Vision UK: Looking towards a safer future

Vision UK’s safety equipment more than meets the needs for Direct Vision Standard, FORS and CLOCS schemes

Vision UK has designed its Vision FORS Gold System to meet the requirements of FORS, CLOCS Standards and the Safe System requirement of Transport for London’s HGV Greater London Safety Permit Scheme.

These standards are the FORS Standard Version 5, which came into force on 14 January 2019 and updated January 2020; CLOCS Version 3.0, which also came into force in January 2019, and the HGV Greater London Safety Permit Scheme, which comes into effect later this year (26 October 2020), although safety permits for the scheme have been awarded since October 2019.

Exceeding demands

Vision UK’s Vision FORS Gold System has been designed to exceed the demands of the FORS Gold Level scheme and the CLOCS accreditation.

In order to qualify as a FORS-approved Safe System, the installation should have a number of functions. Failure to meet these requirements will not prevent a vehicle meeting the requirements of the standard, it is simply something that some inspectors may recommend.

The system’s Close Proximity System Sensor should operate regardless of whether the direction indicators are activated below 20 mph (this is a change introduced with the January 2020 revision). The low-speed capability is fairly easy to provide and – as a number of companies have their own site rules that require this functionality – Vision UK has added a speed control module to its FORS Gold system specification to enable this functionality.

Safe Systems should have the power to the Left Turn Alarm connected via a switch on the dashboard so the driver can turn the alarm off between 11.30 pm and 7.00 am. The alarms Vision UK supplies are powered, so it is no problem powering the alarms. While Vision UK does not include a switch with this system, this is not an issue due to the wide variety of styles and functionality of switch available.

Vision UK offers Proximity Sensors on the FORS Gold System that are low cost, easy to use and seamlessly incorporate into the system.

Vision UK’s equipment greatly enhances a driver’s view of blind spots that can often be missed, which is not only dangerous to operators but also other members of the public. This meets the Safe System Guidelines that state that the sensors on rigid vehicles should ensure coverage six metres down the nearside or one metre from the rear of the vehicle, whichever is smaller.

Direct vision

The TfL Direct Vision and Safety Permit Scheme is slightly different to the other schemes as it is mainly focused on pushing the design of vehicles to improve the driver’s ‘Direct Vision’ of the blind spot areas of the vehicle.

When Direct Vision is introduced this year, vehicles that do not meet the minimum safety requirements will need a Safe System installed. A Safe System comes with a variety of equipment – to improve indirect vision, they need to come with Class V and VI mirrors, a camera monitoring system and a sensor system with driver alerts. Also required is an audible vehicle warning to alert road users of intended manoeuvres; side-underrun protection to minimise the physical impact of a hazard; as well as warning signs. Without these, operations in London will be impossible.

Vision UK’s Vision FORS Gold System is aimed at those operators who want to demonstrate the commitment to safety culture and who want to save costs by reducing accident-related costs (insured and uninsured) and reducing the number of accidents.

The system consists of a monitor; reverse, front and side cameras; a proximity detection system; a digital video recorder, left turning and reversing alarms; and AV extension leads to suit the application.

In addition, Vision UK offers a number of other FORS, CLOCS and DVS compliant systems.

The company’s LDVS-70 SD is the company’s entry-level system package. It meets the requirements of the Greater London HGV Safety Permit Scheme ‘Safe System’.

The system includes a speed control module that will automatically turn on the Nearside Proximity Detection System below 20 mph, and an external audible left turn manoeuvring alarm that can be disabled by the driver if the vehicle is operating between 11.30 pm and 07.00 am.

This system can be further expanded to incorporate a reverse camera and a forward-facing close proximity detection system.

The LDVS-70 HD is an upgraded version of the LDVS-70 SD. This system package provides similar performance to the SD system but features Vision UK’s Heavy Duty M-715 Monitor and High Definition Blind Spot Camera.

This system provides HD quality images and can be expanded to incorporate a Reverse Camera and a Forward-Facing Blind Spot Camera with an integrated close proximity detection system.

Vision UK’s ever-popular CLOCS-70 System has been updated for 2020 with HD Cameras. This system keeps drivers safe, increases public awareness of HGVs and meets the Safety Equipment requirements of the Safe System, FORS Silver and CLOCS schemes.

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