Monthly Archives: February 2008

Event raises awareness of drink driving

Friday, 29th February, 2008

Commercial vehicle insurance holders may have been among those who attended the Safe and Sober talk at the Houses of Parliament in February. The event was hosted by Volvo Trucks and the European Transport Safety Council and chaired by MP Louise Ellman. Dirk De Muynck, communications director at Volvo Group Representation in the European Union, Read the full article…

Tired drivers ‘to take to the streets’

Friday, 29th February, 2008

A pioneering idea that could in future help work drivers such as commercial vehicle insurance holders avoid incidents from tiredness has been approved. Sweden’s government has confirmed that plans by Volvo Trucks to see first hand how tired motorists drive will go ahead. The initiative will see fatigued motorists take to the country’s streets Read the full article…

Bike tyres ‘a common factor’ in MOT failures

Thursday, 28th February, 2008

Many bikers may have found that their wheels let them down when it came to MOT time. According to figures from the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency (VOSA), worn own or dangerous tyres are a common reason for bikes failing their MOTs, coming in behind the lights, brakes and suspension. From 2006 to 2007, Read the full article…

Work drivers ‘have their hands full’

Thursday, 28th February, 2008

A number of motorists who drive for work purposes admit to eating at the wheel at least once a week. Research conducted by road safety charity Brake has highlighted that 15 per cent of work drivers will eat while operating a vehicle, compared with the national figure for all motorists of one in 25. Read the full article…

Parking enforcement ‘to become more transparent’

Thursday, 28th February, 2008

Drivers across the UK may be interested to read that the government is introducing a new framework to make parking regulations clearer. Car or van insurance holders unaware of how to appeal against penalties for parking will soon be able to access information on doing so just by looking at the ticket they receive, Read the full article…

Brits admit to texting while driving

Wednesday, 27th February, 2008

Many UK motorists have admitted to texting behind the wheel in a recent survey. A study conducted by the RAC Foundation has found that 45 per cent of British drivers could potentially be risking more than a car or van insurance claim by using their mobiles in this way. The motoring body has identified Read the full article…

Lorry driver managers called to attend events

Wednesday, 27th February, 2008

The Freight Transport Association is calling upon lorry firm operators to attend events to increase their awareness of how best to manage drivers of heavy goods vehicles. According to the motoring body, the responsibilities involved in the management of lorry drivers are becoming increasing complicated and important. “Failure to ensure that these responsibilities are carried Read the full article…

Lorry firms to be able to recover their own broken down vehicles

Tuesday, 26th February, 2008

Lorry operators may be pleased to read that a consultation on draft regulations relating to the storage, removal and disposal of vehicles allows lorry firms to arrange for their vehicle recovery rather than accepting services of a recovery agent approved by police. The section has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) as Read the full article…

Working times ‘not being abused by transport industry’

Tuesday, 26th February, 2008

People who drive for work purposes may be interested to read that a review of working time regulations has found no “substantial abuse” of the laws. The review by the Department for Transport highlights that there will be no change in what makes period of availability (PoA) and there will be no cap on Read the full article…