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HGV drivers not performing walkaround checks

by Eleonora Malacarne on Aug 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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According to a survey carried out by CameraMatics and made public by Fleet News, the majority of HGV drivers do not carry out walkaround checks before starting their journeys. The survey was conducted on more than 500 drivers, both in Ireland and in the UK, to ask about the frequency of vehicle inspections.

2 in 5 HGV drivers (39.3%) said they never do walkaround checks, and a further 15.8% rarely complete checks, totalling more than half (55.1%) of respondents not carrying out regular walkaround checks. Just under a third of the interviewed (29.4%) completes these vehicle checks, with 15.5% doing it regularly.

The DVSA reported in January 2020 that 85% of lorry defects can be picked up during a walkaround check. Drivers and their companies can get fines and sanctions or even a prison sentence if they use vehicles that are not roadworthy or cause an accident that could have been prevented with adequate walkaround vehicle checks.

According to the same survey, more than 50% of the over 250 HGV fleet managers interviewed use a pen and paper system for checks.

Our walkaround app, available with SynX Maintain, can help you streamline the vehicle inspection process, comes with an HGV checklist that is customisable depending on the needs of every fleet and company - don't hesitate to contact us to learn more: not having a reliable system for walkaround checks can cost you a lot.

 

 

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Ford launches protective shields for commercial vehicles

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jul 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Ford launches protective shields for commercial vehicles

Responding to the challenges of drivers and of the transport sector in COVID-19 times, Ford has announced the creation of a new range of protection shields that can be quickly and easily fitted to a wide selection of the company’s commercial vehicles, to help operators meet social distancing requirements and deliver additional peace of mind for occupants.

The new shields developed by Ford are initially going to be available for Transit, Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom vans and people movers, while shields for Transit / Tourneo Connect and Transit Courier will follow later this year. Designed with operations including school buses, patient transfer, accessible transport and taxi services in mind, the shields are intended to supplement operators’ existing PPE and hygiene protocols and can be fitted in configurations to suit individual applications.

“Commercial vehicle operators have faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 and are adapting to new norms as they continue to provide their vital services to our communities and economy,” said Owen Gregory, Ford’s European Commercial Vehicle Aftersales director. “Our new protection shields provide additional support to our customers as they continue to operate in challenging circumstances, offering drivers and passengers peace of mind as they work and travel.”

Once installed, the shields do not restrict passenger comfort, interior space or operation of the heating and ventilation systems. The transparent PVC material also allows the driver to retain full visibility of the windscreen, side windows and mirrors, and passengers can still hear and see each other as normal.

 

Photo Credit: ©Ford at https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/feu/en/news/2020/07/14/shield-images.html

 

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Van workers recognised as critical workers during COVID-19

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jul 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Van workers recognised as critical workers during COVID-19

According to a recent Business Barometer research from Mercedes-Benz Cans UK, 4 in 5 members of the van community (78%) find the work they do as contributing to keeping people safe.

The same research made public that van drivers are averagely working 19.2 extra hours per month.

The van community has helped to keep activities moving during the pandemic, not only delivering goods to people in lockdown, but also transporting medical supplies and essential goods to hospitals, pharmacies and to the elderly and vulnerable.

The Business Barometer also found that their work to date is resulting in 82% of van drivers agreeing they feel their customers’ appreciation as 27% have had a thank you message on social media and 21% have even received an applause while out on delivery.

According to Steve Bridge, UK managing director at Mercedes-Benz Vans: "They [van drivers] deliver goods, enable services and transport people often behind the scenes and unnoticed, so we’re delighted that so many are now being recognised and thanked by the public for their hard work. It is important that we continue to support this vital sector with kindness, because without them, the country would not be running in the same way."

 

 

 

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COVID-19 to rule the future of vans and cars in fleets

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jul 15, 2020 9:00:00 AM

COVID-19 to rule the future of vans and cars in fleets

With the coronavirus pandemic still growing and no solution or vaccine being ready, the future of vans and cars will presumably be different, with car journeys under scrutiny and carried out only if absolutely necessary, while for vans journey the approach will be more towards efficiency, with the need for vans as goods delivery vehicles being clear.

With the need of minimising close contact between people and videoconferencing proposed as an alternative, it seems there will be a reduction in the use of fleet cars and company cars, while van trips are being undertaken as the reason behind them is generally because a delivery is needed or a contractor is required in a particular place.

According to a recent survey carried out by Fleet News, fewer vans than company cars have been standing idle during lockdown. Two-in-five fleets (41.5%) said they were operating more than 75% of their light commercial vehicles (LCVs), while according to more than half the respondents (57.3%) the majority of company cars they operate were not being driven for work. More than two-in-five (43.3%) said that less than a third of the vehicles on their company car fleet were being driven for work.

