Transport & Logistics

Our work depends on a diverse range of vehicles that allows us to raise the bar in delivering safe, reliable and efficient construction logistics.

Our fifty-strong fleet of heavy goods vehicles operates across the Capital to service our construction projects.

The McGee fleet is seeing substantial investment to ensure compliance with the Low Emission Zone standards for exhaust emissions, NOx and other pollutants.  New safety-optimised vehicles represent a continued upgrade to McGee’s FORS Gold accredited fleet of McGee yellow tippers, skip lorries, sweepers, medium and large flat lorries, articulated tractors, trailers, and low loaders.

We have a selection of vehicles which are also fitted with specialist equipment, such as hydraulic cranes and demountable bodies to ensure a fully flexible in-house resource.

Logistically, the removal of earth and demolition materials in a busy inner-city environment is one of our biggest challenges.  However, through a multi technology-based solution and military-style logistics planning, competent on-site management teams, off-site support from the McGee Transport team, and support from a multitude of local stakeholders, we are equipped to deliver hugely challenging and ambitious projects for our clients.  It’s an approach that was recognised at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Awards for Excellence 2017 where McGee was presented with the ‘Freight Transport Best Practice’ Award.

McGee has two depots, situated in East and West London.  The workload of our fleet is managed accordingly to ensure efficient turnaround times, frequent pick-ups and drop-offs and a reduction in long-distance driving.

Training

We’re committed to educating our drivers about the best way to share the road and pride ourselves on high standards of training. All drivers are CPC Driver trained and have CSCS cards. Drivers are assessed monthly and attend regular training courses, including Safe Urban Driving; Safeguarding Vulnerable Road Users; Terrorism Risk & Incident Prevention and Vehicle Familiarisation & Safe Driving Techniques. Our Transport Managers are qualified FORS Practitioners.

As well as formal driver training, we promote safety through initiatives such as taking part in UK Road Safety Week.

We regularly attend workshops, meetings, exhibitions and conferences to support CLOCS, FORS, the City of London Corporation and Construction Industry Cycling Commission, to name but a few.

Cycle Safety

We recognise that trucks are disproportionately involved in collisions involving cyclists and pedestrians and this is something we want to change.

In 2016 we embarked on a journey with BSc (Hons) Product Design students at Nottingham Trent University to come up with ways to improve safety for cyclists and other vulnerable road users by designing a retrofitted system for an existing tipper truck.

With real-world testing and validation, side strobe indicators are now fitted to all new McGee lorries. McGee is the first operator to fit and install the indicators across its new fleet.  Simply, the indicators are intended to enhance vulnerable road user safety.

The McGee/NTU partnership has gone from strength to strength – winning two Brake Fleet Safety Awards 2016 in the Innovation and Partnership categories and being invited to a number of industry and academic conferences both in the UK and abroad to talk more about the collaboration.

From providing the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police with vehicles for their ‘Exchanging Places’ programmes to delivering lessons in road safety to primary school children – It’s all part of our calendar of events that sees McGee actively contributing to the communities within which we work. 

Adapted Safety Enhancements

All McGee lorries are fitted with safety features which are in addition to the manufacturers’ specifications.  These include:

  • McGee designed Weigh Load Indicator
  • Side Strobe Indicator
  • Automated Load Sheeting System
  • Side Body Safety Extensions
  • Technology and equipment fitted to lorries designed to keep vulnerable road users safe

Maintenance & Daily Vehicle Inspections

Our team of mechanics carry out maintenance and repairs to ensure all vehicles are kept in top condition at all times.

Our in-house designed multi-award winning Vehicle Inspection Mobile Application, which utilises Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, requires our drivers to carry out a daily 360° physical inspection of their vehicle. The app is fully auditable; driver authenticated and quickly and efficiently identifies vehicle defects. Its automated reporting ensures compliance and total records management.

Fleet Tracking System

Our aim is to reduce congestion around our sites. Therefore, our Logistics Co-ordinators are able to track all McGee lorry movements in real-time using tracking software ‘Locatu’ which assists with monitoring site congestion and re-routing vehicles if necessary. Locatu is just one part of a multi-faceted technology-based solution that helps us to operate safely, efficiently, reliably and compliantly, whilst minimising our impact on the environment.

Awards & Accreditations

  • City Mark Transport Operator of the Year 2019
  • RoSPA Fleet Safety Award 2018
  • FORS Gold Accredited for five consecutive years
  • CLOCS Champion
  • CILT Freight Transport Best Practice award winner 2017
  • Motor Transport Awards finalist 2017
  • Brake Award winners 2016
  • CILT finalist 2016
  • Terry Hines Road Danger Reduction Award 2015
  • Multi-award winning Vehicle Inspection App

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