LCC demands HGV action after two more collisions

In a week when two more cyclists were involved in collisions with lorries (one tragically killed in Whitechapel), LCC has reiterated its demands for improved lorry safety.

LCC is appalled at the high proportion (more than two-thirds) of cyclist deaths in London in 2009 that involve lorries, demanding urgent action be taken to reduce the dangers.

Our plan for safer lorries includes:

  • A ban on unsafe lorries on London streets
  • A full set of safety mirrors for all lorries
  • Cycle-awareness training, as already practised in some London boroughs, for all HGV drivers (see the link on the right)
  • Better education for cyclists about the dangers of lorries including warning stickers on the back of all lorries saying  ‘Beware of passing this vehicle on the inside.’
  • Lorry operators tendering for public sector contracts to be signed up to the Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (a Transport for London scheme that sets standards for lorry operators that include safety and training)

LCC has recently:

  • Informed transport minister Sadiq Khan about cycle-awareness training. 
  • Lobbied for the European Union regulations on lorry mirrors to be implemented without delay
  • Argued that the Class 6 (front of cab) mirrors be added to UK legislation on mirrors
  • Argued for more lorries used in towns to have better visibility at the bottom of the drivers cab (as is the case with many refuse lorries and lorries used at airports).

Campaigns manager Tom Bogdanowicz said, "The number of cyclist deaths involving lorries has grown in recent years. This cannot be allowed to continue: action needs to be taken without delay.

"Measures like safety mirrors and cyclist-awareness training for drivers could happen very quickly."

LCC has recently provided information about HGV safety to the Minister of Transport responsible for cycling.

We drew his attention to the pioneering work with lorry drivers in Lambeth to help improve awareness of cycle users and recommended an expansion of the programme.

You can download an article on HGV cycle-awareness training from the latest London Cyclist magazine using the link on the right.