Commercial vehicle operators and manufacturers are determined to put safety at the forefront of their operations, according to new data from the Department for Transport showing collision rates of vans and trucks have fallen dramatically over the past decade. Ongoing advancements in vehicle design and assistance technology mean today’s light commercial vehicles (LCVs) are 27 per cent less likely to be involved in a collision per billion miles travelled compared with 10 years ago – while heavy goods vehicle (HGV) collision rates have more than halved.
Brake’s Road Safety Week put the spotlight on safer road travel throughout the UK as van and truck operators focus on how fleet investment can grow their businesses while protecting people – with the forthcoming Commercial Vehicle Show 2024 set to play a crucial role in helping them make the right investment decisions.
The CV Show last year attracted 12,000 visitors from across Britain with fleet buying authority, eager to see some of the world’s biggest vehicle brands demonstrate their latest HGVs and LCVs equipped with wide-vision cabs and cutting-edge technology to support safe driving. Joining them were more than 100 suppliers of vital safety-supporting products such as cameras, reversing aids, telematics and braking and tyre management systems designed to maximise safe operations.
Next year, even more operators are expected to attend Birmingham’s NEC from 23-25 April, with the chance to get an up-close look at new developments in the sector on the show floor. New for 2024, attendees will get expert operational safety advice in a comprehensive seminar theatre programme covering critical concerns such as driver well-being, attracting and retaining top talent and transitioning fleets from fossil fuels.
Susan Kitchener, executive lead, the CV Show, said:
For commercial vehicle operators, every week must be road safety week – and the CV Show plays a crucial role in supporting that safety focus. With the widest range of vehicles, products and advice all under one roof, it’s the most important date in the calendar for suppliers to reach forward-thinking operators that are consolidating their commitment to safe operations.