PxPixel
‘HGV safety is cyclist responsibility too’ - BikeBiz

‘HGV safety is cyclist responsibility too’

IAM responds to campaign for European legislation on improving blind spots
Author:
Publish date:
lorry_side_mirror.jpg

Following the campaign for a new European law to improve HGV safety, the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) has called on cyclists to use common sense around HGVs.

Team GB cyclist Rebecca Romero backed the campaign to get MEPs to consider a written declaration on HGV safety, which proposed that new trucks should be fitted with the latest blind spot equipment to improve the safety of cyclists. Around 400 people are killed every year as a result of HGV blind spots, with cyclists among the most at risk groups.

Duncan Pickering, IAM cycling development manager, said: “While any move to improve the safety of cyclists on our roads is a good thing, it is important that we don’t forget that cyclists also have a big part to play in their own safety.

“Prevention is better than cure, and cyclists should never pull up on the nearside of larger vehicles such as HGVs, especially when the larger vehicle is likely to turn left. These vehicles have different turning paths to cars, and the cyclist could quickly find themselves running out of space.

"We also advise cyclists to position themselves at least a metre from the kerb when moving, to improve their visibility to other road users, and to give more space to avoid drain covers and potholes.”

Featured Jobs

the cycle hub

Showroom Manager

The Cycle Hub I Dubai, United Arab Emirates I Competitive Package & Bonus I Date Published Tuesday 26th June 2018

Giant St Paul Logo

Bike Fitter / Sales Person

Giant St Pauls I City of London I Salary: Negotiable Dependent on Experience I Date Published Thursday 21st June 2018

CRC_Logo_620x349-1

Bike Technician

Chain Reaction Cycles I Ballyclare I Competitive Salary & Benefits Package I Date Published Monday 2nd July 2018

Canyon_Logo_1(1)

Brand Content Writer

Canyon Bicycles GmbH I Koblenz, Germany I Salary: Up to €38,000 I Date Published Tuesday 3rd July 2018

CRC_Logo_620x349-1

Retail Sales Advisor

Chain Reaction Cycles I Belfast I Competitive Salary & Benefits Package I Date Published Monday 2nd July 2018