Hounslow and Kensington & Chelsea are latest two councils to adopt Safer Lorries procurement policies
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 5:02pm 6 June 2013
- Posted in: News and blogs, Kensington and Chelsea, Hounslow
- Tagged with: safer lorries, hgvs, driver training, safety equipment, lorry danger, procurement
- Boroughs: Kensington and Chelsea, Hounslow
Two more boroughs, Kensington & Chelsea and Hounslow, have signed up to our 'Safer Lorries, Safer cycling' pledge to only use the best-trained lorry drivers and best-equipped lorries.
LCC Communications Manager Mike Cavenett said, "We're thrilled the total number of councils to have taken our Safer Lorries pledge has now risen to ten.
"Every council that takes the pledge ensures that even more drivers do cyclist-awareness training on bicycles, and that even more lorries have a full set of safety equipment, such as sensors/cameras and mirrors.
"Many of these drivers and lorries are employed by private sector organisations who also work on other contracts besides those for the council, helping a culture of safety permeate the haulage industry."
The full list of compliant councils now includes:
- City of London
- Hammersmith & Fulham
- Kensington & Chelsea
- Waltham Forest
In May, Transport for London won the Best London Cycling Initiative for introducing a Safer Lorries procurement policy, and for its work in encouraging councils to follow its example.
Its hoped that all councils in Greater London will eventually use Safer Lorries procurement policies to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries that involve lorries in the capital.