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What is a HGV Daily Walkaround Check?
A heavy goods vehicle (HGV) daily walkaround check plays a significant role in ensuring road safety standards are upheld and vehicles are kept roadworthy. They form part of the commitment that operators make to achieve their O Licence. Drivers are therefore legally required to complete a walkaround check on a daily basis before taking their […]
What’s Changed in the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness (2023)?
The Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness is a DVSA (Driver Vehicle and Standards Agency) document curated for transport managers and fleet owners to inform them how to comply with safety legislation and keep commercial and passenger-carrying vehicles safe and roadworthy. Any updates to their guidance are of importance for operators, drivers and all those who are […]
How Stream supports cold chain logistics operations
Cold chain in logistics can often be a complex battle between compliance and technology, and making sure you have the right tools in place to successfully complete your deliveries within the confines of your compliance requirements. Well the good news is that Stream can help support your cold chain logistics operation and in this post […]
The role of a Transport Manager: The glue that holds your delivery operation together
The importance of the Transport Manager (or relative figure) within your fleet business cannot be understated. Their role is defined as being ‘responsible for directing, coordinating, planning and overseeing tasks and operations within an organisation involving transportation activities.’ Directly or indirectly, they set the standard for numerous parts of a collective whole, including: compliance and […]
Is Your Vehicle Load Secure?
We’ve all seen the scene in Final Destination 2: A log slips off the back of a moving truck – and straight through the windscreen into the driver of the car behind. While most unsecured loads don’t end quite so dramatically, objects falling from moving HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles) are a real problem on the […]
Need to drive? Whatever your essential journey, make it SAFE
An AA poll in October 2020 revealed that half of all drivers are now doing fewer miles than they were before the pandemic. Now that schools are opening again, and non-essential businesses won’t be far behind them, you may need to use the car more often. But, vehicles that have not been used frequently can […]
Will Stream be a good fit for my business?
Will Stream be a good fit for my business? This is probably one of the first questions you ask yourself as you consider investing in delivery routing & logistics software or a walkaround check & defect reporting system. Luckily, Stream has helped businesses manage their logistics, vehicles, drivers and orders across a huge range of […]
What’s Changed in the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness?
The way we categorise vehicle defects is changing. From the 1st February 2021, there are a number of changes to vehicle defect categories in the DVSA’s guide to maintaining roadworthiness. The Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness is the DVSA (Driver Vehicle and Standards Agency) document for transport manages and fleet owners to understand how to comply […]
UPDATE: Should you be worried about old tyres?
Updated rules for 2020/2021 The latest MovinOn blog has confirmed that tyres over 10 years old on HGVs and PSVs will be banned. The legislation takes effect on 1 February 2021 and applies to any HGV or PSV tested at Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs), as well as some vehicles in the MOT scheme (vehicles with more […]
Reflecting on Road Safety Week
Now that Road Safety Week (which ran from the 16th to 22nd November) has drawn to a close, now seems like a good time to reflect on the mission at the heart of this year’s campaign to “stop road deaths and injuries”. So how can the transport & logistics sector help to keep road users […]
DVIR: Keep US Commercial Vehicles Safe & Compliant
Vehicle Maintenance & DVIR Stream Check is able to help maintain compliance with most of the BASICs (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories) set out as part of the CSA (Compliance Safety & Accountability) SMS (Safety Measurement System) from the FMSCA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), but it really excels in the area of Vehicle Maintenance. […]
How not to fail your fleets annual vehicle test
‘FAILED‘ That’s the last thing you want to see on any of your own fleet’s annual vehicle test. But, around 11% of vehicles will fail their annual test the first time. There are some steps you can take to ensure you’re lorries, buses and trailers don’t make up part of that statistic. What is the […]
Back to BASICs: Measuring the safety of US vehicles
The BASIC categories for safety measurement Carriers are scored on seven separate Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). Unsafe Driving The Unsafe Driving BASIC is based on driver behaviour, measured on safety events & violations (inspections, violations, crashes). The carriers’ BASIC score for Unsafe Driving is based on roadside inspection results. In the case […]
Vehicle checks and maintenance in the US
Besides the differences in vehicle check and maintenance regulations between US and UK standards (which we’ll cover in detail below), a key difference is the sheer distance that heavy vehicles are likely to cover in the US. This has three main impacts for commercial drivers, as far as maintenance and safety checks go: As drivers […]
New DVSA Guidance for Daily Walkaround Checks
The DVSA Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness is a cornerstone of HGV fleet safety. It gives drivers and operators a framework to plan, execute and record the preventative maintenance activities needed to keep vehicles safe and roadworthy. The Guide is the first source of information about daily walkaround checks. It outlines things like: When the checks […]
Driving in a heatwave
As temperatures hit record highs throughout the UK, many people are concerned about the dangers of working and driving in extreme heat. What are the risks of driving in a heatwave? Breakdowns The UK sees a spike in breakdowns over the summer months. this is due to a number of factors that can adversely affect […]