Pedestrians and cyclists to get ‘cab eye’ view of road danger

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Pedestrians and cyclists in Dublin will get the chance to see the road from the view point of a HGV driver on Thursday 13th October between 4pm and 6pm at the junction of Chancery St and Greek St, Dublin 7.

The initiative is part of An Garda Siochana’s Collision Reduction Implementation Plan which will be running from 1st October to 30th November and is supported in Dublin by the four local authorities (Dublin City Council, South Dublin, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Councils), the Road Safety Authority, National Transport Authority, Railway Procurement Agency, Luas and Dublin Bus. Paul Toner of Toner Transport and Logistics Haulage company will provide the HGV cab on the day. The Gardai and the supporting organisations will also distribute high visibility clothing and illustrate the difference it makes to the wearer’s visibility on the road.

Garda Derek Cloughley of the Garda Road Safety Unit says: “Walking and cycling are safe activities but seeing the road from the perspectives of other road users gives you a better understanding of the dangers that are out there and ultimately a better chance to avoid them. Our initiative today gives pedestrians and cyclists the rare chance to get into a HGV cab and see what the driver can and can’t see. They’ll notice the blind spot to the front and side of the truck that many people fail to take account of. Garda cyclists will help illustrate this potential danger, which people should be particularly aware of especially when the truck is turning to the left.”

Garda Cloughley continued: “Since 2001, Pedestrians account for approximately 1 in 3 fatalities In Dublin, motorcyclists account for approximately 1 in 7 fatalities and cyclists account for approximately 1 in 10. These are the vulnerable road users we are targeting using educational initiatives like this. If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you.”


Notes to The Editor

Blind Spot: There is a blind spot measuring 1m to the front and 3m to the left side of a HGV cab.

Road Safety: According to the most recent European Transport Safety Council report there has been a 12% reduction in casualty numbers in Dublin over the last 10 years. This has led the Road Safety Authority to rank Dublin as having the safest roads of any European capital. Enforcement by the Garda Traffic Corps, the HGV management strategy, the increase in cycling and the 30kph zone in the city centre are seen as reasons for this.

HGV Management Strategy: Since its introduction in February 2007, Dublin City Council’s HGV Management Strategy has seen approx 90% fewer 5+ axle HGVs in the city centre.

Cycling City: Copenhagenzine Consulting ranks Dublin 9th in its survey of the world’s top 80 cities for cycling.