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A Queensland coroner has recommended trucks be banned from congested city roads unless they are fitted with technology that warns drivers of the presence of other road users in their extensive blind spots.

Eight findings were delivered by the Coroner in August 2015 following a week long hearing into the death of a cyclist who was killed by a truck at the notorious intersection of Stanley Street and Annerley Road in South Brisbane.

The notorious intersection is regarded as one of the most dangerous in Brisbane for cyclists and has been identified as Queensland’s worst black-spot for cyclist crashes by the RACQ.

The Coroner made eight recommendations, including that conventional trucks should be banned from congested roadways if they were not fitted with warning technology that alerted them to other road users in their blind spots. The Coroners other recommendations included:

  • An education campaign for other road users to warn them of the extent of the danger when travelling alongside trucks. Publicly disseminated information for car drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists to educate them about the extent of the blind spot in front of conventional-shaped heavy vehicles.
  • Eye-level signage at the back of the vehicles to assist in alerting other road users to the danger of positioning themselves directly in front of conventional-shaped heavy vehicles.
  • Brisbane City Council to engage with cyclist advocacy groups to plan more dedicated exclusive bikeways across Brisbane, as a matter of priority.
  • Dedicated peak-hour cyclist lane currently being trialled on Annerley Road be extended to operate on both sides of the road during morning and afternoon peak periods.
  • A number of other recommendations included improving the alternative footpath route for cyclists at the intersection and repositioning CCTV.

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