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V590 - Heavy Goods Vehicles Safety Bill 2013 Watch

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    V590 - Heavy Goods Vehicles Safety Bill 2013, TSR Labour Party


    Heavy Goods Vehicles Safety Act

    An Act to make provision requiring the fitting of equipment to heavy goods vehicles to eliminate driver blind spots; to make other provisions relating to the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and other road users; and for connected purposes.

    BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—


    INTERPRETATION

    1. In these Regulations,
    (1) "HGV" means "heavy goods vehicle".


    REGULATIONS

    2. Fitting and use of equipment
    (1) All HGV's driven in the UK must have the following safety equipment installed:
    (a) sidebars on the nearside of the HGV,
    (b) a reversing camera which provides a real-time rear view from the vehicle,
    (c) a near side real-time blind-spot camera and
    (d) a sensor system which detects objects within 0.8 metres of the vehicle and tracks their location and proximity to the HGV.

    3. Punishment and Enforcement
    (1) Road traffic police which inspect a HGV in a routine inspection, not meeting regulations in subsection 2.1, of this Act, must take note of the vehicle registration.
    (2) This registration will be passed on to the Health and Safety Executive who can issue punishments afforded to them in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

    4. Exemptions
    (1) HGVs built prior to this Act coming into force are exempt from these regulations.


    SHORT TITLE, COMMENCEMENT AND EXTENT

    5. Short title
    (1) This Act may be cited as the Heavy Goods Vehicles Safety Act 2013.

    6. Commencement and extent
    (1) This Act shall come into force on the 1st of August 2014.
    (2) This Act extends to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


    Notes
    (1) The cost of vehicle cameras each range from £59.00 - £225.00.
    (2) The cost of sensors can be as little as £30.00 - car manufacturers charge between £300.00 - £700.00.
    (3) The cost of proximity detection warning devices can be between £100.00 - £700.00.
    (4) Any other devices can have a varied cost.
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    No. It will be too expensive for an industry already buckling under the strain of petrol prices, insurance and tax etc.
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    Aye. Too many avoidable accidents involving HGV's.
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    (Original post by tufc)
    No. It will be too expensive for an industry already buckling under the strain of petrol prices, insurance and tax etc.
    We did think of that, so made it only new HGVs being built that had to meet these requirements. The ideal situation would be to get all HGVs to retro-fit this equipment, as of course people are more important than profits, but we thought it would be easier to pass in the house as it is.
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    No, how on Earth will lorry drivers be able to concentrate on their normal driving if they have all these gadgets to look at? We should be tackling the real issue of dangerous drivers which is the driving abilities of HGVs. There are plenty of safe lorry drivers out there.
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    Really would like to support this bill but as I've already said, I won't let older vehicles get off the hook. It's sheer futility: older vehicles are more likely to cause injury. It's a real shame. Abstain.
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    'Nay'.

    The cost should be incurred by the manufacturers via a stipulation of it applying to all new vehicles. In its current form this bill adds yet another cost to business.
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    Aye. Good bill!
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    The Ayes to the right: 21
    The Noes to the left: 14
    Abstentions: 4

    So the Ayes have it, the Ayes have it. Unlock.
 
 
 
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