The use of cameras and video technology on vehicles has been increasing over the past few years and there is no doubt that there has been a renewed focus on the technology as a result of the introduction of the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) in London.
Enforcement of the DVS scheme began in March 2021 and in June TfL said it had issued 7,000 penalty charge notices (PCNs). PCNs carry a fine of up to £550.
Some 70,000 HGVs had been fitted with equipment to meet the DVS and 136,000 permits had been issued, according to TfL, which says the scheme is improving road safety and saving lives, although it has not produced any comparative figures.
This research was conducted in September 2021 among the audience of Commercial Motor and Motor Transport magazines and follows a study in March 2021. The aim is to see how operators’ views have changed, particularly regarding the way they are deploying cameras and video technology on their fleets: the reasons for using it; rating of its usefulness; important factors when purchasing it; and essential features.