Thursday, 4 June 2015

Driving Licence Changes - What it means for our customers

IMPORTANT UPDATE - June 2015 Driving Licence Changes

Due to the abolition of the paper counterpart driving licence by the DVLA, we now have to validate customers' driving licence details electronically which has led us to introduce new procedures for hiring vehicles to customers who use our own insurance cover (i.e. private individuals & small businesses who are only hiring a vehicle for a short period of time).
 
As of June 8th, 2015, we are unable to hire a vehicle to you if you do not/cannot produce your current driving licence and a valid, single-use licence check code obtained via the DVLA website.
 
The DVLA has introduced a service on its website which is free to use and enables individuals to provide proof of the validity & entitlement of their driving licence to companies such as vehicle rental operators by means of a unique code, without disclosing any unnecessary private information.
 
To use this service you will to provide the following 3 pieces of information:
 
1.  Your driving licence number
2.  Your National Insurance number
3.  Your postcode, as displayed on your driving licence
 
If you are hiring a vehicle from us within the next 72 hours, you can request your code from the DVLA in advance, which will significantly speed-up the process of collecting the vehicle from us.  We recommend that you do this at a convenient time prior to arriving at our hire depot.  At peak times, several hire customers trying to obtain codes from DVLA upon arrival will cause severe delays, so we have introduced an additional fee if you are unable to provide a valid DVLA Licence Check code upon arrival.
 
If you are hiring a vehicle from us which is covered by our insurance and you fail to produce a valid code when you arrive to collect the vehicle, we can assist you in obtaining a code, but this will incur a non-refundable flat-rate fee of £5 +VAT which will be added to the cost of your vehicle hire. 
If you fail to produce your physical driving licence at vehicle collection, we will be unable to hire you a vehicle.
 
We do not wish to impose this fee upon anyone, it is intended as a deterrent to customers arriving under-prepared which puts unecessary demands upon our hire staff.  This in turn has a  negative impacting upon the efficiency & quality of our service and overall customer experience.  Therefore we urge all private hirers to follow the steps below to ensure a swift and smooth vehicle handover without any additional costs:
 

Tutorial - how to request your free driving licence check code from the DVLA website

You can view the official DVLA guide, click here (opens a PDF file in a new window), or follow our 5-step pictorial below...
 
 
STEP 2:  Enter your details.  (click image for larger version)

Driving Licence Check Explanation Pic 04


STEP 3:   Select "Share your licence information".  (click image for larger version)

Driving Licence Check Explanation Pic 01


STEP 4:   Click "Create a code".  (click image for larger version)

Driving Licence Check Explanation Pic 02


STEP 5:   Find your code & take a note.  REMEMBER: the code is CASE SENSITIVE.  (click image for larger version)

DVLA paperless driving licence explanation 04

To visit the DVLA website for more information on the changes to driving licences and the abolition of the paper counterpart, click here.
 


Vans & Trucks for hire to private individuals & small businesses

Whether you are a private indiviudal wishing to hire a van to move house/take items to the local tip/collect some DIY materials, or you are a small local business which occasionally needs to move a large item/hire a replacement vehicle while yours is being serviced, you probably don't have your own fleet insurance policy that covers hire vehciles.  Therefore you need an all-inclusive rental package with insurance cover & VAT included in the price.
 
That's why Maun Motors offer a wide range of commercial vehicles - from Car-derived Vans to 9 seat Minibuses to 7.5 tonne Box Vans - available for rental by private customers, traders & small businesses.
 
We have 24 hour and 4 hour all-inclusive rates available on many van & truck types.  For a ful list of the vehicles you can hire from us with insurance cover included, click here.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

New Truck & Van Hire Website for Maun Motors

Maun Motors Self Drive Launch New Website

After months of design & development, we are proud to announce the launch of the brand new Maun Motors Self Drive truck, van & minibus hire website!

Live now at:  http://hire.maunmotors.co.uk/

The new site is responsive, so it's mobile-friendly and can be viewed on any device. 

We've improved the layout & navigation, the vehicle search function, the photography and the ease of use... just about everything then!

But don't take our word for it.  Take a look at the snapshots below or have a browse of the real thing now at  hire.maunmotors.co.uk


Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

4x4 Sprinter Service Van for HMF (UK) Ltd – WTG Operations


Maun Motors Self Drive has supplied HMF – a leading Truck Loader / Lorry-Mounted Crane manufacturer – with a four-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 318 CDi MWB on long-term hire.



HMF has a long-standing reputation for producing some of the World’s best lorry cranes and in recent years they have expanded into the WTG (Wind Turbine Generation) Crane market.  These huge, electricity generating wind turbines actually have their own service crane mounted within the ‘nacelle’ (the pod atop the tower, which houses the generator) and HMF supply these to WTG manufacturers.



