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 22nd Aug, 2019 by Charlotte Coop
Forklifts are a mainstay vehicle of any warehouse or shop floor, and especially essential in large scale commercial businesses. However, even when driven competently and carefully, they have limited visibility when they’re carrying materials.
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 20th Dec, 2018 by Dominic Benabda
While safety concerns tend to be applicable to HGVs across a wide range of industries, some are particularly acute within the municipal sector. Vehicles often have to maneuver within enclosed spaces, children out playing, and cyclists all pose safety concerns for drivers and fleet managers.Here at Vision Techniques, we’ve been dedicated to saving lives since 1988, and over the years we’ve developed a number of specialist products designed to alleviate concerns for drivers and fleet managers, helping eliminate the risk of accidents or serious injury in the course of their working day.
Posted on 20th Dec, 2018 by Dominic Benabda
According to annual statistics by the British Health and Safety Executive, collisions with moving vehicles still accounts for a major cause of deaths in the workplace. Over the last 5 years, these sorts of accidents made up around 18% of fatal workplace injuries. This equates to roughly 26 people a year – or one every two weeks. Agriculture was the industry most notably affected by these accidents, but the municipal and waste management sectors can be particularly vulnerable to them too, given the strict schedules of their operations.
Here at Vision Techniques, our entire ethos is based upon our commitment to eliminating fatal accidents, which has been the driving force behind the development of our range of vehicle safety products. Certain products, such as our reversing radars, are regarded as practically essential equipment for municipal fleet operators, and their safety potential can be maximised by adhering to the following recommended workplace practices.
Posted on 15th Aug, 2018 by Dominic Benabda
You might think you can guess the purpose of National Road Victim Month just from the name. Many would say it’s just about taking a moment to appreciate all the people who’ve been injured or killed in road traffic accidents. And while that’s great, that’s only one part of it. National Road Victim Month was created not just for remembrance, but also for action in the name of these victims, and taking steps to ensure that we stop as many others as we can from suffering the same tragic circumstances.
Posted on 20th Apr, 2018 by Dominic Benabda
How often do you hear the horn? It’s a common refrain amongst some fleet operators, and actually refers to how often they witness their HGV drivers do their daily checks. Since a short, sharp burst of the horn makes up a vital part of those checks, it’s an easy way to tell that drivers are regularly carrying them out.
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 14th Jul, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
Quarrying and mining is just one of a variety of sectors we serve here at Vision Techniques. As one of the UK’s most hazardous industries in which to work, safety is a particular priority for employers in this field. Many accidents that occur in these sorts of workplaces involve vehicles and vehicle collisions – this is a lot to do with the fact that there are numerous and often unpredictable factors that might impact a driver’s visibility. At Vision Techniques, we stock a range of products specifically designed to tackle this problem of driver visibility, improving safety for everyone on-site.
Posted on 30th Jan, 2017 by Jonathan Peach
Cyclist safety is a massive national concern, especially for those in urban environments, and is a big issue for us at Vision Techniques. Between 2000 and 2012, the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on our roads went up by 59%, which is an unnerving figure to say the least, and current London mayor Sadiq Khan made it a focal point of his campaign. HGVs were involved in the vast majority of these accidents, despite making up a tiny proportion of normal road traffic.