Every day, pedestrians and cyclists are put at risk in road traffic by turning HGVs. Far too often this leads to terrible accidents. Turning assistants can reduce the number of fatal accidents significantly. This is a simple technological solution that saves lives. However, the legal requirements are regulated at international level. Germany cannot change that on its own.
Therefore, Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer has launched the "Turning Assistant Campaign". The aim is to exploit all national options to accelerate their introduction. Today, the first meeting of businesses, the logistics sector, manufacturers, inspection organizations, associations as well as automobile and cyclists clubs and representatives from the police took place at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
In the future, no HGVs without turning assistant should be on the roads. This is what I am committed to achieving as Federal Minister - and I will not relent. It is our joint responsibility! The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is setting an example. We will equip the utility vehicles of our executive agencies with turning assistants by 2019. I am delighted that businesses will do the same. As of now, companies, including Edeka/Netto Marken-Discount, Aldi Nord, Aldi Süd, Alba, DB Schenker and further logistics companies, are official safety partners of the Turning Assistant Campaign of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. And every driver of a truck equipped with a turning assistant will get the new trucker badge which reads #IchHabDenAssi (I have the assistant). The men and women at the wheel can proudly put the badge on their trucks.
Federal Minister Scheuer on the "Turning Assistant Campaign" (in German):
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure will equip all utility vehicles above 3.5 tonnes of its executive agencies with turning assistants by 2019. When procuring new vehicles, they will come equipped with these systems; existing vehicles will be retrofitted within the framework of the regular maintenance and repair work. The Waterways and Shipping Administration will start the process - with over 260 HGVs.
The safety partners of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure undertake to retrofit their fleets with turning assistants and/or to only procure new vehicles that are equipped with turning assistants prior to the deadline for the mandatory introduction at EU level. Businesses without their own fleet undertake to only use vehicles equipped with a turning assistant.
Edeka/Netto Marken-Discount, Aldi Nord, Aldi Süd, Alba, DB Schenker and further logistics companies are the first safety partners of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Moreover, numerous associations are "official supporters" of the campaign (list enclosed).
Other businesses and associations are cordially invited to join the "Turning Assistant Campaign".