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.
Health and Safety
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.
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.
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.
Since March 1st 2017, drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel will face a six-point penalty and a £200 fine with no option of a remedial course. Also, recently qualified drivers will potentially have their license taken off them. For repeat offenders, they are looking at a £1,000 fine and a six-month driving ban. here are some reasons our Business Vehicle Tracking system can help stop Mobile Phone use
There is a common misconception that tracking systems are only for businesses with large fleets of vehicles, although this is in fact not the case. Whether you own a fleet of three or three hundred, tracking can benefit all types of businesses regardless of their size or industry. So what benefits can tracking provide your business?
Cruise control systems are designed to accurately maintain a driver's desired set speed, without any intervention from the driver. This is considered to be cautious way of maintaining a steady speed, although few motorists are aware of the dangers of using cruise control whilst driving in the rain.
Employers responsibility for their employees whilst out on the road is of no less importance to if they were working within the business premises. The Health and Safety Act has resulted in the Magistrates court been granted greater sentencing powers when dealing with breaches of health and safety practices. With the courts considering the seriousness of such offences through measuring how foreseeable the risk was, the ordinariness of the breach and the origins of the responsible party, in the search of evidence to question whether or not the business in question had purposely cut corners with regards to the safety of their staff.
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