Class VI Front Blind Spot Mirrors Consultation
As a clear view of the area close to the front of a HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) is of fundamental importance to road safety this consultation proposes the mandatory fitment of front blind spot (Class VI ) mirrors to all HGV’s with DGVW (Design Gross Vehicle Weight) exceeding 7.5t.
The Road Safety Authority has launched a public consultation seeking the views of interested parties on proposals to introduce the mandatory fitment of front blind spot (Class VI) mirrors to all HGV motor vehicles with DGVW exceeding 7.5 t.
All HGV’s registered since 2007 have a full set of mirrors which includes a wide angle (Class IV), a close proximity (Class V) and a front blind spot (Class VI) mirror. These mirrors give the driver a view of the blind spot on the passenger side of the vehicle and a view of the blind spot area immediately in front of the cab.In 2009 a European wide retrofit campaign for passenger side blind spot mirrors (Class IV and V) was completed for older HGV’s, however front blind spot mirrors (Class VI) were not included at the time.
In Ireland the number of collisions between HGVs and cyclists or pedestrians is very high, in particular with older people, and the RSA believe that Class VI mirrors should be fitted to trucks to protect all vulnerable road users. In the twelve year period between 1996 and 2008, some twenty-one deaths and fourteen serious injuries in Ireland can be attributed to the inability of a HGV driver to see the victim as they passed in front of their vehicle’s blind zone. If all HGV’s are fitted with Class VI mirrors it is possible that two fatalities and one serious injury each year can be prevented.
The public consultation document “Class VI Front Blind Spot Mirrors” describes the situation in Ireland and other EU Member States, the safety benefits associated with Class VI mirrors and the cost implications of fitting these mirrors. The consultation seeks the input of stakeholders on the RSA proposal to make fitting of Class VI mirrors mandatory on all HGV motor vehicles with a DGVW exceeding 7.5t.
The outcome of the consultation will influence the final recommendations to the Minister for Transport on this important issue. You are invited to send your views before Wednesday 27th April 2011 to: firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to:
Class VI Mirrors Consultation
Vehicle Standards Section
Road Safety Authority
Moy Valley Business Park