Posted on 2nd Feb, 2018 by Jack Stocker
Vehicle theft is always a concern for any driver, but it’s a particular threat for HGVs. Not only are there the associated financial costs and disruptions to business, but as we’ve sadly seen in the headlines in the past few years, stolen HGVs can pose a significant threat to human life, whether driven recklessly or maliciously. Perhaps the most important aspect of the issue, however, is that the vast majority of these crimes are committed through the theft of keys – which is exactly the sort of problem that our VT IDent is designed to prevent.
Estimates vary as to how much freight crime costs the UK freight industry ever year, but it’s generally agreed to be at least £250 million a year. Some estimates even range to as much as four times that amount, as the £250m figure is only derived from crimes that are reported and therefore on record; the actual amount is most likely significantly higher. And naturally, apart from its impact on the economy, it can have a detrimental effect on your company operations and finances.
The goods that HGVs contain often make them particularly lucrative targets for thieves; the average loss of any given HGV theft is often in excess of £250,000. While this number may initially seem dramatic, it’s worth remembering that freight crime is broadly the same as many other types in that the majority of thieves are opportunists. Official statistics show in recent years that the involvement of key thefts as factor in freight crime – and motor theft as a whole – has been steadily rising. For example, key thefts were the cause of just 15% of vehicle crime in March 2006, whereas by 2015 that figure had risen to 43%. The signal is clear; by securing your keys, you can automatically thwart the vast majority of attempted thieves. At Vision Techniques, we’ve developed our own solution to help you do exactly that.
VT IDent is a custom solution built in-house by our very own vehicle security experts. It’s a control system that uses programmable authorisation tags to manage access to your company vehicles, preventing unrecognised users from damaging or stealing your HGVs. This means that even if the would-be thief somehow obtains the keys, they will still be unable to drive the HGV away unless they also have access to the corresponding access tag.
With VT IDent, you can even distinguish between different levels of authorisation, so you’re not only locking out intruders, but also ensuring that each of your own employees only has access to the systems that pertain to their jobs. This provides further peace of mind for you, as it provides an extra layer of security between advanced or potentially dangerous systems and the employees who are not trained to use them.
You can click here to find out more about VT IDent, including its full list of features and advantages. If you have any specific questions, don’t forget you can always ask a member of our friendly sales team on 08458 684 858 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted on 11th Dec, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
Leading services group Kier Environmental have chosen VT Ident to protect their vehicles from vehicle theft with all new municipal vehicle purchases and across their Bridgend fleet.
Posted on 6th Dec, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
Safety is our top priority here at Vision Techniques, and we know it is for you too. Seasonal sales spikes means that many fleet operators are looking at taking on extra drivers for the festive season, and to that end the Licence Bureau has released a compliance checklist to help companies ascertain that their temporary drivers are up to scratch in terms of the confidence, competence and overall safety of their driving.
Posted on 7th Nov, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
The sheer size and weight of HGVs means that they are susceptible to certain risks not shared by all other road users. One of these is jack-knifing, an exceptionally dangerous phenomenon that’s one of the deadliest type of accidents that drivers can face. Thankfully, Vision Techniques’ StopSafe technology can help HGV drivers avoid jack-knifing. Below, we explain more about how, but first we’ll explain a little more about jack-knifing itself.
Posted on 20th Oct, 2017 by Jonathan Peach
Safe driving is absolutely paramount to running any fleet, but all the more so for HGV drivers, given the destructive potential of their vehicles. Harsh braking and sudden acceleration are both viewed as amongst the most dangerous driving behaviours, and can pose a massive risk to other road users. Not that, but they also pose a challenge for fleet operators in general. This week on the blog here at Vision Techniques we’re looking at exactly why it’s such a danger, and how our StopSafe product negates these risks in an emergency.
Posted on 22nd Sep, 2017 by Jonathan Peach
If you’re a fleet operator, you may well have heard of FORS compliance. It’s a voluntary system with almost a decade of established history behind it. Now with well over 4000 members nationally, it’s renowned as valuable set of standards that both benefit the wellbeing of vulnerable road users and bring a range of advantages to fleet operators. What’s more, at Vision Techniques we stock several products that can help operators meet these standards with the minimum of hassle and expense.
Posted on 11th Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
There’s no shortage of reasons why fleet safety is – and always will be – vitally important. At Vision Techniques, we stock a lot of products with this very purpose in mind. Improving fleet safety carries tangible benefits for yourself, your drivers, your customers and even the road users around them. In this week’s blog (the first entry of a two-part series), we’re going to take a moment here at Vision Techniques to explain some of the most critical ones.
Posted on 10th Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
Public transport is one of the key sectors we’ve always served here at Vision Techniques. While our products have a vast array of advantages that can be applied to a range of sectors, the unique characteristics of the public transport industry mean that fleet operators in this sector can see tangible and very specific benefits from our devices.
Public transport is usually a broad ranging term that can refer to anything from buses, trains, taxis and even boats. However, as far as our industry is concerned, buses and coaches are two of the main types of vehicles to benefit from the use of our products. Next to HGVs, buses and coaches are amongst some of the heaviest and bulkiest vehicles on our roads, which means they take a great amount of skill and concentration to drive safely.
Because of the nature of their work, bus drivers especially have to content with navigating within tight city confines on a daily basis, while the layout of most coaches often means that drivers are particularly high off the ground, resulting in large blind spots. This can pose a danger to more vulnerable road users such as cyclists, and frequently even pedestrians when the driver is pulling in or moving off from a stop.
Then there is the matter of passengers, who can be distracting in a whole host of ways (deliberately or not). Loud conversations, travel sickness, belligerence or drunkenness are just a few of the ways they can sometimes intrude into the driver’s awareness, which can sometimes result in accidents.
All these factors pose a risk in very specific ways, meaning that should be a top priority for any operator to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and surrounding road users.
Some of the main safety hazards drivers must contend with in public transport include:
Reversing accidents and collisions owing to rear blind spots
Suggested Vision Techniques solutions include: reversing cameras, mirror monitors, VT Banksman reversing radar and auto braking (as well as similar radar systems).
Because of their public-facing nature, drivers of buses and coaches frequently have to deal with physical threats or damage from angry or agitated members of the public.
The main public transport safety hazards include:
Suggested Vision Techniques solutions include: RFID devices, mobile CCTV devices to capture the image of offenders and crack down on anti-social behaviour.
This is mainly intended to provide a broad overview of what we can offer here the public transport sector here at Vision Techniques. If you’re looking for something specific for your fleet of vehicles, we’re only too happy to help! You can browse our full range of products here, or give our sales number a call on 08452 873 172.
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Posted on 30th Jun, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
On June 1st, a lorry had a mind of its own as it rolled into the front of a pub in Ealing without a driver at the wheel. The incident threatened peoples safety and damaged the pub’s propiety, and it called could have been prevented with BrakeSafe.
Posted on 29th Jun, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
Of all the vehicles routinely used in the workplace, forklifts are some of the most inherently dangerous. With a very small margin for error, they pose an equal danger to drivers and pedestrians alike. According to statistics from the UK Health and Safety Executive, they remain one of the most common causes of workplace transport accidents. So why are reversing cameras vital resources to ensuring safety for your employees?