FREE Fleet Health Check

We recently conducted a survey of fleet operators from a wide range of business sectors and size.  The results clearly demonstrated that regardless of fleet size and profile, companies are often confused about their legal responsibilities.

We also found that a large proportion of operators we questioned are aware of weaknesses within their fleet policies and almost all are concerned on some level about their legal exposure.

If you share any or all of these concerns, we can help you take the first step towards achieving peace of mind.

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Why vans should be excluded from the new MoT consultation

As you may know, the Government is currently undertaking a consultation on whether to extend the first MoT for cars and vans from three to four years. Having looked at the document the Department of Transport has published, we believe there is a good argument for treating the two types of vehicle differently.

The key argument is favour of an MoT extension is that vehicles are now much better made than even a few years ago. This is true but ignores the hard punishment that many vans undergo, which tends to be greater than cars.

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Walkaround- the easy way

Just like taking out the recycling, walking the dog on a rainy day and mowing the lawn, the walkaround safety check can feel like a chore. Life would be so much easier if our drivers could simply jump into their van, turn on the radio and start the day. But instead they must find the clipboard and a pen that works, then fill out yet another form, remembering to hand it in to the office where it will be checked – sometime – and then filed away.  Gathering dust, in a folder.  Third drawer down.  There – right at the back.  Sounding familiar?

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Where is that paperwork?

It is estimated that between one quarter and one third of reported road casualties occur in road accidents involving someone who was driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work purposes.

These are quite stunning figures which should shock us all into changing our habits for good, but human nature leads most people to think “it will never happen to me”.  Granted, companies today are getting better and better at promoting occupational road safety, taking advantage of the myriad of solutions on the market and using technology such as telematics and in-vehicle cameras to help.  This is all good, but many companies are falling into the trap of thinking that simply installing these devices solves the problem.  It doesn’t.  Gathering the data is one thing, but managing that data is the crucial next step and the only way that these solutions can truly work in managing road risk and bringing down those shocking statistics.

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7 reasons to beware of using Excel for critical data.

Excel can be a great tool for tabular data or rudimentary forms, and there are occasions when it’s appropriate to use Excel as a simple database. Many of our clients have persevered with Excel, liking its simplicity, but sooner or later their requirements tend to outgrow Excel’s intended functionality and they come to the conclusion – often reluctantly – that it’s no longer a good fit for their business.

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The Hidden and Unmonitored Millions.

Company vehicles are obvious targets for driver safety programs, but what about the estimated 4 million drivers who run errands for their employers, drive their own vehicle to meet with customers or sales appointments and part-time workers who use their own vehicles as subcontractors to larger commercial enterprises to install products or services? Continue reading “The Hidden and Unmonitored Millions.”

Identify, manage and monitor your incidents.

FACT: Businesses paid out more than £26m in insurance excess payments as a result of collisions involving company vehicles last year.

Despite the fact that RTAs have impacted 86% of fleets in the past 12 months, an alarming number of drivers are still driving without due consideration for basic road safety. 16% of business drivers report feeling ‘invincible’ when driving, claiming that they never consider their safety to be at risk (source: Masternaut.)  Speeding is by far the most common driving offence committed by company drivers, according to figures released by Capital Solutions Fleet Services.  Analysis of the company’s 55,000-vehicle fleet shows that 41% of fines recorded in the last 12 months were for speeding.  Other common offences such as congestion charge avoidance and parking fines only amount to around half of the same level.

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Train your drivers

All types of business rely on road logistics in one way or another.  Most companies would be unable to function without some kind of transport happening during the working week.

Safe driving is an issue that extends far beyond work-related travel.  Every road user has an obligation to contribute positively towards a universal culture of road safety and compliance; the consequences of ignoring this responsibility are just too drastic to overlook.  When driving on business however, the impact of poor driving is even greater; affecting company reputation, employee well-being and increasing costs as well.

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