March 30th, 2015
Waste and recycling centres play host to a number of valuable materials, whether it be people’s personal possessions that they trust to be destroyed of securely or valuable on-site equipment and machinery belonging to the premises. With opportunistic crime, such as metal theft, an ever-present threat in the United Kingdom, it is absolutely essential that effective security steps are taken to protect our skip hire and waste management centres. Here, James Kelly, Chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), looks at the benefits of installing access control measures.
What is access control?
Access control systems are a…
March 24th, 2015
The Safer Lorry Scheme, set up by the London councils and Heathrow Airport, is to be launched in the capital in the autumn. The scheme has been set up to ensure that only lorries with basic safety equipment will be allowed on the roads.
Any vehicles that are currently exempt from national legislation for basic safety equipment will have to be retrofitted. This includes all vehicles in the construction, demolition and waste industries.
Under the scheme, vehicles over 3.5 tonnes that are currently exempt will be required to:
• Be fitted with Class V and Class VI mirrors giving the driver a better…
March 23rd, 2015
By Peter Jones, Eunomia
“If you want to get anywhere in politics, you’ve got to be good at pushing on open doors. If you can’t resist pushing on closed ones, then you ought to have chosen another job.” That rather bleak assessment of the extent of ministerial power comes from C.P. Snow’s novel Corridors of Power, in which the lead characters try (and fail) to tip the balance against 1950s Britain seeking an independent nuclear deterrent.
A similar picture of ministerial impotence is painted on many other fictional canvases – they are outmanoeuvred by wily civil servants in ‘Yes Minister’ and…