Automotive Industry Charity, Ben Launches new Health Checks for Automotive People

Ben, the automotive industry charity, has launched new health checks for automotive people, offering the chance for those who work in the industry to have a personal MOT for their physical and mental health.

They can be booked by any automotive employer wanting to invest in the health and well-being of their employees. In today’s fast-paced world and work environment, with multiple additional challenges, prioritising employee health and wellbeing has never been more important for any business. This is further supported by results from Ben’s Health & Wellbeing survey which indicate that 99% of respondents said they had experienced an issue with their health or wellbeing over the past 12 months.

The health checks offer the opportunity for automotive employees to have one-on-one conversations about their physical and mental health with a qualified health professional. The health checks also identify potential issues and suggest making positive changes so people can live and work well.

Ben is offering two types of health checks; one focusing solely on physical health (20 minutes) and another that is a full MOT, checking both physical and mental health (30 minutes). In the physical health check, four tests are carried out including resting heart rate, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage. The health professional will then discuss results with each employee and compare them with national health guidelines to provide a clear understanding of their current physical health. In the physical and mental health check, employees will undertake the same physical health tests as well as a mental health check-in to see how they are feeling in terms of levels of stress, mood and worry and coping day-to-day.

Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben, said: “It’s never been more important for employers to prioritise employee health and wellbeing, especially at the moment when there are multiple work and life pressures on our automotive family. Employee absences can be linked to lifestyle-related illnesses, with factors such as alcohol, obesity, and smoking known to be at the root of many health conditions.

“With 1 in 3 automotive people reporting to be struggling with their mental health or wellbeing, providing a health check is a proactive step, empowering people to take control of their health and wellbeing so they can lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. By booking Ben Health Checks for your employees, you’re not only investing in your people and your business, you’ll also be supporting your industry charity.”

V-Tech would like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone within the automotive industry to go ahead and book their health check with Ben, simply visit to find out more. All health checks are delivered on site to allow for minimal disruption to the working day and they are private, confidential, and carried out on a one-to-one basis with a qualified health professional.

Wye Valley Group invest in their future.

V-Tech are pleased to announce that we have supplied a range of high-quality garage equipment to Wye Valleys new purpose built workshop.
Wye Valley Group is a huge business based in Hereford. The business consists of several companies:

Wye Valley Metals, Wye Valley Skips, Wye Valley Demolition, Warehouse 701, Auto Breakers, Hereford Quarries, Sigeric Ltd and Hereford Self Storage. The have invested in their own dedicated workshop facility to maintain and repair their large fleet of vehicles.

The company decided to invest in our BM14200 In Ground Commercial Brake Tester, BM53000 Commercial Play Detectors and X2 20 Tonne Pit Jacks for their new workshop. All of which has been fitted to ATF spec.

The DVSA are not currently appointing any new ATF lanes, however the new garage has decided to choose this spec to futureproof their business. To ensure that they are ready and have the correct equipment within their garage if the DVSA was to appoint new ATF lanes in the near future.

However, this is not the only reason for the investment. The garage will be using the ATF lane for their own vehicles to allow them a suitable MOT testing space for when one of the DVSA’s Vehicle Examiners comes down to carry out the tests.

Why should you invest in an ATF Lane?

• Ensure that your vehicles are MOT tested before their MOT is up
• Save money on external MOT tests
• Reduce vehicle downtime
• Save the hassle of having to try and find a garage that can fit you in
• Get all of your vehicle’s MOT tested in one place, at one time
• Useful for general repair works and brake tests when the Vehicle Examiner is not carrying out MOT tests.

The experienced team at V-Tech can help you with project management along with the supply of the correct equipment to suit your commercial requirements.

Are you interested in investing in a ATF lane? Contact our experts today.


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V-Tech’s case studies illustrate expanding range of garage workshop solutions

Leading garage equipment specialist V-Tech group say they have enjoyed one of their busiest summers ever, helping an ever widening range of workshops develop their capabilities by investing in new equipment.

V-Tech originated in 2002 to cater to emerging demand for hand-held diagnostics but can now offer a complete range of workshop solutions through its in-house projects division.

Today the group aim to offer ‘hassle free’ support from concept, to design, installation and aftersales site support for a full range of equipment including lifts, MOT bays, ATL packages and even tyre equipment. V-Tech Commercial supports a booming commercial vehicle customer-base too.

Chris Phipps, Head of Sales at V-Tech said: “We’re usually working directly with equipment manufacturers to import and develop products which best meet the needs of our UK customers and then we work directly with our workshop customers too.

“It’s a chain with very few links which means we’ve got a lot of control to ensure projects run to plan and it means we can be price competitive.”

V-Tech believe today’s customers are more aware than ever of the pitfalls and costs associated with poor quality products so their garage equipment programme uses high quality VOSA approved and European manufactured products.

V-Tech’s progressive approach to new technology sees case-study videos uploaded to its YouTube channel, viewed at

“Customers now are coming to us with more and more varied requirements, and from all over the UK,” added Chris. “It’s often through a recommendation or word of mouth and we find customers appreciate dealing direct with a specialist like V-Tech so they get the right guidance on what’s best suited to their budget and requirements.”

To find out more about how V-Tech garage equipment can help your workshop thrive, please visit or call 0208 498 1288.

The V-Tech BM20200 mobile roller brake tester: Save space without compromising on quality

Leading garage equipment specialist, V-Tech Commercial, says its innovative BM20200 mobile brake testing unit can help companies to cut the cost of fleet management by allowing business owners to perform their own tests in-house.

Designed for light and heavy vehicles with axle loads up to 20,000 kg, the BM20200 is fully DVSA approved and meets with the ISO standard, ensuring total vehicle compliance. The unit even issues a DVSA-style print out to indicate whether the vehicle has passed or failed.

Undertaking in-house brake testing also presents an extra revenue opportunity, giving the option to offer the service locally to neighbouring businesses.

Without compromising on the features offered, the BM20200 can be used either as a transportable unit or by businesses with multiple testing sites, conveniently requiring a mere 3.5 metres of set-up room.

When compared with standard, on-ground brake testers, the BM20200 allows greater flexibility to move and expand the vehicle maintenance area as the business grows, yet it still features exactly the same options and characteristics, such as:

  • Infrared remote control
  • Service line and cylinder air pressure measurement
  • Automatic axle weighing
  • Test of 4×4 / 6×4 / 8×6 driven vehicles
  • Diagnostic printout
  • Connection to PC/Notebook with BM Windows software
  • Axle load simulation

The robust unit is incredibly easy to assemble, set-up and work with, requiring just one technician to spend 10-15 minutes in order to make the BM20200 fully operational.

Its unique design permits the brake testing unit to be placed and used directly on a wide array of workshop floor surfaces – including uneven tarmac, concrete, gravel, sand, dirt and snow! – without any intense manual work. Drive on / off ramps are folded down, whilst the display is simply placed on a mobile device in front of the brake tester and power attached to the CEE connector.

The mobile brake tester can be customised to suit the needs of the end user, with the option to mount the display of the BM20200 on a fixed wall or floor mounting for more permanent installations if required.

Chris Phipps, Head of Sales at V-Tech Commercial, said: “The BM20200 mobile brake tester offers a unique proposition for businesses, enabling them not only to reduce their outgoings, but also giving them the opportunity to add an additional revenue stream by offering their brake testing services locally.”

For more information on V-Tech’s comprehensive range of commercial vehicle solutions please visit