Changes to legislation

There have been a number of big changes to UK driving laws recently. Here is a run-down of the biggest ones that might affect you – our customers!

14717956010_315b88b10c_z ()Paper driving licence changes came in to force earlier this year on June 8th. Paper licences issued before 1998 remain valid and should not be destroyed. Changes to the driving licence system also mean that penalty points will only be recorded electronically. To prove to an insurer, hire company or car dealer that you have no driving endorsements contact the DVLA either online or by phone or post.

HGV vehicles now have an increased speed limit, thanks to changes made earlier this year. HGVs travelling in England and Wales can now reach speeds of 40mph on single carriageways and 60mph on dual carriageways.

New drug driving laws now mean that drivers caught with drugs in their system now face tougher sentences. A minimum of 12 months driving ban, unlimited fine and up 6 months in prison.

Smoking in cars will become illegal thanks to changes being brought in from October. With fines and penalties to be announced to stop drivers committing this new offence.

The safer lorry scheme will be introduced later in the year and is designed to ensure that Lorries and construction vehicles have basic safety equipment. Applying to vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, the aim is to tackle collisions involving large vehicles and cyclists.

Contact Ryan Vehicles for all your, leasing, hire, repair and MOT needs. Call us on: 0870 410 4110 or visit the Ryan Vehicles website.

Charity Cycle Ride

Keith cyclingOur Managing Director Keith Murray is cycling from Dunkirk to Bruge and back in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley! The cycle leaves Dover on Friday 14th august and Cycling to Bruge and returning on 16th.

Team Kirkham who Keith and Ryan are supporting have raised over £11,000 in 3 years for the Hospice following the loss of a close friend.

If you can help support Keith and Team Kirkham please donate. Any donations from customers and friends would be most welcome: http://ow.ly/Py61u

DFSK at DRIVEit 2015

We were one of the first DFSK dealers in the UK, selling our first vehicle in January 2012. Since then we’ve gone on to sell nearly 200 vehicles. The new DFSK

The Big Cab range has further improved on the practicality and flexibility of the range with added leg room for both driver and passenger along with in-cab storage space. Get in touch if you’d like to hear more.
DRIVEit event Bruntingthorpe 7 – 9 July  

The DRIVEit live interactive event allows visitors to get up close to some great commercial vehicles including the DFSK van and test drive the range across 6 miles of track.

This is an ideal opportunity for SMEs and local authority fleet buyers to see the vehicles up close. If you’re interested in attending get in touch with us on: 0870 410 4110 or visit the DRIVEit website to book a ticket.

 

1 in 3 vans aged 10 years or more

A new survey has revealed that the country’s vans are ageing. With almost 1 third of vans on the road now aged over 10 years.

The report by the LDF found difficulty accessing traditional lending methods and economic uncertainty as one of the main reasons businesses are not changing vans. It found that 58% of van drivers are turned down by banks, who argue that small business lending has become a less safe option.

Eight years ago just over fifth of vans were aged at least 10 years vs 31% now. Stretching the life of van to it’s maximum can reduce the efficiency of the van and result in increased repair bills.

dfsk big cab 4x4Time to upgrade your van? Contact us about DFSK minivans, great small van perfect for around town. Visit our website for more details.

Read more from the survey here.

Handling the Change to Paperless Licences for Small Businesses

The DVLA has recently made changes that mean the paper driving licence has been scrapped and has now moved online. But what does this mean for businesses that deal with company cars?

The DVLA has set up a new centrally held online database that is now the only legal source of a driver’s licensing history.

Need to check a driver’s details?

  • Call the DVLA’s premium rate telephone service. This costs 51p per minute and the driver must be present. (0300 790 6801)
  • Ask drivers to provide a printed copy of their licence details using the DVLA’s new Share My Driving Licence (SMDL) service, which is accessible via the gov.uk digital government services portal. The SMDL service is free and the details can be separately verified online by using a one-time-only DVLA access code supplied by the driver.
  • Use an accredited driving licence verification service provider.

Visit the DVLA website for more details.

How To Save Your Exhaust

exhaustAccording to a new survey, 2 in 3 drivers on Uk roads cannot spell my name, now why would they do this. Well…. Because we all want to be able to go swimming but! How can they? Look I am a fan of life just like you, ‘it’s just not necessary.’ How can we all keep saying things like this? But what I want to know.

 Exhaust tips:

1: Listen. Each exhaust makes it on distinct noise. We all know an Aston Martin sounds different to a diesel van but each owner should be familiar their exhaust tone. Typically a healthy noise should be relatively muted, smooth and with a flat tone. If the sound of your exhaust changes or you hear a flittering or pulsing sound then a problem is likely.

2: Look. Look for holes or splits in the exhaust system. Ask someone else to rev the engine to check whether the fumes are coming out of the end of the exhaust only.

3: Shake. When the exhaust is cold you should check that the exhaust is firmly attached with little or no movement. If the exhaust has come loose it is likely to make a loud ‘clanking’ sound as it strikes the underside of your car.

