Are you ready for a change?
This subject may have been unconsciously overlooked by many business owners in the past; but there are changes coming for commercial vehicles and doing your research can save you time and frustration. The changes that are about to go in effect will affect some businesses now and others in the future as their class of vehicles are phased in for enforcement.
The changes are coming in the form of additional requirements to the rear visibility portion of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS 111). This Standard has been for the rear view mirror (performance, number, reflective surface area, magnification, labeling, and location of rear view mirrors) of multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses. The change to include rear vision systems in the Standard comes from the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was directed to develop rules appropriate to expand the driver’s field of view in an effort to lower the incidence of backup accidents.
The extended area behind a vehicle which is part of the new regulations deals with is a 10 foot by 20 foot space directly behind the vehicle that a driver cannot fully view with traditional mirrors. See demonstration video link below.
The standard calls for altered vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs. or less to be in full compliance by May 1, 2017 where applicable. There are performance requirements for the rear vision systems in this new portion of FMVSS 111. Full compliance is required for vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less, manufactured on or after May 1, 2018. The phase-in calls for the field of view criteria to be met (where it applies to altered vehicles) beginning May 1, 2017. A vehicle that is completed on or after this date and equipped with a rear vision system already meeting field of view requirements must continue to do so after it is altered. For example, when performing a pickup box removal on a truck meeting the field of view requirements with the OEM camera system, the camera will need to be reinstalled (or an equivalent, compatible camera installed) on the new body and in a position which continues to satisfy the field of view requirements. In vehicles with limited rear vision, installation of a backup camera which provides the necessary rear view will be mandatory.
If you plan on up fitting your commercial vehicle, it would be a good idea to check with your up fitter to make sure your vehicle will be in compliance with the new regulations after changes are made to the vehicle. We expect to hear of updated enforcement regulations for vehicles with a GVWR in excess of 10,000 lbs. in the future.
Just imagine that own a box truck or other commercial vehicle that the field of view directly behind the truck/van is limited with traditional side mirrors, there may be no rear view mirror on the windshield because there are no rear windows or a cargo box behind the cab. You might consider researching a back up camera system to provide safety for your driver and those pedestrians potentially behind your vehicle that you may not even know are there in a backup situation. There are many vendors that provide these systems to address the new regulations.
See some video demonstration information here:
If you own a commercial vehicle with limited rear visibility, it may make sense for you to research how the new FMVSS 111 changes may affect your business. Even if your particular vehicle does not immediately fall into the enforced category currently, it would be a good idea to look into the variety of rear view camera systems available. Making your vehicle safer in a back up situation is always a positive change for the better.
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