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…

New UK Truck registrations Q3 2017 Down 5.7%, Is DVS to blame?

  The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reported a 5.7% downturn in new truck registrations in quarter three of 2017 on same period in 2016. FTA believes that this maybe due in part to the uncertainty around Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS). Commercial fleets are delaying plans to upgrade vehicles…

FORS WORKSHOPS 2018 – With BackWatch Safety Products

Backwatch Safety Products are pleased to announce we will be sponsoring and presenting at the FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) Workshops below.   19th April 2018 – Leamington Spa 24th April 2018 – Bristol 16th May 2018 – Wembley 3rd October 2018 – Treforest 18th October 2018 – Cheshire We look forward to presenting our…

January 1st 2018 – Changes to FORS

January 1st 2018 has seen two changes to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme.  FORS have announced it has changed the time between mandatory Bronze re-approval audits from three years to two for Gold Members. This step has been taken by the FORS Executive Group after it was deemed that three years between on-site audits was…

Backwatch – Road Safety Week Workshop

Another busy week for Backwatch Safety Products, with Live view recording and Trackers remaining popular.  In addition we had the opportunity to run another Road Safety Workshop in our home town of Bridgend in South Wales. Wednesday evening saw us talking about safety with the young people at 3rd Bridgend Scout Troop. On the agenda…

BackWatch Sponsor IronMan Wales Athlete

BackWatch are proud to be an official sponsor of Ironman athlete Chris Lewis. Chris who is LCV Sales Manager at Renault Trucks Cardiff has entered one of toughest Ironman triathlons in the world in 2018. Held in the beautiful town of Tenby Chris along with other brave men and women will line up on race…

Renault Trucks Competition Time

Lets get social this week!! Renault Trucks has launched an exciting social media competition to highlight its Range T High truck coming to the UK at the end of this year. They are looking for themes for the liveries of the first ten right-hand drive Range T High demonstrator vehicles. The completion is open to UK…