Campaigners celebrate as thousands more London lorry drivers in line for cyclist-awareness training
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 02:03pm 12 Sep 2011
- Posted in: Blog, Press
- Tagged with: driver training, petition, transport for london, No More Lethal Lorries, fors, biking boroughs, cpc
Thousands more lorry drivers could soon receive cyclist-awareness training now that every borough in Greater London has the go-ahead to provide officially approved on-bike training backed by Transport for London (TfL) funding.
LCC, through our No More Lethal Lorries campaign, has played a key role in highlighting the problem of lorry deaths in the capital, including pushing for widespread adoption of cyclist-awareness training by London boroughs.
So far 6 of 33 London boroughs have given their lorry drivers cyclist-awareness training, but the measure is likely to be rolled out to all councils as it now qualifies as part of a driver’s Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), compulsory training that every UK driver must undertake once a year.
Private lorry operators are also more likely to fund cyclist-awareness training for their drivers now that it's CPC-accredited.
"This is a major step towards achieving our aim that all lorry drivers working in London get cyclist-awareness training.
HGVs account for about half of cyclist fatalities in Greater London, even though they make up only 5% of traffic.
The No More Lethal Lorries campaign, including a 10,000-name petition handed in to the mayor in July this year, has been instrumental in bringing about the change.
Lloyd said, "We want to thank the 10,000-plus people who supported our petition, donated to our appeal, and gave their time to the campaign.