The DVSA has advised that authorities should look at the suitability of the screen material to the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and whether it has an effect on side curtains, side seat air bags, seat belt restraints or any other safety systems if these are fitted.
Operators should be able to evidence that a product complies with government and industry regulations, as well as any additional requirements the licensing authority has.
- Assurance that the product is compliant with government and industry regulations, for example the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations and relevant safety, UK and European Community (EC) legislation.
- Evidence that the product has been tested to relevant EU standards and approved by appropriate certification organisation.
- Directions about how screens should be fitted, for example, by a professional in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Screens should not be fitted by the drivers themselves.
- Specification of what screens should be constructed of, for example, PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol-modified) or polycarbonate.
- Screens should not impede the driver’s vision, movement or communication with passengers, or the driver or passenger access or egress to the vehicle.
- Insurers should be notified of any modifications made to the vehicle.
- Confirmation from the manufacturer that the installation does not compromise the integrity of the vehicle’s structure and safety features.