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Checklist for HGV driver safety

Posted on 5th Aug, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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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.

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STOPSAFE shortlisted for an FTA

Posted on 2nd Aug, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

FTA has announced the 58 finalists in the running to win an accolade at the prestigious FTA Logistics Awards 2019, following a record number of entrants this year. The awards, now in their third year, celebrate the companies and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the logistics and supply industry and have become acknowledged as the ultimate celebration of one of the UK’s most important industry sectors.
We are excited to announce that our innovative STOPSAFE braking system has been shortlisted for the Most Innovative Product award.
The date is fast approaching for FTA’s 3rd Annual glittering awards. With full multimodal representation in the entries from road, rail, sea and air including operators, manufacturers, retail, logistics and supporting industries, it really is set to be the event of the year.
Steve Hurd tells us how excited he is about the nomination “ This is our second nomination for these awards, last year with BANKSMAN AUTOBRAKING    and this year with STOPSAFE.

We’ve got to admit we were a little disappointed we didn’t win last year, however, we can’t win them all and we are hopeful that this will be our winning year. Being shortlisted again is very exciting and it’s fantastic that our new innovations are being recognised by the industry.

STOPSAFE will now be judged by the FTA’s boards which represents some of the country’s most influential logistic leaders, before the winner of each category will be announced at a celebratory reception and gala dinner at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge on Thursday 24 October 2019.

Table bookings are now open for the 2019 Logistics Awards Gala Dinner. To find out more, and book your place at the event, please visit
https://fta.co.uk/events/logistics-awards

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Don’t underestimate the dangers of heat on your workforce

Posted on 22nd Jul, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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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.

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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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Will self-driving technology ever be viable for HGVs?

Posted on 19th Jun, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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Self-driving technology is unquestionably one of the biggest advancements in automotive technology in recent years. It’s been in development for quite some time and is gradually evolving as the years pass.

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How can dashcams and vehicle cameras affect insurance?

Posted on 14th May, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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We’ve covered the steady rise of dashcams before on our blog, and how they’re being increasingly used by everyone from private motorists to larger commercial vehicles. There’s no question that they’re becoming a more popular type of vehicle camera than ever before; their practical advantages are clear when it comes to proving liability in court, saving drivers and fleet managers a lot of time, money and hassle.

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Vision Techniques announce further growth with acquisition of global telematics company

Posted on 2nd May, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Telematics deal

Vision Techniques launch next generation fleet management platform with VT FMS.
The deal brings together innovators in vehicle safety systems Vision Techniques and leaders in global telematics Geotelematic Ltd. The acquisition combines the knowledge of fleet management and processing connected data with Vision Techniques innovation of vehicle safety.  The merging of these two industry leaders is due to set a new standard in safety and vehicle performance.

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A quick guide to smart motorways

Posted on 29th Apr, 2019 by Dominic Benabda

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Smart motorways are making the news more and more frequently in recent years, so it’s easy to forget that they’ve actually been around for well over a decade; the first one was opened all the way back in 2006, which means there’s a good chance you’ve driven on one already. The idea behind their inception is to ease congestion and traffic on the roads, helping to ease up on some of Britain’s heaviest chokepoints – good news for HGV drivers and fleet managers!

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Speed limiting technology to become mandatory in the UK

Posted on 29th Mar, 2019 by Dominic Benabda

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You probably don’t need us to tell you that road safety is a massive ongoing issue, not just for us here in the UK, but globally. Recently, the European Commission has taken one of their biggest significant steps recently to try and cut down on road deaths; introducing speed limiting technology for every member state (which, at the moment, includes the UK). So, what’s happening, and how is it going to help?

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A quick guide to the Direct Vision Standard

Posted on 27th Feb, 2019 by Dominic Benabda

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If you’re a HGV driver or fleet operator, you may well already be familiar with the term Direct Vision. Basically, Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for heavy goods vehicle (HGV) asses and rates how much a driver can see directly from their HGV cab in relation to other road users.

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