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Key Considerations In Public Transport Safety

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Posted on 10th Aug, 2017 by Jonathan Peach

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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