Safe Light Systems was invented by the late Keith Martin and furthered by the current partnership group. Keith was the inventor and designer of this patented cleaning system and it was Keith’s passion to develop an effective cleaning system to deal with the “fouling” of tail lights and license plates on all trucks while working in mud, dusk and snow conditions. Unfortunately Keith passed away before his dream could be fully realized. Our goal is to continue his legacy and develop Safe Light Cleaning Systems into a new standard in the trucking industry.
The Safe Light management team has an amazing track record having started and developed several successful businesses throughout the years. Our group has a very strong business background in the forest industry and truly understands how imperative and essential road safety is.
Jim Munro – President
Jeff Robinson – Secretary /Treasurer
Peter Tiani – Director
Grant Purdue – Director
The need for this product was first identified in Northern British Columbia. In this region there is considerable snowfall over the approximate period November 1st to April 30th, and there are extensive periods of unpredictable freeze/thaw in the shoulder seasons. A large proportion of the heavy truck and trailer fleet in northern British Columbia operates on unpaved, resource sector roads, which are prone to mudding during wet weather, and dusting during dry, summertime conditions.
Federal and provincial vehicle safety legislation mandates that all vehicles have clearly visible lamps and reflectors, both in the front and in the rear, at all times. The BC Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) branch has additional regulations that govern the use and operation of commercial vehicles, including requirements for clearly visible marking lights around the perimeter of tractor / trailer combinations. Significant fines can accrue to operators who fail to maintain those marking lights (including brake lights) in accordance with existing legislation and regulations.
The current practice in the British Columbia trucking industry is for drivers to clean their marking lights manually at their start of shift, then again periodically when the vehicle is stopped for any reason (fuelling, etc.). Under many conditions, but particularly during the winter months, a vehicle’s marking lights can become covered, and essentially invisible, within minutes of being manually cleaned.
The issue of marking light fouling has become especially acute in recent years because vehicle marking light arrangements now almost exclusively use LED light systems, rather than incandescent bulb systems. Incandescent light systems used to provide sufficient heat to at least partially melt snow and ice fouling off their lenses – LED systems provide no heat whatsoever and therefore no softening or melting of accumulated snow and ice.
Safe Light Systems uses a patented approach and system to clean the marking lights at an ideal interval of once every 2 minutes. This can be altered to the users needs and can be installed retroactively as an after-market attachment to existing trailers and trucks, or it can be factory installed at the time of manufacture.
From a safety perspective, this system uses robust Department of Transportation approved fittings throughout. All air lines, fittings and terminations carry written confirmation that they’re DOT compliant and because this system is passive, it does not require input from the vehicle operator beyond turning on the system.
The principal benefit by the using this cleaning device is its ability to keep marking lights (including license plate lamps) uncontaminated under all weather and road conditions. Vehicles in general, and industrial trailers in particular, can operate with full illumination of tail and brake lamps, greatly reducing the likelihood of rear-end collisions on highways and resource sector roads.