5 Reasons to Invest in a Vehicle Camera Solution

Vehicle Camera Solution

In today’s crash-for-cash climate, the presence of vehicle cameras is a rising trend that hasn’t gone unnoticed. From simple dash-cams to full multi-camera systems, installing a vehicle camera solution protects your drivers against false claims, improve driving behaviour and lower insurance premiums.

But the benefits don’t stop there. Have a read of our top 5 reasons why you should be investing today…

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EU agreed on a compromise agreement on mobility package

EU Mobility Package
EU Mobility Package

The negotiators from the EU Parliament and member states have agreed on a compromise on the controversial reform of the rules for truck drivers. After years of inquiries and difficult negotiations, EU countries have agreed on new rules for the road haulage sector. The new rules will be introduced in 2021 and will also cover Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.

The EU Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers sat through one final night of negotiations and agreed at 6.30am on Thursday 12 December. The new legislation must be formally approved by the Council and the Parliament. After that, the 28 EU member states have 18 months to include the changes in national legislation. The rules will also cover EEA countries, i.e. Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

“The agreement means all those who run domestic transport companies in Ireland must offer Irish wages and working conditions and in Germany must offer German wages and working conditions. And if you are a permanent resident, you must register the truck and pay taxes in Sweden,” said Swedish MEP Johan Danielsson (S).

 

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No agreement in the first EU-Mobility Package meeting with the new elected MEP’s

Fines for cabin camping only in the act
Fines for cabin camping only in the act

No agreement in the first EU-Mobility Package meeting with the new elected MEP’s

Negotiators of the European Parliament and the Council did not find a compromise on planned reforms for road freight transport during the nightly meeting. Above all, the flexibility of drivers’ driving and rest periods is controversial. The EU Parliament and Council negotiators met in Strasbourg on Monday to Tuesday night to discuss their positions on the planned reforms to road freight transport. However, the seven-hour meeting failed to deliver a breakthrough, according to the Transport Review by Ismail Ertug, Deputy Group Chairman of the S & D Group in the European Parliament. When and how it will continue, is currently not foreseeable. There will probably be another meeting in one to two weeks.

While most of the three dossiers on amendments to cabotage, driving and rest time regulations and secondment agreements were foreseeable, the European Parliament and Council do not find each other in the flexibilization of drivers’ driving time and rest periods as proposed by the Council. The Council is committed to ensuring that two consecutive weekly rest periods are possible in future. Parliament wants drivers and vehicles in international traffic to return to their country of origin every four weeks by truck.

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Mercedes maker Daimler targets €1 billion in savings with job cuts

The Daimler Group has warned that tougher emissions rules in the EU will hurt its profits over the next two years. Daimler Group is struggling with falling profits as it looks to make a costly switch to electric vehicles. In the segment of vans and buses, the car manufacturer expects growth, and in the truck core markets a downturn.

The Daimler Group expects various commercial developments in the commercial vehicle segment in the future. In the course of further urbanization and the digitization of the trading business, the carmaker sees a growth field in the van business. In order to increase the competitiveness of Mercedes-Benz Vans, the material and personnel costs in this environment should nevertheless be reduced by 100 million euros.

As far as market share and profitability are concerned, the Daimler Group rank the Daimler Buses and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) business units among the best in the industry. Together, they would make up 55 per cent of sales. The profitability of Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Europe and Latin America –

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Irizar ie bus Increased range to 250Km and to greater passenger capacity

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In addition to an aesthetically pleasing design, this new generation, available in 10, 12, 15 and 18-metre versions, incorporates innovations as well as new batteries. Space has been optimized and there is, therefore, more passenger capacity and greater modularity. A new generation of more efficient batteries is combined with a regenerative braking system, which reduces consumption and offers greater vehicle range. In urban environments, driven by 350 kWh and in standard climate conditions, it offers an approximate autonomy of 250 km, which means about 17 hours of operation. The charging time has decreased and we can perform the slow charging of the vehicle in 3 hours. We also offer the option of fast pantograph charging.

 

 

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Romanian MEP Adina Valean approved as European commissioner for transport

BUCHAREST (Romania), November 7 (SeeNews) – The European Commission (EC) said it has approved Romanian liberal MEP Adina Ioana Valean as the new commissioner for transport.

Adina Ioana Valean - Romanian EU Commissioner for transport
Adina Ioana Valean – Romanian EU Commissioner for transport

“Romania today nominated two candidates for the Commissioner position. Both candidates held interviews with the president-elect and performed well. The president-elect of the European Commission has decided that Adina Valean will take over the Transport portfolio,” EC deputy chief spokesperson Mina Andreeva said on Wednesday evening during a press briefing in Brussels, as seen in a video file posted on the Commission’s website.

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Are Europeans paying more at the pump because of increasing taxes?

How much more in taxes do petrol car drivers pay than diesel drivers, even though diesel engines are the main cause of the air pollution crisis in our cities? Which EU countries have managed to eliminate diesel’s unfair fiscal advantage? In which EU countries is zero tax levied on palm oil diesel? Answers to all these questions – and more – can be found in T&E’s interactive tool based on datasets of fuel consumption taxes for road transport in all 28 EU member states since 1995.

