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    HGV CAMERA SYSTEMS SAFE LIVES AND COSTS

    Supplier to major utilities company invests in safety for cyclists

    Lanes Group Plc the Leeds based drainage specialist  has announced that the company has invested £200,000 installing one of the UK’s most advanced camera systems on 100 lorries operating on the Thames Water wastewater contract.

    The contract involves drainage assets that serve 25 per cent of the UK’s population, including Greater London, and requires completion of more than 320,000 drainage maintenance jobs a year.

    Video cameras are fitted to the front, rear and sides of the vehicle, giving drivers a view of all blind spots; whilst motion sensors along the nearside detect cyclists or pedestrians and alert the driver to their presence.

    HGV incidents have fallen

    The company reports that recorded incidents involving HGVs have fallen and video footage has helped challenge and disprove fraudulent compensation claims made by other road users.

    The cameras are designed to ensure operations comply with Thames Water road safety standards and London Safer Lorry Scheme which requires all HGVs to be fitted with safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians.

    Paul Jones, Lanes Utilities Transport Manager for the Thames Water contract is reported to have told Health and Safety Matters that:

    “We decided right from the start that we were not going to take a ‘minimum is okay’ approach. Our aim is to provide our drivers with all the support they need to make the right decisions to safeguard the wellbeing and lives of other road users, and pedestrians.”

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