It seems company cars will probably carry out less journeys as long as COVID-19 is not under control, although business visits will continue to be important as well as company cars as employee benefit. The pandemic will probably lead to a change in our habits and vision connected to company cars.

 

 

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Fleet and business car registrations slowly recovering

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jul 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Fleet and business car registrations slowly recovering

During the month of June, the fleet and business car market have started to show their first signs of recovery, although they are still far from the usual activity and from the numbers recorded in 2019.

72,550 new company cars have been registered to both fleet and business users in June, a 10-fold increase on the 7,347 company cars sold in the previous month of May, although these are still 46% down on the 133,299 company cars registered in June 2019. Overall numbers show 145,377 new cars registrations.

The market is almost 616,000 units, or 48.5%, behind the same period last year.

Private demand proved more resilient than business, down 19.2% in June with orders made pre-lockdown resulting in 72,827 registrations and accounting for more than half of the market.

According to the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), which shared the data, "Many of June’s registrations could be attributed to customers finally being able to collect their pre-pandemic orders, but appetite for significant spending remains questionable."

 

 

 

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Fleet Transport Awards 2020 will be online

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jul 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Fleet Transport Awards 2020 will be online

The annual Fleet Transport Awards event, which was scheduled on October 1st, 2020 to take place in Dublin, is going virtual because of the uncertainties around travelling and gatherings.

The 15th edition of the event will focus on the Transport Heros: haulage, logistic companies and passenger transport operators will be celebrated and honoured for their COVID-19 response. The nominations will soon be announced.

The annual Irish Truck of the Year Awards, is also changing and the categories of the Best Fleet Truck Brand of the Year Award 2021 and the Best Fleet Van Brand of the Year Award 2021 will be introduced, with judging criteria here including responses from the truck distributors and fleet operators running multibrand vehicles.

"With an event of its size, we had to consider the health and safety of our patrons, attendees, sponsors and exhibitors. Therefore, we are hosting the Fleet Transport Awards event online on the planned date of Thursday, 1 October 2020,” explained Jarlath Sweeney, Group Editor, Fleet Publications.

We look forward to getting back to the ‘big stage’ event next year with a special setting but in the meantime we are planning an interesting online presentation of our awards on our set date, presented once again by RTE Radio 1 presenter Shay Byrne,” he concluded.

 

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The new normal: will the way fleets work change?

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jun 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The new normal will the way fleets work change?

COVID-19 has already both officially and unofficially imposed changes on the way we do things, but chances are that the list is going to continue.

The lockdown measures and the new normal state in which extreme caution is recommended as well as avoiding possible sources of unnecessary contact have resulted in fleet managers having to control their vehicles from home. Particularly, a survey carried out by Fleet News has shown that a huge majority of fleet managers and decision-makers (around 73% of the interviewed) were working from home while only one in ten was working from home and the office and just around 15% was in the office on a full-time basis.

Those who drive their car for work, that is, the so-called members of what is known as grey fleets, might also see the consequences of that. If employees will become home-based in the future and no longer office-based, the journeys they will take for the purpose of their job will most likely be seen as business trips although they start from the home of the employee - and their contact and conditions might also change accordingly.

With people tending to rely less on public transport to seek for a higher personal security, chances are that personal vehicles would end up being driven for work purposes and become part of the grey fleet - with employers having the legal obligation that those vehicles are safe to be used and fit for their purpose.

If you are looking into controlling your fleet from home (or any other place) or recording and differentiate business and personal trips, be aware this is not something new for us at Transpoco - talk to us to learn how to do it with our fleet management solution.

 

 

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Mobility data in Ireland in COVID-19 times: valuable and actionable insights

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jun 17, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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The data that we can get today from our vehicles and devices are invaluable resources that can help us drive our business forward by making informed decisions. Fleet telematics is helping companies that rely on driving to collect data and convert it in a more digestible format to provide actionable insights on a number of metrics, such as fuel consumption, vehicle activity or driver behaviour, to mention just a few.

We have already dealt with seasonality in fleets in the past and with how telematics and vehicle data) can help companies forecast their fleet workload. In times of COVID-19, that is, the unprecedented period we are all currently living, telematics data can help us determine, through the visualization of effective vehicle activity, what might be the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown not only on transport, logistics and supply chain, but also on the global activity, on when a recovery might be expected and on how we can all get together to help beat the virus and make economy thrive again.

The team at Transpoco has been able to capture the data generated from operating and non-operating vehicles in Ireland thanks to their telematics and tracking system providing updates every 30-60 seconds from working vehicles and every hour from inactive vehicles, and to convert those data into an insightful chart.

The line chart starts on the left side displaying the traffic of a normal week, pre-COVID-19 (see 1st to 7th March). The following 2 weeks refer to the start of the voluntary work from home and to St. Patrick's Day, during which we experienced the first signs of drop in the driving activity. The Transpoco team itself started to work from home.

