Monthly Archives: May 2015

Rapid Exec Launch Their New Website

Here at Rapid Exec the past few months have been a hectic hub of activity leading up to the new_site_screenshotlaunch of our new website; and we couldn’t be happier to finally announce its arrival.

But what’s new?

Well, we’ve completely redesigned the site making it much easier for visitors to find all the information they may need when considering a chauffeur service.

You can now discover more about our Airport Transport services whether you are travelling to and from Heathrow, Gatwick or Bristol.

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Car and Travel Law Updates and News

fast moving traffic at nightTravel in the News

It seems that both the DVLA and Government have brought in a number of changes to driving laws and regulations in recent months. However there hasn’t been a great deal of press surrounding these changes, putting many drivers at risks of fines and even clamping.

In our latest blog Rapid Exec would like to highlight a few of the most important changes; the ones we are all likely to be affected by in the coming few months. 

Don’t Be Fooled By the Scrapping Of Tax Discs

It is likely that you are already aware that you no longer need to display a tax disc on your vehicle. The new changes came in to play back in October 2014 but we are still seeing consequences of these changes now.

Despite the DVLA continuing to send you a V11 or a V85/1 renewal reminder when your tax is about to expire drivers are still being caught out and facing fines. Why?

Well, from the 1st October 2014, whilst most are aware there is no longer a requirement to display a tax disc, many are not up to speed that the DVLA has also brought in an action which means that when you buy a vehicle the tax will no longer be transferred. And you will need to ensure the vehicle is taxed before you use it.

The second-hand car market is huge in the UK and many buyers will be unaware that the old paper documents are now automatically cancelled when a vehicle changes hands. Unfortunately these changes have not been well documented and thousands of drivers have been hit with fines, been clamped, or even had their cars towed away – and with no right to appeal against these fines to any independent body, drivers will have little choice but to pay up and fork out.

So, make sure you tax your new vehicle using either the:

  • 11 digit reference number from your log book (V5C) if the vehicle is registered in your name
  • 12 digit reference number on your New Keeper Supplement (V5C/2) if you’ve just bought the vehicle or the vehicle is not registered in your name.

If you are selling a car you can no longer transfer the remaining tax. However, if you notify the DVLA you will automatically get a refund for any full remaining months left on the tax.

Holiday Car Hire Chaos

The DVLA are to scrap the paper counterpart of UK issued driving licences from 8th June 2015. This means that holiday makers are likely to be caught in a scene of chaos when heading to Europe and picking up a hire car on arrival. With the paper documents no longer legally valid all endorsements will be held electronically on a web-based service called “Share Driving Licence”.

These muddled introductions and unclear rules will more than likely cause disruption throughout the summer. Especially since so many car hire companies insist on examining the paper document to check on any endorsements or bans.

Instead, holidaymakers will have to log on to the DVLA website the day before they leave and input their driving licence and National Insurance number. The system then generates a one-time pass-code which you give to the hire company when you arrive at their desk. However, be aware that the code is valid for 72 hours only. Therefore those hiring a car in the second week of a foreign trip will have to ensure internet access in order to log onto the DVLA website whilst abroad. For the foreseeable future it may be a wise idea to keep your paper counterpart and take it with you if you intend to hire a car abroad.

Smoking in the Company of Children Banned

From 1st October 2015 drivers in England will be banned from smoking in their cars if they are carrying children as passengers. The new law follows a similar ban in Wales which is aimed at protecting those under the age of 18 from second hand smoke and will likely result in a £50 fine.

Did you know, that according to the British Lung Foundation, more than 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars each week, causing an increase in the risk of asthma and meningitis.

Keeping Up To Date with Travel News

Keep an eye on our blog for the latest changes to travel laws and regulations and make sure you don’t get caught out.

For more information on any of our services look here. You can also give the team a call on 01179 000709

And You Thought Your Journey To Work Was Bad…

It’s pretty likely that you travel to work by car, train or foot, as most of us do. And don’t get us wrong your daily commute can be stressful to say the least, whether you’re stuck in yet another traffic jam or your train is delayed for the third time this week.

