The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published new guidance on fitting side guards. A side guard helps lower the likelihood of injury to ‘unprotected road users’ when struck by a forward-moving vehicle. It’s there to deflect and stop people going underneath the sides of the vehicle.
FORS Bronze requirement V7 states that operators must ensure that all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross are fitted with safety equipment including side guards, Class V and Class VI mirrors and prominent warning signage to help protect vulnerable road users.
Aims of the new DVSA guidance
The new Side Guards guidance aims to encourage best practice when fitting side guards. It shows good and bad examples that apply to both:
- Lorries and other vehicles in the N2/3 category
- Heavy trailers and other vehicles in the O3/4 category
At the same time, the guidance aims to reinforce the current required standards, help you identify common errors and advise you of simple solutions.
You can read the full guide here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/side-guards-lateral-protection-device-guidance