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52% of fleet operators willing to fit proximity sensors to protect road users

More than half the UK’s fleet operators are willing to fit proximity sensors to their vehicles to help protect road users.

The finding followed a seven-day survey by the comparison website TrackCompare.co.uk. Asked Would you use proximity sensors on your vehicles to protect vulnerable road users? 52% said yes, 48% said no.

The poll was held after the road safety charity Brake called on operators of every type and size of vehicle to minimise blind-spot risk.

Kjell Anderton, a director of TrackCompare, said: “Although there’s much to be done to get everyone on board, it’s encouraging more than half of fleet operators say they are willing to fit proximity sensors.

“Their comments appear to be a good reflection of current thinking. They include ‘I’d use proximity sensors to protect my insurance premium more than anything,’ ‘Yes, for sure,’ ‘No, not really. We already have cameras,’ ‘Depends on cost,’ ‘No, it would cost too much to implement,’ ‘Yes, if it stops all the claims in accidents,’ ‘Yes, if it would benefit the business,’ ‘If it saves lives, then why wouldn’t you?’ and ‘It’s something we are thinking about, actually, at the moment.’”

Other comments included:

  • Yes
  • Probably not something we would look at, to be honest.
  • Not sure
  • No way
  • I would consider it
  • We might do
  • No, not our style
  • Yes, potentially
  • Maybe, yes
  • This could be something we look at. However, we don’t have the budget, and what benefit would it have to us?
  • Wouldn’t want to pay for them
  • Yes, if it actually works
  • Not something we’re interested in
  • Yes. We were actually thinking about it and read up on it recently

*The TrackCompare.co.uk snap poll was held from June 3– July 9. The question asked was Would you use proximity sensors on your vehicles to protect vulnerable road users? A total of 52% said yes, 48% said no.

See also:
Texting ‘more dangerous than drink-driving’
Poll: 30% of fleet operators eat and drink while driving

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