Vehicle Avoidance Lighting is a new lighting concept designed to increase visual awareness of the ‘Vehicle Distancing Margin’ (VDM) and the associated ‘area of high risk’ which should be avoided and kept unobstructed by all. The VDM and the associated ‘area of high risk’ can be adjusted inwardly or outwardly to suit the height of fitment from the road. The illuminated footprint also assists the driver of the principal vehicle to see more clearly along its sides in poorer lighting conditions.
To assist with Transport for London’s (TfL) Bus Safety Standard and London’s Vision Zero, TfL and Metroline are trialling the Vehicle Avoidance Lights (VAL’s) on 24 London Buses. Phase two of the trial, the switching ON of the VAL’s, started on Monday 12 October 2020. It is hoped that phase three (the VDM and the associated ‘area of high risk’ will flash on the ground during the bus indicator cycle), will start in the first week in December 2020.The trial is being independently conducted by Loughborough University.
Vision Zero for London
Vision Zero for London aims to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s transport system.
The Mayor’s Transport Strategy and the Vision Zero action plan focus particularly on reducing road danger on our road network, because people are much more at risk of injury when travelling on our streets than they are when travelling by rail or the Underground. These documents outline the important first stages in a wide-ranging programme of actions that we are taking now and over the coming years.
VAL’s known as ‘Lunar Cyclelights’ are also available for pedal powered vehicles – https://www.lunarcyclelights.com . The Vehicle Distancing Margin (VDM) and the associated ‘area of high risk’ is projected on both sides of the cyclist (lighting conditions permitting). The ‘area of high risk’ can be set at approx. 1.5 metres, as per #OpClosePass being advocated by Police Forces and should be avoided by other road users. The ‘area of high risk’ should not be projected into the path of pedestrian’s or a vehicle’s to ensure a safe vehicle distance. Such mutual safety prompts of the VAL’s, along with the added benefit of combatting poor light in difficult weather conditions, will help to prevent many road accidents involving vulnerable road users. The rider too can use the VDM and the associated ‘area of high risk’ that’s being projected, as a comfortable guide to staying clear of others, in the interest of personal and others’ safety.