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Transport: Lorries

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many lives could be saved by installing class 6 forward facing mirrors on United Kingdom lorries not currently covered by European Union legislation. [HL961]

Based on 2007 road casualty statistics, we estimate that up to three lives per annum could be saved by the use of a class 6 front mirror. A cost-benefit study carried out for the European Commission in preparation for the recent legislation on improving vision from large goods vehicles concluded that requiring the installation of a front mirror was not justified. This decision took account of a range of issues including safety benefits, costs, fleet turnover and the practicalities of retrofitting mirrors to older vehicles.