The local authority adopted the Fleetclear LIVE camera system and the Fleetclear Connect web-based software platform, to track, monitor and protect vehicles and drivers.
The introduction of the new technology to its 80-strong fleet of refuse collection vehicles is designed to improve the efficiency and accountability of its operations.
Matthew Birkett, Service Manager, Leeds City Council: ‘We already had a legacy CCTV recording system installed onto waste vehicles, but the retrieval of footage either took too long or we’d discover too late that a camera was faulty and hadn’t captured the necessary footage.
‘We make about 500,000 collections each week, if there is a complaint or issue from a member of the public, or a crew member, we must deal with it immediately. It can’t take weeks or months to resolve.’
Matthew continued: ‘The Fleetclear RXLite camera system provides a HD 360° view around the vehicle so whatever the issue we can see exactly what happened and take necessary action. The image quality is good and with the Fleetclear Connect software we can protect our vehicles and drivers in real-time.’
The new system means that the council can use footage as evidence to mitigate false insurance claims or take action to improve behaviour or safety practices.
Stephen Perrin, Sales Manager (North & Scotland), Fleetclear: ‘Leeds City Council has pulled out all the stops to further improve its waste and recycling service provision and the vehicles that perform collections are an important part of these operations.
‘Our camera systems are robust and reliable, built for harsh environments, and with our software platform the council can now track its entire fleet in real time as well as quickly retrieve specific footage from any vehicle.’