Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Only a 'small minority' of lorries fitted with technology to protect cyclists and pedestrians . . .


Only a 'small minority' of lorries fitted with technology to protect cyclists and pedestrians

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Safety fears: cyclists are at risk of being hit by HGVs in London (Picture: Glenn Copus)

Road safety campaigners have criticised lorry companies after a survey revealed only a small minority of them use technology to protect cyclists and pedestrians.

A study by road safety organisation Brake found just one in five lorry companies use rear-facing cameras on all of their vehicles.

Only eight per cent have side-facing cameras and just 12 per cent have side sensors on all vehicles.

HGVs have been involved in all five of the deaths of cyclists in London this year.

Brake said that HGVs make up only 5 per cent of vehicles on UK roads, yet are involved in 23 per cent of cyclist deaths and 13 per cent of pedestrian deaths.

Dr Tom Fisher, senior research and communications officer at Brake, said: "Employers whose staff drive for work have a duty of care both to their own employees and other road users.

"While not a panacea, technology can play a big part in helping them improve safety and exercise that duty, so it is disappointing to see that so many are not taking full advantage of new safety technologies on offer."

Les Owen, compliance consultant at Licence Bureau, said: "Surely it is obvious that the cost of a crash makes it sensible to consider fitting some of the safety technology items."

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