Queen’s Award winners launch another innovative compliance-control product

TruTac, the leading tachograph and compliance software provider, who recently received a Queen’s Award for Innovation, have launched a brand-new fleet system for the planning and management of HGV and PSV vehicle maintenance and compliance.

TruFleet, the intelligent fleet management software, enables transport managers to plan, organise and control all aspects of day-to-day fleet and O’ Licence management. Features include vehicle history, maintenance records, safety inspections, defect reporting, rectifications and audit checks.

Earned Recognition DVSA Approved, TruFleet provides real-time updates on maintenance schedules, online storage for compliance documents, interactive dashboards and alerts. The system fully integrates with TruTac’s comprehensive suite of compliance control products and seamlessly integrates tachographs, walk around checks and maintenance calendars.

TruTac’s Director of Commercial Operations and Marketing, Jemma James, says:

“We are delighted to introduce this easy-to-use software at a time when TruTac has won a Queen’s Award for Innovation, in recognition of our contribution towards safety and drivers’ hours management. In a similar vein, TruFleet will help managers keep their fleets compliant and safe while gaining full visibility and control over every vehicle and driver.”

Furthermore, TruFleet allows managers to instantly see all planned maintenance events including inspections, MOTs, services, LOLER checks and repairs. Bespoke entries can be included for each operator’s requirements and all weekly calendar events viewed in detail on a single screen.

Tax, insurance and other reminders can be added to the calendar along with tachograph calibration dates which are automatically populated direct from vehicle file downloads.

Meanwhile, for the management and electronic documentation of regular safety inspections, TruFleet enables managers to specify intervals and automatically plan future dates, with easy rescheduling. Completed inspection sheets can be automatically uploaded and any failures or advisories can be notified using an IM number following routine, daily walk-rounds and driver checks.

Tyre and brake status is recorded along with details of each inspection which includes a full brake test. For quick review, full safety inspection history is contained in report form.

Garage and off-road vehicle control

TruFleet removes vehicle administration difficulties when using multiple garages. Full schedules and upcoming bookings can be automatically emailed to each garage along with any associated contracts and other relevant documents.

These can include detailed worksheets, current vehicle defects, and any other notes so they can be pre-assessed by the garage. All VORs can be quickly identified along with any vehicles returning to service after garage work is completed. For added control, all upcoming or overdue events are highlighted in a dashboard widget.

O’ Licence checks at a glance

Another new feature is managers can easily track numbers of authorised O’ Licence vehicles and trailers against actual numbers. The dashboard widget indicates operating centres who are nearing or exceeding authorised numbers so action can be taken.

Part of the TruTac compliance-control suite

TruFleet is fully compatible with TruTac’s modular suite of TruControl software and enables managers to switch seamlessly between tacho analysis, daily checks and maintenance calendars, giving instant visibility and control over every vehicle and driver.

The interactive system keeps daily checks, defects and repair rectifications all in one place, along with all documentation and audit reports for future maintenance bookings. To streamline document management, TruFleet uploads and tags MOT certificates, safety inspection sheets and contracts so that all garages can instantly assess individual vehicle requirements, while fleet managers can easily search for relevant documents and cross-refer each job with the garage which carried out the work.

Commenting on this latest addition to TruTac’s product range, Commercial Director Jemma James is clear regarding the role of TruFleet:

“Fleet managers already have their work cut out. With TruFleet, we are helping O’ Licence holders, managers and office personnel to stay compliant and on top of mandatory vehicle maintenance procedures, while focusing on the busy demands of running a transport business.”

TruTac, the leading tachograph and compliance software provider, who recently received a Queen’s Award for Innovation, have launched a brand-new fleet system for the planning and management of HGV and PSV vehicle maintenance and compliance. TruFleet, the intelligent fleet management software, enables transport managers to plan, organise and control all aspects of day-to-day fleet andRead More

Meachers Global Logistics acquires new warehouse for 20 per cent increase in demand following COVID-19

Meachers Global Logistics, one of the UK’s leading independent providers of international freight and transport logistics services, has acquired a new warehouse to accommodate a 20 per cent increase in demand for storage since the COVID-19 pandemic took effect.

The new premises at Solent Gateway in Marchwood, Southampton is providing the logistics firm with vital storage space for clients as the COVID-19 pandemic is causing supply chains to slow down.

