An article on a leading fleet website has praised the increased prevalence of technologically advanced safety systems in the vehicles of several manufacturers and new Ford vans in particular, which has led to a dramatic proportionate reduction in the number of deaths and injuries caused by road accidents involving commercial transport in recent years.
The author of the editorial article challenges some observers who have theorised that the installation of safety systems can lead van drivers to become more complacent on the roads, by putting the changes over the years to light commercial vehicles (LCVs) into their proper context; the year the Ford Transit was first produced, for example, seatbelts were not even included and 'air conditioning' was provided by a leather strap which could hook open sliding doors. Today, however, electronic stability control (ESC) is available, which reduces engine torque to restore steering stability when required, or applies the brakes to individual wheels if this measure is not enough to steady the vehicle. Ford, the article states, is one of only a handful of manufacturers who offer this technology as standard in all of its new LCVs, even though it has been proven to have saved thousands of lives since its introduction.
The safety campaigners Roadsafe have been amongst several organisations to have called upon more businesses to only use vans fitted with ESC from now on, with their director, Adrian Walsh, claiming that those which do not take advantage of the system are losing a total of £2.7 billion every year due to avoidable accidents.
The piece singled out Ford's range of LCVs, which is headed up by the group's iconic Transit vans, as being especially forward thinking when it comes to the introduction of such systems, with the US based manufacturer widely known for the importance it places on ensuring safety amongst drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike, throughout both its domestic and commercial brands.