Driving your lease vehicle abroad this Summer?

If you intend to travel abroad using your lease vehicle you will require a ‘Vehicle On Hire’ (VE103) certificate which entitles you to drive the vehicle in any EU member state. All UK motorists travelling abroad in a vehicle must carry the original Vehicle Registration Document (V5). If your vehicle is leased from Fleetdrive we hold the V5 at our head office, meaning that you need a Vehicle on Hire Certificate (VE103), which is the recognised alternative to the V5 document. A VE103 contains details of the vehicle taken from the V5, along with the name and address of the hirer and enables the authorities to verify that the person driving the vehicle has permission to do so. The VE103 is the only legal substitute for the registration document (V5). Photocopies of the V5 or letters of authority are not accepted. It is the…

Summer heat takes its toll on windscreens

Windscreens take the Summer heat as the UK experiences temperatures of 30°C. With the hot weather set to continue, and motorists take to their cars to enjoy the UK sunshine, it is increasingly important that drivers prepare their cars for long journeys, as well as themselves. Families often ensure that they and their kids are ready for hours on the road with food, drink and games prepared, but some forget about their own car’s needs. If care is not taken beforehand, overheating, increased debris, poor visibility and other problems caused by the intensely hot sunshine could have implications for the condition of the car and safety on the road. If your windscreen is already damaged, the hot weather can make it worse. Simple steps to prepare the windscreen, fluid levels and wheels, can make all the difference to being safe on the road this…

Speeding drivers face tougher penalties

New sentencing guidelines take effect this week (from April 24) which will see speeding fines rise by up to 50% for the most serious cases in England and Wales. The previous limit was 100% of the driver’s weekly wage, up to £1,000 or £2,500 if they were caught on a motorway, however, under the new guidelines a driver caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, or 101mph on a motorway, could be fined 150% of their weekly income – although the upper cash limit will stay the same. Road safety charity, Brake has welcomed the measures to get tough on drivers who break speed limits. Gary Rae, campaigns director for Brake, said: “Toughening the fines and penalties for speeding is long overdue. “As a charity that offers a support service to families bereaved and injured in road crashes, we see every day the consequences…

Driving your lease vehicle abroad this Summer?

If you intend to travel abroad using your lease vehicle you will require a ‘Vehicle On Hire’ (VE103B) certificate which entitles you to drive the vehicle in any EU member state. All UK motorists travelling abroad in a vehicle must carry the original Vehicle Registration Document (V5). If your vehicle is leased from Fleetdrive we hold the V5 at our head office, meaning that you need a Vehicle on Hire Certificate (VE103), which is the recognised alternative to the V5 document. A VE103B contains details of the vehicle taken from the V5, along with the name and address of the hirer and enables the authorities to verify that the person driving the vehicle has permission to do so. The VE103B is the only legal substitute for the registration document (V5). Photocopies of the V5 or letters of authority are not accepted. You must apply…

IAM get to the root of motorway closures in 2014

More than 40% of all motorway and major A road lane closures in England in 2014 were caused by vehicle breakdowns – and 122 unsupervised children caused them to be shut too… obviously not at the same time In total there were 443,590 lane closures on motorways and primary A roads in England last year for 44 defined reasons by Highways England. The information came from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from the IAM, the biggest independent road safety charity in the UK, which asked for the number of incidences of lane closures on roads managed by Highways England’s in 2014. Some of the major findings of the report were as follows: 12,759 pedestrians walking on a motorway live lane or active A road caused lane closures (3% of all incidences) in addition to the 122 unsupervised children. There were also 7,446 cases…

Warning: Fleet Managers should revise policies on back of new drug driving law

As the Government introduces a new law to make it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers, fleet managers and drivers should be warned about the possible ramifications for those using prescription drugs. Under the new legislation, motorists who get behind the wheel after taking illegal drugs face a criminal record, loss of their licence for at least a year and a fine of up to £5000. The legislation makes it illegal to drive with certain drugs – both illegal and prescription – in the body above specified levels. People using prescription drugs within recommended amounts will not be penalised.  

Fleet managers warned about ‘disruptive’ passengers

Fleet managers should be wary of the potential distraction passengers can cause drivers, after a recent survey showed many drivers find passengers ‘a disruptive and potentially dangerous influence’. A third of drivers have fallen out with a passenger while travelling and in 15% of instances, tensions have reached such a point that the driver opted to throw the passenger out of the vehicle, according to the survey by Admiral Insurance. Three-quarters of drivers also admitted to feeling more nervous when they had somebody in the car with them. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager at MileageCount, said: “You have a situation with two people in the confined space of a car or van, with the driver having to concentrate and be in control while the passenger can be a distraction, so it’s not surprising this sometimes causes conflict. “Fleet managers should be aware of this…

Fleets urged to help tackle pedestrian and cyclist casualties

Brake is calling for employers to play their part in preventing pedestrians and cyclist casualties after research found 54% of companies don’t provide driver education on protecting pedestrians and cyclists. Newly-released Government figures show six people are killed and 157 seriously injured every week while walking or cycling. At least 24% of road deaths and serious injuries involve a vehicle being driven for work. The Brake and Licence Bureau research also found: Two-thirds (68%) don’t instruct drivers to slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops Six in 10 (61%) don’t instruct drivers on looking twice and checking mirrors at junctions for cyclists or motorcyclists. Nine in 10 (89%) don’t plan routes to avoid schools and residential areas. Eight in 10 (80%) don’t use blind spot sensors and seven in 10 (70%) don’t use blind spot cameras on large commercial vehicles;. Almost half…

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