When it comes to total compliance with regulations and legislation governing the fleet vehicle sector, Andrew Webber, Bri-Stor Systems’ Compliance Manager is the man in charge of ensuring every Bri-Stor Systems’ van conversion is fully compliant. Working alongside colleagues in engineering, new product development (NPD), purchasing, build and prototype, Andrew’s 30-year career makes him one of the industry’s foremost experts on the subject of vehicle legislation.
Andrew explains why our customers and fleet drivers ultimately benefit from his expertise, “It’s a huge responsibility to take a vehicle that has been signed off by the manufacturer and then make significant modifications to its interior and exterior features, which is why, as the leading van conversion specialist with decades of experience, we can be trusted to implement and adopt the relevant regulations.”
With well documented and clear regulations governing the modification of vehicles, this is only part of the compliance responsibility, as Andrew explains: “designing and fitting out vans to meet the needs of the customer specification is only part of our role when it comes to meeting regulations. Increasingly, customers are seeking our advice and expertise on other factors that affect the performance of a vehicle, a great example is the rapid shift towards hybrid and electric vehicles and the wider impact this has on payloads. As vehicles get heavier it may have a knock-on effect regarding the type of licence a driver must hold to be able to legally drive the vehicle – it’s a complex topic but one that we’re leading on with our customers.”
While the behaviour of a van user isn’t yet directly impacted by vehicle regulation and legislation, there is also a much wider set of laws, such as drink driving, that will increasingly impact the NPD process, an area that Andrew brings great influence, as he shares: “Driver wellness and driver behaviour are two areas that we must consider in the NPD process. Driver alerts, alcohol sensors and wellness facilities bring in to play other areas of legislation that impact our product offers to the customer and the van user. By working closely with the customer at the front-end of the vehicle design we can factor in our extensive knowledge of the legislative landscape and ensure vehicles are fully compliant before we even get into the build process.
“Ultimately, our duty is to protect the safety and welfare of each and every van user on the road driving a Bri-Stor Systems’ conversion. It’s a responsibility that remains our number one priority.”
Growing up in Staffordshire, just a few miles from the family business, Martin Smith spent much of his childhood watching his parents build Bri-Stor Systems Limited (Bri-Stor is an abbreviation of British Storage). Today, as CEO of the Bri-Stor Group, he reflects on his own career and the tough lessons he learned along the way.
Simon Webb, Managing Director of Bri-Stor Systems knows all about hard work. Leaving school in the 80s, his first experience of engineering came about when he started a four-year Mechanical Technician Apprenticeship at Portsmouth based firm Dunham-Bush Ltd.
New Product Development Manager
Describing the new product development (NPD) team at Bri-Stor Systems, NPD Manager Stefan Callear explains that the team’s broad range of expertise and skills gives them a unique advantage when it comes to bringing value to the engineering process.
With 15 years’ experience in the van conversion industry, Jack Draper lives and breathes Bri-Stor Systems with specialist knowledge of the welfare vehicle market. Joining us initially in 2017 and after a brief spell elsewhere, re-joining in August 2020, Jack leads the relationship with our welfare vehicle customers.
Describing Bri-Stor Systems, Operations Manager Paul Airston is passionate about the business. Joining sister-company Alpha Manufacturing in 2004, like many colleagues in the business, Paul has enjoyed a variety of roles in the Group and today leads the operational performance of Bri-Stor Systems.