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Should lorries be fitted with compulsory CCTV cameras?

Should lorries be fitted with compulsory CCTV cameras?

 

A leading road safety expert has called for all lorries to be fitted with compulsory side, front and rear CCTV cameras as standard

Melvyn Hodgetts, who was in charge of Royal Mail's lorry fleet for over 20 years made his call after 12 cyclists were killed on the roads in a week.


 

Nine of the 12 fatalities were caused by lorries, mainly as a result of blind spots on the vehicle and drivers failing to spot cyclists in their wing mirrors.

Hodgetts explained: "These tragic cycle accidents on London‘s roads illustrate how hazardous our roads have become.

“Despite the best efforts of road designers with initiatives like the Barclays Cycle Superhighway network and early start traffic controls these latest incidents prove that more is still needed.

“One essential improvement would be to push for greater in-cab technology to reduce driver blind spots.

“CCTV has progressed enormously in the last few years and can be a vital addition for drivers and help them to be aware of cyclists and pedestrians when their attention is being competed for by all manner of distractions.

“The latest on-vehicle camera systems not only provide blind spot coverage to give the driver vital vision of moving cyclists around them, but also gather data on driving behaviour, vehicle speed and positioning.

This data is a valuable tool for employers and can help identify the risks being faced daily by their drivers and can be used to both educate the driver and help develop practical measures to help them. Technology can make all the difference to reduce these tragic accidents.”