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HGV safety schemes need to go national

Safety schemes for HGV operators must be mandated nationally if vulnerable road users are to be protected UK wide, says campaign group Steersafe.

London now has the Safer Lorry Scheme, CLOCS and FORS, but Steersafe argues that cyclists and pedestrians are equally vulnerable outside London and an improved national standard is required.

“It’s bad enough that the safety measures introduced in London still don’t take full account of the hazards of blind spots, but that these are confined to the capital is absurd,” said Chris Hanson-Abbott, founder of Steersafe.

“Every year, thousands of cyclists suffer avoidable accidents nationwide due to driver blind spots. These are all visible using a 360-degree camera system to give the driver a continuous birds-eye view of a wide footprint all round the vehicle.”