• 13 May 2020 12:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The government has just issued new guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed, entitled Working safely during COVID-19 in or from a vehicle.

    Working in or from a vehicle includes couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.

    The document is to help employers, employees and the selfemployed in the UK understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping as many people as possible 2 metres apart from those they do not live with.

    The guidance is extremely extensive and has been thoughtfully put together. It is available as both a webpage and a downloadable 30-page PDF document.

  • 4 May 2020 16:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Over 240 deaths on the UK’s roads each year involve a drunk driver.

    Following a grant awarded by the Secretary of State for Transport, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) is currently running the PACTS MEBTI competition to encourage the development of mobile evidential breath testing instruments (sometimes referred to as roadside evidential breathalysers) which meet Home Office type approval requirements.

    As part of stage 2, PACTS has now awarded £105,000 to two companies, Lion Laboratories and MEDACX, to continue developing products to submit for full Home Office type approval.

    PACTS Executive Director David Davies commented, “As a result of a grant from the Department for Transport, PACTS has been able to run the MEBTI (mobile evidential breath testing instruments) competition which is incentivising companies to develop products to meet the exacting technical and legal requirements of Home Office type approval. These awards of £52,500 each, to two UK-based companies, Lion Laboratories and Medacx, are rewards for their substantial R&D investment to date, and assistance with the further costs that will be involved.”

    He added, “We are still probably 18 months or more away from these being available to the police but that important date seems to be drawing closer.”

    ARRM is a member of PACTS and more information about this competition is available on the PACTS website.

    The PACTS MEBTI competition

  • 20 Apr 2020 17:14 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Since the lockdown, traffic levels have been at a much reduced level. Webfleet Solutions, the tracking and telematics provider, published the activity levels across their customer fleet which showed over a 40% drop at the end of March, and may well be lower now.

    Private traffic has seen an even more dramatic reduction as people have heeded the government’s request to stay home in order to protect the NHS. Where previous the split of private/commercial traffic was around 75/25, it is now much closer to 50/50.

    This lowering of traffic levels has led to a significant increase in speeds and reckless driving. Many of us may have noticed this ourselves.

    Every time I go out for my one bit of exercise each day to walk the dog I see some Covidiot tearing around the neighbourhood.

    Road Safety Support is an organisation that supports the police in driver prosecutions, and they said on Twitter (@road_ss) that Police forces across the UK have reported an increase in excessive speeding due to lower traffic levels.

    Supt Andy Cox (@SuptAndyCox) of the Met Police also tweeted about 4 drivers they’d stopped at well over 100mph in one afternoon on the A13. This is a consistent theme day after day and the police are adamant they will deal with these offences.

    I think it’s therefore essential to reinforce to any drivers still operating, that driving standards need to be maintained at the current time.

  • 9 Apr 2020 10:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Driving for Better Business, the government-backed Highways England programme to help employers reduce work-related road risk, has collaborated with its strategic partner, FleetCheck, to create an essential ‘Transport Toolkit’ of free online resources to help fleet operators and business owners navigate the unique challenges presented during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The online resources will provide essential information and guidance whether that involves drivers working from home, furloughed drivers with mothballed vehicles or essential drivers operating at maximum capacity. The resources will share valuable insights and experience to help businesses successfully operate during these times, while continuing to meet more complex corporate responsibilities with regards to driver safety and welfare. At the same time the series will help with vital preparations for the eventual return to more usual operational levels.

    As part of the ‘Transport Toolkit’ Driving for Better Business and FleetCheck unveil a series of videos to address key driving for work audiences affected by the Covid-19 pandemic:

    Essential Drivers – businesses operating at, or above maximum capacity. Highlighting the challenges around maintaining safety critical policies such as the management of driver fatigue as well as issues around driver recruitment, driver eligibility and sanitisation where multiple employees may be using the same vehicle

    Non-Essential Drivers – those who can now work from home or have been furloughed. Highlighting the issues related to an increase in lone working, mental health and financial challenges

    Business Continuity – maintaining customer relationships and keeping business as financially sound as possible. Looking at different ways of maintaining positive cashflow such as the Government’s job retention scheme, VAT deferral and supplier payment holidays, and the opportunity to focus on fleet efficiency to strip out unnecessary operational costs and return to work in a strong position

    Vehicle Maintenance – lack of engineers due to self-isolation and the closing of garages. Discussing the temporary suspension of MOTs and maintenance schedules, as well as the challenges of maintaining an operational fleet, managing mileage, and the implications of mothballing non-essential vehicles

    Fleet Admin & Housekeeping – importance of ensuring all staff follow established policies. Looking at the recent successful prosecution of a business for a fatal accident following its failure to follow its own fatigue management policies, as well as advice for those running a non-essential fleet to use this time to start developing stronger procedures that build additional efficiency and resilience into fleet management before returning to work

    Back to ‘Normal’ – what will ‘normal’ look like in the transport world? In this video, discussed are some of the key issues fleet and transport managers will have to address over the coming months, such as the extensive checks required before reinstating mothballed vehicles, important considerations when bringing back furloughed drivers, and why the backlog in vehicle maintenance will cause significant problems

    Simon Turner, Campaign Manager for Driving for Better Business, provided commentary on COVID-19, stating “We have to remain positive, deal with the challenges we face as best we can, and prepare ourselves properly for a world which, in all probability, won’t look the same as it did before. It is vitally important to ensure employers have the correct information and guidance to successfully manage both their drivers and their vehicles in a time of considerable uncertainty. This is our contribution to supporting businesses around the UK that are vital to the UK economy.”

    Peter Golding, founder and Managing Director at FleetCheck, said: “We are a business that has always been very much about how best we can support our customers and that is truer than ever during a crisis event such as this. There are various ways in which we are looking at providing genuinely useful, new services for fleets but the COVID-19 Transport Toolkit is probably the most visible.”

    “Working in conjunction with Driving for Better Business, we’ve taken the subjects that are being raised most frequently by our customers and produced videos available to everyone that provide pertinent advice in a fast, easy to understand format. If there are other subjects that businesses want to see tackled, we urge them to get in touch with Driving for Better Business or FleetCheck and we will do our best to produce something that answers their need.”

    Mr Turner added: “Our experience over recent weeks is that there is a thirst for clarity and knowledge among fleets that are facing what I believe we can all agree are unprecedented times. These challenges are being faced now and we needed to work fast so I congratulate our two teams who have taken this project from conception to launch in just a few days.”

    “The videos should be a great help but our job isn’t done yet and there will be much more detailed guidance to come as we drill down, with a range of experts, into specific issues such as managing driver fatigue and the comprehensive pre-use vehicles checks that will be required before any mothballed vehicles are allowed back on the road – something that will be vital to ensure the safety of all road users.”

    COVID-19 Transport Toolkit


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