Environment

News and opinions on how trucking industry impacts the environment

How eco-driving can help the fleet industry reduce fuel consumption

There’s no doubt that 2022 has been a challenging year for fleet businesses where we got to see the interest rates plunge twice in three months, inflation has gotten high, up to 7% and energy costs up to 25%. All this is a result of coping with the pandemic. Even in these situations, some business has eroded in profits whereas, in some areas, significant changes have been made in strategies just to break even. Businesses are looking to analyse how to save as much as possible. Therefore, creating efficiencies within fleet management might help gain traction to fight any potential barriers in the near future. Managing fuel expences The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported the highest petrol price of 12.6 pence per litre between February to March, becoming the largest month...[Read More]

How weather affects your fleet performance and how you should avoid it

While typical weather, such as an average rain or wind, won’t significantly affect fleet performance, heavy storms, snow, winds, rain, and fog like extreme weather can cause a problem. Whether you are operating in a cold Northern or hot Southern hemisphere, being prepared is highly recommended. FROM JANUARY TO APRIL, the UK and European winters can create hazards like snow, black ice, fog, and even flood, making it dangerous to operate a fleet. Decreased Visibility and Vision Bad weather like hail, fog, snow, and heavy rain can significantly decrease a driver’s road sight, making it challenging to operate a fleet. On top of that, bad weather can also reduce drivers’ ability to see nearby vehicles and pedestrians. While the weather cannot be controlled by any chance, here&...[Read More]

Manchester Clean Air Zone: Rollout Delayed until Summer?

On February 4th (Friday), the UK government has officially granted permission to authorities to delay the execution of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone. Since the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone proposal was submitted in 2019, the local authorities, in consultation with local businesses & residents, were deemed responsible for the decision. However, considering the Covid-19 impact on supply chains, availability of vehicles for hire & prices, It seems more challenging for the people of Greater Manchester and overall CAZ emission standards to upgrade to cleaner vehicles resulting in the clean air zone failing to deliver compliance and clean air to legal limits by 2024. The situation has led the Mayor of Greater Manchester to request an increase in time to deliver the NO2 compl...[Read More]

Should I buy Winter Tyres? Cost and Benefits

What are the pros and cons of fitting winter tyres on your vehicle, and are they cost-effective? Considering many hazards like rain, snow, black ice, wet roads, which sometimes can become fetal. Fitting winter tyres to your vehicle can be a significant safety asset. But after all, it depends on your cause and figuring out if they are suitable for you. What are winter tyres? Winter tyres are created to serve maximum grip and resistance in cold weather. They are carved with deeper grooves, softer compound and narrow cuts with sipes built into the tread. These specifications are designed to disperse water or snow and allow the material to move with increased contact with the road. To identify a winter tyre, look for the snowflake symbol on the sidewall. If not found any, you’ll likely s...[Read More]

2022 will be a year of EVs?

Conforming the last year’s rapid progress in fleet tech, Fleet Speak investigates the UK’s fleet sector to foresight 2022 & predict the sector’s inclining direction towards tech. Addressing the top five trends in the trucking industry for a few years, it’s clear that we are increasingly heading towards an Electric revolution. After a year-long roller coaster ride during a pandemic, we saw the world go towards climactic chaos at COP26. At the same time, the fleets and transports accelerated towards EV adoption and continued holding the industry during the calamity. Let’s look at what this year can bring to the EV world. Expansion of Fleet EVs As the affordability factor of trucks and vans increases rapidly over time, all-electric fleets are becoming more of...[Read More]

What will reduce fuel consumption of your Fleet?

In this article, let’s find out what will reduce the fuel consumption of your fleet and stay on top of your business. If you are working as a fleet manager or wish to balance & reduce your fleet’s fuel consumption, then here are some tips shared below to cut back your fuel costs. UK fuel cards are efficient ways to increase efficiency & save as much money as possible. Reducing fuel consumption is one of the best ways to keep your business buoyant and under control. As a fleet manager, your fuel priority is high. Therefore, it’s crucial to reduce the money spent on fuel & stay profitable. Tips to reduce fuel consumption for fleet drivers We believe that fuel conservation is a responsibility of the fleet drivers more than fleet managers. Therefore, the drivers p...[Read More]

Want to start your logistic business? Here’s how you can get your operator’s licence

Getting a fleet operator’s licence Even if you know the various driving licence categories in the UK, you would’ve learned about the operator’s licence. Here’s what you need to know on getting a fleet operator’s licence, whether you own an HGV business or trying to fulfil your logistic needs after getting generous support from your commercial partner (regardless of your business ownership). The aim of holding the goods vehicle operator’s licence is a promise of ensuring the safe and optimised use of HGVs and becoming as protective of the environment at your workspace. Fill the below checklist to figure out if you need the operator’s licence. You are using a vehicle over 3.5 tonnes, i.e., 3500kg of combined weight, to carry goods associated with a t...[Read More]

Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map: Timing & Charges

What is Clean Air Zone (CAZ)? Before considering the Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map, let’s figure out what CAZ means. CAZ (Clean Air Zones) is a specific region in which prime measures are imposed to improve the air quality of that area. CAZ can be confined within a particular road or a whole block of the city that affects all the commercial and non-commercial vehicles with a charge or fine for entering. Initially, in the Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map, there are two types of Clean Air Zone i.e., ‘Charging’ and ‘Non-Charging’ In a Charging Area, all the Commercial and non-commercial vehicle drivers are charged with a fee to enter the CAZ if their vehicle does not meet the Environment Standard Requirement. The Environment Standard Requirement in the Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map is most...[Read More]

UK’s truck transport to be decarbonised

The decarbonising of the UK’s truck transport sector has been unveiled – with new diesel engine trucks phased out by 2040.

Mega-lorries would mean greener logistics

The government’s proposal to increase the maximum weight of HGVs to 48 tonnes is being seen as a positive move towards greener road haulage. It will also help progress the conversation about how the logistics sector reduces its carbon emissions and costs. The introduction of longer trailers would certainly reduce the number of commercial vehicles on UK roads – a positive step for the environment. It would also bring a number of business benefits including an increase in road freight so truck drivers are able to move goods to their end destinations quickly and more efficiently. Currently, UK lorries can be up to 13.6 metres in length and 44 tonnes. The new proposed length would see trailers of up to 15.6 metres, weighing up to 48 tonnes. Each year, HGVs on UK roads clock up a staggering 17....[Read More]

RHA responds to climate change report

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has responded to a new report on climate change by calling for recognition of the essential role that road transport plays in the UK economy.

Switching to renewable fuel a ‘no-brainer’ for the HGV sector

Do you give much thought to your carbon footprint as an HGV driver?