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  • Drivers Eyesight

    By Dean / 2012-04-13 08:07:11
    'Best practice suggests bosses should be doing more to ensure drivers eyesight is satisfactory'
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  • Damage Recharges

    By Dean / 2012-04-13 08:08:01
    The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association's (BVRLA) 'fair, wear and tear standard' is the widely accepted industry guide as to what constitutes fair, wear and tear for leased vehicles at the conclusion of the contract period.
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  • Fleet Audit

    By Dean / 2012-04-13 08:08:25
    In recognition of the ever growing legislation governing work related driving, we have produced this questionnaire, this will help you identify the key risk areas in your company.
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  • Avoid a £1000 fine

    By Dean / 2012-04-13 08:08:46
    The photocard section of the licence is only valid for 10 years and will need to be updated to avoid being fined. The DVLA do issue reminders, but the holder must renew their photocard before their current one
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  • Tyre Tread Depth

    By Dean / 2012-04-13 08:09:28
    When was the last time your drivers checked the tread depth of their tyres? Are your tyres legal and when should you change them?
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  • Duty of Care

    By Dean / 2012-04-13 08:09:43
    So what are you doing about Duty of Care? Burying your head in the sand thinking nothing will go wrong? Refusing to admit the companies liability. Or are you trying to do something without support from management.
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Useful Information

  • Winter Driving
  • Vehicle Security
  • EU Tyre Labelling
Winter Driving

Don't get caught out when driving in extreme conditions. Please ensure you have the right equipment with you for every eventuality. RoSPA have produced a 'Winter Driving Tips' information sheet with a recommended list of equipment for an emergency kit.

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Prepare Your Vehicle

Have your vehicle fully serviced before winter starts.

 
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Prepare Your Journey

Listen to local/national weather broadcasts and travel bulletins.

 
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Driving in Snow or Ice

Adapt your driving to these conditions.

 
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Emergency Kit

Keep one in your car, especially if you're going on a long journey.

 
Car Theft

Unfortunately car thieves are getting very smart these days. they use an extremely sophisticated system that enables them to steal your vehicle. The device that they are using is a piece of state of the art equipment that can be purchased on-line.The thief is then able to gain access to the vehicle without even having to break a window or damage the vehicle.

Once inside the vehicle, they use another electronic device to gain access to the on-board diagnostic system (OBD). This manages all key functions including security, by disabling or manipulating the OBD the thief is able to take control and steal the vehicle almost undetected. You can no longer rely on locking and activating the alarm or an immobiliser. To safeguard the vehicle you must now focus on stopping the thief from gaining access to the OBD. By plugging into the OBD socket a thief can re-programme a new key or the transponder chip to start the vehicle.

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Fuel Efficiency

This label shows you how a tyre performs on fuel consumption - fuel efficiency is graded from A to G. There is a 7.5% loss of fuel economy between the best and worst class for a full set of tyres fitted to an average car - the equivalent to over 6 litres of fuel.

 
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Braking on Wet Roads

This label shows how well a tyre brakes in wet conditions. Graded from A to G. Short to longer braking distances in wet conditions can have a difference between A and G of 18 metres.

 
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Noise Levels

This label shows you the noise level in decibels of a tyre. the tyre is categorised in 3 classes illustrated by 3 waves. 1 wave = quieter tyre to 3 waves = louder tyre (when comparing identical section widths).

 
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Tyre labelling for passenger cars and light commercials was introduced on the 1st November 2012 under European Regulation (EC) No. 1222/2009. The regulation will inform consumers on tyre safety (wet braking) and the tyres impact on the environment (rolling resistance and external noise). Graphics that will be used on the label will be familiar as they are designed in-line with those used to currently grade domestic appliances.

 
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Duty of Care
Do you maintain records sufficient to demonstrate that you have fulfilled your obligations under the relevant legislation should you be required to evidence your duty of care?

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News

Fleet Discounts & Whole Life Cost

If you are making comparisons between models from different manufacturers and sensibly analysing whole life costs.  Seek independent advice from someone who is unbiased; If you are being advised by a manufacturer or dealer then the balance will probably swing in their favour.

It could be the case the vehicle you have selected is the most cost effective over the lease period, “make sure the correct fleet discounts are being applied across each model you have selected”.  If you’re receiving a 25% fleet discount on Vauxhall or 30% on Ford then this needs to be considered in the "whole-life-cost" calculations.

Some manufactures are using this to their advantage, especially if their fleet discounts are lower; overall their product seems to be great value until the correct discounts are applied on the other models being selected.

Other considerations also need to be taken into account when analysing whole life costs to make an informed decision.

Towing Small Trailers - Operator Licensing Rules

The rules changed for users of vehicles under 3.5 tonne working for hire or reward that are towing small trailers. 

The ruling came into force back in December 2011, if your using a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 3,500kg (3.5 tonnes) and are towing a small trailer with an unladen weight of less than 1,020kg the following will apply in respect of the requirement to obtain a Standard Operators Licence:

  • You will be exempt from operator licensing unless you are operating for hire or reward. This is referred to as operating on your own account.
  • You will require a Standard Goods Vehicle Operators Licence where you are carrying other people's good for hire or reward (e.g. working as a courier, removal firm or other freight transport business) when the vehicle and trailer combination exceeds 3500kg (3.5 tonnes) Maximum Authorised Mass. The reason is that from the 4th December 2011 the weight calculation must include any trailer attached (irrespective of the trailers weight). 

For those operating such vehicles towing heavier trailers (than 1020kg unladen weight) or goods vehicles with Maximum Authorised Mass greater than 3500kg the scope of requirements for needing a operators licence remain.

 Note: This does not apply to to dual purpose vehicles when towing trailers:

The dual purpose category generally includes cars, estates, pick-ups (with second row of seats (crew cab) only), and domestic 4x4 vehicles such as Land Rovers, Jeeps and other similar vehicles below 2040kg unladen weight.

What is not Hire or reward

You are NOT usually operating for Hire or Reward when you carry goods you own or goods you have used or will use in the course of your business.

Operating for Hire or Reward

If you you are operating for hire or reward, you will need to apply for a goods vehicle operator's licence. the forms required can be obtained from:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/forms/lorryoperatorlicensingforms/lorryoperatorlicensingforms.htm

There are some exceptions to the ruling, a guide explaining the requirements of operator licensing and how to apply for a goods vehicle operators licence (document GV74) is available in PDF format at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/publications/manualsandguides/operatorlicensingguides.htm

Changes to the Current Driving Licence

From January 19th 2013 all driving licences issued will be in a new format. The old format will remain valid and will be updated gradually as they are renewed and replaced.

What changes are being implemented

The minimum age to drive has been lowered to 16 for people that receive Disability Living Allowance (Mobility Allowance) at the higher rate. The only change is to the driving card. 

Entitlements and Category Validity periods:

All new licences and replacement licences issued across Europe will be in the same format. It will show all available vehicle categories you can and cannot drive. All categories the holder can drive will display 'valid from' and 'valid to' dates in columns 10 and 11. any categories the holder cannot drive will be crossed through.

Restriction codes:


The code numbers printed in this area shows any restrictions to the vehicle categorises that you can drive.

Section 12 at the bottom of the card can be used for additional restriction codes. Generic codes such as eyesight and hearing restrictions will be shown first followed by the additional restriction codes specific to each category. 

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