Posted on 22nd Oct, 2019 by Charlotte Coop
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.
Posted on 11th Sep, 2019 by Charlotte Coop
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.
Posted on 5th Aug, 2019 by Charlotte Coop
HGV drivers are actually some of the most careful drivers you’ll find out on UK roads. To qualify as an HGV driver, candidates must undergo extensive additional training to help them accurately judge and handle the vehicle’s significant size and weight.
Although this means they’re typically responsible, careful drivers, they’re not immune to human error, and one unfortunate but fundamental fact of HGV driving is that even the rarest and most simple mistakes have a much greater potential to cause harm than those of any other drivers.
Posted on 22nd Jul, 2019 by Charlotte Coop
Rising temperatures can be dangerous with distracted driving and drowsiness being amongst the key hazards.
While temperatures soar, it’s still important not to underestimate the effects of heat on your workforce.
Posted on 2nd Jul, 2019 by Charlotte Coop
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!
Posted on 11th Feb, 2019 by Dominic Benabda
Vehicle cameras and similar technologies make up a large proportion of our business here at Vision Techniques, and in the last six months or so our experts have noticed increasing numbers of questions from our customers on the subject of GDPR. There’s still a lot of confusion about how it affects vehicle cameras and the associated recordings, so that’s what we’re tackling in this week’s post.
Posted on 2nd Oct, 2018 by Dominic Benabda
It’s an unenviable title that – of course – has been awarded to various stretches of roads over the years. It’s always been the subject of numerous studies from various organisations concerned with vehicle safety, and throughout all of the most recent of these studies, there are certain areas which are, unfortunately, highlighted as being consistently dangerous to navigate for motorcyclists, HGVs and regular road users alike.
Posted on 20th Jun, 2018 by Dominic Benabda
The relationship between HGV drivers and cyclists is famously fraught, so it’s fair to say that it’s relatively rare to find a positive news story about any interactions. Happily, a recent story involving four year-old Rhonda Jones has broken with that pattern, garnering a fantastic reaction amongst the general public in just a matter of hours. In this case, the driver’s brilliant sense of vehicle safety was rewarded by an enthusiastic reaction, helping to explain the clip’s extraordinary popularity!
Posted on 27th Mar, 2018 by Jack Stocker
The emergency services are amongst a wide range of industries that we serve here at Vision Techniques, and we’re happy to say that many of our products are universally useful in a variety of emergency situations. For the purposes of brevity we’ve summed up just a few of them in this post, categorising them in terms of how they enhance safety, security and effectiveness.
Using various devices such as vehicle cameras, emergency vehicles like fire engines and ambulances can effectively extend their ranges of visibility. Their roles require them to reach occasionally awkward locations quickly and discreetly, which means that drivers need to have exceptional awareness of the clearances of their vehicles. Ambulances, for example, will always need to park as close as they feasibly can to the casualty, whereas fire engines need to be well within range of the building to effectively fight the fire. Once the emergency is dealt with, reversing cameras and alarms can help them prevent accidents when they’re emerging out of these tight spots, alerting them to nearby passing pedestrians.
Though it’s not always a common occurrence, emergency vehicles can sometimes be targets for thieves or vandals. For this VT Ident, our Radio Frequency Identification system, is ideal for preventing unauthorised access, helping to guarantee the security of the vehicle. Just as few of the consequences of unauthorised access could involve (in the majority of cases) the theft of expensive or sensitive equipment, or even vandalism. In cases where the vehicle is actually stolen, thieves could speed across public highways with impunity, or write the emergency vehicles off entirely – which could be both costly for the service in addition to being incredibly dangerous.
In addition to helping serve the security purposes we’ve just covered, mobile CCTV in particular is an exceptionally helpful measure for helping many emergency services perform their jobs to a highly effective degree. As we’ve mentioned, it can help drivers maintain unparalleled awareness of the clearances of their vehicle, and for enforcement organisations (like the police), it can actively record instances of dangerous driving or similar crimes in progress, providing valuable evidence for convictions.
Similarly, it helps to ensure that there are no false claims made against the public servants themselves, protecting them from counter-accusations from criminals or even (in extreme cases) crash for cash schemes. When used in concert with these, fleet tracking and GPS tracking software is also a must for many emergency services, as it can help pinpoint the exact distance of individual vehicles from their destination.
This isn’t necessarily comprehensive, but should serve to give you just an idea of how our vehicle safety products can assist the emergency services. If you have any specific questions or if you’d like to place an order, don’t forget that you can always give our sales team a call on 08452 873 170, or for more details you can check our emergency services industry page.
Posted on 13th Oct, 2017 by Ben Earnshaw
We’ve talked about crash for cash schemes a few times before, but just in case you’re not familiar with the term, we’ll bring you up to speed quickly. Sometimes known as an induced accident, crash for cash schemes involve scammers deliberately forcing a crash on unsuspecting motorists – often by suddenly pulling out in front of them – and then making a personal injury claim, usually for whiplash or similar injuries.