Improving vehicle safety

Improving vehicle safety through the design and manufacture of safer new vehicles and fitting appropriate safety equipment to existing vehicles.

A contributory factor for collisions with heavy goods vehicles is difficulty in seeing vulnerable road users in the blind spot of the vehicle. Blind spots occur due to a restriction of the drivers direct field of view from the cab, with areas of blind spot across different types of vehicle worthy of further investigation.

New vehicles

Safer new vehicles are needed with maximum direct driver vision, reducing reliance on mirrors and retrofit safety technology. Informed by research into blind spots and vehicle design and working with vehicle operators to define requirements, CLOCS is challenging vehicle manufacturers and regulatory bodies to improve the design of construction vehicles.

Existing vehicles

Existing fleets will be in operation for a number of years. Equipment to improve the safety of these vehicles is available including side guards, blind spot cameras and proximity sensors.  CLOCS is encouraging the wider fitting of effective vehicle safety equipment to existing fleets.

It is essential that such equipment is fit for purpose. By understanding the effectiveness of different technology and its impact on drivers, CLOCS will  inform technology development and operator purchasing decisions.