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Diesel is dead. What comes next?

Diesel is dead. What comes next?

Diesel technology is a thing of the past but what is the next big thing, self-driving cars or electric cars?

62% of the automotive executives in the UK expect diesel powered cars to disappear from manufacturers line-up in the near future. This is unsurprising however as in a recent survey by KPMG they found that almost all (93%) of car manufacturers plan to invest in electric cars over the next 5 years.

The survey also showed that most believe electric vehicles will dominate the automotive market by 2025. Although most believe that until then other automotive car technology will take priority such as self-driving cars.

The UK is expected to be an early adopter of self-driving cars due to the greenbelt policy which has created areas of dense urban population. These areas would be likely to see the largest savings to people using self-drive taxis.

With more people adopting cheaper self-driving taxis it is likely that less people will actually own cars. This will obviously lead to less money within the car manufacturing industry. However, most car companies aren’t too worried as they believe they will make more money providing digital services.

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[CASE STUDY] Marshalls – “Due to save 10% on logistics costs thanks to telematics”

[CASE STUDY] MARSHALLS – “Due to save 10% on logistics costs thanks to telematics”

Established in 1890 by Solomon Marshall, Marshalls is now a market Leader in the manufacturing of landscaping materials such as paving slabs and aggregates. In 2001 Marshalls bought Stancliffe Stone for £10 Million.

Marshals fleet now consists of over 200 vehicles including 173 44-tonne cranes which deliver their products to both domestic and commercial customers from several manufacturing sites across the UK.

marshalling-resources-cilt-safe-truckcs-feb-16_popupWith such a large and busy fleet Marshals are well aware of the need for telematics and have invested in it over the last 10 years. They currently are using TomTom Telematics after going through an extensive selection process to find their preferred fleet management system.

Part of their set up includes ruggedized tablets (Supplied by TomTom) which integrate tracking with “Electronic proof of deliver” systems. The telematics also integrates with drivers in-cab terminals to provide super accurate satellite navigation.

Marshal’s Regional Logistics and Fleet Manager, Guy Ripley said “we expect to save 10% across the company” He added that most of this saving will come from savings in fuel.

Guy said the feedback has been great from the drivers, who are always quick to voice their opinion.

Marshalls have also reached the gold standard level of FORS with help from the tracking system

‘Tracking is vital for us in improving safety and operations and reporting on reduced emissions and fuel usage.”

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How CRH Transport avoided a £1,600 crash-for-cash scam

How CRH Transport avoided a £1,600 crash-for-cash scam

After placing forward facing witness cameras into their fleet CRH Transport were able to avoid bogus crash-for-cash claim against them.

CRH Transport are a driver training school based in Birmingham. They offer HGV, LGV, ADR & CPC training across the transport and logistics industry.

CRH’s Managing Director, Chris Hetherington said: “We were experiencing three to four crash-for-cash incidents a week at one point and to defend ourselves we had to provide evidence,”

Chris explained that their fleets livery makes it obvious that they are a driver training school and he feels this is why they are frequently targeted by crash-for-cash scammers.

The company said that they would often just pay out for smaller claims as they had no evidence to prove their innocence and that it was a cheaper option than claiming on their insurance.

Now however, with the cameras installed they can disprove any bogus claims and by not paying out for these claims they have already saved they cost of the cameras within the first 6 months.

Chris said “now there’s no way I would consider sending out any of our vehicles without a camera”

The RHA states that the industry is currently 60,000 driver short but Chris believes that cameras will encourage new drivers in.

“New drivers need support and back-up from their fleet managers” He said and added that cameras give drivers a confidence boost.

According to Chris 80% of the road accidents he sees involving trucks, the HGV driver unjustly gets the blame. But now CRH have the tools to prove otherwise

Currently around 60% of claims without video evidence are disputed, but when Video evidence is present only 2% of claims are disputed. The costs saved by non-disputed claims to insurers amounts to a huge sum and this saving can often be passed on to the customer in lower insurance premiums.

