ContiPressureCheck™ Tire Monitoring System

Handsfree Group To Install ContiPressureCheck™ Tire Monitoring System With Continental

Ensuring Driver Safety

Continental is committed to delivering the Lowest Overall Driving Cost for fleets while prioritizing the safety of their drivers. Continental’s performance-leading commercial vehicle tires and tire monitoring solutions help fleets become safer, more efficient and more connected.

Handsfree Group also shares the same values as Continental, viewing driver safety with the utmost importance. Handsfree Group always listens and acts accordingly to their customers’ needs. Their highly experienced staff and MECP-approved installers work hard to supply and install the best vehicle technology, ensuring optimum fleet safety.

With these two safety-aware companies having such similarities, it is no surprise they have come together to help with their shared goal of securing vehicle safety for all.

New Partnerships & MECP Approval

Both Continental and Handsfree Group are incredibly excited about their new collaboration and what this could mean for the transport industry.

Handsfree Group is the first certified installer appointed by Continental to fit their new ContiPressureCheck™ Tire Pressure Monitoring System into commercial vehicles and fleets.

All Handsfree Group installers have attained MECP certification, to give their customers the confidence that all work is completed by professionals who uphold the top industry standards.

The MECP program certifies technicians on the installation techniques, recommended practices and important functionality of automotive information technology, entertainment, navigation, safety and security systems.

This ensures all Handsfree Group installers are able to provide the optimum quality standards required in the professional installations ofContiPressureCheck™.

40% Of Incidents Due To Underinflated Tires

An under-inflated tire can cause serious issues. It can highly impact vehicle running costs through increased fuel consumption, costs of breakdowns and reduction in tread life. It also increases driver safety issues, such as poor vehicle handling, increased stopping distances and enhances many other risks for accidents.

Poor driving safety is directly linked to the condition of the tires. In fact, approximately 40% of all sudden tire breakdowns are due to underinflated tires. If your commercial vehicle tires are underinflated by 10 psi, it will reduce fuel economy by 1% and release a correspondingly higher amount of carbon dioxide emissions. This can be alleviated by installing and using ContiPressureCheck™.

Continental’s innovative system can lower carbon dioxide emissions, reduce fuel consumption and help eliminate this frequent cause of accidents by swiftly alerting the driver on any tire underinflation or high temperature issues that occur.

ContiPressureCheck Tire Monitoring System

ContiPressureCheck™ tire monitoring visualizes underinflation and can be customised to your precise needs. The system offers In Cab Features, Additional Receivers, Telematic Options, Back Office Support and Hand Held Tools for an easy to use experience.

An intelligent tire means an intelligent fleet. The system provides vehicles with a Continental driver’s display, which provides a bird’s eye view and also integrates with various third party Telematics System.

The system has been successfully installed into numerous vehicles, including trucks, vans, city buses, specialty vehicles and off road/construction trucks.

Improve Fleet Safety

You can enjoy the best tire and vehicle safety today. Handsfree Group is successfully installing Continental’s ContiPressureCheck™ Tire Pressure Monitoring System nationwide across North America. They offer excellent personalized services whether you are looking for single or fleet installations.

Contact Handsfree Group today and make a step towards ultimate driver and tire safety.

Handsfree Group Open New U.S Office

Missouri Expansion


Due to continued growth and commitment to serve customers within the transport, logistics and fleet service sectors, Handsfree Group are proud to announce they have moved their U.S operation and team into new offices in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Over the last few years Handsfree Group has successfully delivered an excellent experience to clients by providing products and installations into cutting edge SME’s and multi-million pound global organisations that are looking for the best in vehicle technology and installation.

Handsfree Group will continue to evolve and search for future projects, while maintaining their assured service, the new move will only benefit their progression further.


Opening the new Missouri office will allow Handsfree Group to provide exceptional coverage to clients nationwide, and will strengthen current and future projects across North America.

The new move enables Handsfree Group to fully enhance their U.S presence which will build upon strategic plans for continued growth. The extra space, systems and equipment will enable the team to exceed potential, and maintain their strong reputation in the Automotive sector.


“We were fortunate to find such a nice and well-served space. Our new state of the art office provides the perfect environment to continue helping clients improve the way their employees drive, communicate and promote safety. We really wanted to limit the impact that relocation could have on our clients and our employees. Our new location and enhanced operational efficiencies will help us continue to grow and develop to keep pace with our clients’ needs, allowing us to provide exceptional value and superior service along the way,” said Paul Sarris, Sales and Marketing Director of Handsfree Group.


