FMCSA seeks comments on a digital camera monitor system for school buses

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking comments on a digital camera monitor system developed by Rosco Vision Systems.

The New York-based manufacturer requested the FMCSA for a waiver to test the use of a digital camera monitor system to replace the rear-vision mirrors installed at the front of school buses.

FMCSA responded on Dec. 21 by publishing a request for public comment on the Federal Register. Comments on Docket No. FMCSA-2021-0186 can be made online by Jan. 20.

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The Rosco digital camera system (Courtesy of Rosco)

As demonstrated at the STN EXPO Reno Trade Show last month and prior to that at STN EXPO Indianapolis in October, Rosco’s Digital Camera Monitor System, or DCMS, would take the place of the two mirrors required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111 that reflect the roadway behind and along the sides of commercial vehicles.

Rosco aims to obtain the five-year exemption from FMCSA to test the DCMS with school bus contractors that operate with U.S. Department of Transportation numbers to use the digital camera monitor system as an alternative to the traditional mirrors.

Rosco is a maker of automotive vision safety products to the bus and truck marketplace. Founded in New York City in 1907, the firm has grown into the largest manufacturer of bus mirrors in North America. It supplies to all major OEMs and parts distributors including Freightliner/Thomas Built, Blue Bird, Navistar/IC Bus, Blue Bird, New Flyer, Prevost, Gilling, and other bus manufacturers.

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