New Forest Council have installed Banksman reversing radars across their entire fleet of vehicles and now fit the Vision Techniques ‘Auto-Braking’ system as standard, so we met with John Steed to find out why.
As one of our flagship councils with ‘Auto-Braking’ reversing radars we were eager to speak to John from New Forest council to find out more about his experiences with this modern safety technology - and how the system has affected the management of his team.
John decided to upgrade his waste vehicles to auto-braking due to the success of the basic Banksman radar - detecting any hazards when the vehicle is reversing. The newer Auto-Braking systems will stop the vehicle if any hazard enters its ‘danger zone’.
“Refuse vehicles spend 50% of their time going backwards, and the majority of our insurance claims were issues due to reverse collisions. We wanted to prevent this from happening and find a way to reduce this high incident rate.”
John runs a fleet of 195 vehicles in New Forest council, which includes 30 waste vehicles that operate five days a week. John trialed the radar system to prevent drivers from colliding with objects when reversing.
“We hear from other councils about accidents involving vehicles’ reversing - even with other suppliers’ radars installed - and we’re proud to say we don’t have any stories like that – it just doesn’t happen.”
The beauty of the automatic braking radar system is that the system will prevent any collision with another vehicle, wall or even pedestrian, completely reducing the risk when maneuvering vehicles with low visibility.
“Since installing the auto braking system on our vehicles, we haven’t had a single reversing accident with our trucks, which is absolutely fantastic.”
The Banksman system is unique in the industry to use FMCW radar and full Can Bus interface, which can automatically programme detection zones. This provides unrivalled levels of hazard detection, preventing accidents at the council.
“We hear from surrounding councils about unfortunate accidents involving their vehicles’ reversing - even with other suppliers’ radars installed - and we’re proud to say we don’t have any stories like that – it just doesn’t happen.”