Safety in the Distribution Industry

With the distribution industry booming and an increased demand for home-delivery and courier services, it is essential that delivery vehicles operate efficiently yet safely. Distribution fleets encounter numerous hazards on busy urban roads, resulting in collisions and vehicle damage.


Having to manoeuver in tight spaces, negotiate parked vehicles and stop-and-start amongst pedestrians and other vulnerable road users means driver visibility is fundamental. Added to the pressure of delivering goods on time, it makes the need for visibility aids and warning systems more important than ever.

Which Products Do I Need?

Brigade’s safety solutions are suitable for most commercial vehicles and machines.
To help you select, we have created a series of guides featuring the safety products we recommend for the most common applications.

Select below to view the recommended Brigade products for each vehicle.

Problems Within the Distribution Industry

Incidents and problems in the distribution industry include:

  • Reversing accidents due to rear blind spot
  • Nearside blind spots causing cyclist collisions in urban areas
  • Collisions due to maneuvering in tight spaces
  • Reversing accidents at night due to noisy reversing alarms are switched off
  • Loads being stolen
  • False insurance claims for damaged vehicles or property

How Brigade Can Help

By investing in Brigade’s safety solutions you can improve worker and public safety. Benefits include:

  • All-round visibility for more efficient and safer operation
  • Reduced incidents with vulnerable road users and other vehicles
  • Reduced vehicle downtime due to accidents and damage
  • Reduced noise complaints and quieter night-time deliveries
  • Meet health and safety requirements
  • Improved driver and load safety
  • Improve the company’s reputation in the local community

Case Study - ELB Partners fit Backeye®360

Logistics solutions provider ELB Partners run a fleet of 38, with vehicles ranging from sprinter vans to double deck trailers. They installed Brigade’s Backeye®360 camera monitor system, having previously fitted other similar products that were not up to standard.

ELB partners fitted the Backeye®360, an intelligent camera monitor system that seamlessly stitches together live images, produced by four ultra-wide angle cameras, into a single birds eye view image. This image appears on the drivers monitor, effectively eliminating all blind spots.

Suitable for all applications, the Backeye®360 is designed to assists vehicle operators whilst they carry out low speed manoeuvres. ELB Driver Michael Gregory says, ‘Before the install of Backeye®360, whenever you were driving into town with cyclists, you were constantly looking in your mirrors, but now with the all-round system you can just look at the monitor and see vehicles and pedestrians coming from all angles. It really is a great help.’

Since fitting Brigades system, ELB Partners have been awarded FORS Gold status. Mark Norman concludes:

“Having fitted previous products that weren’t up to standard, Brigade’s equipment has been far better quality in terms of waterproofing etc. The Backeye®360 is all round a much better product.”

Safety Solutions for Distribution

  • Backeye®360 is an intelligent four-camera system designed to eliminate vehicle blind spots and assist low-speed manoeuvrability by providing the driver with a complete 360° view of their machine in a single image.
  • Camera Monitor Systems can help eliminate vehicle blind spots to prevent collisions. Cameras are available to cover the rear, side and front blind spots as well as internal views and to monitor vehicle-specific functions. Multiple camera images can be viewed on a single in-cab monitor.
  • Reversing and Warning Alarms are vital audible devices to warn pedestrians and workers that a vehicle is manoeuvring. bbs-tek® alarms are the safest and yet quietest on the market due to their instantly locatable and directional sound. Options include smart alarms, which adjust to the ambient noise level and speaking alarms. bbs-tek® warning alarms are patented to Brigade.
  • Ultrasonic Obstacle Detection 2,3 or 4 sensor systems which inform the driver of distance between the vehicle and any obstacles, whether moving or stationary. Increases safety when low-speed manoeuvring, reversing or in the near-side and front blind spots where pedestrians and cyclists can otherwise go undetected.
  • Mobile Digital Recording By simultaneously recording footage from up to eight vehicle-mounted cameras, a digital recorder can provide irrefutable evidence in the case of an incident. The lockable hard drive can store up to 1164 hours of data which can be easily accessed via a PC or uploaded via the 3G network or dedicated WiFi.

Featured Product

bbs-tek® Reversing Alarms

Brigade’s patented bbs-tek® white sound® alarms are the safest reversing alarms in the world due to their instant locatability, directional sound and their environmental impact – bbs-tek® warning alarms do not cause a noise nuisance. Already fitted to a wide range of vehicles and industries worldwide, bbs-tek® has become the reversing alarm of choice. In fact, white sound alarms are now obligatory for suppliers of many large construction projects.