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New ELD Legislation

Handsfree Group Release The Ultimate Guide To ELD

Understanding Electronic Logging Devices

An Electronic Logging Device (ELD) is a device which is linked with the vehicle’s engine in order to automatically record important data such as driving time, in order to automate Hours of Service (HOS) recording and reporting. In many ways, an ELD can be what you think of as a basic GPS tracking device.

The use of an on-board ELD brings accuracy, reliability, and consistency to a task once rife with errors and complications. The new ELD legislation brings a much clearer definition on the format for tracking and logging.

Final Rule Legislation

If you have a fleet-based business you will need to comply with ELD law, including the newly introduced Final Rule. The Final Rule is mandated from December 18, 2017 and will be implemented over 4 years, meaning fleet-based businesses need critical insight when purchasing ELD systems.

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) introduced this Final Rule with an aim to improve US traffic safety through the use of available technology. The Rule specifically aims to improve both truck and bus drivers’ compliance with the HOS regulations which are in force to prevent fatigue-based driving errors, incidents and accidents.

The Electronic Logging Device Rule is designed to bring about a safer work environment for truck and bus drivers, as well as other road users. It is also created to allow faster and more accurate tracking, as well as sharing Records of Duty Status (RODS) data. The changes to the law apply to the majority of carriers and drivers who are currently expected to maintain RODS.

Best ELDs For Your Business

There are two primary distinctions when it comes to selecting your ELD system: Traditional On Board Computers; and Mobile On Board Computers. Handsfree Group provide an ultimate guide to purchasing the best ELD for your business.

The expert team at Handsfree Group can provide your business with market leading Electronic Logging Device advice and installation. Their fully trained team can tailor ELD solutions designing on a case by case basis, while adhering to to MECP & ELD Mandate industry standards. Handsfree Group provide project management services for the implementation of ELD and have an extensive range of ELD accessories and custom cradles / mounts made by RAM, Zirkona and Gamber Johnson.

Handsfree Group Make It Easier

Handsfree Group have experience working with SME’s and multi-million dollar organizations across North America, advising and identifying the right solutions and installing ELD systems. They have impartial fleet advice and a fully certified installation service.

Their wealth of experience from installing a comprehensive range of the easiest to use and most reliable Electronic Logging Devices for transport, logistics & fleet services clients mean their project management services help companies make a swift and perfect ELD implementation. They know, precisely, how to tailor ELD solutions on a case-by-case basis for transport, logistics and fleet service clients.

Handsfree Group’s Ultimate Guide To ELD

If you are interested in reading Handsfree Group’s ultimate guide to ELD you can access it by clicking here.

Peak Hire Vehicles Require Temporary Charging Cradles

Handsfree Group supply D.I.Y fit portable charging cradles and mounting plates to cover peak delivery season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Yes, you’ve got it, Christmas.  It is also one of the busiest times of the year for one of Handsfree Group’s most prestigious and valued customers. Being one of the UK’s leading delivery companies, Christmas is their peak season.  In order to meet customer demand, they employ thousands of peak delivery drivers UK wide, hire vehicles for each of those drivers and provide essential equipment to enable the drivers to make the deliveries efficiently, successfully and most importantly, in time for Christmas.  

Handheld PDA

The essential equipment is, of course, the handheld PDA.  Then the question arises – how to keep those PDA’s charged and secure without installing a permanent cradle?  

Therefore, due to the vehicles being on hire, the need for 1500+ temporary charging cradles arose. The main requirement was that the cradles could be easily installed by the customer.  

The TECh

Handsfree Group’s solution was the TECh CN70 Charging Cradle and Zirkona windscreen suction mount.  

TECh CN70 Charging Cradle

A durable charging and securing solution for the drivers’ handheld PDA’s – the most important tool of the job. The CN70 charging cradle, designed and manufactured by TECh, was the ideal choice.  

The CN70 cradle boasts LED Power Indicator, so the driver is assured their PDA is charging, an internal voltage clamp which prevents over-voltage to the device and an internal voltage regulator which ensures consistent output voltages.

Each CN70 mounting screw fastens into a precision brass bolt and is fixed during injection moulding for maximum strength. The six locating bolts mount to the supplied backplate which then attaches securely to a steel chassis for a rigid and accurate fit.

A locating ’pin’ ensures the device cannot be inserted incorrectly and multiple security bolts provide added strength. The CN70 internal auto-reset switch prevents any risk of a short-circuit across pins and the tamper-proof screws, with anti-vibrate and shake-proof washers, ensure the device remains secure when the vehicle is in motion.