The camera of choice for CRH Transport is the SmartWitness KP1 which features a 170 degree lens capuring HD footage stamped with the time date and location and uses g-sensors to lock the footage in the event of a crash or incident. This footage can be automatically sent straight back to a fleet manager quicker than it can take for the driver to report the accident. This means that they always know what has happened to any vehicle in their fleet as soon as it happened and get it under control quickly and efficiently saving money and time.

The KP1 also offers tracking capabilities meaning the fleet manager can see where all his vehicles are at any time this can help with route planning and rescheduling, identifying drivers for nearby jobs and the security of the fleet.

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Corporate Manslaughter – You could be liable

Corporate Manslaughter – You could be liable

If you run a fleet of vehicles of any size in the UK and do not comply with safety standards, then you could be liable in the event of any accidents under the “Corporate Manslaughter Act, Duty of Care and Health & Safety”. This could lead to huge fines as well as a damaging effect on your company’s reputation.

Any Accident that causes a fatality ill also be investigated as an unlawful killing, with potential criminal prosecutions for manslaughter.

What Laws are we talking about here?

The main two laws to worry about here are:

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – This states that employers have a duty of care towards any employees that could be harmed by business duties.
  • The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 – This law comes into play when a death occurs due to failures on a management level.

What does this mean for you?

You need to do a full risk assessment and then put measures in place to reduce those risks. If you have more than 5 employers, then these measures need to be recorded and monitored (Known as an audit trail)

What if you don’t comply?

Proof of compliance to safety standards is the only way to be found “Not Guilty” should you face a Corporate Manslaughter charge. Individual directors could be held to account and the company could face massive fines.

Fines for corporate manslaughter start at £500,000+

What should you do?

Crossing your fingers and counting on luck, hoping an accident won’t happen simply won’t cut it and shouldn’t even cross the minds of company directors.

Ensure you run risk assessments and put in place measures to address those risks.

Consider driver training and vehicle safety equipment.

Installing the proper vehicle safety equipment will not only reduce the risk of accidents but can also save you money on insurance and help to win over more contracts as more and more contractors are looking for safety compliant fleets to work with.

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A tyre that lasted 103,000 miles!

A tyre that lasted 103,000 miles!

What’s the longest a set of tyres has ever lasted for you? 10K? 50K? 100,000 Miles?!

Well for one VW T5 running in the Co-op Funeralcare fleet a Michelin Agilis tyre has lasted 103,000 miles

The van has spent the last 2 years driving in and around Glasgow on the same set of tyres. The set before that lasted them 36,000 miles before the Michelins were fitted. The Van spends most of its time on long-distance journeys, carrying out various jobs for the funeral directors.

“When you operate a funeral director’s vehicle, you can’t afford to let a client down on an already difficult day due to tyre-related issues. Said Co-op Funeralcare’s head of transport, Terry Jarvis.

Co-op Funeralcare runs nearly 1,500 vehicles and Michelin tyres are fitted right across the fleet.

The majority of the fleet are long wheel base vehicles so tyre tread is an important issue for them, particularly as their 300 hearses can weigh 2.5 tonnes each.

Fleet telematics would also help reduce vehicle maintenance on the 1,500 vehicles as driver behaviour can be monitored and corrected to ensure the fleets run more efficiently as well as safely.

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Did H&S just go too far? Heinz beans advert banned by watchdog

Did H&S just go too far? Heinz beans advert banned by watchdog

Advert banned for Health and Safety reasons.

We all know the advert by now and have probably had the tune stuck in our heads more than a few times. But you won’t be seeing it anymore. The advertising watchdog has banned the advert for health and safety reasons claiming it puts people at risk of cutting their fingers. Ridiculous, we know.

The ban comes after 3 viewers complained that the advert showed dangerous behaviour that could cause serious harm if copied, particularly to children.

Heinz have denied that the advert was a risk to anyone.

The ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) said the actors would have had more training in flipping and twirling cans than the average viewer.

