Politicians unite in London Assembly motion to end lorry danger
- By LCC on at 1:43pm 6 November 2015
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: hgvs, lorries, london assembly, andrew boff, lorry danger, Darren Johnson
London Assembly members voted unanimously this week in support of a motion to reduce road danger from lorries in London. Seven out the eight cycling fatalities in London this year involved lorries.
LCC members demonstrated with hundreds of other cyclists following the fatal collision with a lorry of Ying Tao at the Bank junction in the City of London. LCC’s petition to end lorry danger can be signed here.
Speaking on the motion at the London Assembly its proposer Darren Johnson said
Andrew Boff, AM, who seconded the motion, said
This Assembly notes the tragic deaths of eight people cycling in London so far this year, seven of whom were killed in collisions with Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs).
Despite positive initiatives led by the Mayor, TfL and the MPS, this Assembly believes there are still too many dangerous HGVs on London’s roads.
We therefore call on the Mayor of London to work with the Government and commercial partners to implement the following policies:
· a rush-hour lorry ban, subject to the completion of a full impact assessment;
· the construction industry to adopt Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) standards across the board, including direct vision lorry cabs, including a commitment from the Mayor to make direct vision lorry cabs compulsory on all GLA Group contracts before the end of his term of office;
· confidential reporting of bad practice to be rolled out to all HGV drivers, irrespective of whether their employer wants to take part;
· comprehensive enforcement so that rogue operators do not permit unlicensed, untrained lorry drivers, or unsafe vehicles, to operate on our roads, with regular reporting from the London Freight Enforcement Partnership against an aim to reduce commercial vehicle casualties.