Safer trucks

Trucks account for around 4,000 fatalities a year across the EU. Approximately 900 of these deaths are cyclists and pedestrians

Direct vision for truck drivers

Direct vision is what the driver can see with his or her own eyes, without the aid of mirrors or cameras. Unlike cars, trucks have not been subject to any minimum standard for direct vision. Improved direct vision could save 550 lives a year in the EU. In 2019 new EU legislation (passed as part of the reform of the General Safety Regulation) mandated that new trucks “shall be designed and constructed so as to enhance the direct visibility of vulnerable road users from the driver seat, by reducing, to the greatest possible extent the blind spots in front and to the side of the driver, while taking into account the specificities of different categories of vehicles”. 

Attention now turns to the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe which will bring forward specific proposals for how to implement the above commitment across the different truck categories. A number of manufacturers have already come forward with low-entry cabs. As can be seen from the photo below, these cabs give drivers significantly enhanced direct vision, thereby improving safety for all road users.

The evidence for direct vision is overwhelming. On average drivers react 0.7 seconds faster seeing something with their own eyes as compared to viewing it through intermediate aids such as mirrors or cameras.

T&E’s work on safety is supported by Transport for London, FIA Foundation, the LIFE operating grant of the European Commission, and T&E’s members.