Frequently Asked Questions
The entire system has been engineered to be cost efficient. It comes in easy-to- install kits, which can be attached to any vehicle with air brakes in approx. four (4) to six (6) hours.
The BSK-96-12 kit contains six basic items: (1) The Control Switch Module, (2) 8 ft. Rubber Sensor, (3) 8 ft. 4mm Sensor Tubing, (4) Sixteen Mounting Tabs, (5) BAS Valve and (6) 4 mm Connector.
The BSK-96-12-L kit contains six basic items: (1) The Control Switch Module, (2) 8 ft. Rubber Sensor, (3) 8 ft. 4mm Sensor Tubing, (4) 2 pc LED Strips, (5) BAS Valve and (6) 4 mm Connector.
Both systems connect with the truck (or trailer) service brake system and the rubber sensor is mounted on the rear of the vehicle.
- Back-up alarm beepers, which are often totally ignored by pedestrians, even when used with flashing lights.
- Electronic eyes are also used. However, they become “blind” with road dirt.
- Cameras, which can be expensive, are easily damaged and subject to vibrations and theft.
- Sonar systems may have “dead” spots that do not permit a full view.
None of these devices actually stop a vehicle automatically.
Backstop systems are manufactured under the strict guidelines and auspices of Backstop – USA t/a, a division of Universal Life Safety Products.
Backstop had been in development since 1980. After two full years of extensive field-testing, it was introduced in the U.K in 1983. It became available on the U.S. market, after some modifications, testing and approvals early in 1986.
Backstop can be purchased and installed by your local fire equipment distributor, fire apparatus or truck repair center and all fire apparatus manufactures. Backstop USA does not install systems. Municipalities can order direct by filling out the quote form on this website.