Month: April 2015

Managing high-risk drivers

On Wednesday 8 April 2015, truck driver Barry Meyer admitted causing death by careless driving after jumping a red light and killing Alan Neve, 51 at Holborn in 2013. Mr Meyer is due back in court on 14 May where a jail sentence is likely to be issued.

It has emerged that Mr Meyer had two previous convictions and disqualifications for drink-driving as well as convictions for assault, criminal damage and drug possession.

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Last places available in free EV chargepoint program

coulomb-charger-cardThe Energy Saving Trust is offering FORS operators the opportunity to take one of the last remaining places in a TfL-funded initiative to identify potential locations for rapid chargepoints in London.

The Energy Saving Trust would like to hear from operators currently running plug-in vehicles, or fleets who would consider running them if appropriate vehicles and supporting infrastructure were available. Taking part is free of charge and very straight-forward.

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Britain’s van users warned they could face billions of pounds in extra costs unless they sharpen up on safety

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched a van maintenance campaign to help van operators take better care of their vehicles, and to keep their drivers and other road users safe.

Van-infographicAlmost two thirds (63%) of the 10,800 vans stopped by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) at the roadside each year have a serious mechanical defect, while more than nine out of 10 (93%) are overloaded. Around half of all vehicles stopped posed a road safety risk and were subsequently taken off the road at a cost to their owners of some £4,000 per day.1 Meanwhile, 50% of vans also fail their annual MOT test first time, compared with just 22% of HGVs, whose operators are bound by strict and costly licensing rules.

FORS operators who own vans can use the guide to help them meet some of the requirements in the vehicles section of the FORS standard.  For example, the diagram in the daily van maintenance guide can be used to help FORS operators meet requirement V2 Daily walk around checks.

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