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Fleet Archive - 2014

Time to Begin Preparing Fleet Drivers for Winter

Posted: Tuesday 16 September 2014

As a fleet or transport manager, you know there is a lot more to safe driving than simply running licence validation checks on your drivers. There is also the matter of individuals practising safe driving during all weather conditions. Therefore, it is imperative that you begin preparing fleet drivers for winter from now. While it's only the middle of September, winter weather will be here before you know it.

Technology Making It Harder to 'Forget' MOT

Posted: Tuesday 09 September 2014

Perhaps you are one of the millions of UK drivers who, over the years, have 'forgotten' to obtain an MOT on your vehicle. Perhaps you were not caught either. Well, times are changing thanks to digital technology. Police now have a set of tools making it much easier for them to catch MOT offenders.

Westminster Upgrades Parking Enforcement

Posted: Tuesday 02 September 2014

We were amused by this story in The Daily Mail a couple of years back; the 21" long double yellow lines in Canterbury, Kent. Was it really worth the paint?!

Are Your Drivers Tailgating? Fines Not Deterring Some

Posted: Tuesday 26 August 2014

When changes to the Road Traffic Act were implemented last summer, these were seen as an important milestone in changing driver behaviour. Moreover, while some drivers report making changes in their own driving habits, it appears as though the new regulations have had only minimal impact on UK roads. At least those are the findings of a new AA poll published last week.

Driving For Better Business Campaign Aims To Create Safer Drivers

Posted: Tuesday 12 August 2014

As a business owner, what is your biggest concern when one of your employees takes to the road in a company vehicle? If you are like most, you are concerned about safety. Not only does safety affect the health of your employees and others on the road, it also affects the health of your business. To that end, creating safer drivers is the aim of the Driving for Better Business (DBB) campaign.

Young Males Most Likely To Be Banned From Driving Says IAM

Posted: Tuesday 05 August 2014

We have known for a long time that young male drivers are among the most risky on the road. That is one of the reasons they pay the highest insurance rates in the industry. Therefore, it is no surprise that the most recent research also shows that young males are most likely to be banned from driving as a result of certain offences. The research is made available courtesy of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Accident Statistics Reveal Flaws in Driver Behaviour

Posted: Tuesday 29 July 2014

It is sometimes assumed that adjusting speed limits on a given road will change accident outcomes. Sometimes that is true, but other times it is not. There is a lot more to adjusting driver behaviour than simply changing speed limits, as evidenced by recently released data showing an increase in serious accidents on 20 mph roads.

Manual Licence Checking Not Enough To Meet Responsibility

Posted: Tuesday 22 July 2014

UK law requires business owners and managers to take every step that is reasonably practical to ensure the safety of workers. For companies that own vehicles used in the course of daily operations, part of that responsibility is to ensure any employee using such vehicles is eligible to drive on UK roads. According to a recent article published by The Telegraph, manual licence checking via a photo card and its counterpart is not enough to meet the legal responsibility.

Even Charities Need Licence Check Policies in Place

Posted: Friday 18 July 2014

The Tenbury Transport Trust recently announced a brand-new route to service customers once a week in the Worcestershire area. The trust, which only recently gained charitable status, already operates three other routes. It provides affordable transportation for those in under-served areas by way of a 15-seat Mercedes bus and volunteer drivers. A number of other volunteers use their own cars to provide transportation. However, does the charity have a licence check policy in place?

Insurance Companies To Begin Online Licence Checks This Summer

Posted: Thursday 10 July 2014

Later this summer, the landscape of driver licence information will change drastically thanks to an online database that will make individual driver information easily accessible to insurance companies. Once the database becomes available, insurance companies will no longer have to rely on the honesty of their customers to determine the level of risk they pose. Insurers will be able to conduct their own online licence checks quickly and easily.