TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) is distributing vehicle stickers free of charge as part of a study it is carrying out on behalf of the Highways Agency.
TRL has been commissioned by the Highways Agency to investigate the effectiveness of the stickers (or decals) on the close following behaviour of other drivers.
As part of the project, TRL is distributing the decals free of charge to organisations that are able to fix them to their vehicles operating in the UK. Due to the size of the decals (approximately 19cm x 47cm), the vehicles need to be either vans or lorries.
Poppy Husband, from TRL, said: “The relevant text is only readable to drivers who have left a gap of less than three seconds between their vehicle and the vehicle displaying the decal.
“For example, if a driver is driving at 50mph and is able to read the ‘50’, this indicates that they are driving too close. If they have left a safe following distance, which is defined as a three-second gap, they will not be able to read the ‘50’.
“The same applies if they are driving at 30mph and 70mph – the driver will only be able to see the 30 or 70 if they are driving too close.”
For more information or for a supply of the decals (FOC) contact Poppy Husband by email.