Zirkona Windscreen Suction Mount with Diamond Mounting Plate

Fulfilling the main requirement of a self-fit cradle, the Diamond Mounting Plate is simply fitted to the vehicle using a suction cup which attaches to the vehicle’s windscreen.

The CN70 charging cradle is securely fixed to the Diamond Mounting bracket using the backplate supplied with the cradle.

To discuss these products or any other requirements please contact us and speak to our expert team.

Handsfree Group extensively upgrade vehicles for one of their valued customers

One Stop Shop

A valued and prestigious customer of Handsfree Group took delivery of 100 brand new Mercedes Sprinter vans, all on the same day, and they looked no further than the Handsfree Group’s Install Division when deciding how to kit them out with the necessary technology to run their new fleet.  

The install requirements were extensive, as they needed to ensure their fleet was efficient and safe so it made perfect sense for the Handsfree Group’s TECh team to supply the technology and the Install Hub to undertake the work.

Install Hub

Handsfree Group’s Install Division comprises of FITAS Accredited Engineers, Sales, Projects, Parts, Logistics and Customer Services staff, all working together to provide the best possible service.

Install Hub is Handsfree Groups 10,000ft² specialist vehicle conversion workshop in York, which enables quality offsite installations and full vehicle conversion fit outs for their clients.

Handsfree Groups dynamic Install division were able to complete the installations on all 100 Mercedes Sprinter vans, through Install Hub in record time.

TECh Technology

Each of the 100 vehicles were fitted with the following:

Electronic Cargo Lock

Ensuring the safety of the freight, the Electronic Cargo Lock eliminates the risk of freight theft by electronically deadlocking the doors upon closing which can only then be opened using an electronic key.  The electronic key is a quick and convenient way for the driver to access the vehicle.

TECh PT5 Cab phone

The PT5 is fixed to and powered by the vehicle which eliminates the need to use a mobile phone whilst driving and will never suffer that inconvenient flat battery, get lost, damaged due to being dropped, or left behind.  It also gives peace of mind to the driver by having safe access to emergency services at their fingertips.

Reverse Bleep

A white sound reversing bleeper is a must to the customer, ensuring the safety of the public by alerting them to the vehicle slow-speed movement.

Doppler Radar Reversing Sensor

This was the best option due to the stealthy installation and lack of physical sensors, eliminating the risk of damage to a traditional sensor while loading and unloading the van and from excessive jet washing, keeping the fleet gleaming with pride.  

Reverse Brake Light Camera System

Using a brake light mounted camera gives a more factory fitted appearance and mounts the camera up high, giving the optimal view to the rear of the vehicle which not only protects the rear of the vehicle and objects in the biggest blind spot of a van/commercial vehicle, but also provides the perfect view for reversing into a busy loading bay.

TECh CN70 Charging Cradle

The customer also required a solution for their drivers’ handheld PDA’s – the most important tool of the job, containing all the information for the day ahead. The biggest issue with a portable device is battery life so a dash fitted docking station is the best way to keep the device charged and secure whilst the vehicle is in motion.  The installation of the cradle also reduced unnecessary and unsightly cables and chargers all over the dash and cab whilst also keeping it in reach of the driver. Having it dash mounted also removes the need to have another device stuck to the windscreen, therefore improving the driver’s view and keeping driver and public safety as the first priority.

If this sounds like the type of install your business needs then why not contact Handsfree Group now to discuss your requirements?

30 Telematic Systems Into Specialist Vehicles

Handsfree Group Install Premium Telematic Into Winter Services Vehicles


Handsfree Group UK embodies the importance of vehicle safety, precaution and awareness. They also strive for exceptional efficiency and quality care for both customers and the Handsfree Group team.

Every member of their team has a part to play in ensuring the best in vehicle technology installations nationwide. They also raise awareness on the importance of having the fleet best safety precautions when on the road, for drivers and public safety.

Their latest exceptional vehicle installation involved specialist vehicles. Handsfree Group have a vast experience on specialist vehicle technology installations, whether a single specialised installation is required or to a fleet of vehicles.


Handsfree Group were asked to provide their award winning installation services for a premium telematic system into 30 specialist winter gritting service vehicles.

Gritters are specialist vehicles such as gritting lorries, salt spreaders and salt trucks. With similar components to other specialist vehicles, such as snowplows, they are vital in ensuring safety in harsh winter conditions.

Handsfree Group were able to provide a fully bespoke vehicle installation service into all 30 of the specialised vehicles. Their FITAS certified engineers were able to professionally and efficiently install the telematics technology, ensuring best practice can be achieved in the upcoming winter conditions.


