Backwatch at FORS Conference 17th October 2018 Birmingham

Backwatch are once again exhibiting at the FORS Members Conference on 17th October 2018 at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham. The conference agenda topics include Direct Vision Standards, Evolution of FORS and Fors best practice. FORS version 5.0 will be unveiled at the event – Backwatch will keep our FORS customers informed of changes…

Backwatch Turns 20!

20 years ago today Boyzone was number one with No matter what and BackWatch was born. BackWatch would like to that all our customer, suppliers and partners who have been with us along the way.

FORS is 10!!

The Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) is 10 this year! Created in 2008 by TfL FORS quickly became the to go to best practice scheme for like minded people in the transport sector. With over 5000 members and over 11000 vehicles compliant FORS has plenty to be proud of. Members since the very beginning (membership…

Brexit Insurance – Haulage News

The UK Government plan to keep Britain within an international motor insurance accord post Brexit – this will make hauliers travelling in the European Union hassle free according to Reuters. The Department of Transport wrote to the Association of British Insurers to inform them that the government has decided to keep the UK within the…

MOT Test Changes 20th May 2018

  MOT testing is about to change. On Sunday 20th May this year changes will be made to the test across Wales, England and Scotland. Affecting cars, motorcycles, vans and other light passenger vehicles changes include a tightening of rules on diesel emissions, new defect types and exemptions for specific vehicles that are over forty…

DVSA – Guide to maintaining roadworthiness

DVSA – Guide to maintaining roadworthiness. Commercial goods and passenger carrying vehicles. Released this week the guide is a great resource covering areas including :- Responsibilities for roadworthiness Daily walk around checks Regular safety inspections and first use inspection Safety inspection and repair facilities A great resource for safe operations https://www.safedrivingforlife.info/sites/default/files/guide-to-maintaining-roadworthiness.pdf  

Fors Workshop Sponsors

Thursday 19th April saw our first outing of 2018 at the FORS workshop in Leamington Spa. The first of five we were pleased to present a case study on S Clark and Sons of Anerley South East London and also demonstrate a range of safety products to the delegates in attendance.

Should Lorries use the bus lane? – Two sides to the story.

Economy and transport Secretary Ken Skates is to consider allowing HGV’s to use bus lanes on welsh roads under certain circumstances. The idea was put forward by Traffic Commissioner for Wales Nick Jones in his first annual report to the Welsh Assembly. This announcement had met mixed reviews. Sustainable transport charity Sustrans has concerns that…

Driver’s Hour’s Compliance – DVSA 5th March 2018

New powers come into effect on Monday 5th March 2018 whereby DVSA traffic examiners will be able to issue on the spot fines to drivers committing driving hour offences. Breaches of driving hour’s rules over the previous 28 days will incur a fine of up to £300 per offence with up to five offences chargeable…