You should actually keep trucks with a blind spot out of the city, says AUAS lecturer city logistics Walther Ploos van Amstel on AT5. As a result, drivers also do not always feel safe in Amsterdam traffic, but 'you cannot escape it'. Trucks are involved in 14% of traffic fatalities in Amsterdam.
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warning With the 'Lisa2Alert', for example, cyclists, moped riders and other road users receive a warning when they move in the blind spot of the truck. The warning is with light and sound.”
A study by AT5 shows that Amsterdammers rate road safety with an average of 6. 'That is sad for a city where the pedestrian is number one and we actually pretend to be the bicycle city of the world', says Ploos van Amstel, lecturer in city logistics at the AUAS.
According to Walther Ploos van Amstel, the municipality should therefore ban trucks with a blind spot. 'The blind spot is a choice. There are plenty of trucks without it.' With this, the traffic expert refers to London, where trucks with a blind spot are no longer welcome in construction projects. 'If the municipality opts for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, this is simply a condition.' The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) also exists in the United Kingdom, to which the Dutch carrier Driessen Special Transport is affiliated.
Transport en Logistiek Nederland (TLN) finds the Direct Vision initiative from London positive in any case. 'It is required that trucks are equipped with technical aids that allow a driver to see more. And any technological development that contributes to improving the driver's view and road safety is very welcome.' Almost all manufacturers now offer 'direct vision' models for city logistics.
According to TLN, it is important that the stricter requirements do not only apply in Amsterdam or the Netherlands, but throughout Europe. 'Otherwise a jumble of laws and regulations will arise.' The previous Amsterdam alderman, Pieter Litjes, had road safety as an important theme and argued for European standards.
And more technology is available for safer freight traffic in the city, such as:
360° camera system
With four cameras and software, the driver has a view of the entire environment around the truck. You can even watch with a 'birds-eye perspective', which makes it seem like you are floating above the truck. Particularly useful in narrow shopping streets.
Blind spot warning
With the 'Lisa2Alert', for example, cyclists, moped riders and other road users receive a warning when they move in the blind spot of the truck. The warning is with light and sound.
Adaptive cruise control
Everyone knows cruise control. Adaptive cruise control goes one step further: the vehicle automatically remains at the correct distance from the vehicle in front.
Emergency breaking system
In the event of a possible collision, this braking system intervenes automatically
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