A new Motor Vehicle Standard ensuring increased rear visibility, FMVSS 111, will phase in for altered vehicles beginning May 1, 2017, and full compliance is required by May 1, 2018.
FMVSS 111 applies to multipurpose vehicles of 10,000 gross vehicle weight or less, and trucks and buses of any size. The standard sets requirements for the performance, reflective area, number, magnification, labeling, and location of the rear view mirrors, and now includes rear view camera systems.
What does this mean for you and your fleet? Any vehicle completed on or after May 1, 2017 and equipped with a rear view camera already meeting the standard requirements must continue to do so after being altered.
On May 1, 2018, additional FMVSS 111 requirements take effect. According to an article published by the NTEA, "these involve system hardware and electronics characteristics such as response time, linger time, deactivation, default view and durability." Image size is another factor that will be regulated under the standard.
Truck Equipment will work with you to ensure any vehicle upfitting is compliant.