New high-roof version of Ford Transit Custom Van

Ford’s new high-roof version of the Transit Custom (which has sold more than 6,000 units to date in the UK) is available to order now, for delivery later this year. The high-roof Transit offers 20% more volume than the equivalent low-roof model, resulting in a maximum load area of 8.3 cubic metres. Ford claims that the van’s all-steel roof will support a maximum load of 100kg, while the load-through hatch in the bulkhead enables loads up to 3.0m in length, such as pipes or ladders, to be safely carried inside the vehicle. The high-roof Transit comes fitted with a 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with optional Auto-Start-Stop, which produces CO2 emissions of 178g/km. Advanced Ford vehicle technologies including SYNC with Emergency Assistance, Rear View Camera, Acceleration Control, Lane Keeping Alert and Driver Alert are available as options. Other features include easy-to-clean load floor lining and…

It’s Tyre Safety Month – check your pressure

Fleets are being encouraged this October to ensure that their tyres are properly inflated as tyre safety month kicks into gear. The campaign, which has been organised by not for profit road safety group TyreSafe and is being supported by thousands of garages and other organisations across the UK, will be encouraging drivers to make monthly checks on their tyre pressures to ensure they remain safe on the road. What’s more, by driving on correctly inflated tyres, fleets will help their tyres to last longer and even reduce their fuel bills. “As the nights start to draw in and the weather deteriorates, it’s essential that drivers ensure that their tyres are safe and fit for the winter ahead,” explained Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe. “The most basic inspection, which should be carried out at least once a month, is simply checking that your tyres…

Fleets must take simple steps to ensure tracking is legal

Fleet managers have a legal obligation to inform drivers of the presence of vehicle tracking units to stay compliant with data protection, human rights and employment rights legislation, says GPS firm RAM Tracking. However, says RAM Tracking’s director Chris McClellan, the use of GPS vehicle tracking systems is perfectly legal as long as they are used transparently (i.e., not without the employee’s knowledge) and with the employee’s consent. “Introducing Vehicle Tracking should be a transparent process, involving dialogue between employer and employees. In our experience employees do not mind vehicle tracking systems being used so long as they know and understand what the tracking system monitors and why. “If a driver understands how tracking can be used to reduce fleet running overheads to the benefit of the wider business, and ultimately their employment, they are more likely to be receptive.” GPS vehicle tracking has…

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