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Subject Topic: Proposed changes to the Highway Code
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Message posted by Bob6126/8/2020 at 8:39pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Veldom on 26/8/2020
"introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others"

I worry about this bit a little. I drive a cat C HGV for a living. So probably fall into the road users who can do greatest harm category.

My truck has side rails so a cyclist can't get sucked under. A dedicated mirror looking down the nearside door to cover a blind spot. Another mirror doing the same at the very front of the truck. The camera system switches to show me a view down the side of the truck that I'm indicating on to aid with the main mirrors in giving me a view. And when I turn left there is an audible " stand clear this vehicle is turning left" message played.

At what point have I and my employer done all we can to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe? And actually the blame falls into the cyclist or pedestrian doing something stupid/dangerous.

I agree with this and some HGV's have warning signs saying if you can't see me in my mirror I can't see you. I have even see signs telling cyclists not to ride down the nearside, but unfortunately you just can't educate some people. Whilst all drivers of motor vehicles have to pass a test, and drivers of larger vehicles have to pass a separate test, cyclists have no tuition whatsoever. I think they should all have to pass a proficiency test both practical and written before being allowed onto public roads...and horse riders also.

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