Most lorries have large and effective rear-view mirrors, but reversing equipment adds extra safety for drivers, vehicles, pedestrians, buildings, and street furniture. This article reports interviews with operators, who have reduced the number of accidents, repair costs, and insurance premiums by installing reversing systems. It also briefly describes four such systems now on the UK market: (1) Greensight from Groeneveld; (2) Clarion Backeye and Backscan 2000 from Brigade Electronics; (3) C-Vision from Vision Techniques; and (4) Mobitronic RY-100 from Road-Pro. A few years ago, reversing systems were more likely to be regarded as optional accessories, but some operators today consider them essential to health and safety, while some others view them as part of a common-sense approach to vehicle operations. The systems add little to vehicle weight, and some of the more complicated models are becoming easier to install. While their cost may seem prohibitive, there is evidence to suggest that their presence can save massive investments in accident repairs and possibly huge fines resulting from an accident. A recent report by researchers at the University of Huddersfield, based on data supplied by 60 operators controlling over 880 vehicles, showed that 23% of lorry accidents occurred while the lorries were reversing.

  • Availability:
  • Corporate Authors:

    Reed Business Information, Limited

    Quadrant House, The Quadrant
    Brighton Road
    Sutton, Surrey  United Kingdom  SM2 5AS
  • Authors:
    • McQueen, S
  • Publication Date: 1999-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 34-5
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 189
    • Issue Number: 4819
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-3063

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00767080
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 6 1999 12:00AM