Alan Firmin Transport is a long established and respected haulage company with 36 vehicles, based in Snodland, Kent. They are members of the Transport Association and Linq Alliance allowing them complete UK coverage with the ability to call on hundreds of vehicles.
Over the last few years, a series of EU directives have been introduced to resolve the problem of nearside blind spots on HGV’s to reduce accidents and save lives.
A new EU directive (2007/28/EC) requires devices for indirect vision (mirrors and camera-monitor systems) to be retro-fitted to the nearside of trucks by 31st March 2009.
The new legislation increases the class IV and class V areas visible to the driver to eliminate any blind spots. Alan Firmin’s wanted to test the various options available ahead of the deadline.
Brigade fitted a Dobli blind spot mirror to Firmin’s DAF XF95 artic to meet the requirements of the retrofit directive. The mirror mounts on the front nearside corner of the truck, below the windscreen.
Also a BE-300C series flush-mount, side-view camera was fitted to the nearside on a Volvo FH artic with a VBV-750B monitor. The 300C series camera covers all the areas required by the directives 2003/97/EC and 2007/38/EC.
The Dobli mirror is EU approved to meet the requirements of the latest directive. There are different Dobli mirror kits available for most manufacturer truck models, which will have different bracket configurations.
The BE-300C series cameras are ideal for front, side, rear and internal view, providing all round visibility and safety and are compatible with the BE-800 and VBV series monitors. The 300C series also meets the requirements of the European Mirrors Directive (2007/38/EC).
The VBV-750B, TFT LCD colour monitor has a sun shield and anti glare screen providing a clear picture. The five inch flat screen monitor can fit into the dash and is ideal for all vehicle applications, especially when space is limited. The VBV-750B monitor is plug and play ready, with up to three camera inputs.
Alan Firmin driver, Ben Webster said of the Dobli mirror: “It’s good for the nearside and down at the front.”
Driver Graham Goldsmith tested the camera – monitor system. He said: “You can see a lot more with the camera than you can a mirror. As cars go past along the inside, they disappear off the screen, but then appear in your normal vision so there is no blind spot with undertaking cars.”