Road Transport Expo 2022: AlcoSense to conduct breath testing for show’s Ride & Drive

Leading breathalyser firm AlcoSense has been appointed to conduct the driver breath testing programme at this week’s Road Transport Expo (RTX), taking place from 30 June to 2 July at NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

Around 150 show visitors are expected to test drive some of the latest trucks on the market, from leading manufacturers such as Iveco, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Renault Trucks, Scania, Tevva and Volvo Trucks.

All drivers will be required to provide a negative breath test prior to joining the vehicle.

“No professional driver would dream of getting behind the wheel of a truck immediately after drinking alcohol,” said Hunter Abbott, managing director of AlcoSense Laboratories.

“But it’s surprisingly easy to still have alcohol in your system the next morning.

“Even a small amount of alcohol slows your reaction time, inhibits judgement and reduces both concentration and co-ordination - increasing the likelihood of an accident”.

An exclusive discount to purchase AlcoSense fuel cell breathalysers has been arranged for RTX visitors. 

The top-of-the-range AlcoSense Ultra, which normally sells for £249.99, will be on offer for £199.99 inc VAT – a saving of £50.  The ‘show special’ price for the AlcoSense Pro is £119.99, down from £149.99. 

An estimated 6,480 people were killed or injured on Britain’s roads in 2020 (latest figures from the Department for Transport show) where at least one driver was over the drink drive limit.  This includes 220 fatalities, with drunk drivers causing 15% of all road deaths.

Employers have a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their staff.  If an employee is allowed to work whilst under the influence, and their behaviour places themselves or others at risk, the employer could be prosecuted.

Workplace breath testing is widely carried out in the automotive industry as well as aviation, road and rail transport, logistics and warehousing. 

A recent study by UK Addiction Treatment revealed that 40% of industrial accidents are linked to substance abuse.

Road Transport Expo 2022: Hiab to bring load handling expertise to life at new industry show

Hiab is looking forward to welcoming visitors at this week’s Road Transport Expo, which takes place from 30 June to 2 July at NAEC Stoneleigh.

Attendees are invited to enjoy some first-class hospitality at the Hiab stand where they can learn about the company’s smart and sustainable load handling solutions including EFFER, MULTILIFT Hookloaders, FUTURA Skiploaders, HIAB loader cranes, frameworks equipment, and MOFFETT forklifts trucks.

There will also be a MOFFET demo, a Ride and Drive Area, plus a VR experience that will showcase Hiab’s digital expertise and allow attendees to get involved.

Road Transport Expo will also host this year’s UK qualifying for the Hiab World Crane Championships.

Designed to celebrate the expertise of the world’s top crane operators, the popular event sees contestants from different countries compete at local level, before heading to the global final at the IAA Transportation fair in Hanover on 24-25 September.

Using a custom-built track, new for 2022, operators will demonstrate their skills and precision at maximum speed around eight obstacles arranged in a set sequence. The operator with the shortest time needed – including any penalties – wins the competition. Open to all companies, the winner will receive prizes adding up to a value of 25,000 euros.

Ian Mitchell, Hiab UK and Ireland’s director of sales & service, said: “The Hiab UK team is looking forward to attending the Road Transport Expo to meet some potential customers and old faces.

“It’s also great to finally be able to welcome back the WCC. We are expecting to see an exciting event where the best of the best compete for legendary status!

“We want to find the UK’s finest operator to represent us on the global stage and hopefully go for the win. If you think you have what it takes, then please register to attend.”

To join in with all of the action over the three days, all you need to do is register online for your free ticket and find Hiab on stand RB61.

For the World Crane Championships head over to the outside Cranes & Materials Handling Zone to see live demonstrations and practice heats taking place on Thursday and Friday, with the live final taking place on Saturday 2nd July.