I was invited by TfL along with Cynthia Barlow of RoadPeace to join a delegation to Brussels consisting of London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan and Olympic cyclist and representative of British Cycling, Chris Boardman.
We presented a declaration, supported by 130 European countries and mayors of 4 European cities, calling for amendments to the weights and dimensions directive to include the mandatory requirement of improved direct vision.
As awareness of the blind areas around HGVs has increased, this problem has traditionally been addressed by requiring fitting of extra mirrors. Drivers are now in sensory overload, where it takes up to 6 seconds to scan every mirror and the road ahead. Complete redesign of the cab to give drivers a much better line of sight and visibility around the cab will make life easier for drivers, and reduce the risk posed to vulnerable road users.
The UK government is not supportive of the proposal, but we will continue to challenge. This is a once in a decade opportunity to influence cab design, and we may not have the chance for another decade.