However, there are some commuters across the globe who might make you think twice about having a little whinge each morning; and others who you’ll be a little jealous of. Perhaps. We thought we’d introduce you to a few of the world’s craziest and most bizarre forms of transport.

The Bamboo Train, Cambodia 

The ‘train’ stretches from O Dambon on the east bank running 3.7km south of Battambang’s Old Stone Bridge to O Sra Lav. Referred to as a ‘Norry’ in their native language the bamboo train is an improvised rail vehicle which reaches up to 31mph. As its colloquial name suggests the ‘cars’ are made up of a bamboo pallets set atop steel wheels and two axles.

bamboo train

Image Source: A Dangerous Business

Despite its low fares, relative speed and frequency, you may want to think twice about using this for your daily commute in to the village. Okay, so it is mainly a tourist attraction of late but often used by locals since the collapse of the ‘real’ trains as a means of not only transporting people but livestock too.

Sections of the journey stretch across warped, misaligned rails, and a dizzying bridge left behind by the French. Originally powered by hand using punt poles, the ‘cars’ now run on power provided by small motorcycle engines. Oh, and another thing, there is only a single track. So if you run into another car whichever is the smaller load has to dismount in order for their drive to pull apart and lift around before continuing the journey.

Google Ferry, San Francisco 

Just another one on the long list of Google employee benefits is this Google chartered ferry. That’s right a private ferry for any Google employee to take full advantage of! Carrying approximately 150 workers at a time, ‘The Triumphant’ as it has been named is an 83 foot, Wi-Fi equipped catamaran.

According to their spokes people, this isn’t just another fancy employee benefit but is aimed to defuse simmering controversy over high-end charter buses that several tech companies use to shuttle thousands of employees to work in Silicon Valley from San Francisco.

google ferry

Image Source: Vessel Finder

Reed Boat, Peru

On Lake Titicana, which stretches between Peru and Bolivia you’ll find these magnificent reed boats. Also home to many floating villages around Southern Peru the boat is ideal for getting residents from place to place.

reed boat

Image Source: Life Hack

The villagers, the Uro people, use natural resources like reed to not only construct their transport like these boats but their homes too. Known by the locals as Thunupa’s they are both light and resilient and always built in the shape of dragons which are said to have been used by the ancient Incas to ward off evil. And despite their delicate appearance these eco-friendly ships can sail across vast oceans at quite some speed. .

Wuppertal Suspension Railway, Germany 

If you’re a little nervous of heights then we suggest you find an alternative route to work. This train service is the oldest (we’re not sure that exactly instils any confidence!) electric elevated railway with hanging cars in the world.

Wuppertal Suspension Railway

Image Source: Rail Pictures

The first track opened in 1901 and still continues to carry city workers and passengers daily from Oberbarmen to Vohwinkel. At a height of 12 metres above the river and 8 metres above the valley road the service carries approximately 25 million passengers annually.

Giant Escalator, Colombia 

For our final example of alternative transport we are transporting you to Medellin, Colombia. The city is the 2nd largest throughout the country and was originally known as the murder capital. Over recent years the Government and local authorities have been working towards regenerating the city and dismissing such tragic preconceptions.

Giant Escalator

Image Source: Daily Mail

These attempts have resulted in innovative mass-transit plans, and the construction of this gigantic outdoor escalator. The mountainside slum of Comuna Trece was far too steep for vehicles and residents had to walk the equivalent of almost 30 storeys to reach it. However, now they get to travel on a 385 metre outdoor escalator.

Divided into 6 separate sections, the stairway cost £4.5million to construct and is the latest in a series of transport infrastructure to help transform the city. Free to use, the creators of the escalator hope to integrate residents with the rest of the city and the wider economy. We love the look of this one!

For A Safer Journey To Work…

…give us a call. A professional chauffeur is not only cost effective but is a stress free alternative to crowded trains, reed boats and suspension railways! Combine one of our team and our executive and business chauffeur service and you can continue to work, relaxed in the knowledge that you’ll get safely to your next appointment without disturbing your work flow. And as well as maximising your productivity you get to avoid the hassle of parking too.

For more information on any of our services, please give our friendly team a call on 0117 9000 709