Speed Limits on Smart Motorways

Beware of Speeding on Smart Motorways Word is that, from midnight on the 8th January 2019, all of the Active Traffic Management (ATM) system cameras that monitor speeding on the M1 and M25 motorways will become live. Not a problem, you might think, and if you keep to the speed limits it probably won’t be. However, if you tend to exceed the limit a bit – or a lot – beware and read on! One thing to remember is that the cameras are on all the time - 24/7 -  not just when a lower speed than the national limit is showing on the gantry. They don't necessarily flash either. The ATM incorporates an automatic ticket generating system. This will [...]

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Driving|8 Comments

Messages from Outer Space

Today’s Cars Rely Increasingly on Satellite Technology Modern cars are increasingly relying on messages from outer space to keep drivers abreast of the latest developments on the roads ahead of them. The latest technologies, such as satellite navigation, rely on real-time messages beamed back to earth from an army of satellites orbiting the planet, which ultimately help keep drivers better informed than ever before. The newest technologies are available in the ‘connected’ car of today which gives drivers access to a whole host of information that would have seemed unthinkable only a few years ago. What is a connected car? The term ‘connected car’ is one that is becoming widely used and increasingly commonplace. Basically, a connected car is [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

The Dos and Don’ts of Driving at Christmas!

Driving Home for Christmas? Stay safe on the roads this festive season with our top tips Christmas is meant to be a joyous time of year with peace on earth and goodwill to all. But driving over the festive period can present a number of challenges, with more police patrols and increased levels of drink-driving, inclement winter weather, congested roads and longer journeys than normal - to name but a few. Here’s our guide to successfully navigating through the potential pitfalls of driving during the festive season. Drink driving – don’t do it! More than half a million drivers are stopped and breathalysed each year by the police, with more breath tests carried out in December than other months. [...]

By |December 13th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Christmas Holiday Period Arrangements

CLM Christmas Opening And Service Availability 2018 As the festive season beckons, we need to make you aware of the arrangements in place for supporting your fleet management requirements over the Christmas and New Year period. CLM’s opening hours are detailed below – during these dates/times, service will be delivered completely as normal. Friday 21st December 2018 – 08.15 to 18.00 Monday 24th December 2018 – 08.15 to 13.00 Tuesday 25th December 2018 – Closed Wednesday 26th December 2018 – Closed Thursday 27th December 2018 – 08.15 – 18.00 Friday 28th December 2018 – 08.15 – 18.00 Monday 31st December 2018 – 08.15 – 18.00 Tuesday 1st January 2018 – Closed CLM will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January at 08.15 During the [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|Categories: Business news, Driving, Rental|Comments Off on Christmas Holiday Period Arrangements

Drink Driving Rules For The Festive Season

Drivers Three Times More Likely to be Breathalysed in December Over 70,000 people are caught drink driving every year As this year’s Christmas drink-drive campaign gets under way, it has emerged that drivers are nearly three times more likely to be breathalysed in December than in other months of the year. Home Office figures show that police forces across England and Wales conducted 63,648 roadside breath tests last December – 20% of the annual total. The December figure was also approximately three times higher than the monthly average of 23,840. And the number of motorists found to be over the drink drive limit last December, including those who refused the test, was 4,816 – a failure rate of nearly 8%. [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

Download Guide: Winter Driving

Winter Driving Tips For Keeping Safe On The Road With dark mornings and nights and wintery weather conditions, fleet managers and company vehicle drivers need to keep in mind the ‘dos and don’ts’ of winter driving. So, with this is mind, we have created the following winter driving tips as a reminder of the added perils on our roads at this time of year.  We've also created a PDF guide which you can download, keep and share - click here for your copy.   We’ve noticed an increase in the use of the latest technology in favour of driving long distances for face-to-face business meetings at this time of year. And arguably the safest and most environmentally sustainable approach to winter driving [...]

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC increases Advisory Fuel Rates for diesel and LPG cars from December 2018 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its mileage rates for diesel and LPG engined cars, while the rates for petrol engined and electric vehicles remain unchanged, in the latest quarterly Advisory Fuel Rates. Under the new AFR rates, which are effective for the three months from December 1, there are no changes to the rates for petrol cars, but the rate for diesel cars, with an engine above 2.0 litres, increases by 1p per mile (ppm), from 13ppm to 14ppm. All other diesel rates remain unchanged. There is also a 1ppm increase for LPG vehicles with an engine of 1.4 litres or less, from 7ppm to 8ppm, and for [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|Comments Off on HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Road Safety Week 2018 – Part 4

Cycling Safety in the UK Road Safety Week 2018 Taking place between November 19th and November 25th 2018, Road Safety Week is an annual event organised by road safety charity Brake. In this article, guest blogger Suki Chana, shares some top tips for safe cycling and how to safely share the roads with cyclists. Aiming to promote road safety awareness within the UK, many businesses, communities, and schools all play their part with a series of talks, demonstrations, and more taking place over the course of the week. The event has one goal in mind – improving the safety of all road users in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents on UK roads. In 2018, the theme is based [...]

By |November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

Road Safety Week – Part 3

Sharing The Streets: A Pedestrian And Motorist’s View Continuing our series of  posts for Brake’s Road Safety Week, guest blogger Duncan Bridge comments on the challenges of walking, running and driving in a busy city. I have been living back in London for almost a year now, after an absence of just over a decade. To say that the streets have changed dramatically in that time would be an exaggeration – the place has been overcrowded and the roads clogged with drivers and pedestrians for longer than I can remember – but there are some subtle differences that make getting around just that little bit more challenging. Maybe it’s my older eyes but the streetscape today seems so much more complex [...]

By |November 21st, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments
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