Wind turbines are usually erected in remote, off-road locations and the cranes inside need regular servicing and routine maintenance.  This has led to a requirement for HMF to operate service and repair vehicles with off-road capabilities and the company approached Maun Motors to supply mobile workshop vehicles which met their requirements.



The solution was this 176ps, 3.5 tonne GVW Sprinter with selectable 4x4 and BF Goodrich off-road tyres, complete with an extensive internal van racking and worktop system in the rear.  This allows up to 3 engineers to travel on site, right up to the base of the turbine tower, carrying all of their tools and spare parts in the rear of the van.



If you have any requirements to hire a specialist commercial vehicle, please call our rental department on 01773 810007 to discuss your needs, as we may be able to provide a ‘one-off’ bespoke vehicle on long-term or contract hire.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Transit Dropwell Luton Vans join Maun Motors Rental Fleet - Pantechnicons for Hire

Maun Motors has recently added some large volume Ford Transit Dropwell Lutons to its rental fleet of over 800 commercial vehicles.


These large luton-bodied vans are also known as "pantechnicons" and are popular with furniture companies and removals firms.  These particular Transits feature a powerful 2.4 litre TDCi turbo-diesel engine with 6-speed gearbox and they are fitted with quality JCP luton bodies that have an internal length (not including the luton head above the cab) of 4.57 metres (15 feet 2 inches) and a main floor length of 3.87 metres (12 feet 5 inches).


These Transits replace our popular Iveco Daily dropwell lutons which have featured on our hire fleet for several years.  They feature a special lowered section to the rear of the body, which allows the driver to easily access the load area when loading and unloading the van. 


 

As you can see from the above photographs, these large luton bodies feature internal tie-rails to allow cargo to be secured to the sides of the vehicle.  This is another handy feature for removals companies, because tall and top-heavy items such as wardrobes and grandfather clocks can be safely transported with less risk of damage from toppling over.


If you would like to enquire about hiring one of these spacious vans, or would like some figures on long-term rental or contract hire, please visit our rental enquiry page or call our hire department direct on 01773 810007

Maun Motors Self-Drive Installs Retrofit Anti-Fall or Fall-Arrest Webbing to Dropsides & Flatbed Lorries for its Truck Hire Customers

Utilising our own in-house body building workshops, Maun Motors can now install fall-arrest systems to our fleet of crane lorries, dropside and flatbed trucks, to help customers meet their health and safety commitments.  Upon request by an account customer, this safety equipment can be retro-fitted to an existing hire vehicle, or a new vehicle can be built to specification for a long-term rental contract.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, "Falls from vehicles are among the most common accidents involving workplace transport.", so more and more companies are looking to incorporate installation of fall prevention systems to their commercial vehicle fleet, including the rental and contract hire vehicles they operate. 
The two fall-arrest system designs we have produced so far incorporate different materials to suit individual customer requirements.

The first design features galvanised steel box section rails, which surround both sides anjd the rear of the load area.  The body pillars are extended and the bars attach to these by means of anti-luce fasteners.  This makes the ant-fall rails easy and quick to remove when access to the load area is required, but ensures a very robust fall prevention system.  Our design also incorporates a drop-down access ladder to allow operator access to the load area when required.  The downsides to this steel construction are additional weight (i.e. reduced payload) and, should any damage occur to the anti-fall rails, the replacement cost of manufacturing a new bespoke rail to fit.

Our steel rail fall-arrest system looks like this (click on images to enlarge):




The second configuration of system to prevent falls from vehicles incorporates nylon webbing tension straps, which again protect from falls over both sides and the rear of the vehicle.  Extended rear and centre pillars ensure that the straps remain in place and the tension of the straps can be controlled by the operator by means of a ratchet tensioning mechanism.  These straps are much more lightweight than the steel rail design and are designed to withstand regular use.  However, it is recommended that the ratchet and hook end-attachments are regularly lubricated and due to their construction the webbing straps can de prone to chaffing and cutting from cargo with sharp edges.  These straps are very economical, quick and easy to replace, should one become damaged.  To assist the operator/driver to access the load bed, removable grab-handles are located at access points and painted high-visibility yellow for ease of location.  Also, non-slip sections are fitted to the body side guards and side rave (again, painted in high-vis yellow) at all load area access points.

Our webbing strap fall-arrest system looks like this (click on images to enlarge):





If your company has requirements for renting a crane lorry, dropside or flatbed with a fall-prevention system fitted, then please call Maun Motors direct on 01773 810007 to discuss your requirements.

For further reading regarding the prevention of falls from vehicles, please visit the HSE website or download their online leaflet entitled Preventing Falls from Vehicles - Advice for workers.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Crane Lorry becomes Maun Motors' first Crossrail Compliant Vehicle

Maun Motors recently updated several lorries for a rental customer, to bring them in line with the vehicle safety standards required for Crossrail construction vehicle compliance.  This is now a service we can provide to any long-term hirers who have vehicles working on the Crossrail project.