Handsfree Group are proud of their FITAS certification across all of their engineers. The quality assured accreditation reflects the high professional standards in which all their engineers uphold.

The quality certification highlights the excellence within Handsfree Group’s specialised team and outstanding installations at their state of the art workshop facilities provides.

Their workshop facilities, Installhub, located in the North of England are used for many of their professional installations whether for a single vehicle or a large fleet. The highly skilled Handsfree Group Install team also provide assured ‘off site’ options for all customers too.


The latest 30 installs into these specialised gritter vehicles equals improved safety and advanced awareness for all involved. Vehicle Telematics is a easy way to ensure maximum safety and efficiency for one vehicle or your entire fleet.

Vehicle Telematics is a way of monitoring the location, movements, status and driving behaviour of one vehicle or a fleet of vehicles. It is a superior method of monitoring a vehicle by combining a GPS system and on-board diagnostics. You are able to record and map the location, speed and journey of a vehicle and cross reference how the vehicle’s driver is behaving.

With this data you can mitigate risk, increase road safety and road transportation efficiency dramatically. Fleet Managers can clearly understand the behaviour of their fleet and this can significantly improve road safety fast.

If you would like to find out more, please click here and start you telematics journey today.

British Transport Advisory Consortium Conference 2017

Handsfree Group attend the 2017 British Transport Advisory Consortium Conference

The Conference

There was an impressive turn out to what was a very informative conference, focussing on industry news, cost saving and best practise.

From alternative fuels and electric driving to the DVSA introducing an earned recognition scheme, the conference was packed full of a wide variety of useful insights for all attendees to take away.

Handsfree Group UK Sales Director, Chris Baines, attended the conference and these were his 4 biggest takeaway points from the day.

Takeaway Point 1

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel is revolutionary, not only saving cost on fuel but protecting the environment at the same time. Waitrose are leading the way with Bio-Metheyne (Bio CNG) Alternative Fuel powered vehicles by making the switch already.

A great deal was discussed about CNG (methane stored at high pressure) – a fuel which can be used in place of gasoline (petrol), Diesel fuel and propane/LPG. CNG combustion produces fewer undesirable gases than the traditional vehicle fuels.

CNG Fuels are the company supplying the gas pumps to Waitrose, their vision is as follows:

  • “To develop a Bio-CNG refuelling network with the capability to service all of the UK’s major trucking routes.”
  • “To build a network that is so reliable and dispenses CNG at such a low cost, that Bio-CNG is the only sensible choice for fleet operators.”
  • “To see HGV fleets in the UK catch up with international peers by running predominantly on low-emissions, low-cost biomethane.”

An average HGV does 200K KM per year and averages an MPG of 9-10 miles per gallon. At current prices (£1.19 per litre) it can cost £68’800 per annum in diesel per vehicle. Switching to CNG alternatives can see savings of up to 43%.

When you consider that the average logistics operator is running at around 3% – 4% margin, with the biggest costs being fuel, switching makes sense and could boost operator margin to 8%.

Take Away Point 2

A conference exclusive… Tesla to launch electric HGV.  This was a very exciting part of the conference, as we could see electric HGV take to the road very soon.  

Tesla’s truck could have a range of 200-300 miles which is impressive for what the company are calling the “small-range” model. They are looking to expand into long-distance models capable of 1000 miles on a single charge.

The news has now broken mainstream with reports of Tesla’s Elon Musk describing the commercial vehicle as a “beast” and confirming the company’s all-electric truck reveal date of 26th October 2017.

Take Away Point 3

We have all heard a few murmurings in the press about future Diesel engine production stopping and now it is becoming a reality – Volvo are to stop producing Diesel engines for its car division from 2019, switching to fully electric or hybrid only.  They will be launching five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021 – three Volvos and two from Polestar, their high performance division.  

The rising costs of running a Diesel vehicle (cost of Diesel, threat of extra taxes, extra parking charges and increased congestion charges in London to name a few) and increased demand for electrified vehicles has all contributed towards Volvo’s decision which marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car.

Take Away Point 4

The DVSA are introducing a revolutionary earned recognition scheme that makes vehicle safety related information accessible.

Once a vehicle is audited and compliant, a VOSA Highway Patrol car will be able to remotely check its maintenance records to ensure everything is in order.

Applications are officially now open for the new scheme and it could become mandatory for fleets, in a similar way to how ELD (Electronic Logging Device) has done in the U.S.

Tomorrows World

Vehicles have developed a lot in the past 40 years, however the feeling from the conference is that the next 40 could be just as big, if not bigger.

