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Hamburg equips vehicles with turning assistance systems

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Broad alliance for traffic safety - Hamburg equips vehicles with turning assistance systems - Practical test serves as basis for conversion of entire urban fleet and is to motivate further private companies

Hamburg has been a driving force behind the mandatory introduction of turning assistance systems for trucks nationwide for years and is now leading the way with its own initiative: on 22 March 2019, Senator of the Interior Andy Grote and Senator of Transport Michael Westhagemann presented a pilot procedure in which numerous authorities, municipal companies and private firms took part.

Hamburg equips vehicles with turning assistance systems

Despite a wide variety of preventive measures, accidents while turning between trucks and other road users repeatedly lead to serious consequences. Technical turning assistants can help to save lives here: In many cases, they ensure that the truck driver is made aware of people in the blind spot in good time. According to a report by the insurers' accident research department, around 60 percent of fatal cornering accidents involving trucks could be prevented by turning assistance systems.

As a driving force throughout Germany, Hamburg has been campaigning for years for the mandatory introduction of such systems. Chaired by Hamburg, the conference of transport ministers called on the federal government to intensify its activities in order to make such systems mandatory for vehicles weighing 3.5 tonnes or more throughout the EU in future. This also included the requirement to retrofit existing vehicles accordingly and to make appropriate subsidies available for this purpose.

Hamburg will continue to make every effort to do this and is now leading the way with its own initiative:

As part of a pilot project, three turning assist systems available on the market will be tested from March 2019. These are devices manufactured by Brigade Elektronik GmbH, Luis Technologie GmbH and Wüllhorst Fahrzeugbau. All three manufacturers comply with the recommendations of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).

A total of 18 vehicles of different vehicle types from Hamburg authorities, public companies and private sector companies are involved in the inter-agency pilot procedure of the Landesbetrieb Verkehr (LBV). Selected commercial vehicles built in 2010 or later with a maximum permissible mass of more than 3.5 tonnes and travelling at least 500 kilometres a month in Hamburg city traffic were taken into account. Public and private companies will receive a subsidy of 1,000 euros to participate. The core administration receives full reimbursement of the costs. The total pilot costs of around 30,000 euros for procurement and installation will be borne by the LBV.

The pilot project is scheduled to last six months. After every two months, interim results are determined on the basis of a survey. The Statistical Office North takes over the evaluation and then transmits the results to the LBV. The knowledge gained will then serve as a basis for decisions on the further retrofitting of urban commercial vehicles. In addition, incentives are also to be created for the private sector to convert vehicles accordingly.

Participants in the pilot project:

1. Authorities:

- Behörde für Inneres und Sport (Polizei/Feuerwehr)
- Behörde für Kultur und Medien (Thalia Theater)
- Justizbehörde
- Bezirksamt Wandsbek
- Bezirksamt Altona
- Bezirksamt Mitte
- Bezirksamt Nord
- Bezirksamt Harburg

2. Municipal companies:

- Hamburg Wasser
- Hamburger Friedhöfe
- Hamburger Stadtreinigung

3. Private companies:

- Dachser
- Bursped
- Zoder