Improved driver behaviour a top benefit from fitting camera systems to fleets, reveals new report
Driver behaviour topped the list for operators when it came to improvements found from fitting camera systems to their HGV fleets.
In a recent report compiled by CM and sister title Motor Transport, more than half (56%) picked this as the biggest benefit to their business, followed closely by 47% citing a reduction in incident reporting since installing the technology.
A decline in personal injury claims was next on the list, as was improved fuel economy, reduced incident investigation time and ability to refute false claims.
More than three-quarters of operators surveyed perceived camera technology to bring exceptional value to their organisation.
On a scale of one to five, where one represents no value and five means it is invaluable, the average rating stood at 4.2: A significant 43% scored the technology as five – ‘invaluable’; 33% gave it a high score of four; 22% opted for a middling score of three; 2% rated it a low two; and only 1% found the technology to have no value at all to their business.
However it appears that despite the clear and tangible benefits cited by operators, lowered insurance rates are only offered to around one-third (32%) of those we surveyed, with 41% seeing no benefit from cheaper premiums.
To see the full findings of this insightful survey, which covers topics including Direct Vision Standard, driver-facing technology and future features, download the free Camera white paper today.
Network Rail troubled over bridge strikes
Hauliers have been warned again about checking the height of their vehicles after a skip lorry seriously damaged a railway bridge in Warwickshire, resulting in £200,000 in repairs.
Network Rail said the railway along the bridge over Warwick New Road in Leamington Spa, as well as the road itself, both had to be closed in March after “significant” damage to the bridge’s central arch was caused by the skip wagon.
Marc Vipham, Network Rail route asset manager said bridge strikes like this were entirely avoidable:
“Lorries can’t limbo,” he said.
“I can’t stress enough how important it is for drivers to know the height of their vehicle.
“Closing a key line for freight traffic has serious impacts delivering critical supplies to many key workers and institutions.”
Research carried out by Network Rail showed 43% of lorry drivers admitted to not measuring their vehicle before heading out on the road and 52% admitted to not taking low bridges into account.
To combat this, Network Rail launched its ‘Lorries can’t limbo’ campaign last year, aimed at professional HGV drivers and others who drive high-sided vehicles.
It includes online training and guidance in several languages to help drivers and logistics companies plan their routes.
In May 2019, senior traffic commissioner Richard Turfitt said bridge strikes had become a serious problem and that operators as well as drivers were being reported by Network Rail to the office of the TC for regulatory action to be taken.
There are on average five bridge strikes every day.