Successful car manufacturers of the future will be software driven, so players like Google and Apple are likely to be those manufacturers, not the typical OE manufacturers of today.

In contrast, with computer giant Apple making $70’000 profit every 60 seconds it could buy Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen, while still having enough change to buy McDonalds.


Were you at the British Transport Advisory Consortium Conference this year and what did you think?



Handsfree Group experience increased demand for Alcolock®GB


The news of the fatal M1 crash on August Bank Holiday weekend involving a Minibus and two HGVs, where eight people sadly lost their lives, was tragic.

The whole incident became preventable when news broke that the two HGV drivers involved had been charged with causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving, especially as one of the HGV drivers also faces charges relating to drink-driving and had been asleep for 12-and-a-half minutes!

The Facts

The crash, near Newport Pagnell, resulted in the death of eight out of the twelve minibus passengers after the vehicle collided with two HGVs.

AIM Logistics driver Ryszard Masierak was accused of having 55 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath after the crash (the legal limit is 35 micrograms). He has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and death by careless driving.

FedEx driver David Wagstaff, from Stoke-on-Trent, was charged with causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.

The Impact

Following the crash, Alcolock®GB and Handsfree group have found enquiries from hauliers for the Alcolock DS10 breathalyser have increased.

The life-saving device connects to a vehicle’s immobiliser and disables the vehicle if the driver is over the limit, which is recorded by the driver providing a breath sample prior to Alcolock®GB DS10 enabling the vehicles ignition system.

Alcolock®GB operational director Diane Whittock commented: “We had a spike in enquiries from hauliers following the crash – mainly from firms that have shown an interest and are now going to order it. We find that happens a lot – people tend to bury their heads in the sand and when something like this happens they decide it is money well spent.” Whittock said sales to hauliers have increased by 25% over the past 12 months, but added: “That’s not enough. Only 10% of our customers are from the haulage sector, and those that do fit our device tend to be the larger hauliers. But you can’t put a price on reputation.”

Further to these comments from operations director Whittock, insurers have also commented that using breathalysers could help firms in the event of an accident, which mitigates risk and could result in lower insurance premiums.

The Questions

Like with most new technology, there are always questions, questions about the safety, the durability, does it work?  With the Alcolock®GB comes some slightly different questions:  

– “What if a driver over the limit got someone else to blow into the device?”

– “Using the device could surely affect staff morale?”

– “Could Installing these devices raise issues of trust?”

One question could be: “Would you ask these questions to the family of a deceased drink drive victim?”…Cure Before Kill…

September Industry Exhibitions

Handsfree Group set to attend the latest exhibitions

Bringing Industries Together

Exhibitions are great platforms for an industry to showcase new products and reach out to new clientele. They provide an amazing opportunity for businesses within the industry to converse and learn from each other, as well as enabling a place for marketing and promotion.

Handsfree Group are always excited about industry changes and are eager to learn from exhibition opportunities which is why they are delighted to be attending two great trade  September industry exhibitions.

RWM Exhibition

The next RWM exhibition will be taking place at The NEC, Birmingham between the 12th and 14th September 2017. Each year over 500 exhibitors and more than 11,000 visitors from the Waste, Energy, Water, Renewables and Recycling industries attend the event to network, learn from experts and to source the latest solutions for their businesses.

RWN organise their popular exhibitions to play a part in One Planet Living and aim to connect technology innovators and influencers with businesses, public sector bodies and governments that are both environmentally sound and business efficient.

Visitors can expect to see varying transport industries coming together and learn how businesses can challenge communities and policy makers to stay focused on creating a resource efficient future.

Handsfree Group are especially interested in meeting current and future clients at the RWM exhibition to discuss new innovative ways to transport, collect and handle materials, improving the efficiency and safety of businesses on the road.

TCS & D Exhibition

The latest TCS & D exhibition will start on the 13th September 2017 for two days in Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Attendees can expect to meet over 100 exhibitors in the only dedicated event for frozen and chilled food professionals and will be able to seek advice on implementing new transportation regulations.

TCS & D hope attendees will learn the latest trends and issues. Plus, by having the leading companies within the industry available, attendees will be able to build strong new and existing relationships.

During the anticipated exhibition you can expect to see innovation, creativity and new technology. Opportunities will also include a free-to-attend seminar programme with presentations from leading industry professionals.

Meet Up With Handsfree Group

Handsfree Group will be attending both of these popular exhibitions and hope many of the industry contributors will too, we look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces.

Please feel free to contact the Handsfree Group sales team to arrange a meeting to discuss any requirements that you have.