The Concept of ‘Vehicle Downlights’ and the DRIVER BENEFITS
Injuries and Fatalities
In the year 2015-16 in the UK, 393 PEDESTRIANS and 148 PEDAL CYCLISTS were KILLED or SERIOUSLY INJURED in accidents involving a Bus/Coach or an HGV!
Driver Safety Concerns
If you are the Driver of any type of vehicle, wide or long, short or thin, you are faced with TWO fundamental safety concerns, one of which, you have no control over.
The 1st is: ‘being able to see clearly along and to the sides of the vehicle particularly in poor or dark lighting conditions’.
The 2nd is: ‘hoping to maintain a suitable clearance around your vehicle in stop/start traffic in towns and in cities’. This is crucial; a) – to ensure the safe handling of the vehicle and; b) – to ensure the safety of the vulnerable road user.
On the rail network, if you have ever used the train or the underground, you will know that there is a visible line along the platform which everyone is encouraged to stand behind. This ‘keep clear’ area is a well-known practice and is there, in the interest of the personal safety of the vulnerable passenger.
So for use on the roads, the JBDL ‘Vehicle Downlight’ offers a footprint or margin of light along and adjacent to the sides of the vehicle which illuminates automatically at ‘slow speed’, in stop/start situations, up to and including 15 kph.
This helps the driver to see better as to what could be in close proximity to the vehicle in fading light conditions, and at the same time, offers the Vulnerable Road User a visual definitive suggested ‘keep clear’ area or margin, which should be avoided in the interest of their own personal safety, just the same as in the train analogy.
The ‘Vehicle Downlight’ footprint also ‘flashes’ in conjunction with the indicators, although the downlights are NOT directional indicators per se. The JBDL’s also come ON with the vehicle lights, to help to highlight the presence of the vehicle when driving in poor light or weather conditions.
The UK’s Department for Transport and the Vehicle Certification Agency confirms vehicle downlights can be used on the roads of the UK and they can also be fitted to ‘new-builds’ at manufacture.
The German Federal Ministry of Transport and the Federal Motor Transport Authority confirms that side marker / downlights can be used on the roads of Germany. They can also be fitted to ‘new-builds’ at manufacture in line with UK stipulation…News.