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Lorries: Accidents

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it a requirement that left hand driven lorries operating in the UK be fitted with additional wing mirrors to improve safety of overtaking and visibility of cycles on the nearside; and if she will make a statement. (199236)

All new lorries, whether UK registered or visiting from another member state have, since 26 January 2007 been fitted with enhanced rear view mirrors that improve driver vision.

A European directive has recently been adopted which requires similar mirrors to be fitted to existing lorries, first registered from 1 January 2000. We will implement these requirements through our national legislation.