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London Labour says Mayor must adopt London Cycling Campaign HGV plan

HGV cyclistToday the Department for Transport and Mayor of London announced plans to improve the safety of HGVs to make the roads safer for cyclists. Following the announcement, the London Assembly Labour Group Transport spokeswoman, Val Shawcross AM, has supported the moves and called on the Mayor to follow through on the demands of the London Cycling Campaign.

Val Shawcross AM said:

“These proposals from the Mayor and DfT are welcome, however we need urgent action to make our roads safer for cyclists from the dangers posed by HGVs. People should not die because they cycle, action needs to be taken to stop bad cyclists jumping red lights but we also need to design out as many problems as possible.

“The London Cycling Campaign are demanding better education for all HGV drivers, which is relatively cheap to deliver, and that all HGVs should have the latest safety equipment. This means a full set of safety mirrors and sensors/cameras that help the driver be more aware of vulnerable road users near their vehicle. These cost a few hundred pounds per vehicle. I also welcome the Mayor’s proposal for a substantial levy on HGVs coming into London that fail to equip themselves with this equipment. People are dying, there are ways of reducing deaths and we must act.”

Val and the Labour Group at City Hall were integral to the Greater London Assembly Transport Committee’s cycling report Gearing Up, published last November which called for a doubling of TfL’s cycling budget and the appointment of a cycling commissioner. Their recommendations were integral to the Mayor’s subsequent action plan.

red-and-black-400-x-200SERA has launched Labour for Cycling, a campaign to promote sensible cycling policy inside the Labour Party.

2 Comments on London Labour says Mayor must adopt London Cycling Campaign HGV plan

  1. Without a commitment to build a proper system of segregated cycle-paths, this is a complete waste of time. If cyclists have to be in with the traffic accidents will always happen,

  2. Weak Policy 1) manage the risk down – daytime HGV traffic is construction industry HGV’s and they are servicing continuous operations that require materials delivered or removed from sites with no places to store it so 150-200 trucks per day from a big site cannot be ‘banned’ or turned off like a tap. What can be done is a clear strategic policy to provide consolidation of this massive flow of materials on to rail and river where 1 train or 1 string of barges removes a huge mileage by 75 to 100 trucks on the road for each train or barge string loaded.

    Weak Policy 2) reliance on secondary systems for ‘seeing’ the vulnerable road user outside the vehicle and becoming dependent on those secondary systems, which can break, and false read with no direct vision facility to provide the direct eye-to eye contact that confirms each road user has seen the other. Trucks operating in London DO NOT NEED a high driving position with deplorably poor visibility, and a requirement for low driving position cabs – readily available and in use on many refuse trucks already – should be introduced over 5-10 years, the renewal working lifetime for many trucks. This is no different to the LEZ conditions imposed by TfL on commercial vehicles entering London and the CCTV requirement for London Bus contracts (introduced over 5 years, with contract renewals)

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