13 Jul EC report on implementation of Directive on the retrofitting of mirrors to HGVs
4 June 2012 – The European Commission Published today a report on the implementation of Directive 2007/38/EC on the retrofitting of mirrors to heavy goods vehicles that imposed the installation of special mirrors on HGVs in order to reduce risks linked to the blind spot effect.
The European Commissions welcomes the result of its anti-blind spot campaign: the total number of fatal accidents involving an HGV and vulnerable road users would have been expected to decrease by 21.5 % between 2005 and 2009 as a result of the Retrofitting Directive. In reality, the actual number of fatalities in this type of accident decreased by 27.5 % over this period.
The Commission underlines that other measures need to be taken in order to continue to reduce accidents caused by blind spot effect. Lorries should be equipped with vision assistance aids such as sensors and signals. The Commission also insists on training and greater awareness for all the road users.
View the complete report here.