With businesses already under pressure to keep their fleets optimised and to carefully control costs, tyres are one area that can be a huge headache for fleet managers - not only in terms of the safety of company car and van drivers, but also to the associated costs of vehicle downtime due to tyre damage.
A study Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed 41% of van drivers who own dogs prefer to take them to work rather than leave them home alone or with a dogsitter. But a third admitted to not restraining them securely, which can lead to distractions.
Data from 2018 showed vans were involved in more accidents that resulted in fatal injuries to other road users, per mile travelled, than any other type of vehicle on the UK’s roads. Between 2013 and 2018, collisions involving vans were responsible for a 14% increase in the number of serious injuries to pedestrians, car occupants, and van occupants. Cyclist casualties also rose by 22%.
As the UK re-emerges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Licence Bureau is urging businesses to entrust their drivers to make the ‘right’ commercial decisions based on health and safety first and foremost, and forego the temptation to constantly check-up on them.
Nine out of 10 vans stopped by the DVSA at the roadside were overloaded I MET up with Mike Hawes, boss of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders at the CV Show today (14 April). While pleased with the increase in van sales over Q1 of 2015, he was concerned that van safety is being compromised. Not [...]
Van sales are on the up largely thanks to a spike in internet shopping A study of the tremendous boom in van sales this year has put the increase down to a steady rise in home shopping and deliveries. Online sales in the UK hit £103bn last year, according to the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, creating a [...]
Unfortunately it is no surprise to see mobile phones topping the list as the number one driving distraction SMALLER business van fleets are putting safety on the back seat and not being proactive to protect themselves from potentially huge claims, according to a survey. Brake and Licence Bureau questioned 228 fleets about driver education and the topics they [...]
Businesses have a duty of care to ensure that they take every precaution to ensure their vehicles are safe HOW safe are your business vans? And do you understand your duty of care to ensure that your business vehicles are safe and fit for purpose? All at-work drivers and business van managers have a responsibility to make sure [...]
Vans are being driven harder on less maintenance. The FTA reckons there are 1 million unroadworthy vans on the road every day HALF of all 3.5-tonne vans on UK roads more than three years old are unroadworthy, according to a recent survey by the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The FTA study found the failure rate for the vans [...]
Euro NCAP has for the first time conducted crash tests on van derived people carriers. Ford's Transit Custom was the only vehicle to score the maximum 5 stars.
Author: ROBIN ROBERTS According to new research by the Road Safety Foundation, England’s decrepit motorway network is not safe enough to have the speed limit raised to 80mph, the aptly named Unfit for 80 report states. The report raises concerns over the rapidly rising risk of shunt crashes from the sheer volume of traffic using England’s motorways, [...]