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Should reversing cameras be compulsory?

Should reversing cameras be compulsory

Posted on 10th Jun, 2016 by Jonathan Peach

Reversing accidents are one of the biggest causes of death and injury at work, and continue to be one of the biggest dangers on today’s roads. In fact, HSE research shows that 25% of all deaths involving vehicles at work occur when vehicles are reversing. With this in mind, it begs the question: Should reversing cameras be compulsory?

More detailed research, carried out by the University of Huddersfield, also showed the broad range of industries that reversing accidents affected. In a survey looking at 60 vehicle operators in the UK, 30% of reversing accidents occurred at a home delivery operator; 39% at a large parcels operator; and 38% at a depot of a large food retailer.

Reversing cameras: What do they do?

Reversing cameras essentially deliver a ‘live’ image of an area directly behind a vehicle. This allows a driver to gain a better perspective of the road and spot potential accidents before they happen. Using a compact, wide-angle lens, the camera gives a driver a much broader view of the landscape, which can’t be achieving using just rear-view window and mirrors.

One of the best things about our reversing cameras is that they are compatible with absolutely any vehicle. Whether you drive a car or a HGV, it’s new or ten years old, our reversing cameras are guaranteed to fit.

The perks of reversing cameras

There are so many benefits of installing and using a reversing camera in your vehicle, here are just a few:

  • Clearer, better view out of the rear of your car, particularly in larger vehicles like HGVs
  • Common blind-spot zones eliminated
  • Awareness of all kinds of hazards – from people to objects
  • Increased safety of vehicle, allowing you to easier park and manoeuvre in tight spaces
  • Huge legal benefits if you have a crash – our camera systems record those all-important moments so you’ll have clear evidence of the event.

While reversing cameras come with many benefits, they still have to be used with caution and care. You can’t substitute good driving habits with a rear view camera. Checking your mirrors is still essential.

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Should they be made compulsory?

Giving the number of incidents and deaths that have occurred as a result of reversing accidents, it would make sense for reversing cameras to be made compulsory. With no negative side-effects and plenty of benefits to offer each type of vehicle, there’s no downside to this type of reversing technology. In fact, reversing cameras have already been made mandatory in the US, with other countries like Australia looking to follow their lead. Surely it’s about time the UK followed?

At Vision Techniques, we offer reversing camera systems superior to most others on the market.  They can also be teamed with VT Banksman, our reversing radar system for ultimate in vehicle safety.

For more information on any of our products, give the team a call today on 08452 872 2540.

What are your thoughts on the issue? Do you think reversing cameras help to reduce accidents on the roads and in the workplace? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or tweet us @VisionTechnique