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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

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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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What’s involved in a heavy vehicle test?

Posted on 16th Oct, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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All drivers are familiar with MOTs – the mandatory annual tests that certify each vehicle is safe to use on British roads. The standards for an MOT pass are reasonably strict, so it makes sense that where the tests for HGVs are concerned, the standards are even stricter.

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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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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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Why are driver checks so important for HGV drivers?

Posted on 29th Aug, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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Driver checks are an essential part of hiring or vetting a new employee, but they’re far more than just a box ticking exercise. As far as fleet managers are concerned, performing the appropriate driver checks is in everyone’s best interests – from the legal interests of the company, to the interest of the general public, to the interest of the driver’s personal welfare. (Even all the most advanced vehicle safety technology on the market can’t compensate for an inexperienced driver without the proper credentials!)

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Vision Techniques strengthen southern service offer

Posted on 15th Aug, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

We are please to announce our further expansion plans by strengthening their southern support services network. Together with industry specialist Munihire we unveil our plans to add a purpose-built service centre in Horsham, Surrey.

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Key challenges facing the haulage industry in 2019

Posted on 2nd Jul, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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Advancements in vehicle safety technology and vehicle safety products in recent years have resulted in great strides forward for the haulage industry. However, modern fleet managers still face a number of significant challenges to their business, ranging from efficiency and economics concerns to crucial safety issues. The good news, though, is that there are several measures they can take to mitigate these issues – we’ve listed some of the key ones below!

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Which vehicle safety technology should you prioritise for your fleet?

Posted on 2nd Jul, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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Safety is one of the single most important operational considerations for fleet managers, and it’s an area which has seen substantial innovation in the past few years – not least from our own engineers here at Vision Techniques! But with such a wide range of vehicle safety products on the market today, it can be difficult to know which ones to prioritise. Below are our recommendations for the technology to prioritise for your own commercial fleet, along with a short explanation for each of exactly what makes them quite so useful.

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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.

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