“For the reasons given and because the ad did not include information on how to ensure consumer safety when recreating the song, we concluded that the ad condoned and encouraged behaviour that prejudiced health or safety,” They stated

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BUT BE WARNED DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME – WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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[CASE STUDY] Wrings Transport Ltd. – “Vehicle Cameras were the best thing we’ve ever done”

[CASE STUDY] Wrings Transport Ltd. – “Vehicle Cameras were the best thing we’ve ever done”

374cbecFollowing in his grandfather’s footsteps, Stuart Wring has built up a successful haulage business from scratch. Starting out on his own at the age of 24, after few years experience in the industry, Stuart launched his own haulage company in 1995. Stuart’s mother and father have both worked for the firm aswell as his brothers.

Now the company turns over £6 Million and runs over 60 vehicles offering local and national delivery services. Most of the fleet is made up from Scania and Mercedes plus a few MAN.

Wring has a five year policy when it comes to vehicle replacement as repair and maintenance issues became a problem when keeping vehicles for any longer he says.

Andy Williams was employed by Wring as a site and fleet manager and controls the day-to-day running of the fleet. One of Andy’s key tasks was introducing Telematics into the fleet.

Andy uses it to organise truck maintenance aswell as driver behaviour/performance a fuel efficiency. As a result, the company has reduced idling from 25 minutes to less than 4 per day since 2008.

With this information, Wring understands his truck much better and has made informed decisions when buying new vehicles like ordering trucks with start-stop technology.

aaeaaqaaaaaaaacjaaaajgi5nzi5ytzkltfiyzetnda0mi1hmgm0lwy4mgi5zwm3mwvjoqWring also uses the Telematics system to monitor driver behaviour which tracks everything from speeding and revving to harsh braking. Wring sets the tolerance level to 98%, which 66% of his driver achieve. For the ones that don’t Wrings Transport have an in house driver trainer, a former driver for the company, Sean Mulhall. Sean addresses the problems identified by the telematics and passes on training that he receives from truck manufacturers.

Although the telematics has been a huge asset to the company Wring says “best thing we ever did” was installing witness cameras into all the vehicles.

“Anyone running a truck without a camera is like going somewhere without a phone,”

Wring says the cameras have had a huge impact on drivers attitudes and such the number of insurance claims made has “massively” reduced. Combined with telematics the safety record of Wrings Transport is now almost spotless. They haven’t had a rollover or write off since 2008.

Wring are now looking into more extensive camera systems that provide the driver with better visibility as they have now noticed that the majority of damages to vehicles now come from reversing and manoeuvring prangs.

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UK fleets are slacking with their risk management

UK fleets are slacking with their risk management

A large portion of the business in the UK with fleets of commercial vehicles are managing risks poorly and inconsistently putting themselves and other road users at risk.

According to Tony Ashford, the H&S manager of construction contractor Alun Griffiths Contractor commenting on the state of the UKs Fleet industry ahead of Road Safety Week next week (21st to 27th November)

“Today’s working environment demands more and more from us all which, at times, can lead to inappropriate behaviours – use of hands-free mobile phones, exceeding the speed limit, driving for long periods without appropriate rest, inadequate training, fatigue and the like.” He said

Alun Griffiths, based in Abergavenny, has a large rail division of 130 drivers to cover its growing number of rail projects. The company currently has around 500 drivers in total across the business.

Tony explains that with such a large fleet, managing road risks is top of his priorities and the company have taken measures such has fitting safety systems to its vehicles to avoid accidents as much as possible.

“Both the emotional and financial costs to families, businesses and the wider community of an accident are catastrophic.”

The construction company also use telematics systems to get instant updates on the fleet’s movements. This will give them fast alerts to any accidents or potential risks to a vehicle/driver before they happen such as poor driving or vehicle misuse.

Other Vehicle equipment is in place to help the drivers stay safe such as Sidescans. Sidescans scan blind spots and areas to the side of vehicle like a lorry or other HGV for other road users, obstacles or pedestrians, an in-cab alarm will sound to alert drivers of potential risks within the blinds spots before an accident can occur.

