At North Notts Networking event this morning, Retford Golf Club, shame I’m not a golfer or I could have taken advantage of the venue. Marilyn in the office if anyone has a courier enquiry
Latest EU Regulations – Whole Vehicle Type Approval for light vans could cause chaos for van operatorsCourier Services, Europe, Light Haulage, Networking, Newark, Nottingham, Same Day, Uncategorized | No Comments
From 29th April next year, all light commercial vehicles will be subject to further inspection and will need to pass additional requirements for any modifications made to them.
from 29 April 2013 all light commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes will come into scope of ECWVTA, requiring additional approval for any modifications made to them.
Almost all panel vans will have been modified in some way to equip them for work, whether it is ply lining, racking, lamp beacons or side-steps.
The BVRLA – the UK trade body for companies engaged in the leasing and rental of cars and commercial vehicles – is concerned that each vehicle would have to undergo individual re-inspection, testing and approval when the new regulations come into effect, causing chaos for traders and SME business van operators.
Top ten tips for using a Sat Nav
- You’re driving, not the sat nav
If you commit an offence or have an accident It’s your fault, you can not blame the sat nav.
- Trust your eyes
Sat navs are a guide, People have been marooned in fords, driven into rivers and down railways because their sat nav told them to. If the road looks wrong, don’t take it.
- You know what you’re driving,
If you have a large vehicle or a caravan, don’t think that a road is suitable just because the sat nav tells you to go down it. Look at the road signs.
- Watch the road not the sat nav
A sat nav can give all sorts of information about where you are going, but is no substitute for watching the road.
- Don’t block your view of the road
The sat nav should be in your line of sight – You don’t want to have to look down or turn your head a long way, but it should not block your view of the road.
- Don’t try to programme the sat nav while driving
Always pull over before adjusting settings Programming on the move takes one hand from the wheel, two eyes off the road and a brain away from driving.
- Use all of the features
On a complicated, busy roundabout, spoken instructions are much better than taking your eyes off the road to look at the sat nav,
- Check the route is practical before you go
Is the sat nav taking you to the right place there may be more than one Farnborough? Hampshire, Warwickshire or Kent? If you put in the wrong destination, it will take you to the wrong destination. Does the route look right?
- Update the sat nav regularly
Keep it updated it needs to know about new roads, new traffic systems.
- Thieves like sat navs too
If it’s detachable, always take it out when you leave the car. Mounts or suction cap marks also attract thieves as they know that drivers who remove the sat nav from the window tend to leave it in the car.
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Amendment to decree regarding the possession of a breathalyser kit in your vehicle In France
Earlier this year it was announced that from 1st November 2012, the law would be enforced and anyone failing to comply would receive a €11 fine.
After realising the difficulty for drivers to get a breathalyser The French Ministry of the Interior has announced that the date has been changed and breathalysers will be now compulsory from 1st March 2013,
As a reminder:
• This equipment is compulsory for all types of vehicles
• Breathalysers have to comply with the NF norm
• The ruling is in force as of 1st July 2012 but fines will only apply as of 1st March 2013
• You can get kits in a service station and in truck stops or order them online by accredited suppliers
• Blood alcohol level authorized in France is 0.5gram per litre of blood