What is being done to keep cyclists safe?
There is a vast difference between what a driver can see directly through the windows (as opposed to through mirrors or cameras) from different lorries. Standard cabs make it difficult for drivers to see directly cyclists to their left or close in front of them. Direct vision cabs, as in the picture, are safer because they allow drivers to see much more around them.
LCC has been at the forefront of ending lorry danger and continues to campaign for safer lorries, drivers and fleet operations.
Many lorries are fitted with a wide array of safety equipment such as cameras, sensors and alarms, designed to save lives. Technology is also being used to support procedures such as vehicle inspection and driver monitoring. (Photo credit: Mobileye)
Transport for London, London local authorities and the European Union are all considering or have put in place regulations or initiatives to improve cyclist safety around lorries.
Many lorry operators have taken steps to increase safety for vulnerable road users. The industry has established voluntary safety standards such as FORS and CLOCS and many operators meet those standards. Many have started to upgrade their fleet with direct vision lorries and additional safety devices.