…all working together in partnership – Vehicle Avoidance Lateral Lights

Vehicle Avoidance Lateral Lights (VALL's)

Jimmy Beam Downlights Limited (JBDL) is pleased to announce that it is working in partnership with Metroline and Transport for London (TfL) to trial the new Vehicle Avoidance Lateral Lights (VALL’s) system on 23 of its buses. The VALL’s is a new form of a vehicle lighting system and project a carpet of light along the sides of the vehicle (daylight intensities permitting). This carpet of light helps with TWO areas of concern: Firstly, it helps the driver to see along the sides of the vehicle when driving in poorer lighting conditions and so reducing the possibility of causing injury to anyone or damage to property; Secondly, all road users benefit but in particular the Vulnerable Road User (VRU). There is now a visual ‘area of greater risk’ along the sides of the vehicle which ought to be avoided in the interest of their own personal safety and for the safety of all others.

Coach without VALL’s

VALL’s Video

Coach with VALL’s

The 1.5 Metre Footprint Is Used By Some Police Forces in their #OpClosePass

Just the same as with driver’s being prosecuted for passing or overtaking ‘too close’ to a cyclist, any cyclists that enter in to the Vehicle Avoidance Lateral Lights (VALL) illuminated footprint when in the proximity of a vehicle, could be deemed ‘too close’ and depending upon the circumstances, may be cautioned and/or prosecuted, if spotted. This information is correct and has the agreement of the West Midlands Police as of 07.11.2017.

If a vehicle is using external recording cameras in conjunction with the VALL’s and an incident occurs within the illuminated footprint, any possible impingement of the area can be examined with possible blame apportioned. The Highway Code stipulates a clearance to be given to larger vehicles to enable its safe handling.

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