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Protecting Pedestrians – A Fleet-Owner’s Responsibility

After an elderly woman was injured by a reversing lorry in Canterbury city centre, Vision Techniques are once again urging business owners to protect their staff – and the public – by safe-guarding their vehicles against preventable accidents.

HGVs in City Centres – An Increasing Hazard?

Safety in the city is a prime concern for owners of commercial fleets – or, at least, it should be.

With an alarming spate of cyclist deaths involving HGVs towards the end of 2013, public awareness of goods vehicles in city centre spaces is at an all-time high. And while most responsible fleet owners do their best to ensure that their drivers are well-equipped to avoid collisions, there are still plenty of exceptions.

Transport for London (TfL) estimates that more than half of cyclist deaths in the capital are as a result of collisions with goods vehicles, but it’s not just cyclists who are at risk.

Research commissioned by TfL and recently published by the UK Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) indicates that 57 of the total 435 pedestrians killed on London’s roads between 2006 and 2010 died as a result of a collision with a goods vehicle.

As with the recent case in Canterbury – which luckily resulted only in minor head injuries for the victim – almost half of the pedestrians involved in these accidents were over 70-years-old.

Safe-guarding your Fleet with Vehicle Safety Systems

According to the TRL study, two of the HGVs had no front mirror fitted, while one was missing its nearside wide angle mirror.

Blind spots were reported as a contributory factor in 12 of the 27 HGV fatal crashes, while a further three accidents were caused by drivers failing to look properly before manoeuvring.

Unsurprisingly, TfL recommends a simple solution to this increasingly worrying issue: adjustments to vehicles that will improve all-round visibility, including lorry reversing cameras, 360° vehicle CCTV systems and audible hazard sensors.

In fact, the report states: “These improvements in combination with educating the pedestrian […] may have avoided the majority of HGV collisions.”

With so many avoidable fatalities on our roads each year, have you done your bit to protect the public?

Fortify Your Fleet with the VT56AE Reversing Camera System

Vision Techniques’ VT56AE Lorry Reversing Camera System remains one of the company’s most popular products, combining affordability with flexibility for use on LGVs, HGVs, municipal vehicles, vans, buses and coaches.

This versatile reversing camera safety system comprises a sturdy 5.6 inch Colour TFT vehicle monitor, a colour infrared vehicle camera with 20m cable and in-built infrared LEDs for night vision capability, plus a day/night sensor for automatic adjustment.

Discounted vehicle safety systems with FORS

A further recommendation from TfL is for fleet operators to join the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), a voluntary certification scheme that helps fleet owners and operators to operate within the bounds of both law and best practice.

In support of this scheme, Vision Techniques is offering exclusive discounts on its range of reversing cameras and vehicle safety systems to members of FORS.

To claim your discount, simply log in to the Members’ area of the FORS website, at www.fors-online.org.uk.

To find out more about our LGV safety products, contact a member of the Vision Techniques team today.