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A new road safety scheme will mean larger trucks and lorries without adequate safety equipment will be banned from London's roads in an effort to protect cyclists and pedestrians.
The Safer Lorry Scheme will come into force on 1st September 2015 and will require any vehicle weighing more than 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with side guards and extra mirrors.
Side guards are intended to reduce injury severity by preventing pedestrians and cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of an accident.
Extended view mirrors are designed to prevent road accidents by reducing blind spots and providing drivers with a better view of cyclists and pedestrians around their vehicles.
The scheme will be enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. The ban will cover all roads in Greater London except for motorways and the maximum fine for each breach of the ban will be £1,000.
Transport for London (TfL) made the announcement last week following a public consultation in which 90% of respondents were in favour of the scheme.
Transport for London predict that the ban will prevent between 3-7 cyclist and pedestrian deaths over a 5 year period and between 1-5 serious cyclist and pedestrian injuries.
Last year the Mayor and Transport for London committed to a road safety plan to prioritise the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Collectively they make up 80% of those killed or seriously injured on London’s roads. The safety plan aims to cut deaths and serious injuries in the capital by 40% by 2020.
Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have historically accounted for a disproportionate number of cycling accidents. New figures reveal that out of the 13 recorded cycling fatalities in London last year, five involved HGVs. In 2013, nine of the 14 cyclist deaths in London also involved HGVs.
Information campaigns for drivers and hauliers as well as police training and the installation of 600 warning signs have already begun ahead of the start of the ban.
Cyclists and safety campaigners in London have been calling for the provision of better safety measures and cycling infrastructure for some time now. Hopefully the introduction of the Safer Lorry Scheme will lead to a reduction in the number of cycling deaths and serious injuries caused by HGVs.
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