LCC launches 'Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling' to prevent cyclist-lorry deaths

Friday 2 November 2012

Half of all cyclist deaths in London involve lorries, and LCC is calling on all borough councils to take our Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling pledge - to only use the safest drivers and best-equipped lorries.

We asking all our supporters to write to their council to pressure them into taking our pledge, making sure lorry danger is at the top of the road safety debate:

Earlier this year, Transport for London introduced strict Safer Lorries conditions for every one of its haulage contractors, and we want local councils to do the same.

LCC's campaigns officer Charlie Lloyd said, "London's local councils are failing to lead the way in reducing the danger to cycling and walking from lorries.

"Councils have a moral duty to only spend our taxes on the very best haulage companies – not the ones that sacrifice safety for profit, and not the ones that are more likely to kill a parent or a child in the street."

This year, LCC has contacted every council to ask them what steps they're taking to reduce road danger to cyclists and pedestrians.

And while many councils are aware of the problem, and are making positive noises about reducing road danger from lorries, not a single council has introduced a responsible procurement policy of the type used by Transport for London.

We'll be monitoring councils closely over the coming months, putting pressure on them to make cyclist safety a key component of their lorry procurement policy.