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UK Driving licence codes and categories

What are driving licence codes? The driving licence codes demonstrate the conditions you must abide by before earning a green flag to drive your vehicle. There is an estimate of over 50 driving licence codes, which we will explore in this article, including a plethora of categories consisting of your eyesight and other biological aids to vehicle modifications. These codes are generally found on the back of your licence and can be different in Northern Ireland. Read here to know all the UK’s driving licence categories. Driving licence penalty codes If by any chance you’ve committed a driving offence and needed a speed awareness course, you could be served by penalty points on your licence. Since such points are going to be stuck on your driving licence until its expiry date, whi...[Read More]

Who has a priority at unmarked crossroads?

Unmarked crossroads are quite an exception considering not many of them are covered in the UK. Nonetheless, they spread across the way without any road signs, traffic signals or white lines between the road, making it bleak to choose who has the rights while travelling on them, which might lead to an accident or a fatal injury. Most of the time, facing them would feel chaotic and a little out of sight frustrating. Experienced drivers have also wrecked the fleets with significant damage over time. Fortunately, even in such vague situations, we can override your fear or confusion by ensuring it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s explore driving principles, or so to say, clues you should look for while going in these unmarked crossroads. What are unmarked crossroads? Crossroads ar...[Read More]

Understanding insurance for goods in transit

As the UK government agreed to provide a £10 billion backstop for the fleet sectors through their new Trade Credit Reinsurance Scheme amid a pandemic that helped boost truck firms up to a considerable amount percentage, or marine insurance to cover damage of your ship or cargo. But what about the goods and services delivered by road each day? Considering the on-road risks held by such logistic journeys, it’s crucial to have insurance for goods in transit. In fact, it’s one of the most valuable assets that can benefit the employees and the company overall. Here’s how. Definition Insurance for goods in transit, or in other words, inland transit insurance, is nothing but a safe and feasible way of covering the numerous amount of risks that go down in the goods business or th...[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]

What is the Residual Value of your vehicle?

Definition In terms of car leasing, a residual value is determined to express the resale value of your vehicle. After evaluating the cost of your monthly payments, the estimated residual amount is calculated by your leasing company before completing the agreement procedures. Depending on the type of vehicle, the depreciated cost is summarised. In the case of Fleets, they have become more rigid over the years to avoid getting a toll on maximum loss. In simple terms, the residual amount is figuring out your vehicle’s worth and not the actual selling price. Its a type of benchmark provided by leasing companies to remarket such fleet vehicles. The factors include to calculate residual value are: Vehicle manufacturers Auction prices Residual data history Everything ultimately comes down t...[Read More]

Health and Safety Legislation Checklist for Fleet Drivers

Are you an employee in general haulage & warehousing or wholesale and retail liquids? While every delivery is made in each particular sector, the drivers are exposed to potential hazards that might arise from several things. According to the HSE road haulage safety, nearly 60 employees are killed, and an estimated 5000 are injured in haulage and distribution over the course of 5 years. Health and safety legislation is considered lengthy paperwork with red tapes, expenses and jaded rules that are difficult to understand. So, the below information is provided to help all the employers on the road businesses and our FleetSpeak readers to understand easily & do a better job of ensuring the health and safety legislation at work. Managing health and safety legislation Understanding the f...[Read More]

Speed Awareness Course: Cost and Procedure

Read this guide to prevent getting points on your driver’s licence and save the day by taking the speed awareness course. Due to the ever-increasing speed cameras, most drivers are breaking the record of keeping a clean driver’s licence. Whether it’s a short leap in concentration while driving on the roads, the points might take a toll on your licence regardless of such a minor offence. Read further to find out if you are eligible for a speed awareness course which is nothing but an awareness of the potential dangers caused by breaking the speed limit. You can also learn about the speed cameras in the UK to stay aware and prevent unwanted charges. Am I eligible for the speed awareness course? If you break the speed limit or are caught speeding on the roads, you’ll r...[Read More]

How to Drive on Ice – 10 Rules Before Driving on Icy Conditions

Learning how to drive on ice, especially in the snowfall season in the UK, is the most asked query on the internet when it comes to drivers driving in such harsh weather conditions. You might think it’d be fun to move and glide across the ice at speed but, it’s not fun when you are driving on a slippery surface, especially on black ice, as one can quickly lose the grip and risk a fatal accident. Driving in snow or ice is similar at some point as in both situations, a driver needs to avoid any sudden accelerations and pursue a calm and slow ride to maintain the grip on the road. However, there are some additional precautions you will need to consider while learning how to drive on ice. General Precautions One of the efficient ways to spot the difference between snow and ice is t...[Read More]

Driver’s Guide to Pass DVSA Hazard Perception Test

An Essential Guide to DVSA Hazard Perception Test. To improve your experience on the road & find potential hazards while driving the vehicle is something you can achieve over months which could be a slow process. The best drivers are the ones who continuously evaluate their path for situations that could result in an injury and put effort into minimizing the reaction time to avoid such accidents by adjusting their speed & position on the road. There are various driver training schemes or hazard perception tests to learn to focus on becoming the best driver by educating the potential dangers that roll along the journey. The UK government hazard perception test is a crucial part of road safety and becoming an excellent driver. Therefore, the digital hazard perception test has become ...[Read More]

What is Benefit in Kind Tax & How Does it Work.

What is Benefit in Kind Tax? Benefit in Kind Tax, otherwise termed as (BIK), is a tax paid by employees who earn benefits excluding their salary such as a car owned by your company. If you are using a company-owned vehicle for your private benefit, you will need to pay a (BIK) as a contribution to the company’s vehicle tax. As the benefit in kind tax has monetary values, they are treated as taxable incomes. Therefore, BIK is also called notional pays, fringe benefits, or perks. The amount of will-be-payed BIK tax is defined by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) which refers to the tax authority of the U.K. government. Such tax can be either cash equal to the service, goods, or calculated through specific rules & regulations. Also Read: Apply to cancel road tax & g...[Read More]

How to Consult a Driving Theory Test Practice for Your Vehicle

What is the Driving Theory Test Practice? After getting your vehicle ownership or learning to perfect your driving skills, completing a driving theory test is the next step to getting a permanent driving licence. A valid age to take the theory tests is 16 & above. Although if you are competent for your personal independence payment, you are eligible to take the tests from your 16th birthday onwards. Now, to get a valid license for your vehicle, you need to take a Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA) driving theory test practice. This test practice consists of two categories. MCQ (Multiple-Choice Questions) & the HPT (Hazard Perception Test). All these tests are taken on the same day to ensure your driving & perception capabilities. Before passing the practical driving t...[Read More]

Apply to Cancel Road Tax & Get a Refund by DVLA

A Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) generally called Road Tax is one of the most important cost aspects associated with car owners. If you were unable to pay the tax, the UK police will subjugate your vehicle under a cease-and-desist policy. On the bright side, you can cancel road tax in some reasonable scenarios & get a fair road tax refund from the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) The road tax can be paid in equated annual or monthly instalments depending on your convenience. Although you cannot get a road tax refund if you’ve already paid, the next tax debit instalment can be cancelled if you drop your vehicle ownership. Another scenario would be if you’ve paid in a lump sum, you can get a road tax refund on equal adequate proportions otherwise called a pro-rata basi...[Read More]