The government is planning to outlaw the removal of sideguards and rear under-run devices on HGVs as part of its drive to reduce cyclist deaths across the UK. The plan is contained in the DfT’s British Road Safety Statement (BRSS) published this week, which also proposes doubling the fine for HGV drivers using mobiles whilst driving. It also confirms that the long awaited HGV platoon trials will go ahead next year. The move to make sideguards and rear under-run devices […]
There are still 400 longer semi-trailer allocations available, the DfT has said, and operators only have four weeks to apply for them.
Sir Peter Hendy, commissioner at TfL, opened the fourth meeting of the Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety (Clocs) initiative with an admission: “I did not expect this activity to grow as quickly as it has.” He added later in his keynote speech: “You all work on relatively thin margins but you’re bursting with ideas about how to make things safer.”
Improved mirrors that eliminate HGV blind spots will become mandatory on newly registered vehicles from July of next year across the EU.