Changes to MOT vehicle testing take effect this month

Changes to the MOT for cars and large vehicle tests come into force later this month as new European requirements on roadworthiness take effect. From 20 March 2013, revised European legislation will introduce new requirements to annual vehicle tests to reflect advances in technology. The changes include additional checks for some of the vehicle systems already examined such as brakes, steering, suspension and lighting. These changes will not affect the basic cost of a test. Tests carried out on cars, vans, heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches will be affected. Vehicle and Operator Services Agency chief executive Alastair Peoples said: “The MOT test is designed to make sure that a vehicle is fit to be on the road and so it needs to be updated to reflect new vehicle technology. “We at VOSA have worked closely with the industry to make sure they are…

Save money while reducing fleet risk, says Brake

Brake, the Road Safety Charity,  is offering a limited number of places for a webinar on saving money through fleet risk management. It is estimated these drivers are 30-40% more likely to be in a crash than people driving on their own time. In Great Britain, 10 people are killed each week and 100 injured in crashes involving people driving for work. Particularly aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, this Brake webinar will examine the benefits of managing road risk, discussing techniques to help organisations gain the support and engagement of their board in prioritising fleet safety to save lives, money and the environment. Prominent experts and practitioners will lead the webinar, including: Dr Will Murray – Research Director, Interactive Driving Systems Andy Price – Practice Leader – Motor Fleet, Zurich Risk Engineering Rory Morgan – National Logistics General Manager, Iron Mountain Named Brake…

Are your drivers legal?

// Many drivers face a fine of £1,000 if they fail to update their photo-card driving licences, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. It started issuing photo-card licences 15 years ago and more than 30 million drivers now have one. These are usually valid for 10 years and there is a legal requirement for drivers to renew the photograph at the same time as they renew their licence. However, two million drivers have failed to do this. And this means they could be fined up to £1,000 should they be pulled over by the police, who then discover that the photo and licence is out of date. Even failing to notify the DVLA that you have changed address could be costly. Victoria Ford from the DVLA believes the reasons for updating the photograph on your licence are clear. “Appearances can change and…

Do your fleet drivers need an eye test?

// Research from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare reveals that one in three drivers do not meet the legal standard of vision for driving. Over a period of eight months, Specsavers carried out screening tests on visitors to its Drive Safe roadshows. Previous studies had estimated the number of drivers with substandard vision to be one in six. This new evidence suggests the actual figure could be worse still. The increased risk to all road users is clear but there are also implications to be considered by employers. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that an employer’s duty of care extends to all work activities, including driving for work purposes – even if this constitutes only an occasional short trip for a meeting. With one in three drivers likely to fail to meet the legal eyesight requirements, employers too are at serious risk if they…

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