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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.

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]

What are the current VED rates?

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is a tax defined by the duration of tailpipe CO2 emissions measured on the official test including your vehicle’s list price. VED came into force based on 13 bands in 2018 and has encountered an updated price from 1st April 2022. If you’ve registered your vehicle under the aforementioned date, you’ll need to pay the tax covering your vehicle for the next 12 months. After the period, your VED tax can be paid every 6 OR 12 months at a particular rate. What are the First VED rates of your vehicle after registration? VED tax after first registration can be paid based on your vehicle’s CO2 emissions (Including the motorhomes). Ask your vehicle manufacturer whether your vehicle meets RDE2 standards because diesel vehicles meet Real Driving Emissi...[Read More]

Check Your Tyre Tread Depth and Avoid Getting Charged £2,500

You can check your tyre tread depth to avoid getting charged £2,500 if not complied with the legal requirements. A few parts of your vehicle are as essential as your tyres to maintain an effective contact between the road and the machine, which is crucial for acceleration, control, and self-breaking. To improve the overall ride quality of your vehicle, it’s suggested to check if your tyre tread depths are fulfilling all the legal requirements. Here’s everything you need to know about your vehicle’s tyre tread depth. What is Tyre Tread? Your vehicle’s tyre tread is constructed to maintain the contact between the road and your vehicle. As your tyres wear off, the ability to maintain the grip on the road reduces, making it susceptible to longer stopping distances and a...[Read More]

Towing Laws 2022: What can you drive legally?

No matter if you are planning to tow a caravan on your summer holidays or going to tow a trailer filled with goods for work, it’s crucial to remember what vehicles your driving licence entitles you to drive. The towing laws in the UK are supposed to change soon.  In September 2021, the UK government already gave the notice to scrap the extra test for towing trailers up to 3,500kg, an initiative that the safety Institute convicted Advanced Motorists (IAM) RoadSmart. If you plan to attach any type of small trailer, caravan, horsebox or be it a boat behind your vehicle, we will cover everything you need to know before setting off for the day. READ MORE: How to Consult a Driving Theory Test Practice for Your Vehicle Towing Laws – what can you drive legally? Drivers who have pa...[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]

Where is the longest motorway in the UK?

FleetSpeak gives an insightful guide to the longest motorway in the UK. Since 2017, the UK government figures have outnumbered by estimating the longest motorway in the UK at a staggering 246,700 miles that is (397,025kms) Whereas a vast 87.3% of the overall length can be found on short roads, making the handful of the country’s significant roads an excellent cross-country drive. What’s the longest motorway in the UK? The longest known motorway in the UK stretches within 300 miles. The top three longest motorways in the UK are: M6: Catthorpe, Leicestershire — Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire – Spread: 236 miles (379.8km) M1: Staples Corner, London — Hook Moor, Yorkshire – Spread: 200 miles (321.9km) M4: Chiswick, London — Pont Abraham, Carmarthenshire – Spread: 191...[Read More]