Vehicle theft is a multi-million-pound industry in the UK, often leading to the loss of both costly property (the cost of the 47,000 company-owned vehicles stolen annually is £152M) and precious time while you are called to file a police report and make an insurance claim. Not to mention the hours you need to spend to find the best vehicle(s) to replace the stolen one(s). According to data, fleet vehicles make the most tempting targets (1 in 10 stolen vehicles is commercially-owned) for opportunistic “smash and grab” thieves, mainly due to the fact that they are often well marked and contain valuable equipment.
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With the clocks going back, the UK will soon be experiencing much shorter days as well as icy winter driving conditions. According to The Car Expert the UK experienced “1780 road deaths in the year ending March 2016. That’s an average of just under five people every day who are dying on UK roads”. This puts UK businesses at a much higher risk of potent corporate manslaughter charges.
As of Monday October the 23rd, Mayor Sadiq Khan has introduced the new T-Charge to come into effect immediately as an effort to tackle the problem of toxic air pollution in London.
The use of dashboard cameras (aka dash cams or dashcams) is becoming more and more widespread in the UK. Motorists purchase a dash cam not only to capture idyllic scenery of their journey but also gain quality footage in case of an accident or road incident and protect themselves against bogus insurance claims. The evidence can then be sent either to the police or insurance companies to settle any disputes. The question that arises is whether dash cams are legal to own and use. As a relatively new gadget, things are a bit blurry in regards its ownership and usage because there are concerns that using one constitutes a violation of privacy laws.
The automotive industry is having a full makeover the past few years with more and more car companies entering the game with pioneering breakthroughs that transform one of the largest industries in the world, bit by bit. From cars that drive themselves and long-range electric cars to making embedded wireless connectivity the new standard, the new breed of automakers is driving change in the car business. Here are the top 5 most innovative companies in automotive.
Whether you want your employees to drive the company vehicles or their own cars for work purposes, it is paramount to have a policy to address any issues that may come up, given the risks of driving at work. According to the Health and Safety Executive, about one-third of road traffic accidents that occur throughout the UK involve an individual that is at work at the time.
The past few winters have been among the harshest winters the country has coped with. With temperatures persistently well below zero and lots of ice and snow, fleet safety was the first concern and the number one priority of fleet operators for sure. Given that this winter is more likely to be no different, although some meteorologists predict this is going to be the snowiest winter the country has experienced so far, winter driving is about to become more challenging than what we are used to. This means drivers will need to be extra careful when on the road and extremely vigilant with servicing their vehicles. So, proper fleet preparation for the ruthless winter months ahead, when breakdowns and crashes are more likely to occur, is more than necessary.
Diesel fuel is the dominant option for high-mileage, business-critical fleets. However, air pollution in the UK is considered one of the main driving forces for alternative fuels. According to government data, Britain's poor air quality causes around 50,000 early deaths annually. Among the most polluting vehicles are those that use diesel fuel. Despite the scrappage-scheme for old diesel vehicles that aimed at encouraging diesel drivers to turn to greener, low-emission vehicles, with a compensation of up to £2,000 per car scrapped, the toxic NOx emitted by the overwhelming majority of modern diesel cars is forcing for even lower limits of nitrogen dioxide.
A business can often need a fleet of vehicles to run alongside their business. Enabling a company to complete a transaction by delivery a product or offering a service within the home. One way companies do that is to hire drivers to drive the vehicles in question. But, it is vitally important to ensure that you have some form of safety policy in place for your business and for your drivers. This helps a driver to feel secure in their position and know exactly what is expected of them. But how do you write a road safety policy for your business? What do you need to consider and include? Here’s a quick guide to help you put something together.
With all the hype in the last week or so around the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, a lot of us may have missed the fact that with the new iPhone models comes the new software update of iOS11.
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- Corporate Manslaughter – what is your corporate responsibility
- The London T-Charge - What is it?
- 5 Of The Most Innovative Automotive Technology Companies
- Vehicle Safety Checks - What Can You do to Protect Your Staff?
- Dashcam Technology & Privacy Laws – What You Need To Know For Driving In Europe
- Winter driving checklist - what should you keep in your car?
- What should I replace my diesel vehicles with in my fleet?
- How to write a road safety policy for your business
- Apple’s iOS 11 Don’t Disturb While Driving Mode – Safety First