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Reversing and parking are key factors in serious van accidents

By Mark Salisbury
Monday, September 3, 2018 - 08:59

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One in 10 serious van accidents are the result of parking and reversing incidents.

A report carried out by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles from Department for Transport figures reveals 1,350 parking and reversing van accidents involving light commercial vehicles in 2016. These accidents resulted in deaths or serious and slight injuries to drivers, passengers, pedestrians or cyclists.

 Far more parking and reversing incidents also occur which do not have a direct ‘human’ impact – but which impact on van operational efficiency.

As well as causing injuries, these accidents force vans off the road for repairs. Downtime costs fleets an average of £550 a day per van while average UK car repair bills stand at £1,678 (source Association of British Insurers).

Little wonder then that parking cameras and sensors can reduce the chance or severity of such accidents.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles says these driver assistance systems can play a significant role in reducing the risk of such accidents. They are offered across the range of Caddy, Transporter and Crafter vans.

Park Assist helps eliminate the risk of accidents by parking the vehicle automatically. To use the system, drivers simply press a button and the vehicle uses multiple sensors to steer itself into the tightest parking spots. All drivers have to do is operate the pedals to execute the manoeuvre.

Front and rear parking sensors can be added as part of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Business Pack, while a rear-view camera, Trailer Assist and side protection monitoring are also available as options.

Sarah Cox, Head of Marketing for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said:

“The figures show how problematic parking and reversing can be for commercial vehicle drivers, especially for those who spend a lot of time negotiating tight spaces.

“Our parking safety technology is offered across the range to allow fleet managers and owners to select the van with the best features to suit their individual operating requirements. It’s all part of our Working With You promise to provide a vehicle and total support package for every UK fleet.”

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