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Christmas opening hours

Posted on 9th Dec, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Vt Christmas opening times

As Christmas is fast approaching and we are getting ready for the holiday season, there is still a lot to do.  So to keep you running over the festive season here’s is some information on our opening hours.

We will be closed on Tues 24th December (Christmas Eve) and re-open Thurs 2nd Jan

To get your order before Christmas, last orders for Christmas delivery will be taken on 13th December 2019 before 12pm

Should you have an emergency over Christmas our team will be on hand to help between the hours of 9am – 3pm


You would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

See you in 2020 from all of us at Vision Techniques

Automotive Electrical Installation Engineer

Posted on 29th Nov, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

We are one of the UK’s premier suppliers of commercial vehicle safety equipment with a track record of over thirty years. The successful candidates will carry out the installation, commissioning and servicing of commercial vehicle based security and data collection systems, such as digital CCTV recording equipment, RFID and intelligent radar systems.

The company has seen excellent growth through diversification into new market sectors and has recently won a number of national contracts for digital recording and data collection equipment, and the successful applicants will play a major part in taking these contracts forward.

Main responsibilities

Working at clients sites fitting the required systems
Working with heavy plant, lorries and other large vehicles such as waste vehicles
Installing the required system, testing and checking
Trouble shooting electrical and system problems
Main skills and experience needed
Automotive electrical experience of HGVS, Waste Vehicles, Quarry and Mining Vehicles or Commercial Haulage
IT/PC literate
Innovative problem solver who can generate solutions and resolve issues
Conscientious professional who is organised and dedicated
Motivated self starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision
Dependable, responsible contributor committed to excellence and success
Team player who excels at building relationships with customers and colleagues
Must have full UK driving license
( Car auto electrical only background is not enough)
Full training will be given but the right automotive electrical background is needed.

Please send your C.V. to our Service Manager Paul Shaw








Are you ready for Direct Vision?

Posted on 22nd Nov, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

What is Direct Vision?

Firstly lets start with what is Direct Vision? From October 2020, all vehicles more than 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW) will require an HGV safety permit to operate in Greater London

The DVS will objectively measures a driver’s direct view through the windows of an HGV cab. This is communicated as a star rating from zero (poor) to five (excellent), which indicates the level of risk to people walking and cycling near the vehicle.


Direct Vision was launched by the mayor of London was created to improve the safety of all road users. Vision Zero means ensuring the street environment incorporates safe speeds, safe behaviours, safe street design and safe vehicles to target road danger at its source.


Do i need a safety permit?

All HGV’s more than 12 tonnes entering or operating in Greater London from 26th October 2020 will need to hold a safety permit. will be issued from October 2019. The scheme will be enforced from 26th October across Greater London 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I make my vehicle compliant?

If your vehicle meets the minimum DVS star rating you will be granted a permit.

From 26 October 2020, the minimum DVS rating will be one star to enter or operate in Greater London and this will then increase to a minimum of three stars in 2024.

If your vehicle does not meet the DVS star rating or is not rated, you will need to meet the ‘Safe System’ requirements to be granted a permit

Under the scheme proposals, it would be unlawful to:
• Operate an HGV more than 12 tonnes GVW in Greater London
without a permit
• Breach Safe System permit conditions

What is the Safe System?

The Safe System is a series of vehicle safety measures (fitted after point of
manufacture) which are designed to reduce the risks that HGVs present to people walking, cycling and other vulnerable road users.

Vision Techniques have been at the forefront of safety for over 30 years and our products have been developed specifically for this purpose.

“The Safe System requirements have been identified as current industry good practice by an independent advisory group with representatives from cycling and pedestrian groups, industry trade associations, vehicle manufacturers and government organisations.” Transport for London



The first review of the Safe System is scheduled for 2024, when it is proposed the minimum DVS star rating will be increased to three stars.

This review will take into account any additional technology or safety equipment that was not available in 2020. This will become known as the Progressive Safe System.

What do I need?

There is a minimum standard for you to get a one star rating. Here are the minimum requirements

• Class V mirror shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle
• Class VI mirror shall be fitted to the front of the vehicle
Check out our mirror range of our VT Store
• Cameras – A fully operational camera monitoring system shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle
Our Camera range is comprehensive and covers every angle of any size of vehicle
• Protection – Side under-run protection shall be fitted to both sides of the vehicle
• Signage – Prominent pictorial warning sign
We have a number of compliant signs available to buy online
• Sensors – A sensor system that alerts the driver to the presence of a vulnerable road user shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle
• Alarms – Audible vehicle manoeuvring warning shall be fitted to warn vulnerable road users when a vehicle is turning left
Our cyclist safety product range will ensure you are issued with your one star rating

How do I apply for my permit?

Step1 – Find out your rating

Phone or email your vehicle manufacturer with the VIN number of your vehicle
Your Vehicle manufacturer will advise your star rating
If 0 star see step 2
If one to five star – see step 3

Step 2 – Safe system requirements

You will need to fit additional “Safe System” check our “What you need section”
Once your vehicle has the equipment fitted apply for your permit

Step 3 – Apply for your permit

Apply for your permit online
Enter vehicle details for multiple vehicles via a spreadsheet template and check ratings
Enter your operator details
Enter contact details
If zero star
Upload photos of Safe System equipment
Submit your application
Application will be reviewed and accepted (permit issued)or rejected with reasons (you will need to re-apply)
If one to five start -electronic permit will be granted

If you require any further information please get in touch with our team 01772 679 717







A new member to the creative team

Posted on 12th Nov, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Lauren Nurtney

Say hello to our new member of the Marketing Team Lauren.  Lauren joins Vision Techniques and brings with her a bundle of creativity and design ideas.  Fully conversant with the Adobe suite Lauren will be responsible for the creation of our brochures, catalogues, video content, exhibition design, our social media channels and will be working on our new website which is coming soon!!

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Cost of temporary drivers to rise by up to 30% in April 2020

Posted on 22nd Oct, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

hgv in summer

Plenty of businesses make good use of temporary drivers, especially in the run up to and just around the Christmas period. However, this year looks to be the last time it’ll be quite that cost effective to do so, as the government is shortly updating its IR35 rules to apply to the private sector. Due to come into force by the spring of 2020, the updates mean that companies with more than 50 employees and an annual turnover of more than £10.2 million will be legally required by HMRC to assess the employment status of any contractor they use.

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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

craig flowers

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.”

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

Posted on 11th Sep, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

hgvs row

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

Vt FMS Telematics

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.

Vt FMS Telematics

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.

telematic cost

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.

Vt FMS Telematics

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.

Telematics communication

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