Lorry blind-spots explained by a driver
17.01.08 by Buffalo Bill
A lorry-driver called Nozzer has taken the time to sketch and explain blind-spots from his point of view. He has done this to help cyclists understand how the various mirrors work. He assumes that the driver will understand how the mirrors work, will have correctly adjusted them and be using them. This assumption, as numerous court cases resulting from the deaths of London cyclists have shown, is not to be relied upon. You should therefore view these sketches to inform yourself as to the relative positions in which you definitely will not be seen, or if seen, very poorly, relative to the driver’s cab. You can view Nozzer’s sketches here.
In my view, this is a useful aid to cycling in London, and I thank Nozzer on behalf of MT readers. All we need now is for lorry drivers to spend some time on a bike, and the virtuous circle will be complete.
More on the European legislation regarding the fitting to new lorries, and retro-fitting to old, of the fourth mirror that will eliminate the near-side blind-spot is here. Also of interest to students of blind-spot mirror legislation and its implementation is the Twenty-Second Report of the Select Committee on European Scrutiny, which deals with the UK’s adoption of the legislation. It includes a letter from the Secretary of State for Transport, Stephen Ladyman. It seems that the Council of Ministers have changed the legislation so that only lorries registered after 1 January 2000 will be required to retrofit the blind-spot mirrors. The original draft presented by the European Parliament had asked for a commencement date of 1998.