New safety measures coming for business vehicles

Road incidents involving your fleet can have a big impact on your business. So are you making the most of the safety technology available to make your business vehicles and their drivers as safe as they can be?

A series of safety measures outlined by an EU bill look set to become a standard feature of new vehicles by 2022, but what features can you expect to find if you purchase a new vehicle for your business after this happens? This new legislation covers a number of safety features set to become mandatory for brand new business vehicles, including the following:

  • Intelligent Speed Assistance systems and data loggers – that’s in addition to systems that are currently optional, such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, which covers features including lane keep assist, driver fatigue detection, autonomous emergency braking and reversing sensors or cameras.
  • Improved ‘direct vision’ – this gives lorry drivers better visibility of vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. The standard used is Transport for London’s Direct Vision Standard.

As a business owner operating a fleet of vehicles, these safety considerations aren’t just for keeping your own drivers safe; they’re for the safety of other road users, too. The aim of the legislation is to reduce the number of fatal accidents across the continent, with a forecasted 30% reduction in collisions that could mean up to 25,000 lives saved over 15 years.

Innovations in vehicle safety technology are being made all the time, and even without looming legislation governing what’s fitted to new vehicles, it’s always worth keeping abreast of the latest developments to protect your drivers and fleet.

Intelligent Speed Awareness technology, for example, is coming along in leaps and bounds, the ultimate idea being that it will be able to work out speed limits through a combination of GPS and cameras that can read road signs. It will then automatically limit the power to make sure the vehicle complies with the limit at all times, although drivers may still have the ability to override this system if they consider it safer to do so.

Of course, it goes without saying that as well as protecting your fleet with the latest safety technology, it’s also vital to have the right fleet insurance cover in place to minimise the business impact of any road incident should the worst happen. Whether you operate two company cars or a dozen lorries, we can help you find the right policy for your business needs – and you’ll save on the cost of insuring vehicles individually. Fill in this form to request a quote and we’ll get back to you right away.