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Fleet Management in focus: CS Recycling

Who are CS Recycling?

CS Recycling has been providing recycling services in London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the wider South East since 1937. The company specialise in paper, cardboard and plastic recycling and use a variety of vehicles to conduct their everyday operations including dustcarts, curtain-sided lorries, 7.5-tonne box vehicles, Luton vans, and hook loaders for bins and compactors.

Since 2011, CS Recycling has used Trakm8’s vehicle tracking portal amongst their fleet and in summer 2016, every vehicle was fitted with a RoadHawk DC-2 forward-facing camera.

How are the cameras used on an everyday basis?

The company uses RoadHawk cameras to protect themselves from the risk of fraudulent claims such as crash for cash scams. The cameras also serve as a live witness in case anything goes wrong on the roads.

Martin Long, Fleet Manager at CS Recycling, said: “We know our drivers are good at what they do and abide by all the laws so if an incident does occur, RoadHawk cameras can eliminate the blame where necessary, saving us from completing lengthy investigations.”

How does vehicle tracking assist the fleet?

All vehicles in the CS Recycling Fleet are tracked in real-time and to help monitor start/finish times.

Martin Long added: “If a customer says we haven’t completed a collection, the system is able to show us in detail that the collection took place or the driver attended site along with the times that our vehicles were on site so we can then find out why the collection was not completed.

“The system is also useful when answering customer queries. If a customer asks us what time we will be at site, we can check the real-time location of our vehicles along with live traffic incidents so that we can give a better estimation of what time the driver will attend.”

Cameras in focus:

In 2016, one of CS Recycling’s vehicles was involved in a road traffic collision with a motorcycle on a country lane in the early hours of the morning. As the driver approached a corner, a motorbike approached in the opposite direction and drifted over to his side of the road. The driver attempted to swerve out of its path yet the motorcycle hit the offside of the vehicle, leaving the rider in a serious condition.

Martin Long, said: “Road traffic police attended the site, checked the tacho unit, and checked the vehicle condition to establish the driver had not broken any rules with regards driving hours, working time and traffic regulations. They then checked playback on the camera and were immediately able to establish that our driver had done everything he could to avoid the collision. The footage was sufficient evidence to identify that the motorcyclist was in the wrong and our driver was free to go.

“If we didn’t have the camera there it would have been difficult to prove who was at fault but after playing back the footage at the scene, the evidence was clear. They could clearly see that the driver took all the evasive actions possible without putting his own life in danger meaning that he could avoid a possible court case. RoadHawk footage proved in black and white that our driver had done everything he could.”

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