Gary Whittle, Commercial Director, Meachers Global Logistics said:

“The coronavirus outbreak has forced many supply chains to back up as companies with surplus goods have nowhere to ship it. Obviously the knock-on effect of this is needing storage for the goods until the country starts to get moving again, so we have needed to take on additional warehousing locally to ensure we can meet the needs of customers during this time.”

Solent Gateway was formed in 2016 as a joint venture between David Macbrayne Ltd and GBA (Holdings) Ltd to develop and manage the Port of Marchwood for 35 years. Its commercialisation of the Port unlocked vital capacity to both regional and international business using Southampton water.

Chris Anderson, Head of Business Development at Solent Gateway said:

“We’ve seen a 200 per cent increase in enquiries for storage requirements since the start of the pandemic and where other ports are grinding to a halt, we have the capacity to absorb the overflow. We currently have 25 acres available for immediate use and are working actively to unlock more to meet demand.”

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To find out more about Meachers Global Logistics consolidation solutions, please call Meachers Global Logistics on 023 8073 9999 or visit www.meachersglobal.com

Meachers Global Logistics, one of the UK’s leading independent providers of international freight and transport logistics services, has acquired a new warehouse to accommodate a 20 per cent increase in demand for storage since the COVID-19 pandemic took effect. The new premises at Solent Gateway in Marchwood, Southampton is providing the logistics firm with vitalRead More

BUYERS LINE-UP ON THE GRID FOR A PIECE OF McLAREN RACING HISTORY

Volvo Used Truck Centres are offering a fleet of 24 extremely low-mileage Volvo FH 4×2 tractor units with Globetrotter XL cabs, which have spent the last two years in operation with the McLaren Racing F1 team. Each 18-plate truck will be sold with a signed certificate of authenticity, along with an array of official McLaren Racing merchandise.

Finished in metallic silver and built to a flagship specification, the vehicles were supplied to McLaren Racing as part of a major sponsorship deal with Volvo Trucks. They spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons transporting the team’s race cars and equipment to European rounds of the Formula One World Championship.

Volvo is making the trucks available exclusively from its network of 14 Used Truck Centres across the UK, which includes a 100-truck ‘super-site’ in Wellingborough.

Volvo Used Truck Centres are offering a fleet of 24 extremely low-mileage Volvo FH 4×2 tractor units with Globetrotter XL cabs, which have spent the last two years in operation with the McLaren Racing F1 team. Each 18-plate truck will be sold with a signed certificate of authenticity, along with an array of official McLarenRead More

Praise for staff who are keeping Narrow Aisle open for business

ohn Maguire, managing director of Tipton-based Narrow Aisle Ltd – manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift truck-based materials handling solutions , has praised the dedication and commitment of the company’s employees who have continued working throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “Manufacturing is a critical part of the economy and while there is no restriction on manufacturing it would be quite understandable if staff were anxious about continuing to work. But our team has ignored any such fears they may have had and our factory has worked at full capacity throughout the lockdown period. During this time, we have fulfilled a number of important orders – including to a major supplier of healthcare PPE products to the NHS, and many food and grocery retail customers.”

John Maguire added: “Based on the essential nature of our company’s position in the supply chain and the fact that Flexi trucks are used by many companies that play a vital role in sustaining essential medical, food and beverage logistics, it is important that we keep going during the pandemic and meet our obligations to fulfil orders and provide rental equipment and deliver service engineering to our customers.

“Narrow Aisle provides a fleet of 350 rental Flexi units to customers across the logistics, retail and food sectors. All the customers have a need for ongoing service engineering, maintenance and testing of their Flexi which our mobile engineering staff have continued to provide across the UK.

“We have, of course, ensured that our employees take extreme care to obey all the strict safe working practises and advice issued by the government.”

Narrow Aisle has taken steps to make being at work as safe as possible. For example, hand sanitisers and protection have been provided and the company’s offices and factory have been reconfigured to ensure administrative and production staff remain at a safe two metres apart.

The Flexi truck’s iconic articulated design allows the trucks to operate efficiently and safely within the narrowest racking aisles allowing more of a warehouse or distribution center’s space to be used for valuable storage locations.  Last year Narrow Aisle Ltd celebrated the production of the 10,000th Flexi warehouse truck. 

ohn Maguire, managing director of Tipton-based Narrow Aisle Ltd – manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift truck-based materials handling solutions , has praised the dedication and commitment of the company’s employees who have continued working throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. He said: “Manufacturing is a critical part of the economy and while there isRead More

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