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glasgow_bhoy
Posted on: Sat, 19 May 2018 - 16:14


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If its vehicle tracking, the cost is very minimal- as someone suggested above, a dashcam can record GPS and you could do a download of that initially.

Or a hardwired kit with telematics will cost more but may produce longterm savings.

I take it your friend has already questioned the driver and reminded all staff about what they can and can't use their vans for?

I know where I work, I have a fuel card for whatever vehicle I take. I need to give my mileages and registrations driven at least once a month along with postcodes driven to/from. The system gives me a total mileage driven for each journey based on the postcodes, and if its different to my actual mileage, I have to justify it (never a problem though) and note details of the alternative route. Any miles unaccounted for (minimal/rare personal miles) are charged back to me at something like 15 or 18p per mile (its based on my total fuel spend in cars- not vans- divided by miles driven multiplied by unaccounted for miles).

Also- if your friend is being hit with 50ppm excess rates, I'd suggest he has signed a really rubbish deal on the vans, as I can't think of any small commercials where the current depreciation would that high for extra miles over and above the contracted.
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Posted on: Sat, 19 May 2018 - 16:04


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QUOTE (southpaw82 @ Sat, 19 May 2018 - 12:50) *
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The finance company would be liable under the consumer credit act

Liable for what?

If your car is bought on credit the credit company have joint liability.


They can be - it depends on the relationship between the creditor, debtor and supplier.

As well as the potential legal liability, the finance companies can put a lot of pressure on the dealers when something goes wrong- for the sake of a few hundred quid to fix a car, the dealer won't want to miss out on future commission from the finance company.
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Posted on: Fri, 18 May 2018 - 22:33


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Is that 8% flat rate or APR? If flat rate I'd walk away fast!

Personally I'm always happy to take car finance rather than a loan if its only a few pounds more per month. The help a finance company can be when trying to get major faults resolved with a dealer is worth a few quid.

That said, on a 15 plate car (depending on the make), I'd suggest PCP nowadays (you can usually get them on cars upto 4 years old/upto 50k-ish miles) as some of the deals out there right now are fantastic. A 7/8 year old car (assuming you HP over 48 or 60 months) isn't going to command a strong trade in value, but if you have a PCP and you've kept the car in reasonable condition, the guarenteed future value gives you the security of being able to hand the car back to the finance company in the situation where the dealer won't offer a trade in value greater than the GFV.

I'd suggest ditching the car care kit- if you really want a treatment, buy it directly from a decent valeting/detailing company and just buy a decent valet kit for yourself going forward online.
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Posted on: Fri, 18 May 2018 - 22:25


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QUOTE (StuartBu @ Wed, 16 May 2018 - 00:56) *
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I don't get that either .I had two accidents while my car was parked in my street and I was watching TV so how does that make me a greater risk. I did recover the cost from the other parties



You obviously make a habit of parking it in a risky place, as two accidents would seem to bear out.

Bollocks.

South side of Glasgow with on-street parking... I would say thats a higher risk of being hit than most places in Scotland. I've worked various places around Pollokshaws/Shawlands/Cathcart/Hampden and never felt happy leaving my car parked anywhere.

QUOTE (Christian_d @ Fri, 18 May 2018 - 22:28) *
His previous price for 12 months was £460. We spent 4 hours trawling through about 8 specialist brokers (inc Adrian Flux £1400). We then tried "Compare the Market" and found him a policy for £937 without Telematics. There were more than a few quotes (nearly half) that stipulated Telematics........ He chose to pay an extra £80 to avoid.

How long does the poor guy have to declare the cancelled policy for? Lifetime seems really excessive IMO... especially considering offences with points or actual claims only need to be declared for 5 years.
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Posted on: Thu, 17 May 2018 - 21:48


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I'll bite.

Why do you want to do this... to a Dacia?

Infact

Why did you consider a Dacia when buying a box with wheels, never mind end up buying one?
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Posted on: Thu, 17 May 2018 - 21:46


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QUOTE (freddy1 @ Thu, 17 May 2018 - 00:10) *
scotland

2) Our admin team will write back and transfer liability to me and I can then ignore as I please or argue with them as I please.

wording is important , you are the KEEPER , not the driver

having said that are they good at poker?



