2 of London's 33 councils have committed to our 'Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling' pledge

Two councils in London, Islington and Waltham Forest, have taken LCC's Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling pledge to only using the safest lorries and best-trained drivers to make cycling safer.

Sadly, over 30 councils have yet to make a similar pledge even though half of cyclist deaths in the capital involve lorries, as do many pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities.

See what your council's doing for cycling safety on our map.

A total of 8 councils have been identified as doing almost nothing to protect cyclists and other vulnerable road users from lorry danger:

Barnet, Bexley, Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond Upon Thames, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth

LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, "Our councils have a duty to only use the safest lorries and best-trained drivers.

"The lack of action of the 10 worst councils stands in sharp contrast to the great work on lorry safety done by the best councils and other major lorry transport users such as Transport for London."

Islington council leader Catherine West said, "Working to give lorry drivers the right training and equipment is one way we can make London's roads safer."

Waltham Forest council environment portfolio holder Clyde Loakes said, "Waltham Forest has strong ambitions to not just to reduce road danger, but to enable many more residents of all ages to cycle and walk more often and, crucially, more safely."

  • LCC has been in contact with all 33 councils in recent months, lobbying them to raise their standards of lorry safety to make everyone in London safer.
  • And over 2000 Londoners have already used LCC's online letter-writing tool to write to their council leader calling on them to take our Safer Lorries pledge.
  • 22 other councils, despite taking some steps towards improving lorry safety, have failed to match our Safer Lorries pledge.

Please use our online letter-writing tool to write to your council today calling on them to take our Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling pledge.

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Govindia, Ravi (Cllr) <rgovindia@wandsworth.gov.uk>

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Thank you for your email regarding the “Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling” pledge.
We entirely support the campaigns objectives. Our own fleet of vehicles already meets most of the requirements indicated in the pledge and we constantly look at ways we can improve vehicle safety. For example, we recently fitted reversing cameras to two 17 ton vehicles and adding additional mirrors to other fleet vehicles. We are also looking at the viability of fitting additional warning signs to vehicles. This year, all our vocational drivers attended a course on Safer London Driving which included information about cyclists. We are currently in the process of arranging further training for 2013 which will include TfL’s Safer London Driving course.
I hope that this assures you that we are signed up “in spirit” to the campaign. As a Government body, we are asked to “sign up” to numerous important campaigns, and our policy is not to do so as a general rule to avoid being seen as partial in our interests. I hope that you understand that. However, please be assured of our support for the goals of the campaign and our contribution towards safer cycling.
This is a reply from Wandsworth Borough Council.


Resonse From Harrow Council

 

Thank you for your e-mail. 

Can I assure you that the council is committed to improving road safety and takes issues such as this very seriously.

I am pleased therefore to inform you that the councils fleet is signed up to the Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) which is an accredited scheme that aims to improve freight delivery in London and throughout the country. FORS is a funded, voluntary certification scheme aimed at ensuring that fleet operators work lawfully and to best practice by meeting the FORS standard.

Being part of the FORS gives us the opportunity to provide training for our HGV drivers on the awareness of cyclist safety. This training and accreditation is way in advance of many organisations of our size many of which have not started this training to date. As a member of the scheme we have access to different types of technology available to assist us in ensuring the risk to our vehicles being involved in an incident with a cyclist is minimised. 

For example the council will soon be trialling cameras on all 4 sides of our refuse vehicles. Blind spot cameras can be fixed to the side, rear and front of a vehicle and will relay images of vehicle blind spots to a monitor in the cab. This enables the driver to see in real time any objects that are not covered by mirrors. The camera system can also be fitted with a recording device, which can assist in determining responsibility if an incident occurs.

In addition outside contractors engaged in service delivery for the council involving large haulage vehicles will be encouraged to sign up to FORS bronze standard as a minimum requirement in accordance with the spirit of the pledge.

I trust this demonstrates the councils commitment to making our roads safer for all road users.

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