The number of vans on UK roads has been growing exponentially over the last few years. From the increasing popularity of online shopping in a hugely digitised post-pandemic era to a rapidly growing logistics industry, vans now make up a huge proportion of road-going traffic.
According to the latest information from The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport (PACTS), vans have the highest rate of ‘other road user’ deaths per mile travelled. Additionally, one in three (29%) of all road fatalities and more than one in five (21%) of all casualties occur while driving for work.
With this comes huge challenges for van operators. These include risk of collisions due to vehicle blind spots, theft and criminal activity, driver error, insurance ‘crash for cash’ scams and more stringent van legislation.
Here at Brigade, we have been working closely with Logistics UK and its Van Excellence Standard to highlight the need for safety technology for vans.
Since January 2021, changes to the Van Excellence Code have required all new vans entering fleets to be fitted with safety equipment, such as reversing alarms, sensors and cameras, to prevent collisions and protect vulnerable road users. This brings vans in line with larger commercial vehicles, particularly in the freight, haulage and construction industries that have been adhering to voluntary schemes, including Truck Excellence, FORS and CLOCS for more than a decade.
Since these changes were implemented, Logistics UK has reported a significant rise in van safety standards with more than 100 businesses and local authorities now choosing to operate their vans to the ‘highest standards of safety, compliance and efficiency’.
We are now working to encourage van operators to understand the need for these vital safety features and are pleased to introduce a specially designed portfolio of high-quality Brigade products that meet the safety demands of the van market – Brigade Van.
The Brigade Van portfolio includes a camera monitor system featuring forward-facing and rear-facing cameras that provide real-time images of objects and people in the vehicle’s front and rear blind spots. These images are fed back to the driver via a high definition ‘mirror monitor’ which clips onto the van’s existing rear-view mirror, making it quick and easy to install.
The camera monitor system can be integrated with Brigade Van’s MDR Digital Video Recorder and dash cams. This vehicle CCTV system, which records and saves footage, provides invaluable and irrefutable evidence in the event of an incident and acts as a deterrent against thieves and crash-for-cash insurance scammers – helping to cut insurance premiums and provide peace of mind for van drivers.
For electric and hybrid vans, the absence of a combustion engine means that when the vehicle travels at speeds below 12.5mph it is almost silent. As of 2021, every electric and hybrid vehicle on the road has to be retrofitted with devices that can be heard at low speeds. Brigade’s QVS Quiet Vehicle Sounder integrates its patented bbs-tek® technology that creates a highly directional and instantly locatable sound to warn vulnerable road users of approaching silent electric and hybrid vehicles.
For further information about Brigade and our range of commercial vehicle safety products, please contact us.
FHD Mirror Monitor
Number Plate Camera