A report by the road safety charity Brake says many employers with vehicle fleets are not taking advantage of new technologies to protect vulnerable road users.
Its findings suggest that, despite the potential to help drivers see pedestrians and cyclists and reduce casualties, only one in five HGV operators surveyed have rear-facing cameras on all vehicles while just eight per cent have side-facing cameras on all vehicles,
Brake is appealing to employers to follow best practice advice and implement the latest safety technology suitable for their vehicles, to protect other road users and deliver the business benefits of reduced crashes, bumps and scrapes and lower insurance premiums.
The report, co-authored by the Licence Bureau, found HGV safety technologies that are mandatory under European law, such as underrun protection and wide-angle lenses, are present on almost all vehicles. Therefore Brake is calling for more comprehensive regulation to ensure the widespread take up of technologies such as automatically moving mirrors, side-view cameras and side sensors.
It says that, with a quarter of road deaths and serious injuries involving a vehicle being driven for work, there is a clear need for employers to do more to improve the safety of their vehicles. HGVs specifically make up only five per cent of vehicles on UK roads, yet are involved in a quarter of cyclist deaths and one in seven pedestrian deaths.
In 2013, 78 people on foot or bike were killed by HGVs.