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London Bus Runaway was ‘easily preventable’ with BrakeSafe

Posted on 23rd Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

A rollaway in London city centre involving a London double-decker bus could have been prevented with new technology that automatically applies the handbrake.

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Why Fleet Safety Is Important To Any Operator

Posted on 11th Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

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There’s no shortage of reasons why fleet safety is – and always will be – vitally important. At Vision Techniques, we stock a lot of products with this very purpose in mind. Improving fleet safety carries tangible benefits for yourself, your drivers, your customers and even the road users around them. In this week’s blog (the first entry of a two-part series), we’re going to take a moment here at Vision Techniques to explain some of the most critical ones.

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Key Considerations In Public Transport Safety

Posted on 10th Aug, 2017 by Jonathan Peach

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Public transport is one of the key sectors we’ve always served here at Vision Techniques. While our products have a vast array of advantages that can be applied to a range of sectors, the unique characteristics of the public transport industry mean that fleet operators in this sector can see tangible and very specific benefits from our devices.

Characteristics Of The Public Transport Sector

Public transport is usually a broad ranging term that can refer to anything from buses, trains, taxis and even boats. However, as far as our industry is concerned, buses and coaches are two of the main types of vehicles to benefit from the use of our products. Next to HGVs, buses and coaches are amongst some of the heaviest and bulkiest vehicles on our roads, which means they take a great amount of skill and concentration to drive safely.

Because of the nature of their work, bus drivers especially have to content with navigating within tight city confines on a daily basis, while the layout of most coaches often means that drivers are particularly high off the ground, resulting in large blind spots. This can pose a danger to more vulnerable road users such as cyclists, and frequently even pedestrians when the driver is pulling in or moving off from a stop.

Then there is the matter of passengers, who can be distracting in a whole host of ways (deliberately or not). Loud conversations, travel sickness, belligerence or drunkenness are just a few of the ways they can sometimes intrude into the driver’s awareness, which can sometimes result in accidents.

All these factors pose a risk in very specific ways, meaning that should be a top priority for any operator to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and surrounding road users.

Public Transport Safety Risks

Some of the main safety hazards drivers must contend with in public transport include:

Reversing accidents and collisions owing to rear blind spots

  1. Collisions with pedestrians passing in front of the vehicle because of front blind spots
  2. Collisions with cyclists or motorcyclists due to nearside blind spots

Suggested Vision Techniques solutions include: reversing cameras, mirror monitors, VT Banksman reversing radar and auto braking (as well as similar radar systems).

Public Transport Security Risks

Because of their public-facing nature, drivers of buses and coaches frequently have to deal with physical threats or damage from angry or agitated members of the public.

The main public transport safety hazards include:

  1. Verbal abuse (or actual physical harm) from aggressive, drunk or upset passengers
  2. Vandalism or other damage to the vehicle, including tampering with the ignition
  3. Unfounded insurance claims from drivers

Suggested Vision Techniques solutions include: RFID devices, mobile CCTV devices to capture the image of offenders and crack down on anti-social behaviour.

This is mainly intended to provide a broad overview of what we can offer here the public transport sector here at Vision Techniques. If you’re looking for something specific for your fleet of vehicles, we’re only too happy to help! You can browse our full range of products here, or give our sales number a call on 08452 873 172.

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We do more than you think – VT Store

Posted on 10th Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

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Our eCommerce store, VT Store, has a wide range of safety systems that can help fleet managers achieve FORS Bronze standards.

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Fatalies are rising; fines are out-of-control

Posted on 31st Jul, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

The past twelve months have seen a huge amount of facts which make for grim reading. Even with nationwide growth in venture schemes like FORS and CLOCS the amount of accidents involving vulnerable road users has not been majorly affected.

 

In fact, this week the HSE released statistics showing a 100% increase in accidents within the municipal sector with the amount of fatalities doubling this year in comparison to 2016.

However, preventable fatalities are not the only problem; businesses and government-funded councils continue to be fined for negligence and failing to provide the correct basic standards in site and vehicle safety.

 

Recently, a well-known commercial company was fined £1.9 million for an accident that happened with a worker due to operator error.

A industry recognised transport firm was also fined £500,000 after their vehicle banksman operator was crushed between two lorries, killing the employee.

Fortunately incidents involving vehicles – either when on or off site – can easily be prevented.

 

Vision Techniques are the only provider of VT Banksman – the only reversing radar in the UK that will automatically apply the handbrake if a hazard – such as a person or a vehicle – gets too close to the rear of the vehicle – preventing an accident or even fatal incident.

Our Auto-braking Banksman is one of a catalogue of safety systems that will save lives and prevent huge court claims. Contact us today on 01254 679717 or email us on info@vision-techniques.com

 

VT Banksman: Effective Fleet Vehicle Reversing System

Posted on 21st Jul, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

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Our VT Banksman reversing vehicle radar is one of our most renowned products we stock here at Vision Techniques. It’s even gained formal recognition from the Health and Safety Executive, Britain’s foremost safety authority, as an effective, cost-efficient reversing warning system. In this week’s blog, we’ll be looking at its advantages and capabilities, and how can it help a number of HGV industries.

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Reversing Cameras In The Quarrying And Mining Industry

Posted on 14th Jul, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

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Quarrying and mining is just one of a variety of sectors we serve here at Vision Techniques. As one of the UK’s most hazardous industries in which to work, safety is a particular priority for employers in this field. Many accidents that occur in these sorts of workplaces involve vehicles and vehicle collisions – this is a lot to do with the fact that there are numerous and often unpredictable factors that might impact a driver’s visibility. At Vision Techniques, we stock a range of products specifically designed to tackle this problem of driver visibility, improving safety for everyone on-site.

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The Ealing Runaway that could have been stopped

Posted on 30th Jun, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

On June 1st, a lorry had a mind of its own as it rolled into the front of a pub in Ealing without a driver at the wheel. The incident threatened peoples safety and damaged the pub’s propiety, and it called could have been prevented with BrakeSafe.

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Why Forklift Trucks Need Reversing Cameras

Posted on 29th Jun, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

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Of all the vehicles routinely used in the workplace, forklifts are some of the most inherently dangerous. With a very small margin for error, they pose an equal danger to drivers and pedestrians alike. According to statistics from the UK Health and Safety Executive, they remain one of the most common causes of workplace transport accidents. So why are reversing cameras vital resources to ensuring safety for your employees?

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Prevent incidents like this from happening with BrakeSafe

Posted on 29th Jun, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

Forgetting the simplest of things can cause the biggest of problems. If a driver forgets to apply the handbrake when leaving the vehicle, events like this can be the result. This incident could have been prevented with BrakeSafe

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