Road casualty statistics, released by the Government in September, revealed a fall in the number of fatal accidents involving HGVs. In fact, the number of fatal incidents fell by 3.5% in 2014, to a figure 43% lower than a decade ago. While this is great news for other road users and cyclist safety, there’s still plenty we can do to continue improving on this statistic in 2016 and beyond.
The annual Reported Road Casualties report shows that there were 240 fatal accidents involving HGVs in 2014. While this is a huge number, it’s almost half the number of deaths recorded in 2005.
About the improvement, Christopher Snelling, Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) head of national and regional policy and public affairs said:
“Whilst this has been a challenging year for road safety, these figures illustrate that our industry’s approach is making progress. We want to keep going as an industry to play our part in making road transport as safe as it can be. Improved HGV vehicle designs and safety features, as well as improved driver training and management, will be part of this.
“Beyond this, FTA calls for more targeted enforcement of existing HGV driver and vehicle regulation against seriously non-compliant operators who undermine the efforts of the vast majority; continued spending on improving and maintain road infrastructure; and for all users of our roads to learn as much as they can about how to share the roads safely.”
Safety technology and its role in road safety
Remaining vigilant and continuing to improve on these statistics is key to the FTA’s approach. While a number of new initiatives and schemes have and continue to contribute to a lower incident rate, more uptake of life saving safety technology is also guaranteed to help matters.
In fact, Transport for London believe that safety technology can make such a difference to these figures that they’re funding a new project based around it. TfL will independently test blind spot safety technology, which can be fitted to HGVs, to evaluate the effectiveness across a number of differing technologies. Camera monitoring systems, optical and radar direction systems are just some of the products to be tested.
Many of these types of products can be found here at Vision Techniques. Our cyclist safety collection, VT TurnSafe, reversing technology, VT Banksman and security cameras and mobile systems, including VT CrashCam, are just some of the products helping HGVs better navigate the roads. Together the products can prevent potential incidents like collisions, reversing accidents, false insurance claims, unfounded insurance claims, and sidewipes on the motorway – giving you and your fleet peace of mind.
To find out more about any of the products mentioned in today’s blog, get in touch with the Vision Techniques team. You can contact us on 08455 278 267. A member of our team will be more than happy to address your safety concerns and recommend the right road safety product for you.