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T&E clean freight director William Todts said: “Truck blind spot accidents are killing hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians every year. This is an entirely avoidable tragedy and direct vision trucks, like the Mercedes Econic, are the solution. So it’s great news that the Commission is going to mandate direct vision trucks, but safer trucks are needed now, not in a decade. The 2028 deadline is unacceptable and we expect the Commission to improve the proposal before they issue it next year.”
A recent study by the Danish road safety research institute suggests the majority of truck blind spot accidents, involving cyclists could be prevented with better direct vision. Transport for London has recently decided to ban trucks with very poor vision from the city.