Posted: December 2020
Logistics UK, formerly the Freight Transport Association (FTA), hosted their Transport Manager event virtually this year.
Emily Hardy, Marketing Manager, Brigade Electronics UK, presented an update on the Direct Vision Standard. The legislation which came into force on 26th October 2020 won’t be enforced until 1st March 2021. However, Natalie Chapman, Head of South of England and Urban Policy, Logistics UK who provided a presentation on urban restrictions in one of the earlier seminars, stressed that operators should not leave it until the last minute to apply for the safe permit. Hardy continued that the application process can take a month and therefore the unwritten deadline is more realistically January 2021.
The webinar also discussed the merits of indirect vision (Cameras, sensors, etc) over direct vision. Previously Transport for London (TFL) had said that direct vision provided the best solution to the blind spot issue but Hardy pointed out the limitations of direct vision alone saying: “quite simply if the driver is not looking, he will not see.” Brigade recommends a combination of active and passive systems to support the driver and alert his attention to something in the blind spot that he might otherwise not have seen. Hardy concluded that the good work of FORS and CLOCS over the last ten years would be diminished if the importance of indirect vision was not considered of utmost importance.
Hardy discussed what operators should look for when selecting a supplier with regards to value for money such as warranty period, service and support and fitting services.
The webinar also looked at some of the misconceptions in the industry including whether or not a vehicle can increase its star rating after it has left the manufacturer.
Watch the on demand version of the webinar below: