of the Van Fleet Summit Awards 2014.
According to the FTA Mr Whittam had made extensive contributions in the development of standards and helped establish the Van Excellence Code and reputation over the past four years.
Ford is extending production of the all-new Transit to include the full line-up of more than 450 model variants.
Transit derivatives, now available to order from Transit Centres and Ford dealerships, include Chassis Double Cab, Double Cab-in-Van and extra-long L5 versions.
These new variants will debut at the 2014 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show this month and complete an unprecedented renewal and expansion of Ford’s entire commercial vehicle range in the last 24 months.
The DVLA has just issued a warning aimed at bus and lorry drivers who have accrued penalty points on their licences for mobile phone offences.
Mobile phone offences are frequently dealt with by way of fixed penalty offers (£100) and the endorsement of 3 penalty points. If the matter is prosecuted in court, then the court has the discretion to disqualify instead of imposing penalty points.
Environmental Stage at Euro Bus Expo 2014 gives platform to highlight important initatives that are making a real impact
The Live Environmental Stage area at Euro Bus Expo 2014 will provide an important platform for a number of respected speakers to highlight how a variety of initiatives are helping the European bus and coach industry to become ever more environmentally efficient and sustainable.
Running once again as an integral part of the leading trade show specifically for the bus and coach industry at the NEC Birmingham 4th – 6th November, the Environmental Stage Speaker Programme will provide an excellent opportunity for delegates at Euro Bus Expo 2014 to hear about recent innovations and case studies in, what is becoming, a pivotal area for operators, transport authorities, government and manufacturers.
Fleet funder and management Zenith has been appointed to manage and fund the 4,200 vehicle fleet of housing company Mears Group.
The fleet consists of 3,000 light commercial vehicles (LCVs) and 1200 cars and will be used in the provision of social housing repair and maintenance, as well as providing care services to elderly and vulnerable people.
Jo Hammonds, Mears group fleet manager, Mears Group PLC said; "We have moved the funding and management of our fleet to Zenith because of its ability to provide a bespoke proposition that will improve the overall condition and operational efficiency of the fleet."
The agreement includes use of Zenith's telemetry solution, granting Mears Group branch managers access to a web-based portal where they are able to view telemetric data, order vehicles, track progress and online build tracking.
The Master Class seminar programme, running as an integral part of Euro Bus Expo 2014 on all three days of the show, will once again provide an opportunity for well-informed insight and debate when the industry gathers in November at the leading trade show specifically for the bus and coach industry this year.
There are a total of ten Master Class sessions over the three days of the show, allowing visitors to ‘cherry pick’ the areas which will be of key relevance to their particular interests.
As the Driver CPC deadline passed last Wednesday - 10 September - there’s no doubt that many freight operators and drivers took a collective ‘sigh of relief.’ But the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is reminding them that it’s not over yet, and that the 2014 deadline was purely the inaugural DCPC period. ‘The focus now should be on the next five years as another 35 hours periodic training must once again be completed’ is the message from the Association.
A new Smart Vehicle Replacement Tool designed to help fleets adopt flexible life cycles has been introduced by Chevin Fleet Solutions.
Created as part of the company’s FleetWave fleet management software, it tracks individual vehicle age and mileage but can also include additional attributes such as fuel usage, maintenance spend, CO2 emissions, breakdowns and depreciation.
LeasePlan UK and Deloitte have authored a report on the impact of new tax provisions in a guide to company car taxation.
The guide,provides a detailed analysis of this year's Budget announcements, including company car tax thresholds up to the 2018/19 tax year; the extension until March 2018 of the 100% first year allowances for zero emission goods vehicles, and the reduced CO2 threshold of 75g/km applied to cars; and the reduction in the rates of corporation tax from 23% to 21% and, in future years to 20%.
The report, Company Car Taxation: Your Guide, also explains related considerations including vehicle salary sacrifices, the management of cash allowances and employee ownership schemes.
It can be found here: http://www.easiertoleaseplan.co.uk/
Joint EU project will give electric vehicle (EV) drivers an extensive Rapid Charge Network across the UK connecting Ireland and Europe.
On the 1st November 2013 legislation changed which now permits Agricultural Vehicles to spread salt on the public highway using red diesel, when previously they could snowplough only.
Two councils who are pleased to see the change in this legislation are North Yorkshire County Council and Bradford Metropolitan District Council who recognised the usefulness of Tractors and Agricultural Vehicles as winter maintenance tools a number of years ago.
National Grid has appointed Total Accident Management as the sole supplier of motor vehicle incident management services across its 6,200 strong fleet of cars (2,900) and light commercials (3,300) up to 7.5 tonnes.
The three year contract will see Total provide a complete incident and claims management service to include managing repairs, hire vehicles, glass repair and replacement.
All professional bus, coach and lorry drivers must have completed their first block of Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) periodic training by today (10 September) to continue working.
Evidence suggests that the vast majority of drivers have met the deadline, with 664,000 drivers now having completed the 35 hours required to continue driving professionally.
Industry estimates suggest there are between 425,000 and 675,000 professional drivers in Great Britain.
The Road Haulage Association has welcomed the robust approach of enforcement authorities towards those who have failed to meet the requirement of the Driver CPC Directive.
Today, 05/09/2014, the Woodall Nicholson Group, based in Westhoughton, Bolton UK, has acquired the intellectual property and manufacturing assets of the former Auto Electrical Services (Manchester) Limited (AES).
Over 1,000 local authority vehicles from buses to fire engines will be cleaner and greener after Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announcedsuccessful bidders for the £5 million Clean Vehicle Technology Fund(CVTF).
Seventeen local authorities have been awarded grants for a wide variety of cutting-edge, pollution reducing technologies which will now be fitted to 1,163 vehicles.