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Lorries (Sideguards Regulations)

Volume 33: debated on Wednesday 1 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what main factors he took into account in devising the regulations relating to sideguards on lorries included in the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations laid before Parliament on 12 November.

The main factor is the need to protect pedestrians and cyclists from being run over by a lorry's rear wheels while the practical need for drivers and operators to have access to the underside of the lorry is met. The detailed specification owes much to practical experiments undertaken by the Motor Industry Research Association in collaboration with the Transport and Road Research Laboratory, and to advice from manufacturers and users.