Improve your fleet reputation with HGV hire

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Andrew Hill • Dec 14, 2015 • Fleet managementHGV

HGVs play an essential role in the UK economy, transporting goods across the country. However, HGV drivers have a troubled reputation when it comes to road safety. In this blog, we take a closer look at some of the most common issues that other road users have with HGV fleets. Could HGV hire help to improve fleet reputations?

Are HGVs a risk in rush hour?

According to the BBC, over 13,000 people have signed a petition organised by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC), which calls for HGVs to be banned from London roads during morning rush hour. 

The petition calls for a ban on all HGVs over 7.5 tonnes between the hours of 8am and 9.30am. Campaigners are also seeking compulsory "direct vision" lorry cabs, and stronger penalties for rogue operators who use unlicensed HGVS and untrained drivers.

In Supply Chain Digital, Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, explained: “A united voice by the London Assembly and the huge support for the London Cycling Campaign petition sends out a very clear message that real action is now needed to reduce the casualties and terrible waste of human life taking place on London’s roads.”

Valerie Shawcross added: “London should be taking a zero tolerance approach to all road deaths and, as part of that, doing everything we can to reduce the dangers posed to cyclists by lorries and HGVs.”

HGV fleets face disruptions

However, opposition to HGVs in the capital could be impractical and expensive for many businesses. Various industries rely on HGV fleets to transport goods around the UK, and removing this vehicle type from the road for hours at a time could have a crippling effect on fleet schedules.

Gary Benardout, Co-founder of explained: “I certainly understand why HGVs get the blame for a great number of collisions, but the reality isn’t nearly as clear cut.”

“That’s why we advocate for all road users to refresh themselves on safer road use practices, and to act conscientiously at all times. The time has come for all sides to come together for an earnest and serious dialogue on the best route to achieving safer roads, and it goes far beyond a rush hour ban.”

HGV hire can improve road safety

We believe that HGV hire could help to address public concerns. Our fleet of new, well maintained HGVs meets all current health and safety standards, and our all-inclusive repairs and maintenance packages ensure that vehicles stay perfect throughout the lease term.

Enterprise Flex-E-Rent offers HGV contract hire as well as short term and flexible options. Whatever your business needs, we can tailor your HGV hire to fit.

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