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The Dangers of Flood Water

The Dangers of Flood Water

As we edge closer to Christmas day you may be thinking how best to prepare for the icy roads over the festive week. However, temperatures are expected to be quite mild in the coming days which means less snow and ice but potentially more downpours. This comes from the Met Office who have issued multiple weather warnings across the UK over the busiest travel period before Christmas. Just because the roads are not covered with ice and snow does not mean you should underestimate the dangers of heavy rain and flooding. Research from the Environment Agency and the AA have... Read full article

The Impact of Christmas on our Roads

The Impact of Christmas on our Roads

‘Tis the season for your Christmas parties at work to bring the team together and celebrate the festive season. For those of you hosting your festivities at venues afar, there is one thing to consider above all, the safety of your employees. Alcohol will most likely feature at the party but for those driving in potentially hazardous conditions, it can be a recipe for disaster. How do you keep your employees safe without becoming the grinch at Christmas? According to research by the RAC, 19% of motorists admit to driving whilst over the drink-drive limit in the... Read full article

Are Smart Motorways really the way forward?

Are Smart Motorways really the way forward?

Smart motorways have been in the UK since 2006 when they were first trialed on the M42. The goal of their introduction was to combat the 60% traffic increase that has been predicted by 2040. To do this they would function without a hard shoulder to increase the capacity of the motorway whilst using lane control to protect broken down vehicles. However, does the theory match what motorists think? With no hard shoulder to pull into, broken down vehicles must stop in an active lane if they are not near an SOS area. This can be a major safety concern for motorists with... Read full article

Preparing for the Winter Roads

Preparing for the Winter Roads

It’s December which means we’re heading into the heart of winter and this year looks set to be a cold one with plenty of disruptions to our roads. The Weather Company is forecasting that we will receive 30 to 40 days of snow or ice disruption in Scotland and northern England with 15 to 20 days in the South of England. With these potentially treacherous conditions on the way we’ve put together some winter driving tips to help prepare your fleets for the roads. Before you set off Before even thinking about your car, put together an emergency kit so... Read full article

What’s the Latest Government Advice on Driving in the EU?

What’s the Latest Government Advice on Driving in the EU?

At Marshall Leasing we want all our fleets to be as prepared as possible for Brexit.  Yes, you can be forgiven for thinking that driving in Europe is going to be complicated once the Brexit date is confirmed.  This is why we have reviewed the government’s advice and put together the information below to help you keep your fleets moving. Below is a distillation of the government’s guidance on how to prepare for Brexit.  You can also sign up for alerts regarding changes to guidelines here, although daily or weekly up-dates are recommended to... Read full article

ULEZ Zones Proving a Success in London

ULEZ Zones Proving a Success in London

Research from the Mayor of London’s office has revealed that the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London has proven to be a success. The two key areas where it has been effective is in reducing the number of cars in the zone and cutting toxic air pollution. Could this new charging system be the way forward for cities? The figures showed that in the first six months 13,500 fewer cars drove into central London every day which resulted in a 36% fall of roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution. For a project that was a ‘world’s first’ this is... Read full article

New Road Pricing Set to Replace Fuel Duty

New Road Pricing Set to Replace Fuel Duty

The Transport Committee has announced it will launch an inquiry into new road pricing in 2020. This is in response to the decline of fuel duty, which has fallen by £19 billion since 2000. It is also predicted the annual £40 billion income from fuel duty and Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is likely to decline sharply in the future. These taxes may cease to exist at all if the government achieves its target to fully decarbonise road transport in the next two decades. Due to the falling figures, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has recently said that the... Read full article

Hybrid and Electric Car Models Discovered as UK’s Most Dependable Vehicles

Hybrid and Electric Car Models Discovered as UK’s Most Dependable Vehicles

Acquiring efficient vehicles as part of your fleet is a step to meeting new legislative changes, although we can all improve on our day-to-day practices. In a recent study by What Car? surveying more than 18,000 drivers, the UK’s most dependable vehicles were considered to be hybrid and electric (EV). With many vehicles suffering a close 50% failure rate, this highlights the importance for fleets to be aware of vehicle conditions and reliability, especially with poor weather which is about to take a turn for the worst. To assist in this often misunderstood,... Read full article

Transport for London Announces 20MPH Speed Limits for Central London

Transport for London Announces 20MPH Speed Limits for Central London

Speed is a killer, especially in built up towns and cities across the UK. Across 2018, there were a reported 1,782 road deaths and 25,484 serious injuries reported to the police in the same timeframe. As more and more people are flocking to the capital in search of work, the probability of safety risks on the road dramatically increases. To combat these shocking statistics, Transport for London (TFL) has announced the introduction of a 20mph speed limit across 8.9km of road, with work beginning in late 2019. This move has been identified as a key part of Sadiq... Read full article

Drivers Feeling Frustration of Fluctuating Petrol Price

Drivers Feeling Frustration of Fluctuating Petrol Price

Although the average price of both petrol and diesel across the country fell slightly in August, retailers failed to pass the entire discount in the wholesale price of unleaded to UK drivers. According to the RAC, drivers are right to be ‘angry’ at the low petrol price drop because savings are not being passed on.  One litre of petrol reduced by 0.27p to 128.88p, although in comparison, the wholesale price came down dramatically by 4.38p to 96.57p. In comparison, each litre of diesel decreased by 0.38p to 131.66p, while the wholesale price fell by 1p a... Read full article

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