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Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

Volume 706: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 24 November (WA 277-78), what studies have been undertaken to determine the number of lorries registered before 2000 whose near side door and mirror frame construction are not capable of carrying the improved mirror systems required for newer lorries under Directive 2007/38. [HL77]

No UK studies have been undertaken. However, a study carried out on behalf of the European Union in preparation for the retro-fit legislation, A Cost/Benefit Analysis on Blind Spot Mirrors by the Jacobs Consultancy, indicated that earlier vehicle mirror systems may not be suitable for updating. Our contacts within the manufacturing and transport industries have also advised us that earlier vehicles were generally designed and constructed to save weight, so their design may not be able to cope with additional mirrors.