Prohibition of earpieces in France

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From 1 July 2015 a new regulation comes into force in France forbidding all drivers from wearing any device capable of emitting sound in their ear. This applies to all road users driving with a steering wheel (truck, van and car) or a handlebar (motorbike, scooter, moped and bicycle).

The prohibition applies not only to telephone conversations but also to music and radio whenever the sound passes through a device in contact with the ears. This new decree complements the existing prohibition from using a handheld mobile phone whilst driving and is a class 4 offence, making the driver liable to a fine of €135 (and deduction of three points for French national drivers).

Do you permit your drivers to take their company vehicles abroad?  Make sure they are aware of relevant overseas legislation before they go.  Electronic Driver Services (EDS) from Jaama is an online repository for all fleet information and can be accessed by drivers from an array of mobile devices.  Call Jaama on 0844 8484 333 to find out more

£1.5bn investment to upgrade English motorways

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Highways England has appointed six joint-venture companies to design and build 10 'smart motorways' across England as part of a £1.5 billion investment.
 
Three of these projects will start in autumn this year: 2 in the Midlands - M1 junction 19 to junction 16 in Northamptonshire and the M5 Junction 4a to Junction 6 in Worcestershire, and 1 in the North West - M6 junction 16 to junction 19 near Stoke-on-Trent.
 
Key FORS companies in the construction sector such as Amey and Costain have been appointed to carry out these improvements. 

Jaama - the first fleet software company to achieve FORS supplier accreditation have worked with Amey since 2010.  Read more...

Company drivers - 'maintenance is company responsibility'

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Only 42% of company car drivers see maintenance of their vehicle as their own responsibility, according to a survey by Venson.

58% of company car drivers think it’s their employer’s responsibility to get the car serviced at the appropriate times, even though the employee is accountable. Read more on this story.

How do you encourage your drivers to take responsibility?  

Compulsory declarations prior to expenses submissions and payments may help.  Contact Jaama today on 0844 8484 333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss how our online expense management portal can put you a step closer to maintenance accountable drivers