Safer Lorry Zone

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0658
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Some companies operating fleets of HGVs fit their vehicles with safety equipment such as proximity detectors and extra warning signs to reduce the risk to pedestrians and cyclists. Will the Mayor consider using the same powers that are proposed to make London a Low Emission Zone to also make London a Safer Lorry Zone, requiring those lorries that do not have this safety equipment fitted to pay a prohibitively high charge?

Answer

Answer for Safer Lorry Zone

Answer for Safer Lorry Zone

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Whilst I agree it is desirable to have the highest safety standards on HGV's, I do not think the approach you propose is the best way forward.TfL is developing a London Freight Plan, which contains proposals seeking to facilitate the sustainable development of freight in London. The aim is to gain widespread support through positive encouragement. One proposal is the Freight Operators Recognition Scheme. This includes the first work related road safety management standard, which addresses all appropriate activities relating to road safety including route planning; work load scheduling; and driving. TfL will also be working with the Metropolitan Police to disseminate road safety best practice throughout the freight industry through a fully funded Commercial Vehicle Education Unit.