20 Aug 2015

Shortlisted for “Best New Product or Service” at the 2015 Commercial Fleet Awards.

Good to Go Safety are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for “Best New Product or Service” at the 2015 Commercial Fleet Awards.

Over 400 of the industry’s great and good came together in 2014 to recognise and celebrate the critical role the industry plays in keeping British business moving, and this year’s event looks set to be even bigger and better.

The awards presentation (taking place on 24 September 2015) will recognise the contributions of outstanding individuals, companies and manufacturers within the van and truck fleet industry. The winners will be decided by a leading panel of judges from within the industry:

• Stephen Briers, (Editor in Chief), Fleet News & Commercial Fleet
• Dale Eynon, (Head of Fleet Services), Environment Agency
• Lorna McAtear, (Fleet Supply Manager), Royal Mail
• Jo Hammonds, (Group Asset Manager), Mears Group
• Rory Morgan, (Head of Logistics Support - Western Europe), Iron Mountain
• Adam Baillie, (Group Fleet Manager), Travis Perkins

Good to Go Safety have been shortlisted for their innovative pre-drive inspection systems for fleet vehicles and trailers, which help companies to improve safety; reduce maintenance costs and comply with PUWER regulations.

“The system works on a number of levels: It helps to improve safety by ensuring the vehicle/trailer is in good working order (eg tyres are in good condition, screen wash topped up etc); It helps to reduce maintenance costs (spotting a minor fault before it develops into a major fault can save thousands of pounds in the long run); It helps companies meet their legal obligations under PUWER to provide safe and maintained equipment; Management love the fact that an audit trail is available – providing invaluable evidence in the event of an accident that the vehicle itself was not at fault; We ask customers to inform their insurance company of the system they have implemented and on many occasions they can receive improved terms as a result; By providing a more efficient fleet vehicle with good maintenance records the running cost of the vehicle can also offer additional savings through a reduction in running costs (keeping tyres at the correct inflation level etc).”

Commercial fleet vehicles fall under PUWER and as such must be maintained and in good working order. The Good to Go Safety checklist system provides fleet managers with the ability to ensure that drivers are meeting their requirements to complete their daily vehicle checks. It allows faults (both minor and major) to be identified early before they develop into something more serious. Vehicle inspections include checks for the engine compartment (oil, fluids, screen wash, battery etc); interior and exterior (tyres, mirrors, lights, windscreen, seats etc); and documentation (license, insurance etc). Providing drivers with the tools required to complete their checks provides peace of mind, supervisors can also carry out a spot check to ensure that their findings are consistent with that of the drivers’ and if they have missed a fault then it allows them to be retrained to focus on the correct areas.

A gap in the market was also identified when it comes to trailers. There seems to be little/no product available in terms of trailer checks and following a request from an existing customer it was decided to develop and introduce a system for towing trailers too. Research identified that vehicles towing a trailer would see a greater severity of injury/higher risk of fatality than if they were involved in an accident without a trailer. A trailer (when used at work) also falls under the requirements of PUWER so it became clear that checks should be carried out to ensure the trailer was safe for use (rather than assuming it would be ok). The trailer checks cover cables, chassis, brakes, tyres, lights, etc and the tag can be positioned by the hitching point to maximise visibility and ensure that the trailer is not used before it has been checked and found to be roadworthy.

“We are extremely proud that Good to Go Safety has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. It is a testament to our hard work and dedication to improving workplace safety. It would be a great honour to win the award but simply having our product recognised and acknowledged is in any many ways reward enough for us.”

Graham Halliday, Product Manager

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