School Coaches & Minibuses
Taunton School was suffering from opportunistic people making false claims against its drivers. They needed detailed video and location evidence which only dash cameras can provide.
It was back to school recently for Fleet Witness, when we visited Taunton to fit cameras into their fleet of coaches and minibuses. Set in picturesque grounds, the magnificent building is ‘home’ to pupils from both the UK and abroad. Many are boarding, but around 180 pupils are transported daily from various locations in Somerset. Their safety and security is the school’s number one priority.
Nationwide, hundreds of school coaches and buses are on our roads at the busiest times of the day when difficult traffic situations or incidents can and do occur. A dash cam is the impartial witness to any accident and is fast becoming a ‘must have’ for car drivers and fleet owners, so it’s only a matter of time before schools realise the potential of having them on board as well.
Take Taunton for example; their fleet consists of three coaches, twelve mini-buses, three MPVs and a couple of utility vehicles, and over the last few years, they have had a number of claims made against them which they were unable to defend due to a lack of evidence. The school decided that the only way forward was to install dash cams across the whole of their fleet. A move which has been welcomed by both professional drivers and academic staff alike.
Installing The Kit
After exploring a variety of options, Taunton school decided that a front-only camera system would be the best option.
The BlackVue DR590 is a simple, front-only camera which is tamper proof, and will record from the moment the ignition is turned on, until the vehicle is turned off. This made it a perfect fit for Taunton school.
Retrieving footage is as simple as taking the SD and out of the camera, and putting it into a PC or laptop.
Once the customer was happy with the proposed kit, they placed the order. The cameras were set up in our office and an installation date was arranged. Bearing in mind that the vehicles were used on a daily basis to transport pupils to and from the school, it was agreed that half-term would be the best time for installation. Our engineers spent a couple of days working on the vehicles making sure they were all completed to a high standard within the scheduled time to be reading for the pupils’ return after the break.
Upon completion, the engineers checked that the cameras were in the optimum position in each vehicle. After some training on how to use Fleet Witness Live to watch the footage and change the camera settings, our team left the happy customers before making their way back to the Fleet Witness offices.