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Dashcam Technology & Privacy Laws – What You Need To Know For Driving In Europe

Dashcam Technology & Privacy Laws – What You Need To Know For Driving In Europe

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.

What should I replace my diesel vehicles with in my fleet?

What should I replace my diesel vehicles with in my fleet?

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.

How to write a road safety policy for your business

How to write a road safety policy for your business

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.

Winter driving checklist - what should you keep in your car?

Winter driving checklist - what should you keep in your car?

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 vs. Petrol vs. Electric for my fleet - what's best?

Diesel vs. Petrol vs. Electric for my fleet - what's best?

Diesel was the dominant force in the fleet sector; until a short while ago, at least. And, things used to be so simple: most lorries and vans used diesel and most cars run on petrol engines. However, diesel has become a fuel under fire, especially considering the severely worsened air quality in British cities due to high NOx levels, among others, that are attributed to diesel transportation. Although the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders answered with a campaign that highlighted the environmental credentials of the latest diesel engines that meet Euro 6 emissions standards, great controversy still rages over this matter.

How can vehicle tracking reduce fuel costs?

How can vehicle tracking reduce fuel costs?

Vehicle tracking can change the way a business runs their company fleet. A vehicle, whether a van, truck or car, can be an essential part of any business, so ensuring that they are costing as little as possible, and being as efficient as they can be, will always be a high priority. Which is why more business owners are welcoming the introduction of vehicle tracking systems to their fleet. Not only to help a driver become more accountable for their actions, but to also ensure that the costs are reduced. One of the biggest costs of any fleet is fuel, and with the price of diesel and oil on the rise, it is now more essential than ever to ensure that you keep a vehicle fuel efficient. However, the introduction of a vehicle tracking systems could help you reduce fuel costs. Here’s how that could happen...

How can vehicle tracking help customer service?

How can vehicle tracking help customer service?

Customers are what makes a business viable. Whether that is clients that have agreements for services or products in bulk, or supplying one thing to one customer at one time, they are what fund your business to function, and your vehicles are what enables you to complete the transaction. So it shouldn't be a surprise to you that customer service is an essential part of that. A vehicle tracking system can enable you to deliver on your commitments, and ultimately manage customer service more effectively. This is how it could help you and your business.

5 ways that vehicles are becoming more connected

5 ways that vehicles are becoming more connected

As each day passes and technology advances, we see that more cars are becoming something called connected vehicles. The connected car itself is already a reality. We see many of us enjoy a wireless phone connection where we can seamlessly make calls from the driver's seat, listen to our latest playlists on various applications, and even ask our car to perform simple tasks such as calling somebody or even reading a text message. But as time will move on there will be more features that are vehicles become connected. Here are five ways that our vehicles are becoming more connected themselves.

How can businesses reduce out of office vehicle mileage?

How can businesses reduce out of office vehicle mileage?

Although out-of-office vehicle mileage is a long-accepted practice at many organisations, a growing number of mileage fraud cases and cases of employees using company-provided vehicles as a tool to generate additional personal income for themselves have got employers thinking. At the moment, it is extremely necessary to reduce unauthorised use of fleet vehicles and, at the same time, reduce personal use mileage, which cost the company a significant amount of money. One of the best ways to achieve that is with telematics.