Skip operator allowed to run extra vehicles after prompt and cooperative response to DVSA and public inquiry process

A Hull based skip operator has been given permission to run extra vehicles at a public inquiry, after Deputy Traffic Commissioner Anthony Seculer said the firm had responded promptly and appropriately to an unsatisfactory maintenance investigation by DVSA.

Alan White, who trades as White’s Skip Hire, was reported to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner after a vehicle examiner identified shortcomings in the operator’s maintenance arrangements.

This included a higher than average MOT failure rate, an unacceptable prohibition history and unsatisfactory driver defect reporting. read more

Veolia’s new Fleet Technical Academy is going full throttle

The latest figures published by the Automotive Council reveal that up to 5,000 job vacancies in Britain’s automotive industry could be left vacant due to skill shortages, unless action is taken. As Business in the Community’s Responsible Business of the Year, Veolia’s fleet leadership team has acknowledged these potential shortcomings and to help bridge the gap has developed a brand new Technical Academy.

Focusing on HGV vehicle maintenance and repair to build technical skills, the new Fleet Academy opens its doors in February 2017 by announcing an initial 15 vehicle maintenance and repair apprenticeships across the country. These are available at Birmingham, Bromley, Bury, Cardiff, Croydon, Derby, Haringey, Padworth, Rochester, Sheffield, Southend, Telford, Tendering, Wembley and Widnes to start September 2017. read more

Growth to drive Birmingham logistics firm into UK’s Top 100

Despite economic uncertainties surrounding Brexit, a family-run logistics company is on track to join the ranks of the UK’s Top 100 transport/logistics businesses after year-on-year growth of 25 per cent saw its 2016 turnover reach an all-time high of £20million.

In 2017, with turnover projected to rise to £24million, Corporate Solutions Logistics aspires to become one of the top companies in its sector.

With a portfolio of industry-leading companies, the Birmingham-based firm attributes its achievements to working with businesses that are in growth mode and developing long-term relationships that promote customer retention. read more

NRS Healthcare targets efficient service improvements with Paragon

NRS Healthcare has selected Paragon’s routing and scheduling software as part of its commitment to continually improving the quality of service provided to social care users on behalf of the NHS and Local Authorities. The company will use the planning solution to better manage a fleet of 300 vans responsible for the delivery and collection of mobility equipment, wheelchairs and daily living aids, which are allowing people in communities across the UK to live independently and with dignity.

As a leading provider to the social care sector, NRS Healthcare sources, procures, installs, services and recycles over 2,000 different products to help keep people active when mobility becomes difficult following an operation or due to a debilitating health condition. Following the results of a service user feedback survey, the company identified a preference for tighter delivery and collection windows, so it needed an advanced planning tool to replace the existing manual process. read more

FORS Practitioner Recertification – new free of charge workshop announced for operators

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, is reminding its members to renew their FORS Practitioner qualification, with a brand new, free, one-day recertification workshop.

FORS Practitioner status is granted to those who complete all nine workshops in the FORS Practitioner series. The workshops are designed to encourage operators to become safer, greener and more efficient. Available to any FORS accredited operator, the workshops cover all aspects of fleet management, ensuring companies are equipped and able to implement the latest industry best practice. read more