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Unsung heroes of the Coronavirus crisis


The backbone of Britain

As the UK rightly applauds the heroic efforts given by the NHS workers, we must also acknowledge the unsung and unseen heroes helping to keep Britain moving.

As the majority of workers are forced to operate from home to help restrict the spread of Covid-19, it has become particularly apparent how much we rely on those delivering frontline and critical infrastructure services.

The media rightfully highlights the fantastic work carried out by our health service but there are also other industries, which don’t get the same level of accolade, who’s workers are operating day and night to keep our country going. For example, where would we be without industries such as transport and logistics, waste management and agriculture – whose staff work tirelessly to make sure goods are delivered (including essentials medicines and protective equipment), waste is disposed of and food arrives on our supermarket shelves.

The unsung heroes include people working as van and HGV drivers, technicians and mechanics, farmers, warehouse operatives, FLT drivers and transport managers – all helping to maintain supply chains, waste management services, utilities, food production and local delivery services. They make up ‘the backbone of Britain’ and their efforts are crucial at this time of national crisis – they not only keep the NHS supplied but ensure that our nation has the right provisions to enable it to fight this incredibly destructive pandemic.

It is saddening to hear reports of drivers being refused the use of toilets and other facilities and not being given the same level of support afforded to those working in other ‘essential services’, such as the NHS and Pharmacology. It is now increasingly important that we, as a nation, recognise how crucial these roles are to our survival and make sure they’re given the same prioritisation, protection and provisions as their counterparts in other essential areas.

With this in mind, we would like to show our gratitude to the unsung and unseen heroes of Great Britain.  We recognise and applaud your efforts to keep our country moving at this most difficult of times and ask that everyone spares a thought for and gives support to all those battling through adversity, seen or unseen, to deliver the services we require. You really are our heroes.

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Earned Recognition & Roadside Checks

The DVSA recently posted on their Moving On blog a post that dispelled some of the myths that you might hear about what they do & how they do it.

One really interesting point was the common misconception that they pull over all lorries. which simply isn’t true, their focus is on the serially non-compliant (& rightfully so) and they are very unlikely to stop trucks run by the safest operators such as those who have achieved Earned Recognition status unless there is an obvious visual problem.

For operators, the implications for time-saving & improving fleet efficiency with the introduction Earned Recognition and therefore not being the focus for roadside checks are clear.

If you would like to find out more about how Earned Recognition & CheckPro can help work for your fleet please check here & you can read the full DVSA post here https://bit.ly/2InCjyh

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CheckPro Goes From Strength to Strength

The last few months have seen CheckPro expand & update to now include a wealth of new features that benefit operators.

Having been awarded DVSA Earned Recognition status as an IT supplier back in the Autumn of 2019 & already featuring FORS compliant checklists, the CheckPro Compliance & Workshop Management Solution now offers a full fleet management suite of tools that save busy fleet & transport managers valuable time, reducing vehicle downtime and improving efficiency.

These tools include:

Fleet Cost Analysis

Periodic Maintenance Inspections

DVSA Earned Recognition KPI’s

Service & MOT Schedules

Defect Management & Tracking

Standalone & Recurring Defect Reporting

Fuel Use & Mileage

Tachograph Calibration Records

Driver Records

The team at CheckPro prides itself on having created a product that is designed with the user in mind, so all new features are extensively developed, tested & researched with ongoing feedback from current users & industry professionals – nothing is added for the sake of adding and everything offers a benefit. Best of all, all of these additional features have been added at no additional cost to customers, meaning not only is CheckPro industry-leading in terms of benefits, but it is also one of the most cost-effective.

There are plenty more innovations and new features in development at the moment as CheckPro continues to evolve into an industry-leading fleet management solution.

To find out how CheckPro can benefit your business & fleet management please contact us today by calling 0114 2212000 or email info@checkpro.com to get a free trial & demo.

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Understanding & implementing the TfL Direct Vision Standard


TfL has recently introduced a new standard for HGV’s over 12 tonnes (GVW) entering London which measures just how much drivers can see through their cab windows. It’s an important innovation that could help protect pedestrians & cyclists & motorcyclists, not to mention the drivers themselves.

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is a helpful assessment tool that measures the scope of an HGV driver’s vision and blind spots from the cab in relation to other road users and categorises them with a star rating system from 0-5 stars as part of the HGV Safety Permit.  Check your vehicle’s star rating here

The height of the cab from the road is a key factor in blind spots, for example a construction truck is, on average, 32% higher than other road users meaning that they need to be 3 times further away to be seen – especially dangerous for other road users.  Overall 70% of cyclist fatalities in the last few years throughout London involved HGV’s with high cabs.

From 26th October 2020, any HGV that has a zero star rating (that therefore contravenes the indirect vision aspect of the standard) will be banned from entering London unless the operator improves the safety of the vehicle by fitting safe system improvements such as cameras, sensors and improved class V & VI mirrors.

Full details of the Safe System improvements can be found here.

Long term, the plan is to introduce a ban on any vehicle with a rating below 3 stars will be introduced by October 2024 that doesn’t include additional safety systems.

It is highly recommended that you get your permits in place as penalty charge notices of up to £550 will be applied should you enter London without it and permits can be revoked or suspended for failure to adhere to the permit conditions.

CheckPro can help keep track of all your permits including the DVS, & HGV safety permit within its fleet management system, giving you peace of mind that your fleet is up to date with the latest requirements. To find out more and get a free trial click here.


CheckPro at RWM

CheckPro are exhibiting at RWM this September



RWM is the leading recycling & waste management event in the UK, attracting over 14,000 industry professionals from the UK & around the globe, where they will be connecting with exhibitors specialising in fields including Energy From Waste, Handling & Logistics, Machinery & Equipment, Recyclers & Reprocessors, Data Tech & Services & Zero Emissions.

CheckPro will be offering hands-on demos of the latest version of our daily checks & workshop management tools, and will be showcasing how the customisable checklists can be adapted to suit a range of assets & vehicles used in the recycling & waste management industry.

In addition to the great exhibitors, there will be 350 seminars taking place over the 2 days, with keynote speakers including BBC Broadcaster & Patron of Clean Up Britain Jeremy Paxman, Founder of TerraCycle Tom Szaky and Mary Creagh from the Environment Audit Committee.

Attendees will also be able to see live product demonstrations throughout the event including the fire suppression technology of Fogmaker.

When you register for your free ticket you’ll also be able to gain entry into the 3 other shows running concurrently at the NEC – The Flood Expo, The Contamination Expo Series, and Future Resource.

Get your free ticket by visiting the RWM website to find out more.