Between 12th and 27th March, 2020, during the period known as Delay Phase, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of all schools, colleges and childcare facilities until 29th March, one day after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, with the total cases in the country ranging from the initial figure of 70 on March 12th to the total of 1,819 cases and 19 deaths confirmed on March 26th. The Delay Phase is matching a 30% decrease in traffic in the aforementioned dates in the vehicle data chart.

During the Stay at Home Phase, which took place from 27th March to 5th May, 2020, traffic in Ireland has dropped a 50%, with lockdown at its peak as well as, unfortunately, the spreading of the virus, that brought the total of 21,772 cases and 1,319 deaths on May 4th.

The data chart continues to mirror the situation in Ireland as it is slowly going back to an 80% of the original traffic towards the end of May, with the start of the Easing of restrictions phase, that started on May 5th and is still ongoing.

This is just an example of how companies and governments could easily obtain this level of business intelligence to support COVID-19 efforts and local communities in the economic recovery.

According to Andrew Fleury, CEO at Transpoco, "The last few months have certainly been one of the most frightening and strangest periods in living memory in terms of public health, but also very worrying from a business perspective. In Ireland, we had little choice but to put the restrictions in place having seen the horrific impact of COVID-19 in continental Europe, but now it seems as though we are gradually moving past the worst of this time and we can begin to put everything back together."

Fleury adds: "We have been monitoring the driving distances of vehicles in Ireland since the start of the pandemic, this data has served as a barometer for the activity of our customers during this time. It is really encouraging to see the businesses getting back to work whilst the public health statistics continue to improve each day. Like everyone else in the world, Transpoco's way of working was disrupted but I am really proud of our team who constantly put customers' needs first and have continued to deliver first class service from our bedrooms, kitchen tables and even our gardens on some of the sunnier days. We know the recovery will be hard, but we are here to help at Transpoco, so if any of our customers need our assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out."

 

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Car and van registrations drop in May due to COVID-19 pandemic

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jun 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Car and van registrations drop in May due to COVID-19 pandemic

 

Both light commercial vehicles and car registrations have experienced a huge drop during the month of May 2020, as the Coronavirus pandemic is still hitting all over the world and blocking business in the vehicle manufacturing industry.

 

According to the data published by the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), a little more than 20,000 vehicles were registered last month in the UK. In May 2019 vehicle registrations totalled the figure of 183,724, meaning that the difference can be quantified as a 89.0% drop. The fleet sector itself registered the hardest hit, with 6,638 registrations (100,569 in 2019), translating into a 93.4% drop; for private vehicles the drop was of a 83.8% (from 79,400 in May 2019 to 12,900 in May 2020), while for business vehicles it was of a 81.1% (from 3,755 in May 2019 to 709 in May 2020). Total fleet sales from January till May were of 256,020 units, a 53% less than in the same period in 2019 (544,709). Before the COVID-19 pandemic stroke the market, fleet sales were the mostly represented group within new vehicle registrations, but in May private sales have actually made up 64% of total sales.

 

UK LCV registrations also fell by 74.1% in May, despite demand for vans from key worker fleets. A total of 7,541 light commercial vehicles were sold in the month, with the majority to fleets running food distribution, home delivery, utilities, broadband and emergency services operations. The figures coming from the SMMT show a larger drop in smaller commercial vehicles such as pickups or 4x4.

 

The figures for May, although improving from April, are still extremely worrying. The future will be of critical importance to restore confidence in fleet operators so they invest in cleaner vehicles. June 2020 data will probably tell us how long it will take to reach pre-COVID-19 levels.

 

 

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COVID-19 resources for drivers and companies that rely on driving

by Eleonora Malacarne on May 13, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Covid-19 resources for drivers and companies that rely on driving

The COVID-19 pandemic is obviously impacting on drivers and companies that rely on driving and different organisations have launched initiatives to help operators going through this difficult time throughout UK and Ireland.

Starting from the UK, FTA has recently launched a COVID-19 advice hub that is focusing on supporting the logistics and transport industry during the pandemic. Having recognised the difficulties some members are facing, FTA has also launched the Logistics Efficiency Network Service (LENS), an exchange portal that companies could use to share and discuss availability of their fleet during the COVID-19 period or to post their requirements of additional vehicles or personnel to transport goods during this period.

In Ireland, FTAI released this "Stay safe" video particularly dedicated to drivers. You can find further information on their website at ftai.ie:

 

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport inaugurated the COVID-19 National Logistics Forum on 16th April 2020. The Forum is collecting data to create an open database that will advertise what capacity is available in the sector, in order for it to be utilised to keep supply lines open. You can contribute filling out their form or contact the COVID-19 National Logistics Forum at nationallogisticsforum@cilt.ie.

 

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