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Lorries: Safety Measures

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage compliance with the requirement for goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes in relation to rear view mirrors. (226750)

The Department has been working closely with vehicle manufacturers and representatives of the road haulage industry to promote awareness of the new requirements for improved mirrors to be retro-fitted to goods vehicles above 3.5 tonnes that come into force from 31 March 2009.

Compliance will be confirmed through the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) annual test and their targeted roadside checks, carried out in conjunction with the police, from 1 April 2009.