Centre for Road Safety

Clearer field of view

Due to their shape and size, trucks have larger blind spots than other vehicles.

A Fresnel lens is a thin plastic lens attached to the passenger side window on a heavy vehicle. It provides the driver with a wide-angle view as they look through the lens. At a glance, the driver is able to see in their blind spot and notice other road users who may otherwise have been hidden.

Watch our video for more information on the Fresnal lens.

 

Fresnel lens trial

Transport for NSW trialled the effectiveness of the Fresnel lens in minimising passenger side blind spots on heavy vehicles and heavy vehicle driver attitudes towards using the lens.

The trial found that 61 per cent of the participants reported having the Fresnel lens made driving at least a bit safer, while 15 per cent indicated the Fresnel lens had helped them to avoid a potential crash one or more times during the evaluation.

Find more information on this research in the Fresnel lens trial research - Summary report PDF, 389KB).

Get yours today - order a free Fresnel lens

A limited number of Fresnel lenses are available for NSW heavy vehicle operators to install and trial on their vehicles.

Eligibility

Lenses are only available for operators based in NSW. To order a free lens, your truck should be over 12 tonnes GVM and a 2015 model or older.

A maximum of two lenses can be ordered per operator. Lenses will be provided on a first-come first-served basis.

How to order

Visit our online catalogue, enter stock code 45097620 in the search bar and select Fresnel lenses from the drop-down list.

Installing a Fresnel lens

When installing a Fresnel lens, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you install the lens correctly and safely. View or download the Fresnel lens fitting instructions (PDF, 381KB).

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Fresnel lens or how to order your lens, please contact towardszero@transport.nsw.gov.au

Disclaimer

Transport for NSW has taken all due care in providing Fresnel lenses but does not warrant or represent that their use will reduce safety risks nor that they are free of any defects. Fresnel lenses are made available on the understanding that Transport for NSW is not liable (including but not limited to liability by reason of negligence) to the users of the Fresnel lenses for any loss, damage, cost or expense whether direct, indirect, incurred by, or arising by reason of, any person using the Fresnel lens. Users of Fresnel lenses will be responsible for properly installing in accordance with the instructions issued by Fresnel as the product manufacturer, using and assessing any risks associated with use of the product. Transport for NSW disclaims, to the extent permitted by law, all warranties, representations or endorsements, express or implied, with regard to the Fresnel lenses, including but not limited to all implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.