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Check out our latest in detail guides on the Trucking industry in an easy-to-understand format. We have guides on Road taxes, licenses, brands, etc.

What are Reflective Studs on Motorway & How to Remember Them?

To be safe while driving on the motorway after sunset or during a low visibility ratio, the roads are equipped with reflective studs to assist the driver in identifying and staying on the right lane till you drive off the motorway when needed. Also called cat’s eyes, probably because they look like a pair of cat’s eyes looking at you from a distance, these reflective motorway studs come in a variety of colours indicating, each with a different meaning to help the driver reach their destination. When it comes to giving a driving theory test, it’s easy to forget the reflective studs assuming you haven’t driven on the motorways before, but don’t let reflective motorway studs pull you away from passing the theory test and the practice. This article explains the me...[Read More]

What is Coasting & Why it could be Bad?

What does coasting your fleet mean and is it good for your vehicle’s reliability? Coasting could be a habit acquired by fleet drivers daily, which could be a concern. Excessive coasting can cause a potential hazard as it could fail a driving test. The below article explains what is coasting and the impact it has on driving. What is coasting? Coasting, in simple terms means, releasing the accelerator pedal while the vehicle is in gear and then using the engine, letting it gradually lower the speed. In this process, no fuel is insinuated into the engine consuming little to no fuel, but there’s more to it. What is coasting driving? Coasting Driving is a situation where driving your vehicle earthward while either depressing the clutch or keeping the gear stick in neutral (OR both a...[Read More]

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 Long can a PCN be Issued After the Offence? Law Updates

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are fines allotted by the regional committee or the London for Transport. One can issue these fines for illegal parking or minor traffic offences like using an unauthorised bus lane and turning left when not allowed—not paying your road tolls on time such as the London Congestion Charge can pull you under the offence by courtesy of London for Transport. If you happen to find yourself in this situation, the police forces are not in power to make the offenders pay the charge in the act. Instead, a local adjudicator’s court justifies the penalty charge notices. How much time does a penalty charge notice take to arrive? The PCN could be left on the vehicle if the driver is not around or handed to the driver by a parking warden; this means the PCN has been served i...[Read More]

What is the P11D value and how to calculate it?

The P11D is a type of tax that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) require all employers to pay. It determines the coequal cash value of all the benefits, like enforcing payments to minimum wages and child health care supplied during the tax year. Whereas, the P11D value of the vehicle is the initial stage of calculating company car tax. Benefits included in the requirement of a company vehicle available for private use (including the pick and drop from your place and work) is crucial to both Company Car Driver and the Fleet Manager. For Fleet Managers The P11D for Fleet Managers is used to decide the Class 1A National Insurance Contributions – The amount your company needs to pay on the benefit provided to the employee and an essential data point to calculate the Whole Li...[Read More]

How to check your or someone else’s driving licence info?

The UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offers the service to check your or someone else’s driving licence information, such as their vehicle type or if they are holding any penalty points or disqualifications under the radar. If you are planning to get a licence but are unaware of which category you need, you can read our comprehensive guide to the UK’s driving licence categories. How to check your own driving licence? This free to use online vehicle investigation tool can be used to check your licence information against the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA’s) database to display any endorsements or penalty points you have. There is also an option to generate a One-Time Password (OTP) to share the access of your information to a rental company...[Read More]

Know your Regional Fuel Prices in the UK

FleetSpeak brings you the fuel price locators by offering you to find and compare fuel prices through the cheapest petrol and diesel in your locality. One penny per litre can also make a massive difference while loading up your fleet, indirectly saving your business thousands of pounds per year. Below is the list of the average amount needed per litre and gallon of diesel and petrol fuel prices in the regions like England, Wales, Scotland and North Ireland. Are you having trouble choosing the right fuel card? Here’s what you need to know before choosing the right fuel card for your business. List of Regional Fuel Prices County Diesel PPL Unleaded PPL Super Unleaded PPL Premium Diesel PPL Diesel PPG Unleaded PPG Super Unleaded PPG Premium Diesel PPG Average 183.12 168.28 181.76 200.53...[Read More]

What do different types of exhaust smoke mean to your fleet?

Irrespective of the colour that is black, white, blue or grey exhaust smoke; each exhaust indicates a potential case of hazard in your vehicle. If your fleet uses a gasoline engine, below are some common reasons the exhaust smoke would release colorful smoke. Know about the issue before getting into any unwanted situation. Black Exhaust Smoke If you see Black smoke out of your vehicle, it signifies a disproportionate amount of fuel. Modifying diesel engines can make a vast amount of black exhaust fumes, but if the engine isn’t tuned for performance, the chances of burning excess fuel are higher up due to faulty injectors or a malfunctioning turbocharger creating a lack of air supply to the system. Black smoke can be also caused due to build-up carbon or a poor fuel quality. White Exh...[Read More]

Save Money for Fleets through Regenerative Braking

Fleets under heavier classifications operate their purpose in various ways, from transporting essential goods across long distances to hauling stocks away from populated sectors. Even though technology has become a crucial part of life, it still hasn’t progressed to serve conveniently. However, regenerative braking and cleaner operations are being constructed in heavy-duty fleet design features. The braking systems are fundamentally being operated more safely and efficiently. Present Braking Systems Semi-trucks tend to be much bigger than vehicles in a smaller class, especially passenger vehicles. It’s obvious they don’t operate the same, judging by their type. Like stopping, for instance, the larger the size of the semi, the extra the momentum will be than a car (Concern...[Read More]

Catalytic Converters – How to Prevent Theft for Fleets

The catalytic converter is a device fitted mostly on gas or diesel-powered vehicles and is mandated in the UK since 1992. Catalytic converters include materials that neutralize nearly 90% of toxic gasses in the engine exhaust contributing to the smog. Many vehicles on UK roads are equipped with catalytic converters; thus the catalytic converter theft has also become a genuine concern – no matter if the vehicle is your possession or a company fleet. Why has catalytic converter theft increased? Catalytic converters consist of a certain amount of metals such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium, but since they are costly, they are sold in hefty amounts when stolen. For example, they can be sold for as high as £500 in the market. Catalytic converter theft is also relatively concise – With...[Read More]

Do you have to report a minor accident to the UK police?

Do you have to report a minor accident to the UK police? The answer is YES. No one wishes to be involved in an unfortunate accident. But it can happen within split seconds despite anyone’s fault. Despite the seriousness of the accident, you’ll need to call the police by dialling 101 (UK police non-emergency number) and report the accident within 24 hours. If you’re the cause of someone’s vehicle or property damage, with all means, you are supposed to stop, irrespective of the minor damage. If the person whose vehicle has been damaged is at the scene, leave your name, complete address and vehicle registration. If you are insecure about exchanging detail at the scene, you can always report the accident to the police within 24 hours, and then you can legally proceed. I...[Read More]

Read this before choosing the right fuel card for your business

Whether you’re a start-up or growing a business, a fuel card can provide benefits. Fuel cards are created to save money as well as time, so businesses need to get one. How? Here are some of the critical things to consider when it comes to choosing the right fuel card:  Vehicle Type Cards When comparing cards, the first thing to consider is the type of vehicles you consider your fleet. Whether you’re a haulage business, have a national sales team, or operate a small mixed fleet, your vehicles can help steer your decision-making process. In Haulage, you can experience very unique challenges; therefore, choosing a card that is HGV-friendly through the site can be advantageous to skip unnecessary management affairs. Suppose your fleet is made up primarily of saloon cars. In that case, fle...[Read More]