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Transparent door panels for trucks in London

Jan 22, 2016
A public consultation launched today (22 January) sets out the intention to require all HGVs on London’s roads to have a transparent panel fitted in the lower half of the passenger door to improve visibility (with the exception of a small number where retro-fitting is not possible).

Commenting on the proposal, FTA Head of National & Regional Policy Christopher Snelling said, “Improving visibility for HGV drivers is really important, but there are many different ways to achieve this. We are disappointed that the Mayor has chosen to focus on just one option without clear evidence that this is the best way to deliver the desired outcome.”

“Side panels have limitations, for example, if the vehicle is carrying a second crew member or equipment then the view may be obscured. In recent years the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) have made additional mirrors, cameras and sensors a priority for HGVs. Now suddenly this one panel is the answer – and those who have already eliminated this blind spot through technology will be forced to adapt their vehicles again to address the same problem.”

FTA estimates that the cost to the UK’s HGV fleet operators of retro-fitting vehicles with transparent panels would be around £280 million. The Association questions whether this is the best use of such a huge investment on safety.

Picture: Christopher Snelling

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