They are seen as dangerous machines that dominate the road and cause collisions even though they have half as many accidents per miles travelled as cars.
But their shear weight and size means that accidents are even more brutal when an HGV is involved.
Companies are fined serious amounts of money for HGV reversing accidents, as this HSE case study demonstrates. This is for good reason.
An HGV has many blindspots and there are hundreds of potential accidents that can occur.
The most common of these is when a pedestrian does not see a moving HGV and the driver misses them because of his blind spot.
Should HGV reversing cameras be mandatory?
Last year Sir Alan MP, while presenting a Road Safety Bill to the House of Commons, said: “I want to see better protection for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users, along with better support for HGV drivers who face being involved in fatal accidents.”
The Bill, which proposed powers for the secretary of state to bring in measures to require blindspot-eliminating equipment as standard on new HGVs, failed to complete passage through parliament.
Vision Techniques HGV reversing camera systems
At Vision Techniques we believe all HGVs should be fitted with reversing equipment.
We have a comprehensive range of reversing cameras for just that reason, successful throughout many sectors and vehicle applications.
With our reversing camera systems, you can expect:
– Fewer accidents
– Lower insurance costs
– More vehicles in operation
By making a small investment in our safety equipment, you will see a marked improvement in safety for workers, the public and see significant cost savings too.
Incidentally, we also have a range of reversing alarms, reversing sensors, auto braking systems and vehicle CCTV equipment.