LCC urges government to make lorries safer for cyclists
LCC's formal response to the Department for Transport's consultation on safety mirrors follows a letter to the mayor calling for urgent action to prevent further collisions involving lorries in London.
"We have written to the mayor urging action. We believe the following measures are the minimum that is required to prevent further death and serious injury:
1. An emergency safety awareness campaign is required to ensure every HGV driver takes the utmost care to protect the rapidly increasing number of cyclists on our roads.
2. The Metropolitan Police's campaign to educate cyclists about HGV danger should be greatly increased.
3. Every lorry in London should have a full set of the latest safety mirrors. Additionally every lorry should have a warning sign saying 'Cyclists, beware passing this vehicle on the inside'. Such a sign encourages both drivers and cyclists to take extra care.
4. All lorry operators tendering for public sector contracts should be signed up to the Freight Operators Recognition Scheme."
The consultation response and the letter sent to the mayor of London can both be downloaded using the link on the right.