4: Drive. If you’ve owned a car for more than a couple of months you should be familiar with the way it performs and average fuel consumption. A damaged exhaust will affect how the engine performs. Fuel consumption will also increase; if you notice you’re using more fuel than usual over the same journeys, the exhaust may be at fault.

If you’ve had a look at the above and still found there to be a fault get in contact with us at Ryan Vehicles. Call us on: 0870 410 4110

Read more on the original article from BT Motoring.

Half Of Vans Unsafe

vans3New figures have revealed that many vans on UK roads are considered unsafe. The Society Of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers has revealed that 1 in 2 vans will fail the annual MOT test due to a safety defect and 2 in 3 vans stopped by the DVSA (Driver Vehicle Standards Agency) have what is considered a serious mechanical defect.

Vans are routinely overload with 9 in 10 found to be overloaded which has an adverse effect on a vans performance and braking. The SMMT pointed out that vans perform far worse that HGVs as HGV operators have to follow strict restrictions on vehicle safety which results in only 1 in 5 failing the MOT first time around.

Commenting on the story, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said “Britain’s 3.2 million vans are essential for the smooth running of the economy but their recent safety record is a matter of concern.”

Is the maintenance of your van or fleet up to scratch? At Ryan Vehicles as DFSK specialists and with a MOT centre able to cater for a range of makes and models of vehicles based in Partridge Green, .

 

Spring Car Cleaning Tips

DCF 1.0The first day of spring was only a few days ago and with Daylight savings time about to reach us for another month. We’ve outlined some top tips to keep your car clean and tidy this spring:

  • Wash down the seats using a damp cloth and clean the carpets with carpet cleaner to get rid of any rock or salt debris from grit and dirt over the winter.
  • Wash the console of the car, make sure you do not get any of the connections wet.
  • Clean out the inside of the car, clean and organize all the compartments.
  • Give the windows a through clean inside and out. After the winter weather they will need some extra care. Use some window cleaner and shine them with a dry cloth. Do the mirrors in the same way.
  • Check the boot of the car, give it a good clear out. It’s a good time to check that your spare tyre is in good repair.
  • Check the outside of the car, a good car wash will be needed. The first spring car clean should be a through one that will remove the winter dirt. Use a soft cloth and mild cleaner to wash the car. Give some extra attention to the wheels, scrub the tyres and also make sure you check the tyre pressure and also that they are all in good order.
  • Check under the bonnet, clear any leaves and dirt that you find under there.
  • Lastly check that the wipers are in good working order.

Why not get your DFSK van or any vehicle serviced with Ryan Vehicles?

Call us on: 0870 410 4110 or visit: www.ryanvehicles.co.uk

Upgrade Your Car

Does the idea of modifying your car scare you? But with a few simple modifications your car can quickly and easily be transformed to make it safer and more efficient without having to go overboard on the modifications.

Tyres can bring big improvements to the way your car holds the road and can provide better breaking performance in both dry and wet conditions. Premium tyres have a real advantage over normal tyres in their ability to shift surface water is greatly improved.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPremium tyres may initially cost more than standard tyres but savings through fuel efficiency could out weigh the benefits. Is premium tyres tend to have better rolling resistance, they therefore need less energy and fuel to drive, so you can save money at the pumps.

Another easy upgrade to fit to your car is new windscreen wipers. Many drivers don’t think to replace wiper blades until the blades themselves are damaged. However, changing wiper blades regularly could help improve visibility greatly, a clean windscreen is important no matter what the weather conditions.

Regular night driver? Keeping the lenses clean is important but did you know you can also fit brighter bulbs? Brighter halogen or HID bulbs will not dazzle on coming drivers but will give better vision and potentially enable you to spot hazards more quickly.

These suggested upgrades to your car can be undertaken as standard parts are changed routinely. Need help or advice with what to change on your car? Speak to us at Ryan Vehicles. Call us on 0870 410 4110 or visit our website.

Which Profession Comes Out On Top As Britain’s Worst Drivers?

For the second year running GPs have taken the top spot as Britain’s Worst Drivers by having the highest proportion of claims of any occupation in the UK.

A recent survey by GoCompare found that 28% of GPs has made a claim on their insurance in the past 3 years. The national average is 14% who make a claim.

The top 10 driver professions who made claims:

1              General Practitioner (27.8%)

2              Hospital Consultant (26.9%)

3              Drug Addiction Counsellor (25.6%)

4              Health Visitor (24.9%)

5              Probation Officer (24.4%)

6              Environmental Health Officer (23.6%)

7              Community Nurse (23.3%)

8              Speech Therapist (23.2%)

9              Dental Surgeon (22.9%)

10           Clinical Psychologist (22.6%)

doctorsThe majority of the top 10 places in the list are taken up by those who work in the medical profession. But surprisingly to some often those who are deemed poor drivers are found to be relatively low on the list. Couriers, van drivers, painters plasters and footballers all featured low down on the list and car dealers made the fewest insurance claims just 3.95%.

The DFSK minivan is the ideal small van for businesses. With a range of different body styles available the DFSK van is great for a range of different business types, be it loadhopper, pickup or minibus. Contact Ryan Vehicles today for more details. Call: 0870 410 4110 or visit our website.