Copart UK drives toward direct vision compliance with retrofit and new-build tech 20 October 2020

Daniel Leigh (Webfleet Solutions), Vernon Bonser (VisionTrack), Fred Houghton (Copart UK) and John Crawford (VisionTrack)

Online vehicle remarketing business Copart UK is gearing up for the introduction of London’s direct vision regulations by installing connected technology on its 250-strong transporter fleet over the next few months.

The business, which has 18 nationwide locations across the UK, has implemented an integrated solution which combines Webfleet Solutions’ fleet management platform Webfleet and connected cameras from VisionTrack.

The connected technology is being rolled out to the company’s existing and new transporters, in preparation for the introduction of the direct vision standard in London, where around 20% of Copart’s fleet operates, in March 2021.

“This comprehensive solution ensures that we are complying to the letter when it comes to the direct vision standard, but it also brings a wealth of other benefits,” said Phil Briggs, Copart UK’s director of operation centres, transport and engineering.

“We can gain powerful insights into driver style and behaviour and implement targeted training and education, which can lead to improved driver safety and security, enhanced fleet sustainability and a reduction in fuel and maintenance costs. The camera integration also provides irrefutable evidence in the event of road traffic incidents, giving us a complete picture of what has occurred and why. This not only provides peace of mind for the driver but can also help avoid protracted legal proceedings and rebut bogus damage or injury claims. All this using one single software interface.”

Webfleet’s OptiDrive 360 functionality helps to empower drivers to be greener and safer by giving them real-time feedback and advice on their performance behind the wheel, while profiling them based on incidents such as harsh braking, sharp cornering or speeding to enable issues to be immediately addressed. VisionTrack’s connected cameras, meanwhile, provide associated video evidence for every event, offering context and insights into why incidents occurred.

To help protect the safety of vulnerable road users, VisionTrack DVS kit will be retrofitted on the fleet’s existing London-centric vehicles and will be fitted as standard on 150 of Copart’s new-build transporters, regardless of which area they are being deployed to - meaning the connected forward, rear and side-facing vehicle cameras have been supplemented with side sensors and left-turn warning alarms.

VisionTrack’s camera system also captures footage of vehicles being loaded and unloaded from the transporters to monitor asset condition going on and off the vehicle.

“With eyes on every angle, we will now have full transparency over our fleet operations,” Briggs added.

William Dalrymple

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