Addressing the danger of bus blind spots


There’s a new sign in town. At least it’s new to me, and very much welcome. The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) the city’s transit authority, has begun placing decals on the rear window of buses indicating the danger of blind spots (angles morts in French). Earlier this year I posted a piece about the potential risks inherent in not thinking about blind spots. I am pleased to see the STM taking steps to reduce incidents.

I also wonder just how many people, drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians will actually grasp the fact this is all about their safety, and how many will carp about yet another infringement on their rights

The rear window of Montreal buses have long displayed the red triangle that informs motorists that the bus, assuming the driver signals, has the right of way when pulling out into traffic. This has been the law for many years, yet I still see drivers challenging the bus at a red light. New advanced lights for buses have helped this situation.

But I wonder if many people actually realize just how limited a truck or bus driver’s vision is

Now the issue of blind spots is being addressed by bringing to light the significant difficulties a bus driver faces with visibility.

STM.INFO

Blind spots are not new, and as vehicles get larger, blind spots seem to expand as well. But I wonder if many people actually realize just how limited a truck or bus driver’s vision is.

Yet, people being people, I also wonder just how many people, drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians will actually grasp the fact this is all about their safety, and how many will carp about yet another infringement on their rights.

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