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Round-Up: Action ‘needed to tackle business drivers’ accidents, Plumbers save with telematics, Used LCV values rise in November

Action ‘needed to tackle business drivers’ accidents

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“Urgent” action is needed to tackle the stagnation in the number of people killed or injured in collisions involving drivers working or travelling on business, according to road safety company IAM RoadSmart.

It has highlighted concerns  in its latest white paper, ‘The Role of Business Drivers.’

In the paper IAM RoadSmart calls on all groups – the Health and Safety Executive, drivers and their employers, government and police – to do more to address the fact that there has been “virtually no change in the number of fatal and serious injury road crashes on UK roads in the last decade.”

The number of collisions involving people driving for business has remained static, at one in four of all incidents, over the same period, it said, claiming in 2009 there were 5,442 serious and fatal crashes in Britain involving an at-work driver and by 2018 this figure had risen to 5,506.

Plumbers save money with telematics

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Plumbing and heating merchant, Plumbase, has improved its fleet’s road safety after investing in driver behaviour technology.

The company installed Trakm8 telematics devices in 220 company cars with drivers receiving a percentage score for each journey, with a high score indicating smoother and safer driving and within three months, the average score across the company rose from a 72% to 84%, Trakm8 said, with Plumbase also establishing a Driver of the Month competition to incentivise employees to continue increasing their scores.

Nigel Grainger, transport manager for Plumbase, said: “An increase of 12 percentage points is really pleasing, as it demonstrates that our company car drivers are fully engaged with this initiative. We are also getting reports of much-improved fuel economy, meaning that we are saving money and reducing emissions from our car fleet as well.”

Used LCV values rise in November

BCA reports record LCV values

The average value of light commercial vehicles sold at BCA auctions in November improved by £227 (3.2%) year-on-year, with corporate, dealer and nearly-new stock all rising compared with 2018, the remarketing giant said.

BCA said buyer demand was sustained throughout the month, with good levels of supply from vendors and that buyers “continued to focus on the best specified and presented vehicles, with hard-worked, damaged or base specification examples needing to be sensibly valued if they are to sell first time.”