Our campaigning has led to:
Traditional lorry cab with reduced vision
5* Direct Vision lorry allowing driver to directly see other road users
Many lorries operating in London have blind spots requiring drivers to constantly check six mirrors for other road users in busy, narrow streets.
The primary danger to cyclists is where the lorry is turning left and the driver doesn’t spot a cyclist to the front and left. The primary danger to pedestrians is when the vehicle is moving off and the driver doesn’t see a pedestrian crossing just below his or her windscreen.
Direct Vision lorries have cabs like buses used in airports and refuse trucks. We want all urban lorries to look more like this, rather than vehicles designed for motorway use with very high driver cabs which obstruct the driver’s view of a pedestrian or cyclist below.
Our campaigning work on Direct Vision lorries has led to a world’s first driver vision standard for lorry design and permit scheme to remove the lorries with most restricted vision from our roads. In turn this has also led to EU-wide vision standards for new lorries and lorry models coming in from 2026.
Transport for London has already introduced regulations that require large lorries (12 tonnes plus) to meet a one star standard for direct vision from 2021 or be fitted with measures to mitigate danger including cameras and alert systems both for the driver and for other road users (alerting them that a lorry is turning). As of 2024 all large lorries entering or working in London will have to meet a three star standard or be fitted with enhanced mitigation measures.
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HGVs are responsible for more than half of cyclist deaths in London, despite only making up 4% of motor traffic. We've worked tirelessly to End Lorry Danger and in 2021 the most dangerous lorries were finally banned from London's roads.
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