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Join us at the Sunderland VT Safety Day

Posted on 9th May, 2016 by Dominic Benabda

Vision Techniques are hosting the next VT Safety Day in Sunderland on the 18th May and the event is free for anyone to attend.

After the success of the Skipton Safety Day with over 80 delegates in attendance, Vision Techniques recently announced a season of safety events around the UK, with the first to be held in Sunderland.

The upcoming North East event has been organised to demonstrate both new systems, VT BrakeSafe and VT StopSafe, giving attendees the opportunity to get a more hands on experience with the new technology. Also in attendance will be the VT Technical manager and sales team to host a Q&A session with all the attendees to answer any questions that may arise.


The two systems will have a fully interactive demonstration on the day with an active waste vehicle on-site. Sunderland Refuse & Recycling Manager Bill Seymour is enthusiastic to demonstrate to attendees how effective both new systems are and has invited both Operation Managers and Health & Safety Officers from the North East Health & Safety Forum to see how this technology could improve vehicle safety.
“We’re more than happy to host a safety day here at Sunderland to give others the chance to see this technology in action and how it can make a difference. If technology like this can help to prevent a potential accident, it’s definitely worth seeing.”

The rollaway preventing VT BrakeSafe is a handbrake failsafe system that is unique to the road transport industry, as it automatically applies the handbrake if the driver gets out of the vehicle without applying it. As the only safety system in the marketplace that stops the vehicle moving if the driver forgets, BrakeSafe will prevent countless numbers of rollaway and runaway incidents that could occur every year.

VT’s latest system – StopSafe gives the vehicle crew a simple and effective way of stopping the vehicle if the driver becomes incapacitated. An emergency button can be placed on the vehicle – generally on the passenger dashboard – which if pressed will prevent acceleration and activate the brakes, bringing the vehicle to a safe and controlled stop – without any locking or skidding.


Steve Parkinson, Workshop Manager at Craven Council recently helped host the Skipton Safety day and helped develop both safety systems; “Every council in the country was shocked by the events in Glasgow. If a driver loses control of the vehicle it’s reassuring to know that equipment like this can step in to prevent a potential disaster.”


Feedback from the first ever VT Safety Day was entirely positive, with StopSafe and BrakeSafe receiving optimistic comments from the likes of Lancaster Council, who said “Well thought out system with safety in mind, very easy to use. Didn’t find the vehicle braking very hard when sat in cab, overall very good.”
The show will take place in Sunderland on the 18th May. If you would like to attend the event then please contact Pippa on 01254 679717 or by email at