QUOTE (The Rookie @ Thu, 17 May 2018 - 05:38) *
Do they do court, yes, in Scotland, vanishingly rarely.

As above, get work to name you (no appeal is ever accepted so it’s a waste of time) as KEEPER, not that they have any liability anyway.


I should probably mention this was in a pool car- it wasn't a personal company car, so I was only the keeper for that day.

But I'll get them to do it that way, as the cars been sold now anyway so theres no danger of anymore CEL tickets coming in for it which would have anything to do with me/my collegues.

My work are quite good at poker Freddy- they never force employees to pay these automatically which I've heard on here a lot of employers/rental companies do! And they certainly play show a poker face during pay negotiations, so I'm sure they can do it with parking firms very well!
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Posted on: Wed, 16 May 2018 - 22:24


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Does anyone know if these cretins do court?

I've been told by work I've got a ticket from them. Work have gave me three options:

1) Pay the fine at the reduced rate of £60- they've advised against doing this unless I'm really that way inclined.

2) Our admin team will write back and transfer liability to me and I can then ignore as I please or argue with them as I please.

3) Our legal team have offered to write to them appealing. I don't know if this is 'poking the bear' or whether its worth doing.

This happened in Scotland, so no POFA to worry about and no POPLA procedure either.

Annoyingly, it happened in a meeting where I was told by the receptionist at the venue I didn't need to pay because my number plate was entered into their system. Clearly it hadn't been! Venue deny all knowledge of this of this conversation taking place... I'm probably going to have to put in an SAR to get their CCTV from reception showing I spoke to her, but I'm not sure it will help me prove my case, hence my considering of the 'ignore' option.
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Posted on: Tue, 15 May 2018 - 21:16


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QUOTE (The Rookie @ Tue, 15 May 2018 - 02:14) *
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I'm sure this will have been sorted by now, but Autotrader pulls data through from CAP, so dealers don't put the data in by themselves.

Indeed, but it’s still the sellers advert and they’re responsible for making sure the contents are correct.

Very, very true. But its easier to argue with the dealer if it was on their own site as well as on AT. On their own means they can't try to fob a wronged customer off by claiming 'oh thats not our fault it was AutoTrader' (even though it is their fault for not checking- some dealers will say anything to get rid of a customer).
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Posted on: Mon, 14 May 2018 - 21:56


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I'm sure this will have been sorted by now, but Autotrader pulls data through from CAP, so dealers don't put the data in by themselves.

Did you see the car on the dealers own website at any time and notice if it was mentioned there?

I'm sure they will want to put it right- would you accept a DAB adapter or similar?
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Posted on: Mon, 14 May 2018 - 21:50


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I understand a tracker being added to a car- for insurance purposes of course.

If my employer tried to put one on a company supplied phone, I'd be looking at alternative jobs and in the meantime would have the phone in flight mode as often as possible. If I ever kept the phone on during my personal time (i.e. lunch breaks, before/after work or at weekends), it would be switched off and left on company premises or in a company vehicle.

It comes across as not being trusted and being spied on. I don't believe for a minute its a safety thing. I think its a 'we can make sure Johnny's not stopping at the roll shop 3 times a day and taking an extended lunchbreak'. IMO if the jobs are being done and customers aren't complaining, whats the need?

Do these engineers have tracked company vehicles? I'd suggest if they already have tracked vehicles, there won't be many issues. If they don't track vehicles already, why not? If not already tracked, your friend will need to find a way to keep these guys sweet or become friends with a decent recruitment expert.
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Posted on: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 - 20:25


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QUOTE (notmeatloaf @ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 - 14:09) *
The sign may be easy to miss, but hopefully an astute driver would notice the four metre wide bus lane and then look for the blue sign, or work on the assumption it is 24hrs until they see a repeater sign.

In many years of driving I cannot ever remember inadvertently driving into a bus lane.

