Convex mirror decision has potential to reduce cycle casualties
A supplier of convex mirrors says that the Government’s decision to allow councils to fit convex mirrors on traffic lights paves the way for a reduction in cyclist casualties.
Convex-Mirrors Ltd says that following several years of campaigning, Norman Baker, transport minister, has granted approval for councils to fit convex mirrors on any traffic light where cyclists are considered at risk, without the need for Government permission.
Convex Mirrors says there have been 15 cyclist fatalities this year, but mounting convex mirrors on traffic lights at left-hand junctions should dramatically reduce fatalities by increasing HGV drivers’ visibility.
Carl Mungai, managing director of Convex-Mirrors, said: “It was fantastic news to hear that the Department for Transport has finally agreed that convex mirrors can now be erected anywhere where local road safety engineers think they might help reduce cyclist accidents.”
Mr Mungai says that his company’s Cycling Mirror R515, manufactured in the EU, is currently the only mirror that satisfies all the criteria issue by the DfT for cycle mirror use on UK roads. The mirror is also currently used by Transport for London on all Cycle Superhighway schemes.
For more information contact Carl Mungai on 01225 851611.