Improved mirrors that eliminate HGV blind spots will become mandatory on newly registered vehicles from July of next year across the EU.

The measure, championed by the UK government, was adopted following a vote yesterday (16 December) by the European Commission.

For the first time it will be mandatory for all newly registered vehicles in the UK to have the improved mirrors.

The new safety standard has been developed by the DfT, and understands that rather than a specific class of mirror, the requirement will be for a larger viewing area.

This will, in theory, be achievable through use of a combination of existing mirror technology as long as the larger area of view is achieved.

The DfT said the measure would boost cycle safety and added that last year 115 pedal cyclists were killed or seriously injured on British roads in accidents involving at least one HGV.

Freight and logistics minister Andrew Jones said: “Safer lorries mean safer cyclists. I am delighted the UK government has got the outcome it wanted.

“As a result of our actions, Europe will now adopt these improved standards which will save lives.

“As well as leading EU efforts to improve cycle safety, the government is investing in the UK, providing safer junctions on road networks, traffic-free cycle links and cycle training in schools.”