In real terms, today western Europeans pay less fuel tax than 20 years ago

Transport is the biggest emitter in the European Union. Road transport – cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles – accounts for 21% of total EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While climate change has become a political priority of the new Commission (aka the European Green Deal), in real terms (considering inflation), fuel taxes have decreased in recent decades. In fact, the sales-weighted average petrol and diesel fuel tax dropped from 64 cents per litre of fuel in 1998 to 54 cents in 2018.

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4 in 10 cars sold globally are SUVs – making them No 2 driver of emissions growth

The increasing sales of SUVs are the second-largest contributor to the rise in global CO2 emissions, the International Energy Agency has found. Between 2010 and 2018, the higher polluting vehicles SUVs doubled their global market share from 17% to 39%, sending their annual emissions to more than 700 megatonnes of CO2. That’s more than the annual total emissions of the UK and the Netherlands combined.

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The IEA figures show that four in 10 cars sold worldwide last year were SUVs. In Europe, more than one in three cars sold were from that segment; in the US it’s one of every two cars sold.

Only the power drove a larger increase in carbon emissions, the IEA said. While highly profitable for carmakers to sell, SUVs are heavier and less aerodynamic – and therefore less fuel-efficient – than other cars.

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World’s biggest truckmaker rules out gas trucks in pursuing carbon neutrality

The world’s biggest truck manufacturer, Daimler, has said it will no longer develop fossil gas-powered trucks as they will not advance its goal of offering a carbon-neutral fleet. Daimler Trucks said it would instead invest in electric and hydrogen lorries.

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Noting that gas engines are fossil-based Daimler Trucks and Bus head Martin Daum said the company was not going to ‘spend a lot of money on something that does not have a long-term future, when we can use that money much better elsewhere.’

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The EU Mobility Packages – Europe on the Move

Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen

Transport and mobility policies look set to go into overdrive under the next European Commission, as a heady mix of climate change ambition and competition concerns dictate the direction of travel. This is what the vision looks like.

Incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen built support for her candidacy by pledging to put green policies at the heart of her five-year-long mandate. Her nominations for Commissioners have largely reflected that promise.

“It is great to see the challenge being recognised in the appointment of Timmermans as vice-president for the EU Green Deal. This is a major assignment. Reaching climate-neutrality won’t be easy,” according to policy analyst Annika Herdberg.

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Preventing lorries being used as weapons (‘VAWS’)

Countering Vehicle as a Weapon: Best Practice Guidance for Goods Vehicle Operators and Drivers has just been released by the UK Department for Transport and addresses VAW attacks, writes Tim Norris of Ashtons LegalSolicitors.  

VAW stands for ‘Vehicle as a Weapon’.  Such an attack requires relatively low-level preparation and little or no training but is potentially devastating in its impact. The guidance categorises all goods vehicles within that term to include anything from a small van to a large lorry.  

Best Practice Guidance covers:

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Driver CPC – two months to go for the deadline of 9 September 2019

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Only 2 months to go for professional truck, bus and coach drivers’ to complete their Driver CPC training before the September deadline.

All drivers need to make sure they’ve completed 7 hours of periodic training by 9 September 2019.

 

Check how much training your driver/drivers’ have done

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EU Court issues warning to employers on working time rules

European Court reminds employers to properly record working time

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) last week delivered its judgment in a working time dispute between a Spanish trade union and Deutsche Bank.

The decision serves as a warning to employers to make sure employees’ working time is properly recorded and that employees take adequate rest breaks.

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With the new EU rules for cabin camping: ‘Fines for cabin camping only in the act’

Fines for cabin camping only in the act

With the new rules for cabin camping, truck drivers do not have to prove that they have spent the normal weekly rest (the 45-hour rest) outside the cabin. That is what the German branch organization DSLV says.

According to DSLV, the European Commission wrote this to the IRU.Enforcement officers are not allowed to ask drivers for proof that the 45-hour rest was not spent in the cabin. An invoice from a hotel or other proof is therefore no longer necessary’

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Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in commercial vehicles

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Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and the advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in new vehicles as from May 2022 and as from May 2024 for existing models.

  • Cars, vans, trucks and buses to be equipped with advanced safety features
  • Cyclists and pedestrians will be better protected
  • In 2018, 25 100 people died in accidents on EU roads

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Spain: First € 2000 fine for taking 45h regular weekly rest in the cabin

EU Transport ministers agree on social standards for professional truck and bus/coach drivers
The fine, issued by the Government of Cantabria in March 2019 provided that during a routine check a weekly rest equal to or more than 45 hours was made in inside the vehicle.
The particularity of the case is that the driver previously took a regular 45-hour rest in Italy, without providing any evidence of staying in a hotel. Subsequently, in Spain, the driver was taking another weekly rest in the cabin, also exceeding 45 hours and without presenting evidence of staying in a hotel.

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The number of alcohol and drug offences among truck and coach drivers has doubled since 2018 across Europe

From 19 to 24 February, a Europe-wide TISPOL enforcement operation focusing on trucks and buses took place. The safety of commercial goods and passenger transport was central to the operation, which involved coordinated police controls in 29 participating  countries.

According to the latest results from 20 countries, 103,515 trucks and 18,047 buses were checked.

More than 33,000 violations were found (trucks: 30,014, buses: 3,371)

There were 2,092 occasions where a vehicle was prohibited from travelling any further due to its dangerous condition (2,046 trucks and 46 buses).

On average, violations or faults were found in 29% of trucks and 18% of buses.

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