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What are Empty Miles in Logistics?
Empty miles in logistics are a circumstance that has long plagued the transportation industry, but those who are not familiar with the concept may be wondering: What are empty miles in logistics? What are the side effects of empty miles? And finally, how do transportation and logistics companies avoid empty miles? Well luckily, we’ve dived […]
What is a HGV Daily Walkaround Check?
A heavy goods vehicle (HGV) daily walkaround check plays a significant role in ensuring road safety standards are upheld and vehicles are kept roadworthy. They form part of the commitment that operators make to achieve their O Licence. Drivers are therefore legally required to complete a walkaround check on a daily basis before taking their […]
What’s Changed in the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness (2023)?
The Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness is a DVSA (Driver Vehicle and Standards Agency) document curated for transport managers and fleet owners to inform them how to comply with safety legislation and keep commercial and passenger-carrying vehicles safe and roadworthy. Any updates to their guidance are of importance for operators, drivers and all those who are […]
V5C Vehicle Logbook – Top 5 Unusual Reasons for Ordering a Replacement
We’ve all heard the age-old common excuses of ‘the dog ate my homework’, ‘I can’t get out because of the snow’ and ‘I’ve got one of those 24-hour bugs’’, but when it comes to ordering a replacement V5C document, UK citizens have been pulling out some particularly unique excuses. The V5C, sometimes referred to as […]
Need to drive? Whatever your essential journey, make it SAFE
An AA poll in October 2020 revealed that half of all drivers are now doing fewer miles than they were before the pandemic. Now that schools are opening again, and non-essential businesses won’t be far behind them, you may need to use the car more often. But, vehicles that have not been used frequently can […]
What’s Changed in the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness?
The way we categorise vehicle defects is changing. From the 1st February 2021, there are a number of changes to vehicle defect categories in the DVSA’s guide to maintaining roadworthiness. The Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness is the DVSA (Driver Vehicle and Standards Agency) document for transport manages and fleet owners to understand how to comply […]
UPDATE: Should you be worried about old tyres?
Updated rules for 2020/2021 The latest MovinOn blog has confirmed that tyres over 10 years old on HGVs and PSVs will be banned. The legislation takes effect on 1 February 2021 and applies to any HGV or PSV tested at Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs), as well as some vehicles in the MOT scheme (vehicles with more […]
Reflecting on Road Safety Week
Now that Road Safety Week (which ran from the 16th to 22nd November) has drawn to a close, now seems like a good time to reflect on the mission at the heart of this year’s campaign to “stop road deaths and injuries”. So how can the transport & logistics sector help to keep road users […]
Avoid bridge strikes with route planning software
Last year the DVSA released new guidance for Daily Walkaround Checks regarding bridge strikes and vehicle height. Now, The Office for the Traffic Commissioner (OTC) has released new guidance, advising operators to use route planning software in order to avoid low bridges. What happens when the vehicle is too high to safely pass under a […]
Changes to EU drivers’ hours and tachograph rules
Changes to EU drivers’ hours and tachograph rules EU rules on drivers’ hours and tachographs have changed, with the new guidelines that came into force on 20th August 2020. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced the changes earlier this month. The rules now include: A requirement for drivers to ‘return home’ every four weeks Drivers must […]
DVIR: Keep US Commercial Vehicles Safe & Compliant
Vehicle Maintenance & DVIR Stream Check is able to help maintain compliance with most of the BASICs (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories) set out as part of the CSA (Compliance Safety & Accountability) SMS (Safety Measurement System) from the FMSCA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), but it really excels in the area of Vehicle Maintenance. […]
How not to fail your fleets annual vehicle test
‘FAILED‘ That’s the last thing you want to see on any of your own fleet’s annual vehicle test. But, around 11% of vehicles will fail their annual test the first time. There are some steps you can take to ensure you’re lorries, buses and trailers don’t make up part of that statistic. What is the […]
Back to BASICs: Measuring the safety of US vehicles
The BASIC categories for safety measurement Carriers are scored on seven separate Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). Unsafe Driving The Unsafe Driving BASIC is based on driver behaviour, measured on safety events & violations (inspections, violations, crashes). The carriers’ BASIC score for Unsafe Driving is based on roadside inspection results. In the case […]
Vehicle checks and maintenance in the US
Besides the differences in vehicle check and maintenance regulations between US and UK standards (which we’ll cover in detail below), a key difference is the sheer distance that heavy vehicles are likely to cover in the US. This has three main impacts for commercial drivers, as far as maintenance and safety checks go: As drivers […]
What is the HGV Levy?
A total of 328.1 billion miles (that’s 328,100,000,000) were driven on Great Britain’s roads in 2018 (the last year we have data for) – an increase over previous years. Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) make up just over 5% of this total, but the impact of lorries, compared to cars or even vans can be substantial. […]
Everything we learned in the latest Traffic Commissioners’ Report
The Office for the Traffic Commissioner recently published their annual operator licensing report for 2018-19. In the report, regulators reflect on the highs & lows of operator licensing in the past year, looking at the achievements and areas of concern, as well as setting out plans for the years ahead. The Office for the Traffic […]