Commercial vehicle legislation, regulation and certification heavily influences the automotive industry at all levels. We aim to provide safety solutions that meet and surpass regulation and certification requirements, ensuring a quality product is brought to market that keeps drivers and vulnerable road users safe across the globe.
The Electric Vehicle Regulation
UNECE Addendum 137: UN Regulation No. 138
When operating below 20kph electric and hybrid vehicles are almost silent, leading to collisions with pedestrians and cyclists who simply could not hear the vehicles coming. Both Europe and the USA have introduced legislation to ensure Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems are fitted to quiet vehicles. Both sets of regulation are identical when measuring the sound emitted by the AVAS: the pass-by noise is measured at 2 m and at speeds up to 20 km/h.
The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is the first legislation of its kind. From October 26 2020, ALL goods vehicles over 12 tonnes will require a permit to drive into Greater London, including vehicles from outside of the UK.
Enforced by Transport for London (TfL), the legislation is based on a ‘star rating’ indication how much a driver can see from the cab in relation to other road users.
UNECE Regulation No 46 (R46) covers devices for indirect vision and their installation by applying a test procedure to devices to establish whether all mandatory and optional HGV mirror classes allow the driver to view a specific minimum field of vision requirement. Only camera monitor systems with UN ECE Regulation 46 approval can be installed in place of a compulsory mirror.
Abbiegeassistent (Turn Assistant) proposes that trucks over 7.5t be fitted with a side camera and a sider sensor warning system to allow the driver to know if anything is in the nearside blind spot – especially important when the truck is turning right.
For the time being, Turn Assistant is voluntary, however this is likely to change within a few years with the BMVI pushing for mandatory retrofitting of blind spot technology to trucks. Major supermarket and logistic companies who are official partners of the BVMI campaign have already installed Brigade’s Turn Assistant devises to their fleets with many more companies planning to follow suit.
Cross Traffic Monitoring was at the center of reducing accidents and involves monitoring the blind spots at the front of large vehicles. Blind spots are often caused by the sheer length between the driver and the front of the vehicle or by the many technical aids attached to a vehicle. Emerging from a blind junction with such a large vehicle is incredibly dangerous and was proving to be a cause for some accidents – a driver would have to drive 3.5 meters in to the road before checking for oncoming traffic due objects obstructing a driver’s view from either side.
An IP rating or Ingress Protection rating is a system formed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to define levels of sealing effectives of electrical enclosures against foreign bodies. To put this simply, an IP rating will indicate how waterproof and dustproof an electrical product is.
This system for measuring ingress protection is defined in standard EN 60529 (British BS EN 60529:1992, European IEC 60509:1989) and describes how foreign bodies can enter an electrical products housing.