An increase in the number of vulnerable road users being killed on Britain’s roads shows a need for a renewed push for safety, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Figures released this week show that 1,792 people were killed in 2016 – the highest number of deaths since 2011. Many of these involved vulnerable road users, with pedestrian deaths up by 10 per cent to 448, compared to 2015, and cyclist deaths up by two per cent to 102.
Worryingly, the number of children killed is also up by 28 per cent from 2015, with 69 under-15s dying in 2016. Of all child road casualties (15,976), 38 per cent were pedestrians, and nearly a quarter (22 per cent) were killed or injured during the afternoon school run, between the hours of 3-5pm.
Fleet decision-makers have been urged to book the final available places for next week’s ICFM Masterclass focusing on ‘big data’, which is rapidly transforming the long-established fleet management model.
ICFM’s third Masterclass will analyse the changing landscape and how the unprecedented stream of information with the arrival of the ‘connected car’, the Internet of Things and the concept of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) will help managers drive unbelievable efficiencies.
The two-hour ICFM ‘Big Data Masterclass’, which is free to attend, will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 10am-noon at the NEC, Birmingham.
Electric vehicle charging points are planned to be available in residential streets in Portsmouth next year following the council's successful bid for £100,000 from the government's Onstreet Residential Chargepoint Scheme.
Portsmouth City Council bid for grant funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles to help with the costs of installing the charging points across the city to encourage more residents to consider switching to low-emission vehicles.
Although they are getting more popular all the time, currently only 75 cars registered in Portsmouth are electric. Hybrid vehicles (electric and fuel) are more popular with 7,000 registered in the city.
FORS Professional, the training brand from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has launched 'TruckSmart' which is part of a series of publications developed by Transport for London (TfL). The toolkit includes guidance for managers, training for drivers and is supported by an eLearning module.
As with other FORS Professional training, the TruckSmart toolkit is provided free of charge to FORS members and courses will be offered nationally. The approach outlined in the toolkit can be used by all staff members involved in operating, servicing, maintaining or driving HGVs. The TruckSmart toolkit contains tools, resources and materials for internal communications to help managers adopt industry best practice, and implement an HGV safety system within their organisation.
TruckSmart CPC driver training focuses on all the skills needed to achieve full compliance with regulations and keep vehicles safe and roadworthy at all times. The classroom training is a seven-hour course suitable for all commercial HGV drivers, which is Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) accredited. It is vitally important that HGV operators are confident that their vehicles are legally compliant, safe and roadworthy at all times. TruckSmart training will cover practical skills for drivers, including how to secure a load effectively, the importance of checking the vehicle, what to look for and how to effectively report problems.
Figures out this week from the RAC reveal that 9.2 million motorists admit to habitually using their handheld phones behind the wheel, despite tougher penalties for the offence which came into effect in March.
The findings come just a week after a collation of organisations, lead by road safety charity Brake, wrote to Android, Microsoft and the GSMA (Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association), urging them to include an 'opt out' driving mode as standard across mobile handsets. The group has urged the industry to do more following Apple's release of its iOS 11 system update, which includes a 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' mode that automatically detects when someone is driving and prevents distracting calls, text messages and notifications.
Commenting on today's figures, Jason Wakeford, Director of Campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “The illegal use of handheld mobile phones when driving is a growing menace and a major threat to road safety. Research shows that using a phone at the wheel affects reaction times as much as drink driving, increasing the chances of a crash.
“As a society, we have become addicted to our mobiles, but a split second distraction caused by a call, text or notification behind the wheel can be deadly. Drivers should always put phones on silent and out of reach in the glove compartment. The mobile phone industry must also play its part, including technology as standard which helps keep drivers' attention on the road, saving lives and preventing serious injuries."
The total business fleet leasing* market for cars and vans has grown 7.6% year-on-year to 1.35 million, according to findings from the latest Quarterly Leasing Survey carried out by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA).
Figures for Q2 2017 show that the car portion of the business fleet leasing market rose 2.4% to 979,000 year-on-year, outstripped by the LCV sector which grew by 14.9% to 371,000. Year-on-year growth for both segments has continued to slow in 2017, with the business fleet leasing segment actually shrinking by 1% compared to the first quarter of the year.
Total car leasing (all leasing types) grew by 8% year-on-year down from 11% in Q1 2017. Much of this growth continues to be driven by the personal contract hire (PCH) segment, although growth rates here have also fallen in 2017. The latest data from BVRLA members, shows that the PCH sector grew 36% year-on-year and 7% quarter-on-quarter.
Average CO2 figures for newly registered lease cars grew to 111.8g/km in Q2 2017, up from 110.8g/km (+0.9%) from the previous quarter and up 0.7% compared to the same period in 2016. The main reason for this rise is likely to be the increasing share of PCH vehicles within the wider BVRLA leasing fleet. The average PCH car on the BVRLA member fleet had emissions of 120g/km CO2, compared to the 111g/km of those on contract hire.
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has recently acquired a fleet of BMW X5 rapid response vehicles (RRVs) to complement operations in the sky. Situated at the airbases the BMW X5 xDrive30d vehicles are deployed if a helicopter is grounded, for example during the hours of darkness or a period of particularly bad weather.
On average five per cent of incidents Midlands Air Ambulance attends are via the RRVs, enabling the aircrew to continue to offer early medical intervention and save lives when the aircraft is not an option.
BMW Authority vehicles are specially equipped models only offered to the emergency services. All non-essential options are excluded from this special model whilst all safety and environmental features are retained. Special capabilities include an auxiliary battery system to power all emergency warning and communication equipment and it is supplied with the BMW X Drive Four-Wheel-Drive system enabling this vehicle to be operated in hard to reach locations. This model has a zero to 62mph time of 6.8 seconds, a maximum speed of 130mph and a combined efficiency of 40.9mpg.
Leading British energy supplier SSE has switched on to the Ford Transit Custom as the preferred workhorse for its army of smart meter installers, with 507 specially equipped examples joining SSE’s fleet.
The first of the strikingly liveried Transit Customs are already hitting the road as part of SSE’s nationwide smart meter roll-out programme.
“We chose the Ford Transit Custom for this role for a number of reasons,” said Gemma Trew, SSE van and truck fleet manager. “It was not simply a question of economics – although the Transit does offer excellent whole-life costs – driver comfort and load area convenience were significant factors too. The Transit’s load space shape is ideal for the job.”
DVSA announces that rules will be changed so lorry, bus and coach drivers who drive tired will be fined for every time they've done it in the last 28 days.
If you drive a lorry, bus or coach, you must follow rules on how many hours you can drive and the breaks you need to take. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can fine drivers up to £300 if they’re caught breaking the rules. They can also be prosecuted or have their vehicle immobilised.
At the moment, DVSA can only fine drivers for:
DVSA traffic examiners will be given new powers to issue on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days. In a single roadside check, DVSA traffic examiners will be able to issue fines for up to 5 drivers’ hours offences. It means you could be fined up to £1,500 in a single check if you’ve consistently broken the rules. It won’t matter if the offences took place in Great Britain or elsewhere.
The rules will also apply to drivers who don’t live in Great Britain. However, they’ll need to pay any fines immediately, before being allowed to continue their journey. DVSA will immobilise their vehicle until they pay.
Fleet innovation-focused Jaama has launched a game-changing smartphone app delivering benefits to fleet managers thanks to ‘auto-triggering’, as well as simplifying tasks for drivers.
Unlike other apps, ‘My Vehicle App’, developed by the leading fleet and asset management software company, not only provide drivers with information.
Critically, data/information uploaded by drivers via the app automatically updates Jaama’s multi award-winning Key2 asset management system. That in turn ‘auto triggers’ processes such as service, maintenance and repair procedures.
A first look at new vehicles, accessories, equipment, technology & services at this year’s show
The bus and coach industry will be out in force at the NEC Birmingham next month – checking out the next wave of vehicles, technology, equipment, accessories and business services launching onto the market at Coach & Bus UK 2017.
The two day show, taking place on 4-5 October, is set to welcome over 6,000 attendees; including bus and coach operators, local authorities, and passenger transport providers from across the UK and Ireland. Read more for just a taste of what’s new from the show’s 185 exhibiting companies...
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has launched the FTA Logistics Awards to celebrate supply chain leadership and excellence, and recognise leaders who have made a significant contribution to the industry, either as individuals or as businesses.
FTA’s panel of independent judges will choose innovators in seven categories, including:
Freight Carrier of the Year (covering operators in road, rail, air, sea and 3PL)
Retail Shipper of the Year (open to retailers)
Manufacturing Shipper of the Year (covering manufacturers of all sizes)
Logistics Partner of the Year (open to entries from consultants, recruitment, technology, services)
Logistics Innovator of the Year (open to all)
Logistics Champion of the Year for Essential Services (an award specifically for Civil Engineering contractors, utilities and postal companies and highways authorities)
Logistics Champion of the Year for Public Services (open to emergency services, public transport authorities, and outsourced service providers)