THE NEW warning sign developed by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) for transport vehicles
The new warning sign developed by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has been published on Monday, October 4. It was presented with an instruction defining and publicizing precisely how to employ the new sign that alerts road users to the danger of blind spots in passenger and freight transport vehicles.
As explained by Pere Navarro , head of the DGT, “The objective of the same is to warn vulnerable users of the danger posed by being in any of these non-visible areas when they approach these marked vehicles, to enable them to position themselves where they are visible, in order to avoid risks “.
This new signal is the first measure from a set of actions that are being adopted in the European Union to reduce the risk of accidents, by improving the visibility of the drivers in delivery vans, buses and trucks.
Mr Navarro pointed out that the objective is to give drivers in larger vehicles a better view. He believes that until advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) are incorporated in all vehicles, the option of signaling by the vehicle itself, to warn of the existence of blind spots, can be useful to prevent an accident.
It applies to passenger transport vehicles with more than 9 seats, including the driver – vehicles of categories M2 and M3, according to the General Vehicle Regulations – and goods transport vehicles of categories N1, N2, and N3, and to waste transport vehicles in urban areas.
Placement of the signs is voluntary by the driver, but must comply with the design and technical requirements defined in the instruction, to ensure maximum durability and visibility. They must only be marketed through authorized establishments that are registered as number plate handlers.
Signs must be positioned so that they are visible in all circumstances, and in such a way that they cannot obstruct the visibility of the regulatory plates and inscriptions on the vehicle. They must not impair the visibility of the various lights and signaling devices, or the driver’s field of vision. Details of the number of signs to place and the position depending on the vehicle, are included in the instructions.
The DGT had help from various administrations in developing this warning sign
This new warning signal was created thanks to the result of work between the administrations of municipalities such as Barcelona , Madrid, Zaragoza, and Logroño and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB).
These municipalities have committed to placing the vulnerable protection sign, when it is marketed, in their fleet of public service vehicles. To begin with, the Barcelona City Council will implement it in approximately 2,199 vehicles, AMB in another 800; the Madrid City Council in 2,600 vehicles, the Zaragoza City Council in more than 600, and the Logroño City Council in another 79 public service vehicles.
The DGT also worked with UNO (Logistics and Transport Business Organization), CITET (Innovation Center for Logistics and Freight Transport), and AECOC (Association of Manufacturers and Distributors), for the implementation of this signal, as reported by larazon.es .
🆕⚠️Nueva señal para proteger a los usuarios #vulnerables 🚶🚴🛴🛵 y advertirles sobre los ángulos muertos 🔎🙈de 🚚🚛🚌.
👉Su uso es voluntario y la podrán llevar vehículos de transporte de mercancías y personas.
— Dir. Gral. Tráfico (@DGTes) October 4, 2021
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