Belle Vue upgrades entire private hire fleet with CCTV
Stockport-based Belle Vue Manchester is upgrading its entire private hire fleet by installing CCTV cameras to improve the safety of its passengers and drivers.
The investment encompasses over 40 vehicles, including minibuses, single- and double-decker coaches and Belle Vue’s collection of vintage buses. All of the company’s school buses are already fitted with CCTV cameras.
The private hire programme is nearing completion and is being carried out with equipment supplied by Journeo.
Belle Vue’s single-decker vehicles are being fitted with eight cameras – four internal and four external ones – with an additional four on the upper deck of each double-decker.
Contracts manager, George Baker, who is spearheading the project, said the company’s investment of around £150,000 will help to reduce insurance claims as well as enhancing safety.
Belle Vue’s private hire fleet is used for express inter-city services in partnership with FlixBus, as well as for day trips and outings, UK and overseas tours, private functions, corporate and sports travel.
“The aim is to reduce insurance claims, improve passenger and driver safety and provide assistance with regards to lost property” – Contracts manager, George Baker
George said: “We expect the programme to be completed in early 2024. The aim is
to reduce insurance claims, improve passenger and driver safety and provide assistance with regards to lost property.
“We chose the Journeo system because it allows the remote download of camera footage which we can access wherever our vehicles are. As we provide national and international travel, this is imperative.
“The CCTV system connects to the Journeo Portal through the Journeo Edge unit installed in each vehicle, which provides a real-time map so that we can see where every vehicle is at any time.
“It also gives live information about the health status of the CCTV system, which means we can provide proactive maintenance to keep digital video recorders, monitors and cameras working at all times.
“Because footage can be downloaded remotely in our monitoring suite, it saves time and labour as we don’t have to send someone into the vehicle to retrieve it manually.
“Once on the portal, the operator is able to preview footage to ensure that an incident has been captured.
“This footage can then be downloaded on to our local server. The download package also includes the required playback software to allow the footage to be passed to insurers or police without them requiring additional software.”
“By partnering with Journeo, Belle Vue has access to the Journeo Portal, providing it with enhanced CCTV features” – Michael Rutherford, Journeo’s business development manager
Michael Rutherford, Journeo’s business development manager, said: “By partnering with Journeo, Belle Vue has access to the Journeo Portal, providing it with enhanced CCTV features.
“The real-time map not only provides an instant view of the location of the entire fleet, but also provides the option to view journey replays and other tools to quickly investigate incidents.
“The CCTV health status feature offers valuable information for more efficient maintenance of the system, and the remote download feature saves many manpower hours as it removes the need for anyone to visit the vehicle to obtain footage.”