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A hat camera loan scheme is being launched by hi-viz product company Gizapaw as part of a campaign to encourage drivers to slow down for horses, writes Caroline Bankes.

“Our staff came up with the idea after talking to riders at BETA [British Equestrian Trade Association International trade fair] who were expressing concerns about drivers on the roads,” said Gizapaw’s David Daly.

The company has 10 hat safety cameras available to riders on a free two-week loan, with more likely to be added in future.

Riders applying for a camera who do not have a high-viz jacket will be supplied a HackCam hi-viz tabard by Gizapaw.

Before loaning the camera riders need to provide two guarantors from their yard. Gizapaw will send all the videos and images of dangerous driving recorded to the government to provide evidence that riders’ road safety is a major issue. Mr Daly is also approaching his local Conservative Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson.

“We need to highlight the problems riders are experiencing on the roads from impatient drivers,” said Mr Daly. “A lot of drivers do need re-educating as to how to pass horses in a safe manner.”

The company started selling the range of Veho’s Muvi hat cameras two weeks ago in response to rider’s demands.

The cameras start at £99 and include a hat band, SD card and waterproof case.

To apply, email: enquiries@gizapaw.co.uk.

Ref: Horse and Hound, 17th March 2016