Review of road system follows spate of fatal accidents involving reversing A city-wide review of road safety to be conducted over the next three months could result in new restrictions on the use of some roads - particularly narrow cul-de-sacs - and additional safety equipment being required for goods vehicles. Legislators were told this yesterday when the government outlined measures planned in response to a spate of fatal accidents involving reversing trucks, in which four people have died in the past two months. Deputy Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Annie Choi Suk-han told the Legislative Council's transport panel a review of the road system would be conducted in collaboration with district councils over the next three months. She said the study would consider measures such as signs to warn drivers and pedestrians of possible reversing vehicles, restrictions on the time or location of loading or unloading activities or restrictions on access by certain types of vehicles. 'We will also take into account the practical needs of local residents and commercial activities, the knock-on impact on nearby roads and the views of the local community,' Ms Choi said. The government would also examine, in consultation with the transport trade, whether and how it could require the fitting of additional devices, such as rear-view mirrors, reversing sensors and rear-mounted closed-circuit television systems, on all goods vehicles to assist reversing. These would be in addition to the already mandatory automatic device to give an audible warning during reversing. 'However, not all these devices are suitable for all types of goods vehicles,' Ms Choi said. 'The effectiveness and reliability of the devices depend on the vehicle type, vehicle body form and proper maintenance.' Several legislators, including Lee Wing-tat and Lau Kong-wah, pointed out that a reversing sensor, estimated to cost HK$300 to HK$1,000, was comparatively cheap and easy to install, though it might not be suitable for high-mounted vehicles. They hoped the government could speed up the study and consider requiring smaller goods vehicles to fit the device first. Ms Choi said the government would also renew the Road Users' Code and was working on a proposal to make it mandatory for repeat traffic offenders to attend driving improvement courses. But she said it appeared impractical to ask all 400,000 goods vehicle drivers to attend such courses regularly. The government also had reservations about requiring all goods vehicles to have an offsider to assist the driver, particularly in reversing, because it would increase operating costs. Last month, two accidents - in Western and Mong Kok - involving reversing trucks claimed the lives of three people, including an 11-month-old baby and her father. The most recent accident saw an elderly pedestrian knocked down in a narrow lane in Western on October 5. Between January and September, there have been 343 traffic accidents involving reversing vehicles, of which 126 related to goods vehicles, and 33 prosecutions of vehicles for failing to sound a reversing alarm. Ms Choi stressed there was no obvious upward or downward trend on the number of accidents involving reversing goods vehicles.