Every year, hundreds of road users lose their lives in accidents, because lorry drivers fail to notice them when taking a right turn. New heavy duty vehicles of more than 3.5 tons will already have to be equipped with blind spot mirrors as of January 2007 under an EU Directive of 2003. This will, however, not reduce the risks stemming from the existing fleet of heavy goods vehicles.
For this reason, a proposal for a Directive on the retrofitting of mirrors has been adopted by the Commission on 5 October 2006.
New heavy duty vehicles of more than 3.5 tons are equipped with blind spot mirrors as of January 2007 under Directive 2003/97/EC.
Directive 2007/38 on the retrofitting of mirrors to heavy goods vehicles registered in the Community has been adopted by the Council and the European Parliament on 11 July 2007. It provides for existing heavy vehicles to be equipped with blind spot mirrors in order to reduce the number of accidents involving in particular cyclists and motorcyclists.