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Ensure fleet vehicles are correctly equipped for job at hand, says Venson

The call comes from Venson Automotive Solutions as it highlights best practice for ensuring vehicles are safe and fit for work in its stand at this year’s CV Show.

In particular, businesses need to take into consideration how their vehicles are used, including the working environment and the payload of the goods and equipment they are carrying, says Venson. Where drivers need to access the vehicle, both inside and outside, all this should be discussed prior to production of the conversion specification.

Organisations also need to make sure staff are equipped with the knowledge they need to operate the vehicle and the on-board equipment, so a thorough vehicle handover and understanding health & safety implications related to vehicle loading are key.

“When it comes to equipping vehicles, it’s essential to keep in mind the payload quoted by the manufacturer,” said Gil Kelly, operations director at Venson Automotive Solutions. “Fitting crash tested storage equipment such as racking and including a bulk head in the vehicle helps improve driver safety.  And whilst equipment can be recycled, where appropriate, any products being reused should meet current legislation. Fitting telematics can also help with some aspects of driver safety and security. It also provides businesses with the data they need to improve operational and business efficiency.

“Too many businesses cut corners when it comes to equipping their vehicles, or don’t recognise the impact an inferior product could have on vehicle or driver safety. Some of the most common sights you see on the road with dangerously equipped vehicles include; over loaded vehicles – carrying more than is appropriate for the vehicle size and/or weight, poor distribution of the load between axles, equipment poorly secured and lack of pedestrian warning systems such as reversing beepers, reversing camera and light beacons/bars.”

At the CV Show, Venson staff are on hand to offer advice to visitors on best practice to ensure vehicles are safe and legally road compliant.

Gil Kelly concluded: “Getting the vehicle specification correct at the outset can save businesses time, money but more importantly improve staff safety.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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