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Thrilling Thruxton for the Swallows Racing Team

Posted on 25th Sep, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

A combination of a heavy workload and Friday traffic chaos meant a late evening arrival at Thruxton in Hampshire for the most ‘local’ round of the JEC Racing Saloon & GT Championship. With the gearbox finally sorted on Tom’s XJR after syncro issues at Anglesey, the mood in the Swallows camp was quietly optimistic. After all, Thruxton is the UK’s fastest circuit which suits the car, and this was where Tom had the best result of the season last year.

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Craig Flowers appointed as Operations Director

Posted on 23rd Sep, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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Continuing to bolster their operations, innovative manufacturer of vehicle safety systems Vision Techniques has appointed Craig Flowers as their new Operations Director.

With over 19 years’ experience in the construction industry, he brings extensive knowledge and experience within the sector and he has a reputation for ensuring health and safety is at the forefront of all operations and compliance is to the highest standard.
Having started his career as an apprentice fitter, serving his time to become a qualified Mobile Plant Engineer, Craig quickly progressed, managing a large portfolio of plant, HGV and LGV’s with a value of £120m across the UK and Europe and in recent times he formed part of the senior management team as National Plant and Transport Manager at Aggregate Industries.

Steve Hurd Vision Techniques MD says “I am very pleased to welcome Craig onboard and look forward to working closely with him. Craig is passionate about people and understands the industry from both the frontline and the board room perspective, making him perfectly placed to ensure that the customer is at the heart of Vision Techniques strategy and operation”

Commenting on his appointment, Craig said: “I am delighted to be joining Vision Techniques at such an exciting time for the business and the industry. I look forward to working with the teams to encourage sustained success.”

Upgrading your fleet? Don’t neglect the importance of driver training

Posted on 17th Sep, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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Vehicle safety technology has come a long way in the last few decades, and it’s evolving further with every passing year. (We should know!) Today, modern devices can improve the awareness of drivers, heighten overall visibility and even remind them of important tasks, like setting the handbrake when hill-parking. With all of this in mind, it might seem like technology is actually taking the hardest jobs out of the hands of drivers. But that’s not the case – these products are certainly designed to make life easier, but they’re no substitute for a diligent, careful driver.

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Here’s what we know right now about the Direct Vision Standard

Posted on 11th Sep, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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The Direct Vision Standard is a vital consideration for any haulage operators moving through London, and something most operates are already preparing for. Alongside the ULEZ, it’s one of the latest sweeping regulations being applied across the city, aimed at reducing accidents and collisions within London’s boundaries.

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Questions you need to ask yourself about Telematics

Posted on 10th Sep, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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Deciding whether to invest in telematics? It’s not something to be taken lightly and is not something to purchase rashly. You’ve heard about the compelling benefits of telematics, it all sounds great yeah? Then reality calls, is this really what your business needs? Will telematics deliver all the benefits it promises? Will it be too difficult to implement and use? Who is the best provider?

Committing to a new technology can be daunting, especially if there is an investment needed, research is the key and if your looking for the best telematics product for your business, here are five of the biggest questions and answers before committing.

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What type of contracting should I commit to?

A good way to know exactly what you’re paying for is to buy the vehicle tracking device and pay a monthly subscription fee. This option doesn’t require you to pay any fees upfront, there are no costs for hardware and no installation fee. All you have to pay for is the monthly subscription cost, it’s simple. VT FMS offers a number of packages to suit your needs, check them out!


Are there any hidden costs?

Hands up if you like hidden fees? Thought so. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for some telematics providers to use sneaky extras which can inflate the amount you pay across the course of your contract. There is no small print with VT FMS, no hidden charges such as installation costs, training and system customisation. What you see is what you get.

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Is full training provided?

Ensure there is training offered and ensure it is free. Finding your way with an unfamiliar software a little guidance and support goes a long way. Training is also a good way of getting your staff on-board with telematics – especially if there are several people in your fleet management team. Some providers charge for training. We provide a full support service from in-depth training to full technical support, so there is no need to worry we are here to help.

Does your provider issue product updates and are they free?

Like most software, telematics technology evolves fast. Getting the best from your product and pushing continued cost-savings for your business requires a provider that keeps their product up-to-date – especially if you want to stay ahead of your competitors. Ask your provider how frequently the product is updated and whether updates are free. We provide continually update our software packages to ensure you are ahead of the curve and what’s even better is they are free!

Does the system give you all the benefits you need?

This does seem an obvious question, but sometimes the obvious things are forgotten. Does your telematics package deliver the benefits your business needs, you will need to think about the features you need for your organisation. Can the system identify individual and fleet fuel consumption? Does it monitor and report on individual driver behaviour and driving styles? Can the system respond to live traffic alerts and notify you of the most efficient alternative routes? VT FMS answers yes to all these questions and more check out our brochure







Have you got drivers on the road? Let’s talk!

Posted on 9th Sep, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Whatever your fleet VT FMS can help

All industries are reliant on all different types of vehicles, without them the world of industry and commerce would grind to a halt. Cars, vans, HGV’s, RCV’s plant machinery, you name it, all vehicles play an essential role in the efficiency of any business.

Whether you have a large or small fleet challenges need to be overcome and operations need to be dealt with quickly and efficiently. Careful, attentive workflow management is required otherwise this can disrupt productivity and become a drain on your resources.

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Talk Talk
When you have workers out in the field, the ability to communicate clearly and quickly is hugely important. Yet it’s an area of concern for drivers and fleet managers.
The inability for teams to follow the assigned schedule and slow communication between office and field teams can have a negative impact on the moral of the business.
VT FMS gives you access to multi map, Google maps, OSM ARCGIS or even incorporate your own maps to create specific zones giving you real-time information on road status and traffic information relayed via a 2- way communication with Garmin device. The platform can be fully customised so you can add business policies quickly and easily and create reports and alerts based on your business rules.

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Be safe out there
While the value of clear communication is obvious, there’s another key workflow management issue facing companies that have workers on the road: visibility. How can you be certain that the people operating your company vehicles are doing so safely and efficiently?
VT safety products can be integrated with VT FMS so any activations will be relayed with an instant alert straight into your inbox and when integrated into our vehicle cameras journey playback can be a vital tool when investigating incidents.
The event and alert management area keeps you up to date with the performance of the vehicle giving you real-time engine information, tyre pressure and temperature monitoring with a driver management area reporting on specific driver behaviour giving you a deeper understanding of where additional training is required or to introduce driver incentives for safer driver practices.


Want to find out more? Check out our brochure or give us a call for a free demo on 01254 679 717