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20 Feb
Greenpenny

How Safe Are Your Drivers?

Specialist Risk Assessment and Driver Training from Greenpenny

– Approved Partners of Independent Tracking

Driver TrainingYour Fleet is only ever as good as your Drivers. Maintaining high driver standards is not only required by Law, it also makes sense for you and your business.

As UK and European roads become more congested and hazardous there’s one key element that drives the efficiency and safety of your transport operation; your Drivers.

Whether you’re operating a large HGV or LGV logistics operation, a fleet of service agents, or field-sales team, the skill and standards of your drivers is critical.

Better Driver Standards –

  • Help to improve fuel economy and vehicle efficiency – saving you money
  • Help to reduce unnecessary vehicle wear and damage – reducing maintenance costs
  • Help to reduce risk of collision or accident – improved driver (and other road-user) safety
  • Help to improve Customer Perception and Brand Values – reduce dangerous driver reports
  • Help to reduce Legal Claims and Liability – avoid costly court action or insurance claims

There’s a good reason why professional drivers need to be well trained, monitored and refreshed. The key points above show just some of the direct and immediate advantages to you and your business.

This is why we have sought to find a trusted partner who we can recommend to our clients with complete confidence. Greenpenny Fleet Risk Assessment and Training reflect our own values and aims, providing a service based on experience and understanding of what really matters.

To find out more and learn how you can benefit from these professional driver standards experts; contact us today to arrange an initial review – 0345 459 4998

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5 Feb
Remaining driver hours

Stay Compliant – Remaining Driver Hours

Remaining Driving Times – Real Time Insights and Control

For many Transport Operators the control and management of Drivers Hours is a constant challenge. Strict regulations demand compliance to ensure that all trucks over 3.5 tonnes, as well as passenger vehicles (with 9 or more passengers and fitted with a tachograph) must control drivers hours, as well as ensure correct rest periods are observed.

Managing this day to day in a busy operation requires time, accurate reporting and good systems. With WEBFLEET from TomTom you have this control at your fingertips, providing accurate and vital data in real time.

Ordering a new truck?

TomTom Telematics are striding ahead with technological developments aimed specifically at the HGV and Haulage industry. As trucks become more intelligent there are features that can be enabled within the vehicle that can work in conjunction with TomTom Webfleet to give you more information at your finger tips.

Fleet Management Systems or FMS is the standard interface to vehicle data within commercial vehicles. With this enabled we are able to interrogate data such as fuel usage, refuels and unexpected fuel losses. Enabling FMS at point of ordering your truck is often more cost effective that asking for it to be done retrospectively. As TomTom move forward with their feature development the FMS data will become more central to the services that can be offered.

Why not future proof your business and your truck and ask your dealership about enabling the FMS?

 

Highlights of Remaining Driver Times from TomTom –

WEBFLEET informs you on Remaining Driving Times in real-time

  • Daily remaining driving time
  • Weekly remaining driving time
  • Upcoming breaks and rest periods
  • Social infringement notification
  • Suitable for all vehicles equipped with a digital tachograph
  • No dependency on the remote download capacity of a tachograph
  • Easy installation
  • No certified installer is needed
  • Compatible with all digital tachographs
  • Simple D8 connection with either a LINK 300/310 or to a LINK 510
  • Sold as separate feature or as part of WEBFLEET Tachograph Manager

TO READ THE FREE REPORT CLICK HERE – then Call us on 0345 459 4998 to find out how we can help you.

Remaining Driver Times

1 Aug
DVSA

DVSA Compliance – Desk Based Assessment

Are you ready for DVSA Desk Based Assessments?

Since the merger of the DSA and VOSA the drive to remove non-compliant transport operators continues. The latest development include the newly formed Remote Enforcement Office, which is based in Avonmouth, Bristol.

DVSAIn a bid to continue the streamlined approach to assessments the DVSA are now distributing Desk Based Assessments to transport operators. This represents a shift from the standard practice where DVSA Examiners would make personal visits to Operators.

These letters now request that the Operator supply full evidence to support their compliance with a series of regulations and operating conditions.

Although this desk based assessment seems to be a major and progressive step there is concern that many Operators are simply ill-equipped to provide the supporting evidence that is required.

Obligations that constitute this remote enforcement process includes the ability to provide supporting evidence on the following –

  • Driver licence/CPC/ADR compliance,
  • Drivers hours, working time records
  • Driver defect reporting
  • Preventative maintenance, inspections and forward planning,
  • Driver’s Continual Professional Development
  • Observance of loading/speed limits

This step change follows recent months of evolution from within the DVSA and a desire to both improve the practical relationship between the DVSA and the Transport, and also to speed up the process of enforcement.

In May 2014 Western Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell said the Traffic Commission hopes to streamline the process between a DVSA examiner visiting an operator’s premises in a targeted check, and bringing them to a public inquiry.

She went on to say that the various Traffic Commissions are this year working with the DVSA on strategies to get non-compliant operators off the road quickly by reducing the amount of time and steps needed before going to a public enquiry. They also want to work more closely with the DVSA.

These developments within the UK transport and haulage industry are set to bring in new ways to maintain compliance. As such there has never been a clearer signal that Transport Operators need to take matters seriously.

Advanced vehicle telematics are now able to provide a practical solution, giving accurate and valid data that provides clear supporting evidence of a commitment to full compliance.

For an independent evaluation and advice on how to prepare for Desk Based Assessment please contact Tom Dickerson of FLEETSense

 

Sources: CommercialMotor.com