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RHA warns against "mentally overloading" drivers

  • 26 July 2012
  • By Chris Tindall

The Road Haulage Association is warning against “mentally overloading” drivers after an influential group of MPs said hauliers should be encouraged to fit sensors to their fleet.

The Transport Select Committee (TSC) describes a 15% rise in cyclist deaths as “unacceptable” and that the government needs to step in and find ways for HGV drivers and operators to adopt sensors.

It cites figures suggesting that lorries are involved in 20% of collisions where cyclists are killed.

Giving evidence to the TSC’s Inquiry earlier this year the RHA warned that the technology could be counterproductive.

Head of international affairs Peter Cullum says: “We have no objection to sensors, but they have to do the job they are required to do. An alert system purely for the driver runs the risk that it overloads mentally the driver and that isn’t fair. Is it a sensor for the use of the cyclist, lorry driver or both? A little more thought is needed. It’s fine, but what exactly is it supposed to do?”

He adds: “The argument often used is that trucks are involved in a disproportionate number of accidents and fatalities. But as far as I know it’s not the majority; that is still vans and cars, and so if trucks are to be fitted with sensors then arguably they should be fitted to vans and cars too.”


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