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A simple guide to basic HGV driver working hours in the UK

Posted on 26th Nov, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

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In addition to vehicle safety technology, adhering to strict driver hours are one of the most fundamental ways that drivers and fleet managers are able to keep HGVs safe. An overworked or overtired driver is more likely to let their concentration lapse or make an incorrect decision, and where HGVs are concerned, it only takes a second or so for a devastating and potentially deadly incident to occur. An overtired driver may even fall asleep at the wheel, and while our StopSafe system has been designed for just such an eventuality, it’s never acceptable to knowingly take the risk!

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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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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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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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