Digital cameras a top priority for DVS Safety Permit, CM reader research shows

Digital camera technology tops the list for hauliers purchasing new equipment to meet Direct Vision Standard (DVS) requirements, according to brand-new research by Commercial Motor and sister title Motor Transport.

In the ‘Hot Topic: Industry Insight 2021’ report, 82% of operators investing in DVS-compliant fleet technology splashed out on camera and recording systems. This was closely followed by three-quarters of hauliers purchasing sensors with driver alerts and 71% installing audible left-hand-turning devices.

Carried out in December 2020, CM’s research revealed that around half (47%) of respondents would be affected by the incoming DVS rules, which are due to be enforced by TfL from 1 March. Of those affected, 70% had to purchase additional safety gear to comply.

With more than four-out-of-five operators we surveyed buying new digital camera equipment, we asked Lytx Europe for advice on picking the right tool for the job.

“To meet DVS regulations, vehicles will need to be fitted with a certain standard of safety equipment. However, this is an opportunity for managers to look beyond the basics. This includes the implementation of innovative video telematics technologies such as machine vision and artificial intelligence (MV+AI), which can go further than just improving visibility,” Damian Penney, vice president, Lytx Europe, told CM.

‘‘The machine vision scans and recognises the internal and external environment of the vehicle, while AI identifies anything that could be a risk and triggers a recording. 

“This could include the driver’s behaviour – for example, if they are looking at their mobile phone. These video clips offer actionable insights that operators can refer to in the coaching of drivers, rewarding safe drivers while helping those who need to improve. 

‘‘For those investing in add-on technology for the first time, one of the most important steps is to secure buy-in from everyone who will be impacted. This includes communicating as early as possible how the technology works, how data will be used, as well as how it will benefit the driver.’’ 

Download the free Hot Topic: Industry Insight 2021 report today to find out hauliers' key challenges, investment plans and confidence for the year ahead. Or to find out more about the incoming DVS requirements, why not check out CM's free online guide.


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