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Why Is StopSafe A Safer Way Of Braking?

Posted on 20th Oct, 2017 by Jonathan Peach

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Safe driving is absolutely paramount to running any fleet, but all the more so for HGV drivers, given the destructive potential of their vehicles. Harsh braking and sudden acceleration are both viewed as amongst the most dangerous driving behaviours, and can pose a massive risk to other road users. Not that, but they also pose a challenge for fleet operators in general. This week on the blog here at Vision Techniques we’re looking at exactly why it’s such a danger, and how our StopSafe product negates these risks in an emergency.

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How FORS Compliance Benefits You And Your Business

Posted on 22nd Sep, 2017 by Jonathan Peach

If you’re a fleet operator, you may well have heard of FORS compliance. It’s a voluntary system with almost a decade of established history behind it. Now with well over 4000 members nationally, it’s renowned as valuable set of standards that both benefit the wellbeing of vulnerable road users and bring a range of advantages to fleet operators. What’s more, at Vision Techniques we stock several products that can help operators meet these standards with the minimum of hassle and expense.

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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 Dominic Benabda

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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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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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Should Dashboard Cameras Be Compulsory For All Road Users?

Posted on 23rd Jun, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

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Dashcams are fast becoming a staple of British roads, and are finding increasingly widespread use amongst both the private and corporate communities – including the commercial HGV and logistics industries, as operators of fleet vehicles are finding it especially helpful. With the dashcams industry showing no signs of slowing down, a question is arising in the motor industry: should dashcams be made compulsory for all new vehicles?

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Safety Day South: All You Need To Know

Posted on 16th May, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

Following on from the successful Safety Roadshow 2016, Vision Techniques will be doing more Safety Days in 2017. The first one of 2017 is taking place at the Thruxton Motorsport Centre on 15th June.

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Live demonstrations at the CV Show 2017

Posted on 4th Apr, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

Vision Techniques will be attending the CV Show again this year and for the first time ever will have a vehicle on stand demonstrating all of their systems. They will be on stand 4H76 with BrakeSafe, TurnAware, and VT Record being highlighted this year.

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