New 360 degree cameras are improving safety on waste vehicles
Release date: 12 June 2017
Ubico Ltd, the environmental services provider for Cotswold District Council, is fitting new 360 degree vehicle cameras to all new collection vehicles, and the ones in place so far have improved the safety of crew members and other road users.
Cllr Sue Coakley, the CDC Cabinet Member for the Environment, comments:
“Ubico first trialled these cameras in West Oxfordshire and they have been very successful in reducing the risk of potentially serious accidents. Here at Cotswold we are already reaping the benefits from the new cameras which create a safer working environment for the collection crew and other road users.
“Perhaps the biggest improvement is the fact that when the nearside indicator is activated, the camera display gives the driver a clear view of the left hand side of the vehicle, revealing any cyclists who would previously have been in a ‘blind spot.’
“Additionally, if the vehicle gets too close to an object or vehicle - either at the front or the rear - an alarm will sound and the brakes will be applied automatically. Another alarm sounds if the vehicle strays out of marked lanes while travelling on dual carriageways.
"And one unexpected bonus is that we are seeing a reduction in the number of third party insurance claims as we can now provide evidence that our vehicle was not involved in the collision.”