As party of its road safety initiative, the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) carries out random fleet compliance checks each year to determine the roadworthiness and traffic compliance of HGVs, trailers and PSVs. The purpose of this is to get unsafe vehicles off the road. The initiative also encourages all drivers to make sure their vehicles are in proper working order at all times – through regular inspections and proper vehicle safety technology.
Last year’s fleet compliance checks saw an impressive outcome. More than nine in 10 GB lorries, inspected in fleet compliance checks, were given a clean bill of health. Just 9.3% of GB vehicles were found to have mechanical faults, down from 10.2% of GB vehicles in 2013/2014. While this number is relatively low, it’s still an issue that needs to be resolved. No dangerous vehicles should be on Britain’s roads.
Why are roadworthiness rates and compliance checks important?
First and foremost, more vehicles passing checks means fewer unsafe vehicles on the roads. This means less chance of incidents and fatalities due to serious malfunction. By identifying roadworthy vehicles are on the rise, DVSA know that people are listening to media campaigns and investing in vehicle safety technology, taking action to ensure their vehicle is safe.
Furthermore, a yearly increase in safe vehicles on roads means a restored confidence in HGV, LGV and Municipal drivers from other road users. Without these checks, more and more dangerous incidents would occur on the roads and confidence would be lost in large vehicles.
In mid-November, in Manchester, a driver of a 65-tonne truck with malfunctioning brakes caused an accident, leaving a woman with life-changing injuries. The driver knew his brakes were not working properly, but still proceeded to use his vehicle and speed during rush hour. The driver in question has now been jailed.
If incidents like this are still occurring during times of vehicle crackdown, imagine what the case would like be without enforcement or the availability of vehicle safety technology?
How can you maximise the safety of your vehicle?
Having your vehicle declared safe to use on the roads is only the first step in making sure it’s as safe as possible to other UK roads users. While keeping on top of maintenance is important, so is the use of relevant safety technology products.
At Vision Techniques we have a whole range of products to enhance the safety of your vehicle, these include:
This cyclist detection system helps drivers to detect vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, with a video analytics system that flags up any potential dangers. The system reveals just what’s going on in a driver’s blind spot, using light and motion sensors.
This technology makes cyclists and pedestrians more aware of a driver’s presence as they make difficult turns. It uses bright LED lights and a speaker alarm system to alert others.
This handbrake failsafe system automatically applies the brake if the driver forgets. It works in a number of scenarios – even with the ignition off.
This advanced recording device offers full HD high quality recorded footage, alongside in-depth driving analytics, for a fully comprehensive view of activity on the road. It allows you – and your company – to effectively evaluate your driving and any detailed information on accidents, should any occur.
For more information on any of the products mentioned today, contact us on 08452 873 170.