Another great piece of kit available for HGVs and other commercial vehicles is the Backchat which is a speaker located on the outside of the vehicle and gives cyclist and pedestrians audio warnings of the vehicles intended movements such an impending left turn this warns a cyclist to hang back rather than go up the left side of a HGV – A problem that many HGV driver experience in London.

This risk to cyclists has become a huge issue in fleet safety in recent years as demonstrated in the videos below

This cyclist believes he’s just witnessed another cyclists death by a left-turning HGV

This Video shows just how easily cyclists can be crushed by left-turning HGVs that simply are not aware of the bikes presence.

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Insurance premiums set to drop due to new whiplash regulations

Insurance premiums set to drop due to new whiplash regulations

Plans to reduce the compensation handed out for whiplash will result in thousands of motorists seeing their insurance premiums reduced.

It estimated that whiplash claims cost insurers £1BN a year and the number of claims has increased In the last 10 years by 50%

The government last year made a promise to look to scrap or cap the right to compensation for whiplash claims and insurers have in turn pledged to pass on the savings to their customers.

Payments that are separate to medical bills or loss of earnings could be banned according to the Ministry of Justice.

The average payout currently stands at £1850 but could soon be capped to £425

In its report, the government makes the point that the number of whip lash claims has risen despite the total number of road accidents having fallen steadily over recent years.

Some of the other potential changes include:

  • Reducing legal costs by allowing the small claims court to handle claims worth up to £5000 rather than £1000
  • No claim can be paid out without a medical report from an accredited medical expert
  • For injuries more significant than whiplash, introducing a tariff style system

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How investing in vehicle safety can save you money.

How investing in vehicle safety can save lives & money

“If you think safety is expensive, try an accident”

Stelios Haji-loannou, the founder of Easyjet, said that referring to the Troodos Shipping Co incident in 1991. The accident saw 6 people lose their lives and more than 50,000 tonnes of crude oil spilt into the Mediterranean Sea.

That quote should echo throughout most industries but is no less relevant to businesses with any kind of commercial vehicle. Many Fleet operators will agree that an accident involving one of their vehicles can be the worst case scenario for them particularly when they are at fault or there are serious injuries or even fatalities involved. The reality is that without proper safety systems in place, this can easily happen to your business. As if the stress and hassle of an incident like this wasn’t enough the costs involved could be huge and even the biggest of companies could find themselves in financial trouble.

100 Cyclists were killed in 2015 on the roads of Britain.

Reports have shown that a large percentage of cyclist deaths involve HGVs with substandard safety systems. Experts suggest that many of these deaths could have been avoided had the vehicles been properly equipped. Instead these companies have found themselves facing extremely costly claims and legal action.

This cyclist believes he’s just witnessed another cyclists death by a left-turning HGV

This Video shows just how easily cyclists can be crushed by left-turning HGVs that simply are not aware of the bikes presence.

compliance_logos_clearHowever, it is plain to see that fleet operators are becoming more and more aware of the need to meet road safety standard such as earning FORS accreditation with compliance packages like the Fleet Focus Silver package

Most contractors now recognise safety schemes like FORS and CLOCS and most will only work with fleets that comply with these safety standards. The amount of work fleets are missing out on by not being FORS registered alone has convinced many fleets we spoke to, to pursue better vehicle safety.

FORS compliant equipment packages include blind spot detection scanners/alarms that alert the driver when something is in their blind spots as well as cameras for more visual checks. Back chat alarms are often included in these types of systems, Backchats will sound an audible warning to cyclists pedestrians and other road users and alert them to the HGVs intentions, be it a left turn or reversing.

These systems can often seem an expensive or unnecessary cost to companies with commercial vehicles. However, you only need to talk to a fleet operator that has had an accident to understand their worth not only in money saving but importantly lifesaving. These kits not only protect other potentially venerable road users but also your drivers and business.

To learn more about commercial vehicle safety systems visit www.fleetfocus.co.uk

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