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The Future of Vehicle Operator Licensing

As we move towards a virtual portal for managing everything in our lives there are more and more services that allow businesses to manage online too.  For example, the VOS can be applied for online through GOV.UK.Verify.  The option to download the applications forms is no longer available on the GOV.UK site, although they can still be obtained through the Contact...

Next CPC Course

Our next course will be held at Ladder and Fencing Industries on the 12th May and will cover Driver hours and the WTD.  This course is fully accredited and still has places available.  If you are interested in this course, or any future courses, please contact us[/contact-us/]. For more information on the course, please take a look at our training[/training/cpctraining/]...

Using Ferry Mode on a Digital Tachograph

How to make sure that you set things up correctly when making a ferry crossing.  You may ignore interruptions to your daily rest as long as you do not interrupt it more than twice (once to get on the ferry and once to get off). These interruptions should not be more than 1 hour in total as they  do not count...

DVSA Penalties - be aware

This is a REMINDER that it is the responsibility of all Drivers of Goods Vehicles to keep within the rules where ever possible, you can only use an excuse for going over the rules if it is a genuine emergency, this is if it would have affected the health and safety of either yourself/your load or the general public, there...

Learner Drivers on Motorways

From 2018, learner drivers will be allowed on the motorways, under the supervision of a qualified driving instructor and in a dual control car.  This will not apply to learner motorcyclists. It will be voluntary and carried out at the discretion of the driving instructor, if they believe the learner to be competent at that level.  It will not form part...

Changes to Commercial Drivers Hours

Currently, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can only fine commercial drivers on the day the offence is committed and for ongoing offences (such as tampering with Tachographs). However, new laws mean that drivers can be fined for any offences that have occurred in the last 28 days, regardless of whether they are in Great Britain or anywhere else.  There...

Alternative fuel-types for light commercial vehicles

The government is keen to encourage alternative fuel sources for light commercial vehicles, in order to improve air quality and meet the Country's obligations regarding air quality regulations There is a consultation document available on the government website outlining the proposals, which in essence would allow category B (car) licence holders to drive a slightly heavier vehicle, if it is powered...

Driving licence renewal

Is your license up to date? According to recently released figures, there are a possible 2.2 million driving licences in the UK that have expired and the drivers owning them could be unaware and driving illegally.  On a recent TV show, This Morning the money expert, Martin Lewis warned that drivers should check their licenses or they could face a fine...

Weekly Rest Period Details from the EU

A new statement has been issued by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice regarding the 45-hour weekend break taken by EU drivers.  The break cannot be counted as a 'rest' period for tachograph and EU drivers' hours regulations if it has be be taken in the vehicle.  A 45-hour 'rest' period should be in a hotel/motel room...

Fuel saving rewards for better driving

Direct Line recently produced a study that showed that certain recognised 'bad' driving habits could be costing money, as well as putting road users at risk.  for example, how fast you accelerate, how sharply you brake and cornering speeds could all contribute to up to an additional £50 per month on fuel.  So driving with a little more care could...

Safe Driving when using Mobile Phones

Be Aware Mobile phones are part of our lives now and consequently, there has been an increase in accidents related to mobile phone usage whilst driving.  From 1st March 2017, the penalties are doubling to 6 points on your license and £200 in fines. Sadly though, it appears that quite a high proportion of drivers are not even aware of these...

License Check FAQs

Licence check provides a great resource for Transport Managers and information for employees.  If you have any questions, check out their FAQs to see how they can help you.  TAS are proud to be a partner with Licence Check.  

Driver numbers rising

The Department for Transport recently published figures highlighting the increased numbers of driver in the UK.  With increases in traffic volumes, it pays to be aware of safety and manage your fleet well.  Read more for details of the figures to end of September 2016 from Road Safety GB.

Driving Licence Codes - all is revealed

There is a lot of extra info on your driving licence and it is worth paying attention to some of them, for example, did you know a 108 means there is a minimum age requirement? Or that 115 is an organ donor? or that a 78 means it is restricted to automatics?  For the full list, check out the info...

Fleet Driver Training makes a difference

It is clear that one of the most dangerous job is one that involves driving - statistics show that in the UK 5 people are killed and 63 are injured every day on our roads, and driving all the time increases the chances being one of those unlucky ones. One way to minimise this risk is to invest in a...

Using your mobile whilst driving

Apparently 57% of drivers feel safe using their mobiles whilst driving, although feeling safe and being safe are very different things as 6% of fatal crashes can directly cite the use of a mobile whilst driving as the clause. Drivers are clearly unaware of just how distracting using a mobile can be. LicenceCheck's recent article shows some shocking statistic and details of...

New Road Safety Strategy needed

The latest release of the statistics on road deaths due to traffic accident sadly show little improvement and RoSPA is calling on the Government to develop a comprehensive Road Safety Strategy. Although there has been a small decrease from 2014 in both fatalities and serious injuries it appears that the difference is stagnating, as apposed to the significant decreases reported...

Heavy Haulage

Volvo Group is hoping a fresh addition to its range of in-house truck and bus gearboxes will win it a greater share of Europe’s burgeoning heavy-haulage truck sector.  check out Transport News Brief for the latest info

Competion for 'Morning After' Driving launch

A new competition has been launched to remind drivers that they can still be over the legal limit for alcohol the morning after a night out.  The challenge is to calculate how much alcohol remains in their system and an app download is available to help work this out.  As part of the 'Morning After Campaign' it is hoped that...

Replacement of EDECS Service

The switch to realtime ADD driver licence checks has now happened and the old EDECS system is no longer in operation.  Licencecheck have full details of the changes, brought in by the DVLA in 2015.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea - 4 week wait

The OSA partnership's campaign to raise awareness of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is gathering more support and a recent study proved that setting up the minimum 4 week wait for sufferers can have a positive effect for sufferers.  Find out more and support the campaign

New tyre research cab help with costs

Transport News Brief recently published an article regarding the award of a new research project to look at ways to cut heavy-duty truck operating costs and reduce carbon emission.  Costing £200,000 and lasting 4 months, the project was awarded to Horiba by the Energy Technologies Institute.  For more information, read the full article.