Abbiegeassistent (Turn Assistant) proposes that trucks over 7.5t be fitted with a side camera and a sider sensor warning system to allow the driver to know if anything is in the nearside blind spot – especially important when the truck is turning right.
For the time being, Turn Assistant is voluntary, however this is likely to change within a few years with the BMVI pushing for mandatory retrofitting of blind spot technology to trucks.
UNECE Addendum 137: UN Regulation No. 138
Both Europe and the USA have introduced legislation to ensure Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems are fitted to quiet vehicles. Both sets of regulation are identical when measuring the sound emitted by the AVAS: the pass-by noise is measured at 2 m and at speeds up to 20 km/h.
Over 700 accidents involving agricultural vehicles occur in Germany every year. To combat this, DLG (German Agricultural Society) with support from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Customs Infrastructure, committed itself to reducing the frequency of accidents across Germany’s agricultural sector.
Emerging from a blind junction with such a large vehicle is incredibly dangerous and was proving to be a cause for some accidents – a driver would have to drive 3.5 meters in to the road before checking for oncoming traffic due objects obstructing a driver’s view from either side.
These changes will see the introduction of a ‘hierarchy of road users’. This means those who are most likely to be seriously harmed, i.e. pedestrians and cyclists, will have greater priority over other road users.
Road safety in Europe – supporting Vision Zero
Launched in Sweden in the 1990s, Vision Zero has become a multi-national road traffic safety project, highlighting the importance of equitable mobility for all.
Vision Zero’s principles focus on the fundamental improvements that need to be made to improve road safety standards, along with the policies that should be put in place, to prevent needless fatalities and injuries caused by road traffic collisions.