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373_licencePaper licence stay of execution extended after Government backs down

Story: Robin Roberts | Posted 17 December 2014

The Government has done a u-turn on abolishing the driving licence paper counterpart next month. At the end of November in reply to an enquiry by Business Vans, the DVLA said, “We want to make it as easy as possible for motorists and businesses to access government services. Timescales for implementation are under discussion, but we… Read more…

Tom TomTomTom launches speed camera app

Story: Matt Morton | Posted 10 December 2014

Business van drivers can now stay more safely within the speed limits while they are working with the launch of the new TomTom speed camera app designed for android smartphone users. Click here for more detail.

van safetySafety first…second. Or not at all?

Story: Robin Roberts | Posted 2 December 2014

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 cover, including mobile phone use and speeding. Around half (49%) operate fewer than 100 vehicles… Read more…

Driving, licence, checks, on, lineRental companies will be able to use a mixture of free and paid for services to verify drivers’ details early 2015, the DVLA confirmed yesterday

Story: Robin Roberts | Posted 27 November 2014

THE DVLA is planning to roll-out new ways to check driving licence entitlement and points after the current paper counter-part is dropped next year. The vehicle rental industry in Britain this week expressed concern over how they will check driver’s DVLA history which does not show up on the usual plastic photo-card licence. After Business Vans approached the… Read more…

Europcar, van, rentalThe DVLA has failed its test for withdrawing the paper counterpart to photo card licences, says the rental industry

Story: Robin Roberts | Posted 27 November 2014

HIRERS wanting vans for short term jobs face having to use premium rate DVLA call centre number or private vetting businesses, according to the BVRLA. The counterpart, which has been around since 1998, is being axed next January as part of the government’s drive to reduce red tape and bureaucracy. However, political pressure to speed up… Read more…

Van interiorLeicester, Brighton and Bristol are road rage centres of the UK

Story: Robin Roberts | Posted 26 November 2014

NOW we are saying this only once, van drivers should avoid Leicester, Brighton and Bristol as they are the road rage centres of the UK. An extensive survey of drivers across Britain has branded bad boys – and girls – and says where they are most likely to be in traffic next to you. The… Read more…

transit, with, trailerEU set to relax tachograph rules

Story: Peter Witherington | Posted 22 October 2014

THE tachograph has been the scourge of many a truck fleet operation for the past few years. Fitting a tachograph severely limits the amount of hours a driver can sit behind the wheel of a truck and while we appreciate that the rules are there to promote safety, it can make running a fleet an… Read more…

vans, with, roof, racks, parkedWhat’s the law on overhanging loads?

Story: Peter Witherington | Posted 9 October 2014

VAN manufacturers are coming up with some ingenious ways of transporting long loads nowadays. Overhanging loads – what you need to know Up to 1m – no markings required 1m – 2m – ends must be clearly visible 2m+ – 3m – reflective marker boards 400mm to 1700mm off the ground Over 3m – reflective… Read more…

man, servicing, volkswagen, commercial, vehiclePoor maintenance puts van operators at risk of expensive payouts

Story: Matt Morton | Posted 9 October 2014

RECENT figures from what was then the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) suggest that around 50% of all vans are now failing their MOTs. That means that over half of all vans being used daily by businesses are potentially un-roadworthy. Kevin Rendell, head of service and parts at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, told Business Vans… Read more…

Tax discs 800 cropHow new tax requirements will affect buying and selling vans

Story: Robin Roberts | Posted 23 September 2014

FROM Wednesday 1 October 2014, paper tax discs will no longer have to be displayed in a vehicle and an electronic road tax database will hold the details of the registered keepers who have paid and those who haven’t. If there is an existing tax disc in a vehicle which is due to run out… Read more…