One of the things that stood out from the Police's reactionary "lets spend a morning stopping all cyclists and HGVs in London" day this week was that a full 50% of HGVs were breaking the law. They only stopped 20! The majority were drivers driving for too long (therefore tired and not paying attention) while the others were for vehicles not having the required safety measures fitted.
How big a trucks blind spot really is - video
I really would like to see this video re-done with a non-articulated contruction lorry (of the type involved in so many of the London fatalities) with properly adjusted mirrors. I simply don't believe that there is a significant blind spot to the left of these vehicles.
Seems I'm not the first person to have this thought:
Also, apparently this is the mirror coverage that you're supposed to have on a modern HGV:
It's clear that the truck in the video falls well short of that.
None of this changes the fact that cyclists are very well advised to avoid riding up the left of such vehicles, but rather than bothering cyclists without helmets, the Met's efforts would be rather better spent checking the mirror adjustment of the trucks on our streets.
the truck in the video is about 15years old and has all the correct mirrors for a vehicle of that age. The only one missing that a modern one would have is one above the windscreen on the passenger side looking directly down and across the front of the truck.
There's a contradictory message given to cyclists.
1) Oh, you want lanes? Well we'll give you a few facilities at junctions.
2) FOR GOD'S SAKE DON'T RIDE THERE!! It's dangerous!
It could be said that the vehicle is not really road worth, certainly not for driving in towns and cities, if it has blind spots that large.
As a lorryist mentioned on a similar thread that's happening on facebook just now.. Whatever happened to the 'drivers mate' job that was commonplace years ago? Zero blind spot with one of those..
I never filter up the inside of anything, it's a mugs game.. Is it even legal?
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