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Did you know? There are 7 main government bodies responsible for road safety. It is an offence not to stop when asked to do so by the Police and drivers face an unlimited fine, community order or up to 6 months’ imprisonment and 3 – 9 penalty points or disqualification from driving. DVSA...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Enforcement

Did you know? Drivers can be fined up to £1,000 if they do not inform DVLA about a medical condition that affects their driving. It is an offence for drivers to refuse to submit to an eyesight test when requested to by the police. Drivers may be prosecuted if involved in an accident...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Eyesight & Medical Conditions

Did you know? Weight, driving style and maintenance all affect a van’s fuel economy. An unnecessary 45kg in the vehicle reduces mpg by 1%. Engine idling can have a significant impact on vehicle’s fuel economy. Excessive speed is the biggest fuel-guzzling factor. The heavier a...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Fuel Economy

Did you know? For road traffic collisions, details should be exchanged with all parties involved. If details are not exchanged, this should be done as soon as reasonably practicable, within 24 hours or reported to the Police. Drivers face a fine up to £5,000 and up to 10 penalty points...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Incident Reporting

Did you know? With more than 4 million vans registered in the UK, it is a common misconception that there is no legislation governing van drivers and van operations. Due to their size and weight, vans can be driven and used for anything – right? Wrong, in fact very wrong. With an increase...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Keeping It Safe & Legal

Did you know? A driver can be fined up to £300 or get a court summons if their van exceeds its maximum permitted axle weight. Exceeding the manufacturer’s load limit can put serious strain on the vehicle and may invalidate insurance cover. Overloaded vans are a common issue in the UK...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Loading: Know Your Limits

Did you know? 56% of van drivers consider themselves overweight. 70% of van drivers say work pressures severely impact their ability to drink enough water and have a healthy diet. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, with 1 man dying every two...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Mental Health & Driver Wellbeing

Did you know? More than four million journeys are made on the strategic road network each day. On average, Highways England record around 196,000 breakdowns per year (536 each day). The most common breakdowns are related to tyres, overheating, electrical problems and running out of...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Motorway Breakdowns

Did you know? The speed limit on a motorway is 70 mph (where national speed limit applies). Large vehicles and vehicles towing trailers have a speed limit of 60mph unless other limits are shown. If caught speeding on a motorway, a driver could be fined up to £2,500. Red X is there for your...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Motorway Driving

Did you know? In 2019, there were 60 fatalities involving vans and vulnerable road users. 62% of cyclists killed or seriously injured were involved in collisions at, or near, a road junction. Post collision, drivers could face financial claims from a vulnerable road user covering their...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Other Road Users

Did you know? Our most recent data shows that, on average, 13%* of all fatalities and serious injuries on the Strategic Road Network include weather conditions as a contributing factor to the incident. Of these, 78%* occurred in the rain (four times more than any other adverse weather...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Poor Weather Conditions

Did you know? Each year, DVSA issue over 2,000 prohibitions to drivers of vehicles which present a road safety risk because of poor load security. Where a vehicle’s load is deemed to be in a dangerous condition, the driver can receive 3 penalty points and a licence endorsement. Drivers...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Safe Loading

Did you know? Drivers face a non-endorsable fixed penalty of £50–£100 for causing an unnecessary obstruction by parking opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction. The average motorist in the UK spends nearly 4 days every year looking for parking spaces. Parking lights must...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Safe Parking

Did you know? Towing with a van could: Mean you need different driving licence categories. Require use of EU drivers’ hours rules and tachographs (although there may be exemptions you can use). Overload the towing vehicle beyond its legal and / or physical capabilities. Vans with a...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Safe Towing

Did you know? Seat belts are simple to put on and save lives. The penalty for not wearing a seat belt when driving is currently a £100 fine, rising to £500 if taken to court. The use of a seat belt by drivers and vehicle occupants was made compulsory in the UK. People not wearing a...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Seat Belts

Did you know? Penalties for speeding range from £100 – £2,500 and between 3 and 6 penalty points. Drivers who go to court for speeding, could be fined up to 175% of their weekly salary and even be disqualified from driving. Speeding fines vary for certain types of roads and for...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Speed Limits

Did you know? One of the biggest hazards and challenges of Spring driving is low sun. You must ensure you can see where you are going. Use the vehicle’s sun visor and wear sunglasses to minimise glare. You must ensure your windscreen is kept clean and your washer and wipers are working...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Spring Driving

Did you know? Hot weather can cause fatigue and irritability to drivers. Drivers can become easily dehydrated and it can affect their driving abilities. Drivers experience increased congestion from high levels of traffic on holiday routes and in road works for road construction and...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Summer Driving

Did you know? MOT Tests - Half of all vans fail their MOT at the first attempt. Enforcement - The police and DVSA have the power to carry out spot checks on vehicles and stop you using the vehicle (prohibition). Roadside Checks - Two thirds of vans stopped at the roadside by the DVSA have a...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Vehicle Roadworthiness

Did you know? Drivers face fines up to £2,500, a ban from driving and 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition. Wearing a seat belt is law and can result in fines of up to £500 and 3 penalty points if not wearing a seat belt when supposed to. Airbags reduce...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Vehicle Safety

Did you know? Theft of vans has been increasing over the last 5 years. Over 8,000 vans are stolen each year. Thefts from vans is also a massive problem with over 28,000 thefts per year. Most thefts from a van occur where the driver parks at home. Thefts of contents are often...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Vehicle Security

Did you know? Leaving the engine running while stationary, or ‘engine idling’ to defrost windows is an offence under Rule 123 of The Highway Code and authorities have the power to issue £20 fixed penalties for any contravention. Rule 229 of the Highway Code says: “Before you set off...

Driving for Better Business, National Highways

Van Driver Toolkit – Winter Driving

TV advert reminding motorists of the importance of conducting vehicle checks before setting off on a long journey.

National Highways

Vehicle Checks Campaign

A handbook for volunteer drivers that covers key information such as safety provisions, and the law concerning voluntary driving.

RoSPA

Volunteer Driver’s Handbook
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