Category: Advice

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Northern Ireland’s Roads Minister, Danny Kennedy, has denied declaring war on the motorists of Northern Ireland despite yet another initiative from his office threatening to leave Ulster’s motorists more frustrated than ever.
The latest policy to emanate from the department involves vehicles parked on clearways and bus lanes. In future drivers leaving their vehicles in these areas will be fined £90, have their vehicles removed and clamped. It is where they are taken that will cause most concern for the drivers as the department confirms there […]

Advanced Driving Techniques Will Aid Fuel Economy

As commercial drivers continue to struggle operating a business with overheads almost impossibly high, one of the UK’s leading road safety campaigning groups once again stress the benefits of advanced driving techniques.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) believes drivers can sometimes be their own worst enemy when it comes to fuel costs and advocate several simple driving tips that could save motorists running their own businesses thousands of pounds over the course of a year. The tips are all based on data derived from […]

Van Drivers Advised Not to Eat Behind the Wheel

A new report issues a stark warning to commercial drivers across the UK that eating while driving can be more dangerous than using a mobile phone or even drink driving.
Researchers from the University of Leeds have discovered that eating when behind the wheel of a van can slow reactions by as much as 44% and drinking can slow reactions by up to 22%. The trials showed that in both cases drivers lost a great degree of lane control, some by as much as 18%. Professor […]

Van drivers facing detours in East Cornwall

Residents in a Cornish town are up in arms over a decision to close their main street to traffic for over three months.
Villagers in Looe, East Cornwall have been told the main road into the town will be closed from next week until April 5th to enable property developers to lay sewage and drainage systems for a new building plot. The news has come out of the blue to the great majority of the townspeople but house builder Barratts and South West Water (SWW) say […]

Renault is ready for the future with announcement of new EV dealerships

Renault has now launched the Kangoo Van ZE, it is the first of its four strong Electric Vehicle (EVs) impressive line up and it will be on show in all the first wave of United Kingdom Renault dealerships that specialise in EVs. Twenty-one electric vehicle sites have all been branded as ZE Expert and are now ready to offer the full range of sales and after-sales services for Renault’s electric vehicle the Kangoo Van ZE.
Each of the twenty-one sites will have fully trained staff that […]

Regulation on drivers set to be relaxed

The way vehicles and drivers are regulated in the UK is set to transform drastically as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Department for Transport (DfT) have collaborated to cut down on the amount of red tape surrounding road users in the UK.
In all the DfT announced 142 diverse changes to road and driver regulations yesterday which ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. For instance public transport officials no longer have to hold perishable food for 48 hours before they can […]

Council take first steps to a greener future

Local councils in Perth and Kinross have made a pledge to copy their counterparts in Canada and Germany by switching to greener technology and move away from diesel and petrol vehicles.
Trials have already started with the dog control team who are using two new vans, one powered by electric, the other using a hybrid engine and both covered by vehicle insurance cover. The change to green fuel may pose some problems in the coming months for the local authority because efforts in the Highlands to […]

Upgrade to A9 can’t come soon enough

Commercial businesses and motoring organisations in Scotland are united in welcoming proposed improvements to the A9 announced last week in the Scottish Parliament.
The road which stretches for over 200 miles from Edinburgh in the south to John o’Groats in the north was known as the spine of Scotland until the introduction of motorways and road improvements in the south. However, the stretch from Pitlochry to Perth is still a vital commerce link and thousands of vehicles covered by commercial vehicle insurance use it every day. […]

Demand for winter tyres set to increase

Once again the demand for winter tyres from commercial vehicle fleets is on the increase and Kwik-Fit, who won an award last year for their comprehensive service, is still recognised as one of the best in the industry.
Kwik-Fit Fleet only started their winter tyre programme in 2010 and because it was so successful they are repeating the initiative again this winter. The service includes offering fleets a hotel style facility to store all of their summer tyres when the weather is at its worst. The […]

Fleet Operators call for Government to think again on tax charge

Members of an association with a vested interest in commercial vehicle insurance have this week called on the Government to scrap a tax surcharge they feel is damaging the industry.
The Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) is calling on the government to put an end to the 3% diesel company car benefit-in-kind tax surcharge. ACFO believe the tax is outdated as the benefits from driving a diesel vehicle as opposed to a petrol car have virtually disappeared and that the new breed of diesel vehicles […]