VisionTrack fits Auto Windscreens

Auto Windscreens has specified VisionTrack’s VT2000 telematics cameras in its technicians’ vans for better incident management and to minimise risks.

Russell Hall, fleet manager at the windscreen repair and replacement company, is already a big fan of using cameras, having seen a £50,000 annual reduction in insurance-associated costs last year alone, which he attributes largely to the introduction of similar technology back in 2012.

‘It is difficult to put an exact cost-saving figure on the use of cameras,’ said Russell. ‘We are certain, however, that they have played a huge role in reducing our fleet operating costs and our drivers have been involved in fewer incidents over the past two years, despite the number of vehicles we use increasing. The devices encourage our technicians to behave differently, mitigating risks, and where claims are made when incidents do take place, footage can speed up the claims process, limiting any third-party credit hire charges or similar costs.’

Meanwhile, VisionTrack has called for the government to waive the Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) for fleets adopting accident-reducing camera telematics technology.

The move comes after a similar plea from the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) last week for telematics insurance products aimed at young drivers to be exempt from the duty, which now stands at 10%. Research from its members showed a 40% drop in incident risks among new drivers who use telematics so the trade body is keen to incentivise the take-up of such technology.