HGV lateral protection device guidance

| Transport

The DVSA has issued a guide to haulage operator on the correct fitting of side guards for the protection of vulnerable road users.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published new guidance on fitting side guards which are also known as lateral protection devices (LPDs).

A side guard (or LPD) helps lower the likelihood of injury to vulnerable and unprotected road users such as pedestrians and cyclists when struck by a forward-moving vehicle. It’s there to deflect and stop people going underneath the sides of the vehicle.

The aim of the new Side Guards (Lateral Protection Device) guidance is to encourage best practice when fitting the equipment by showing good and bad examples that apply to both lorries and other vehicles in the N2/3 category as well as heavy trailers and other vehicles in the O3/4 category.

At the same time, the guidance aims to reinforce the current required standards and help users to identify common errors as well as provide advice on the use of simple products and fitting techniques.

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