Vision Techniques
CIWM Awards

News/Blog

STOPSAFE emergency braking system gets approval from the VCA

Posted on 24th Jun, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Stopsafe gets approval from VCA

Exciting news this morning!!! We are proud to announce that after a long period of development and consultation with the VCA our emergency vehicle braking system STOPSAFE has received accreditation.

The system has been developed following on from the Glasgow tragedy in 2014 where a driver lost consciousness while at the wheel of a moving refuse lorry resulting in six deaths and leaving 15 people injured. At the time of the enquiry technical experts were brought in to examine the vehicle. It was asked if anything could have been done to prevent the crash? The enquiry heard from these experts that an emergency button or automated braking system could be added to such vehicles in future.

Steve Hurd MD says “We were all extremely shocked by the events in Glasgow and we set our technical team with the objective of preventing a tragedy like this from happening again. Working together with a number of councils, Private Waste companies and the VCA we have designed STOPSAFE to eradicate the risk of this type of incident should it re-occur in the municipal industry or any other crewed vehicle.

Stopsafe

Effectively the system reduces the vehicle’s speed while simultaneously bringing it to a controlled stop using the braking system. The system is activated using a secure emergency lever installed to the vehicle dashboard, allowing the crew to react to an emergency situation should the driver become incapacitated.

We are the only system provider to manufacturer any direct solution to the problem of out-of-control vehicles and plan to offer the system to every council in the country, developed to work universally across any manufacturer’s vehicle and is suitable for both new build and retrofit.

Steve adds” We are aware that other products have been developed but so far, they have all failed to get approval. We are the only manufacturer to get accreditation from the VCA, something we are very proud of.

Our team have been up against may obstacles and worked tirelessly on this development, it has not been an easy task. However, we have never given up and been extremely tenacious to ensure this product was successfully produced and available to the market in line the tribunal experts’ suggestions.
As a major supplier to this industry the Glasgow incident affected everyone that works within it, including us, our purpose is to protect, and we have genuinely made it our mission to ensure that this type of accident doesn’t happen again”

The product is due to launch this summer and will form part of our safety portfolio. For more information on STOPSAFE or any other safety system from Vision Techniques contact the team for a demonstration on 01254 679 717

 

 

6 key benefits of telematics systems for businesses

Posted on 20th Jun, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

lorries convoy sunset

Telematics systems are becoming the lifeblood of commercial vehicle operations often employed in tandem with a whole host of vehicle safety products. In fact, many of our vehicle safety products here at Vision Techniques fit squarely into the category of telematics, which makes it a major focus of so many of our customers. If your fleet isn’t yet fitted with some form of telematics technology, you could be missing a trick – here are just a few of the key ways you could be benefitting!

Continue reading

Will self-driving technology ever be viable for HGVs?

Posted on 19th Jun, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

hgv driver

Self-driving technology is unquestionably one of the biggest advancements in automotive technology in recent years. It’s been in development for quite some time and is gradually evolving as the years pass.

Continue reading

There’s a new team in town

Posted on 16th May, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

We are excited to announce some new additions to the VT service team.
These guys are responsible for organising the installation of your shiny new kit to your vehicles. So, when you need to know when your kit is being fitted these are the people on the other end of the phone.

Continue reading

How can dashcams and vehicle cameras affect insurance?

Posted on 14th May, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Dashcam-affect-insurance

We’ve covered the steady rise of dashcams before on our blog, and how they’re being increasingly used by everyone from private motorists to larger commercial vehicles. There’s no question that they’re becoming a more popular type of vehicle camera than ever before; their practical advantages are clear when it comes to proving liability in court, saving drivers and fleet managers a lot of time, money and hassle.

Continue reading

Vision Techniques announce further growth with acquisition of global telematics company

Posted on 2nd May, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Telematics deal

Vision Techniques launch next generation fleet management platform with VT FMS.
The deal brings together innovators in vehicle safety systems Vision Techniques and leaders in global telematics Geotelematic Ltd. The acquisition combines the knowledge of fleet management and processing connected data with Vision Techniques innovation of vehicle safety.  The merging of these two industry leaders is due to set a new standard in safety and vehicle performance.

Continue reading

A quick guide to smart motorways

Posted on 29th Apr, 2019 by Dominic Benabda

Smart-Motorways-VT

Smart motorways are making the news more and more frequently in recent years, so it’s easy to forget that they’ve actually been around for well over a decade; the first one was opened all the way back in 2006, which means there’s a good chance you’ve driven on one already. The idea behind their inception is to ease congestion and traffic on the roads, helping to ease up on some of Britain’s heaviest chokepoints – good news for HGV drivers and fleet managers!

Continue reading

Vision Techniques recognised in Top 100

Posted on 28th Apr, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Once a year the Northern Tech Awards shines a light upon the leading technology businesses headquartered in the North of England and Scotland.

Running since 2011 The Northern Tech awards are part of the events portfolio of GP Bullhound, the leading international technology investment bank and provide a unique way of celebrating the innovative technologies and businesses developed in the region,

Continue reading

Banksman wins highest accolade

Posted on 17th Apr, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Our partnership with Aggregate Industries has achieved the highest accolade, winning a Highways England Award for its pioneering auto-braking system that’s set to transform road worker safety. As the overall winner in the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Safety category, Banksman Autobraking was commended for its potential to drive improvements in behavioural safety culture and raise safety performance in the highways sector.

Continue reading

Let’s Recycle live is coming soon

Posted on 16th Apr, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Letsrecycle Live is a two-day exhibition and conference bringing the industry to life across two days of seminars, networking events and live demonstrations.

Taking place from 22-23 May 2019 in Stoneleigh, West Midlands the show consists of both indoor and outdoor spaces, seven different show areas, three conference theatres, three demonstration areas and a range of  off networking events including; Meet the Buyer, Women in Waste, Apprenticeship & Academia Hub, VIP lounge, the ‘Inn on the Green’ and white collar boxing.

Continue reading