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    Heavy Vehicles with Additional Monitors and Alarms: Stay Safer on the Roads Print

    The Chiayi Motor Vehicles Office, Directorate General of Highways said that when a heavy vehicle turns or changes lanes, the difference of radius between inner wheels and a blind spot are usually to fall into neglect that cause traffic collisions, pedestrian injuries or fatal accidents. In view of this, in order to reduce the traffic accidents of heavy vehicles, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication revised the traffic regulations and vehicle inspection regulations – from January 1st, 2020, buses and trucks should be installed driving visual field assistance system and some types of vehicles should be installed turning and reverse alarms when conducting regular inspections in accordance with regulations to ensure safe driving.

     

    Regarding driving visual field assistance system, it includes a video monitor in car, which is able to show the images of left and right sides of the vehicle while driving,
    side-view mirrors and sensor alarm systems, or a round-view monitor with integrated technology, which are able to provide images of vehicle's surroundings and alarms if a car approaching the blind spot. These systems will issue warning sounds to alert the driver, reducing traffic accidents caused by the blind spot of the visual field, which is equivalent to the driver's third eye.


     
    In addition, turning and reverse alarms are used when vehicles turning or changing lanes. The system will not only have the direction lights, but also issue beep or warning sounds to alert turning left or right. The passerby can immediately notice it and take the necessary protective actions if needed, which is equivalent to the driver's other mouth.


     
    The Chiayi Motor Vehicles Office also reminded the owners of heavy vehicles that from January 1st, 2020, all buses and trucks should be installed driving visual field assistance system in accordance with regulations, and 3.5 tons or above trailers, or 5 tons or above buses should be installed turning and reverse alarms in accordance with regulations while conducting regular inspections. According to statistics, at the end of April 2019, it was only about 25% of heavy vehicles installed driving visual field assistance systems. In order to enhance driving safety, the authority calls for vehicle owners to install driving visual field assistance systems and turning and reverse alarms in accordance with regulations in advance in order to avoid the peak period, which may cause delay for vehicle inspections due to lack of supply and being fined. Moreover, it is reminded that the vehicle owners can go to the Motor Vehicles Office or authorized vehicle inspection centers to provide installation invoice for inspection and registration. It is not necessary to apply the changes of vehicle.

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