Government scheme cuts lorry accidents
• Trial scheme cut 'side-swipe' accidents by 59 % • Fresnel lenses reduce blind spots on LHD trucks • 90,000 more lenses to be distributed
A Government scheme to cut the number of 'side-swipe' incidents involving foreign lorries driving in the UK is to be extended after a successful trial.
The Department for Transport initiative showed a 59% reduction in side-swipe incidents after 40,000 window-mounted lenses were distributed to drivers of left-hand-drive trucks.
The Fresnel lenses reduce the blind spot on the passenger side - a particular problem for foreign truck drivers when overtaking on UK roads.
There were more than 400 side-swipe incidents in 2006 alone, but now incidents in the south east of England have more than halved.'
90,000 lenses will be distributed to lorries entering the UK through Liverpool, Hull, Newcastle, Heysham and Harwich; the same will be done in France at Calais, Coquelles and Dunkirk.