A rush hour lorry ban

Rush Hour lorry ban

38.5% of London cycling fatalities involving lorries between 2010 and 2015 happened in the morning rush hour  (8am-9.30am). 41% happen over the next six hours between 9.30am and 4.30pm and 13% in the evening rush hour.

This shows the concentration of deaths when most cyclists are on the road. While there are still considerable numbers throughout the day, there is a strong argument for moving construction vehicle movements out of the morning rush hour. Construction vehicles are tied to construction site operational times which, with few exceptions start around 7.30 to 8 am. Construction and waste industry vehicles account for a very high proportion of these fatalities.

There are already lorry bans in other European Cities. The main difference in risk between those cities and London is the very few number of construction industry vehicles on the road. In Paris there is complex regime linked to lorry size (area) to keep the largest lorries off the road at busy times. However the lower size limit there would still allow the standard tippers and cement mixers on the road at busy times.  The Dublin limit only applies to the very large container vehicles over 40 tons.   A decade ago, during the Celtic Tiger building boom, Dublin had a similar problem to London with over half the cyclist fatalities being lorry related.

The focus of our rush hour lorry ban call is the construction industry vehicles that are involved in almost all the fatal cyclist collisions at that time.

London does have a night time lorry control scheme managed by London Councils and Transport for London. The main purpose for that ban is environmental and it has been hugely successful in keeping noise and pollution out of residential roads during the night.  The permit system allows any essential deliveries to be made. At present most large delivery vehicles avoid the rush hour by sensible scheduling and are very rarely involved in rush hour collisions with cyclists.