Transport for London conference backs LCC's 'Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling' campaign

Transport for London hosted a conference on Monday 4 February, attended by LCC and other lorry experts, to deliver freight safety recommendations to London borough councils.

The conference was attended by 25 out of 33 of the London councils, and explained how to upgrade councils’ lorry operation and procurement procedures to reduce the risk of cyclist and pedestrian fatalities.

Tfl operates the industry best-practice Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS), which it encourages all councils to join to meet lorry safety conditions.

TfL meets LCC’s Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling conditions for all its lorry services.

Promising to follow the recommendations would enable all London councils to sign LCC’s Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling campaign pledge, bringing them in line with TfL, City, Croydon, Islington and Waltham Forest, the first councils to comply.

Ben Plowden, Director of Planning, TfL Surface Transport said:

“Tackling the issues that dangerous lorries can cause to vulnerable road users is a core priority for TfL and London Cycling Campaign’s Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling campaign will help further drive this approach across the industry.

"If all London councils were to sign up to strict safety standards for their vehicles, together we can all help to create safer streets for vulnerable road users.”

London Cycling Campaign’s new video highlights the urgent need for action.