For the second year running, Salford based Video Telematics company VUE Group will be launching an exciting new bridge alerting system at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham. On Stand 5B73 the team will be on hand to answer any questions about the Low Bridge Alerting System; a brand-new technology that helps fleets avoid a common problem; bridge strikes.
There are on average 5 bridge strikes every day in the UK, each costing a fleet around £13,500. Of course, a bridge strike has a huge cost implication to the vehicle operator, but even more significantly, could result in the loss of their operating licence if a traffic commissioner deems that they did not have appropriate control measures in place.
With VUE’s technology, the risk of low bridge crashes is significantly reduced saving costs not only from preventing vehicle damage, but also from damages to bridges and any loss of service that may ensue.
The solution itself takes the driver out of the equation, reducing the potential for human error; a common cause of bridge strikes. The driver is not required to input any information when entering a vehicle, it is done automatically after the initial install of the hardware. The driver is then alerted in-cab when they are at risk of hitting a low bridge during their journey. These alerts are stored on the VUE connected platform for reporting purposes, and can also be set up to be sent to specified email addresses.
The system not only acts as a preventive measure, but also provides companies with recorded evidence of driver warnings. Frequency of alerts can be adjusted using parameter settings to suit the specific requirements of a fleet.
Glen Mullins, Managing Director of VUE commented; “This new technology aims to help fleets avoid bridge strikes, and if one were to happen, regulatory action. It provides the driver with clear and repeated warnings of a low bridge on their route, giving them every opportunity to avoid a collision.”
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