Crossrail have taken the bold move of implementing the vehicle requirements across all of their construction sites in and around London, including several new stations and miles of new underground rail tunnels, to help reduce the number of collisions between HGVs and cyclists, thus improving cycle safety around the capital. 
Crossrail implements lorry requirements to improve cycle safety - Crossrail

To achieve Crossrail compliance, many additional safety-related features must be added to all larger construction vehicles, with a GVW in excess of 3,500 Kg, with all regular visiting drivers also being required to undertake road safety awareness training. 
Cycle safety boosted as first 1,000 Crossrail lorry drivers complete road safety awareness training - Crossrail

Crossrail HGV Safety Standards - Key Features:

Side-Scan Detection & Warning Systems
The key piece of equipment is known as a "side-scan" system.  This technology works in a similar way to the parking sensors installed in the bumpers of many modern cars.  When the vehicle is at a standstill or travelling at low speeds, several ultrasonic sensors mounted to the near-side of the vehicle activate and alert the driver by means of an in-cab buzzer, which beeps more frequently the closer an object is.  Therefore, the lorry driver is notified of any pedestrian or cyclist located in their blind-spot.  The demand for these products since the Crossrail requirements came into force has led to many side-scan manufacturers running out of stock!

Side Under-Run Guards
The vast majority of HGVs operated by Maun Motors are already fitted with side under-run guards, which help prevent cyclists or pedestrians from falling beneath the rear wheels of a truck.  Instead, the guards are intended to push any stricken person out of the way, so these are an essential requirement of the Crossrail vehicle safety standards.



To provide a further dimension of safety, the side guards can also display a warning message to cyclists on the near-side, which we have incorporated, as shown below:


Fresnel Lens
To further reduce the lorry driver's blind-spot, a refractive Fresnel lens must be fitted on the opposite door window (near-side for right hand drive vehicles, off-side for left hand drive vehicles).  The Fresnel Lens is made from thin, clear plastic and is press-fitted to the truck window.  The concentric rings on the inside surface of the lens provides a downwards view close to and around the lorry’s passenger door, whilst still allowing the driver to see directly through it.


Blind Spot Mirrors
In addition to the Class IV & Class V blind spot mirrors which are already a requirement under EU law, Crossrail compliance requires an additional Class VI blind spot mirror.  These mirrors mount to the cab above the windscreen, towards the near-side and enhance the driver's view of the roadway directly in front of the vehicle cab.


Rear Warnings for Cyclists
Despite numerous high-profile road incidents and national campaigns, some cyclists remain oblivious to the dangers of passing or moving alongside a lorry, especially on the near-side.  Therefore, Crossrail specify that warning notices must be fitted to the rear of such vehicles, with the hope of spreading awareness of the dangers to cyclists.


In-Cab Warnings
To remind drivers of their own safety obligations, various decals must be displayed within the cab.  These must include a reminder that all occupants must wear seat belts, driving or working under the influence of drink or drugs is against Crossrail policy, daily vehicle inspections must be carried out.  With our in-house vinyl sticker & sign design & print capabilities, producing bespoke signs for this application is no problem.


Other Requirements
Some of the other Crossrail requirements, which will already be standard fit to the majority of trucks include:
  • Seatbelts, which must be fitted & worn at all times by all occupants
  • Rear view mirrors
  • Reversing alarm/sensor/camera & monitor
  • Vehicle lights to be checked daily for operation, condition and security
  • Hazard warning triangle to be carried at all times
  • Vehicles must be light in colour with reflective markings fitted where appropriate
  • Hi-Visibility vests/jackets to be worn by drivers at all times whilst driving & unloading
  • Daytime running lights.  On vehicles which do not have running lights fitted, sidelights or dipped-beam headlights must be turned on when on site
  • Window tinting - no tinting in addition to the standard vehicle manufacturer tint must be applied to vehicle windows
  • ABS anti-lock brake system must be fitted to all vehicles
  • Fire extinguisher of appropriate type & size must be carried at all times
  • Spare bulb kit must be carried at all times
  • Amber flashing lights - double beacon and front & rear amber LED strobes must be fitted to all construction vehicles

If you are working on a Crossrail contract, either using your own vehicles or using rented vehicles, you will need to be operating fully compliant vehicles or risk having your vehicle turned away, as detailed in the following article:  Crossrail building sites turn away lorries that are ‘blind’ to cyclists (times.co.uk)

The Crossrail goods vehicle standards are also in line with the major vehicle requirements of similar schemes aimed at reducing WRRR (Work Related Road Risk) and collisions with vulnerable road users, such as CLOCS and FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme).  So if you have a requirement for hiring a CLOCS-compliant or FORS-compliant lorry or truck, please contact us using the details below.

In most cases, we can make any of our HGVs Crossrail-compliant in a matter of days.  If you have a requirement for a vehicle to be used on a Crossrail construction site, please get in touch to enquire on availability and cost by calling 01773 810007 or submitting the contact form on our website.