You clearly never drove in Edinburgh when they were installing that God awful, extortionate tram line then. Signs just 'vanished' on Princess Street- I even went back for pictures the next day because I was so sure I hadn't missed the signs!
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Posted on: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 - 20:56


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QUOTE (peodude @ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 - 10:18) *
West Brom is also BankPark. When you see West Bromwich town centre you'll realise why it is so cheap. The old High Street is a dump.

At 11pm it was even more terrifying than by day. Probably one of the only places I've been to in the UK and felt unsafe going for a quiet pint.

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Very reasonable price- something like 50p for the hour I think (I didn't think the English had anywhere that cheap!), and at first I thought I liked the idea of charitable parking.[/url]


20p for the first 2 hours at my local swimming pool, it's slightly further from the town centre proper than most car parks in town so it's not really abused either. £1 gets you a 3rd hour, which is the max you can buy and it's free after 6PM. There's an adjacent (although accessed from a different road) long stay that's something like £1.50 a day and is aimed straight at the shop workers.

See I think free parking is better- as it is at most swimming pools and places other than town centres up here.

And Lincolnshire isn't the cheapest (assuming thats where your from...)- I think I paid £7 to park for the day in a council car park in Lincoln town centre. And that was 5 or 6 years ago so God knows how much that is in todays money!
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Posted on: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 - 20:53


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Not the brightest spark...
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Posted on: Sun, 22 Apr 2018 - 08:00


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I like the guy and hope he returns to TV, but I feel like hes got off very lightly. I'd have expected a longer ban considering the fact he crashed.
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Posted on: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 - 21:03


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I had the pleasure of stopping off in West Bromwich town centre this week. Unfortunately I didn't have my body armour on, so I didn't want to hang about any longer than necessary.

As my sat-nav (phone) died, I just parked in the first car park I came to nearish the pedestrian area. It was signed as a 'charity car park'.

Very reasonable price- something like 50p for the hour I think (I didn't think the English had anywhere that cheap!), and at first I thought I liked the idea of charitable parking.

I've since tried to find out more online and discovered that only a small percentage of the money goes towards charity. Infact its 2.5% according to the article linked below.

Is this the start of PPC's trying to brand themselves as 'friendly', and is it just me who feels the 'charity' name is a bit of a long shot when such a small proportion of the parking money actually makes it to charity?

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-h...rity-car-park-/
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Posted on: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 - 15:09


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I wouldn't touch an LPG car- main dealers won't like them come trade in time, assuming you do need to trade it in 2021. Whilst there are probably more places in London selling it, LPG isn't too readily available AFAIK (apparantly 12 places sell it in the Glasgow area out of what I'd estimate to be 100 petrol stations... but I know two of the places listed on the 'getlpg' website no longer sell it so its now 10 max- and nowhere within 15 miles of me).

If I were you I'd look at what else *might* need done in the next 3 years on the car and how many miles you'll do over that time. 60k miles on a car which is already 16 years old is a lot- will it last?

If it were me, I'd look at a cheap PCP on a used car. I pay less than £100 a month for a 3 year old diesel Golf with 2 years aftermarket warranty and 3 years servicing/MOT. Its £0 road tax. I get 12k a year in it, and each extra 1k I do costs just over £20. If you could get a deal similar to this over 3 years, you would be laughing. Or failing that, look at some of the cheap deals on leasing sites for brand new cars- there are some ridiculously good deals out there right now.
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Posted on: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 - 14:57


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QUOTE (Fredd @ Sat, 21 Apr 2018 - 07:57) *
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112 million quid on upgrades for 300 buses a day


Random quote... wacko.gif

It's an allusion to the original estimated cost of upgrading the old bridge for use by buses after completion of the new bridge, and maintaining it for 15 years.

What the critics tend not to mention is that by eliminating the need for bus lanes on the new bridge and reducing the number of access roads required it halved the estimated cost of the new bridge.

They also fail to mention that by the time a solution to 'save' the old bridge was found, the new bridge was well underway. The old one could not have continued with the huge volumes of traffic going over it per day.

