Campaign Director Simon Turner’s round up of the previous week’s stories that business owners and fleet risk managers should be reading.

Fines for company car drivers show sharp increase

05/05/2017 Fleet News
Businesses faced a sharp rise in motoring fines in 2016 as the number of penalties incurred by company car and van drivers rose 21% year-on-year, according to annual figures from Lex Autolease. The research, compiled from 353,000 company vehicles in operation across the UK, revealed drivers racked up a £14 million bill last year, an increase of more than a quarter on 2015.

Fleets need to keep ‘walkaround’ checks interesting to fight driver complacency, says FleetCheck

04/05/2017 Commercial Fleet
Fleets need to adopt a range of strategies to keep driver ‘walkaround’ checks interesting otherwise complacency quickly sets in and the effectiveness of the checks declines over time because of familiarity.

New speeding fines: what’s actually changed?

03/05/17 Fleet World
Effective from 24 April 2017, the penalty structure for speeding motorists in the UK has changed. Find out how it affect you and your drivers.

Compliant fleets may face charge to help DVSA target unsafe vans

03/05/2017 Commercial Fleet
Fleets could face a hike in MOT fees to help pay £2 million a year towards the cost of targeting unsafe vans by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Currently, enforcement action is paid for out of general taxation, but the Department for Transport (DfT) has recommended that van operators should pick up the tab instead.