Notts & Derby invests in Centrad

Notts & Derby buses, part of The Wellglade Group, has invested in Centrad eight-camera CCTV systems for five new ADLs joining its fleet.

The company has had a long-term relationship with Centrad stretching back 13 years. Originally using the company for destination display equipment (Centrad initially specialised in electronic LED destination displays, before branching into Vehicle CCTV and telematics) Notts & Derby owns 30 other buses, mostly doubledeckers, which are all fitted with Centrad cameras.

Offering 360-degree coverage around the vehicles the cameras are designed to provide ultimate visibility for the whole fleet.

“As well as complete visibility it also offers protection to our drivers and passengers” – Stuart Frost, Manager of Notts & Derby

Stuart Frost, Manager of Notts & Derby, said: “Not only do Centrad’s cameras give all round protection to our vehicles but also to our drivers and passengers and indeed Notts & Derby itself as a company.

“In fact our drivers were really pleased when we introduced them.

“In the event of a claim where a driver may have to brake or take evasive action and a passenger is injured as a result, we are able to see what has happened and the events that followed. False claims are not exactly unheard of in our line of work and if we were unlucky enough for this to happen then of course the Centrad system will have more than paid for itself.

“As well as complete visibility it also offers protection to our drivers and passengers – for example in the event of disruptive teenagers on board a bus – offering peace of mind to those on board.”

Centrad was established in 2006 by Managing Director, Geoff Cross. With Geoff’s background in bus operations, Centrad’s USP is developing innovative solutions which meet gaps in the market.

Stuart Frost from Notts & Derby added that investment in the Centrad system had substantially reduced their insurance premiums. While driver behaviour is not monitored as a matter of course, the cameras are used retrospectively in the event of an incident.

“Basically, it covers your back and provides total peace of mind!” he said.

Geoff Cross, Managing Director of Centrad, said: “We’re delighted to continue to support the Wellglade Group and protect their fleet with our camera systems. Our systems will no doubt provide Notts & Derby a return on their investment many times over during the life of these vehicles”

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