Running your vehicles
Guidance and Advice
Driving in London – Low Emission Zone
London has introduced the low emission zone (LEZ) to improve the air and atmosphere by preventing polluting vehicles and LEZ covers the most area of London and follow the same boundary as Greater London Authority and is in operation 24 hours a day.
The emission standards are based on Euro that defines limit for exhaustion emissions as described follows:
Vehicle Type Date Affected Required Emission
Mini Buses October 2010 Euro III for PM.
Vans October 2010 Euro III for PM.
Buses and Coaches January 2012 Euro IV for PM.
12 tons gross vehicle January 2012 Euro IV for PM.
Vehicle’s that doesn’t meet the standards:
Vehicles that doesn’t meet to emission standards can still be driven on the road with these charges:
• £200 daily for HGVs, Buses
• £100 daily for vans and minibuses
If these charges that are mentioned above doesn’t pay then registered keeper will issue a penalty charge notice – you must need to register your vehicle with LEZ and provide documentary evidence that vehicle meet the standards.
Fixed Penalty Charges
A fixed penalty notice is issued by the police at the time of offensives – such as tailgating or using a mobile phone at wheel or not wearing a seat belt. The purpose for fixed penalty charges is to empower the police officers and constables and spot the drivers that are careless and put other road users at risk.
Different Penalties and their fines:
• Speeding is one of the biggest issues on road and the minimum penalty regarding the speeding is £100 and three penalty points are added to your license.
• You have been disqualified from license if you build up 12 or more penalty points within 3 months.
• If you were not stopped by police then a notice is issued at registered keeper and has to go to court if you ignore the notice.
• Mobile at wheel and seat belt will rise on £100 to bring them in the lane with penalties.
Going abroad this summer
If you want to take your car to Europe then you must have to complete your paperwork before you go – you must have to take appropriate documents and equipment before going on the trip.
Drivers have adequate insurance and make sure you have information about what to do if you have an accident abroad. You must have to take permission before going outside and if permission is not given then hire a car or public transport.
• Registered keeper must issue a letter of authorization to give you permission to take the vehicle out of United Kingdom.
• You must take photo card and paper counterpart if you have new format driving license.
• You must check whether your insurance policy covers your vehicle into Europe or not.
• You must take safety measurements with yourself before going outside including oil, water, windscreen washer, tire wear and pressure.
• You can also access personal travel insurance that will cover theft, loss, and medical costs.
What to do in an accident
If you are involved in any kind of accident then the precautions are as follows:
• Stop as soon as possible to remain safe and keep calm yourself.
• By law, you have to call emergency numbers at once if any person or living being is injured.
• You must go to the doctor if you have received any injury.
• Make sure note down the names and addresses of all persons who are involved in an accident.
• If you are in contract with Gold Fleet then make sure all other parties know that the case is managed by Gold Fleet.
• Don’t discuss the crime scene with other persons or pay money for damages.
• If you receive any letter from a person involving in accident – don’t respond it and forward copies of the letter to your line manager.
Gold Fleet Safe Driving
Gold Fleet advice you how to drive and stay safe on road during bad weather as British weather are unpredictable. You must plan before and check the weather forecast and listen to local and national radio for travel. The driving is quite difficult in winter and it must need your vehicle is in good condition – keep the lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and make sure lights and wipers are in good working order.
In case of Trouble:
• Do not use a mobile phone while driving stops somewhere and make a call.
• On the motorway, use the roadside emergency telephone because it will locate your locations.
• If you need help from someone make sure other drivers can see you clearly.
Car Technology Facts
Technology has revolutionized the way of the driver and made the motorist live safer the satellite navigation system and Bluetooth equipment’s are changing the trend of driving.
Satellite navigation systems enhance the route of destination via the best route – the Bluetooth will enhance the driver to keep eye on road by communicating wirelessly. All these accessories ensure you to drive safely onto the road.
Legislation and Safety
Changes to Vehicle Road Fund License (RFL) Fact Sheet
This is an important notice and information for drivers about paper tax discs – now there is no need to display paper tax discs on windscreen from October 1st, 2014 – the Government has changed its laws to reduce administration cost.
Smoking is banned in all public areas including commercial cars and vehicles – the cars carrying person more than one ban for smoking for all drivers and passengers. The government working for smoke-free areas their objectives will be:
• Increase the benefit of smoke-free areas to give up smoking for others.
• Save thousands of lives over next decade.
• Reduce the risk to health from second hand.
Using a mobile phone while driving
It’s illegal to ride a car using a mobile phone or similar devices – in this way concentration of driver reduced towards the road and it increases the risks of accidents.
Handheld devices are illegal to use while you are driving the alternatives are available used external speakers or hand free that can attend the call without the involvement of hand and eyes – the rules are the same as you have to wait for a red light or queuing in the traffic.
You can get an automatic penalty if you are caught red handed with handheld devices while you are driving a car – you will also get 3 penalty points on your license and a fine of £100 and there is the possibility of losing the license if you get 6 penalty points within 2 years of the passing of your test.
Looking for your vehicle
Diesel Particulate Filters
Diesel particulate filters make sure can reduce the amount of emission of unused particulates according to legislation – as these particulars are emitted from diesel cars that become a part of the atmosphere and can cause respiratory problems.
Particulate filters must regenerate in order to clear the soot it will enhance the performance of the vehicle and if it doesn’t regenerate automatically could reduce the performance of vehicle and damage the filter – due to this a warning light is alert for drivers.
Look after your tires
The tire is the most significant part of the car and has a great impact on vehicle’s performance and your safety. The minimum depth of the car is 1.6 mm according to the law but we recommend you the depth of 2mm. If you are using the defective tire then it also results in penalty including:
• A fine up to £2,500.
• Three penalty points on license.
You must check your tires regularly as it is the only part that contracts with the road while driving check the pressure of car regularly to make sure tires are legal and safe.
Maintaining your vehicle
As you know maintenance is the essential need of everything same is the case for vehicle – you have to retain your car within time to maximize the life of your car and its performance and reliability.
• You must check that all exterior and interior lights are in working condition – the bulbs are blown or not and watch out for broken lenses.
• Service your car in accordance with recommendations – every car needs different services level.
• Check the pressure of your car on regular basis and also add tire equipment’s in your car – inspect the jack and wheel brace into the car.