New one is so much better- I've only been stuck on it once and it was the first week or two after it opened. Ever since, (touch wood) I've not had any delays which I used to have every time I used the old one.
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Posted on: Sun, 8 Apr 2018 - 09:40


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QUOTE (Redivi @ Sat, 7 Apr 2018 - 08:43) *
I failed to read that it was a car park

The Cambridge article concerned parking on a double yellow line

Its on-street parking...
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Posted on: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 - 21:31


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I've been doing the M6/M5 twice a month since the new year, and in that time I think I've seen one marked police car (other than at the scenes of accidents).

Plenty of the HATO's, and they never seem to be doing anything useful. So I wouldn't mind if they had to work for their money by assisting with HGV enforcement (like weights, taco offences) as they are pretty black and white. What I wouldn't be comfortable with is any kind of 'mass enforcement' such as speeding, phone use, insurance, dd etc.

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Posted on: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 - 21:26


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https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish...ts-now-12301109

The Record have run an article claiming that its cheaper to get a £30 parking ticket in Edinburgh than it is to pay the £33.60 it would cost to park for the full day (charging takes place 0800-1800) in parts of the city centre.

Now, ignoring the fact that you can only park for 3 hours anyway, wouldn't they just have more of an incentive to tow you if you leave the car without a ticket all day? And then definitely tow you if you have not paid and your in a 3 hour zone and they stand to lose so much revenue?

Whats the reason they don't up the penalty too?

This is another reason not to go to that God forsaken city anyway, but the ridiculousness of it is just hillarious. They even have a councillor saying people would be selfish to go for the fine rather than pay the hourly rate. I think shes on another planet, as I think its quite selfish of the council to continue with their elitist policy where those who can afford it can drive in the city, but those on lower wages and whatnot aren't allowed as it costs more than half the minimum wage per hour.
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Posted on: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 - 22:10


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In England, I understand one police officer with a camera is all that is needed when your being done with speeding.

In Scotland, my understanding is that police patrol in pairs, and part of the reason for this is corroboration. When I see a manned speed trap, there are always two officers and a speed gun.

With that in mind, and specifically in Scotland, why are speed camera vans and bikes single crewed? Surely if it takes two police plus a camera to satisfy corroboration requirements, it should take two staff in each camera vehicle?

I'm clearly missing something- but what?
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Posted on: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 - 22:01


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QUOTE (The Rookie @ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 - 15:24) *
Its not obscured, just dirty....... (but yes it would be illegal).

Unless you do what I stupidly did recently and drove a car with showplates stuck over the reg plate into a private car park... I couldn't understand why the car reg couldn't be found on the pay machine when I was going back to my car!

Fortunately I think I drove less than half a mile without legally displaying the cars real plates rolleyes.gif
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I'd ban the things from existance if I could, and would fully support a ban on their use in cars.

I actually don't mind the smell of cigarettes, but at least smokers generally have the good grace to not smoke around me routinely. I've got colleagues who routinely use them in the car with me in the passenger seat or worse, in the office blowing the vapour in whatever direction they feel funny because 'its a skittles vapour this week'.

Even in the pub- ban smoking, but waiting at the bar theres a knobend standing by me 'vaping' because he thinks it looks good with his light-up LED wankbox digital vapourstick. The sooner the government finds a way to prove they are as bad as or worse than normal fags, the better.


Surely it's up to your employers to simply ban vaping in the office?
The pub can doo the same just add "including e-cigarettes" to the no smoking signs.

They are banned in the office and in any cars, but I'm not a grass.

My local will never ban them... they still resent the smoking ban 10 years on.
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Posted on: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 - 21:51


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Unless the route continued to the right (i.e it was an A road dual and the main route was to the right) which was signed and marked as such, I don't see how this could be the fault of anyone other than the yellow motor.
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I'd ban the things from existance if I could, and would fully support a ban on their use in cars.

I actually don't mind the smell of cigarettes, but at least smokers generally have the good grace to not smoke around me routinely. I've got colleagues who routinely use them in the car with me in the passenger seat or worse, in the office blowing the vapour in whatever direction they feel funny because 'its a skittles vapour this week'.

Even in the pub- ban smoking, but waiting at the bar theres a knobend standing by me 'vaping' because he thinks it looks good with his light-up LED wankbox digital vapourstick. The sooner the government finds a way to prove they are as bad as or worse than normal fags, the better.
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