FTA – Safety Management

The FTA’s James Firth has written an excellent article in this month’s Safety Supplement Magazine around compliance and responsibilities of the Transport Manger. Highlighting the responsibility of companies to insure safe working practices. In Feb 2016 changes were made into sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences and corporate manslaughter. Penalties are based on company…

Direct Vision Standard September Update.

Backwatch Safety Products reported on our weekly updated new page on 30th July that the Mayor of London had plans for an outright ban on all vehicles over 12 tonnes which didn’t meet new Direct Vision Standards (DVS) in 2020. A Star rating was to be introduced around levels of direct vision a driver has…

Review into New Death by Dangerous Cycling Law.

  The review was announced as a result of the recent case where cyclist Charlie Alliston was jailed for eighteen months for knocking over and killing Mrs Kim Briggs in South East London on a fixed-gear bike with no front brakes. Alliston, 20, was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of causing bodily harm by…

London T-Charge -October

  From Monday 23 October 2017, London will be introducing the Toxicity Charge or T-Charge to ensure vehicles travelling into the city meet exhaust emission standards. Those running trucks regularly into London, the T-Charge will mean little change as levels are set at the same standard as London’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ), that is Euro-4…

DfT announce Funding for Future Fuels and Low Emissions Buses.

The Department for Transport or DfT has announced funding for both development of Future Fuels for Flight and Freight or F4C and Low Emission buses it was reported on the 6th September. The £22 million F4C funding is to promote increased domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels for aviation and HGVs with the intention…

Tailgating – Welsh Traffic Commissioner Cracks Down.

HGV drivers will face strong action if they are caught tailgating, Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Nick Jones, has warned. This came after Jones added an extra month to professional driving bans of two HGV drivers who were recently reported for tailgating. Alan Reynolds, 58, of Bridge Street, Kington, and Robert Lloyd, 55, of Hatton Gardens,…

O-Licence, Traffic Commissioner’s Thoughts.

“An O-licence application is an operator’s first opportunity to demonstrate to the traffic commissioner that it can be compliant” says Traffic Commissioner Simon Evans.  Simon the North West TC added that the TCs must be satisfied that an applicant has an understanding of the O-licence undertakings.  He said: “I need to be awake to what…

Backwatch Launch New Wireless Reverse Camera System.

New to the BackWatch product range. The BR704 Wireless Reverse Camera System. 7″ Colour monitor with wireless function with in-vehicle charger (2.4G wireless signal). Includes IP69K colour camera, 700TVL, 120° view angle, 0.1 lux infra red night vision supplied with magnetic battery pack, in vehicle charger and plug in charger. Ideal for cranes, forklifts and…

FORS V7 Compliance Made Easier.

A new FORS spreadsheet in now available to help fleet managers to demonstrate how they meet the V7 vulnerable road user safety part of assessment. The spreadsheet template is not mandatory FORS encourage its use to ensure all aspects required are covered. Documents produced in house by transport managers which contain the same information will…

Calais Hi-Jack

  The Road Haulage Association has reacted to the news that a HGV and its driver were hi-jacked by migrants at Calais attempting to cross the Channel. RHA’s Richard Burnett said: “This latest development is extremely disturbing and comes as a stark warning to UK-bound hauliers that migrants will stop at nothing to reach our…