Closure of CVEU police unit

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3330
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In the light of the tragic deaths of ten cyclists on London's roads this year, with eight involving heavy goods vehicles, how do you justify Transport for London's decision to shut down the Metropolitan Police Commercial Vehicle Education Unit (CVEU) despite the fact that 70% of lorries checked by CVEU since 2005 were found to be defective in some way ?

Answer

Answer for Closure of CVEU police unit

Answer for Closure of CVEU police unit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL research shows that fewer than one in twenty cycling fatalities involved a defective HGV, whereas over a fifth involved a large vehicle changing lanes to the left or turning left. This suggests that the key priority in reducing cycling fatalities is to reduce the risk to cyclists from left turning HGVs.

This will be done by changing the design and use standards for HGVs, encouraging the retro-fitting of mirrors and safety sidebars to existing HGVs and raising awareness amongst both cyclists and HGV drivers on the need to travel safely on the road.

TfL and the Metropolitan Police are working closely together on these issues including promoting Exchanging Places Events through which cyclists experience the realities of driving an HGV.

The Metropolitan Police will continue to undertake on-street enforcement action in relation to freight operators in London. TfL will continue with its Freight Operator Recognition Scheme, which offers direct safety benefits for cyclists, including bespoke driver and freight planner training, discounted driver-licence checking services and introductory offers for driver profiling.