Palletways Sees Huge Benefits from Fitting Brigade’s mobile digital recording system06 Nov 2015
With vehicles’ operating in a variety of environments from motorways to country lanes and congested towns and cities, some amount of vehicle damage is inevitable. Palletways wanted to reduce the level of accidents occurring to prevent costs associated with vehicle damage and improve safety.
The Palletways Group provides an express delivery solution for consignments of palletised freight, and is the leading dedicated pallet network in Europe. The Palletways network operates more depots and handles greater volumes than any other pallet network. It offers a range of express distribution services for consignments of palletised freight across the UK.
They fitted Brigade Electronics Backeye® camera-monitor system to improve all round visibility and also MDR3 mobile digital recording system. The compact hard disc records up to 780 hours of footage. It can simultaneously record real time images with data such as time, date, location and speed, providing irrefutable evidence. The MDR can be connected to a computer and played back on the viewer software.
The results were impressive as General Manager, Ken Bromage explains: “In 2013 we fitted ten vehicles with Brigade’s MDR. Our insurance company paid for half of this. During the course of the year insurance claims dropped by 47% and the claims value fell by 57%. The insurance premium dropped by 27% the following year. The cost of the equipment had seen a threefold return in the first year.”
In addition to insurance claims, Palletways also saw a dramatic decrease in accidents due to the four camera system to improve all round visibility.
Ken continues: “Of the ten vehicles fitted with Brigade’s camera systems, we had zero reversing accidents in the year, compared with six the previous year. Lane changing incidents dropped from ten to four and we were able to prove to the insurance company that it was the third party changing lanes that had caused a particular incident by showing the MDR footage.”
With such obvious benefits, the business case for fitting Brigade’s camera monitor system and digital recording combination is obvious. MDR quickly pays for itself saving time from lengthy investigations and money on bottom line profits.