Transport For London

HGV Cycle Safety Technology

TFL’s Cycle Safety Plan is helping to ensure London’s cycle revolution is backed by real action to make cycling in the capital safer. Whilst cycling fatal casualties increased by 17% last year, 40% of cyclist fatalities in 2010 involved an HGV or similar vehicle, highlighting the need to take action, which is where Backwatch commercial vehicle safety technology can help.

The Mayor’s Transport Strategy has called for a revolution in the way we travel round London. Cycling journeys have doubled in recent years and the Mayor’s ambition is for cycling to have 5% modal share (currently 2%) by 2026, requiring a 400% increase in cycling compared with cycling levels in 2000.

As HGV safety technology improves, so the issues of cyclist / HGV collisions continue to gain profile. Selecting the right type of equipment for your fleet is essential in ensuring the maximum benefit for your drivers, your business and improving safety on the roads. And it needn’t cost a fortune – Backwatch have several cost efficient options to suit all budgets and requirements. Backwatch will assist you with the following key steps:

  • Identification: Our team will help identify the need for a vehicle safety system and support you in making the right choice of equipment.
  • Implementation: Qualified Backwatch fitters will install the system across your fleet and train your drivers.
  • Ongoing support: We monitor and suggest improvements to the system ensuring that future benefits and developments in technology are realised.

There are currently two main types of HGV safety technology on offer – camera systems and sensor systems. Sensors detect cyclists and alert the driver visually and/or audibly. Cameras allow a continuous view of blind spots and can be combined with recording systems for reporting and training purposes. Both of these in-cab alerts can be combined with external warnings to alert the cyclist or pedestrian of the vehicle’s next manoeuvre.

A four week safety trial was carried out by the Department of Transport for London. Click here to see the results.