Replacing the windscreen on your car is often a necessity if, for example, you have cracks too big to risk, or if you have chips in a particularly irritating position. For HGV drivers, however, things are slightly different! Trucks and lorries are the giants of the road, and as such, they need their own specific care when it comes to windscreens and damage.
Repair and inspection guidelines for various areas of HGVs and other large fleet vehicles were published by the UK government in 2012, and this guide offers a number of helpful hints as to what to bear in mind when looking for a consultation on damage to your lorry or truck’s windscreen. Above all, it is important to remember that the criteria for windscreen replacement in larger vehicles such as these is considered less flexible.
These rules differ to those relating to cars due to the sheer size of HGV windscreens, meaning that there is a whole new set of ‘zones’ in which cracks and chips can fall into. The biggest of these zones, referred to as ‘Zone B’, covers the vast majority of the vehicle windscreen which does not fall into the field of vision of the driver (‘Zone A’). If chips and cracks fall within ‘B’, it will be far more likely that you will experience a short repair as opposed to a full replacement, as it will be considered less of a risk to the safety of the driver.
As a result, damage caused within the majority of the windscreen can be repaired without it being considered a risk enough for full replacement – while the same rules apply here as they do for cars (chips will still become cracks if you leave them long enough!), it has also been noted that cracks of up to 150mm / 15cm in length can be repaired without quibble. This is a much higher allowance than is applied to smaller vehicles! At any rate, the safety of the driver, the safety of road users and the stability of the vehicle are priority, therefore each case will be analysed on a unique basis.
It should also be noted that, in windscreen inspection on larger fleet vehicles, certain blemishes and defects will not be classed as criteria for repair, let alone replacement. For example, a numbers of scratches, however cosmetic, will usually be regarded as non-critical if they are light and spread sparsely around the larger area of the windscreen. However, it is also noted that a heavy concentration of scratches, wherever they may be located, may indicate problems with your windscreen wipers that require separate attention.
While the field of vision as judged by these standards is comparatively small compared with standards for smaller vehicles, the importance of driver safety is nevertheless still of critical importance. This is particularly important when related to haulage and fleet vehicles, as it is understood that not only are there individuals at stake, but there is also potential business loss. Windscreen repair and replacement within HGV and fleet vehicles are therefore treated with the utmost professionalism and checks are thoroughly carried out in line with government recommendations.
As repairs to fleet vehicles could need to take place at any time, anywhere within the UK, this service is available throughout the country, whenever and wherever you need it. Time is critical to businesses operating with HGVs and lorries and it is therefore priority that such a service is available with as much flexibility as possible. While the criteria may be a little tighter than what you may receive if your car’s windscreen received a ding or a particularly deep scratch, repair will be arranged as and where you need it!