Cyclist Safety

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3386
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

There is a cross-party agreement that Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) are a significant factor in cyclist deaths and any measure proposed to mitigate this is welcome. How will your new measures be co-ordinated now that you have axed the Metropolitan Police's Commercial Vehicle Education Unit?

Answer

Answer for Cyclist Safety

Answer for Cyclist Safety

Answered By: 
The Mayor

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.

TfL and the Metropolitan Police are not complacent, however, and will be looking to maintain the enforcement drive and education work in new ways. The Traffic Operational Command Unit is reviewing all of its functions and staff. Within this review, the unit are looking at how to manage commercial vehicle enforcement in the future.

In addition, TfL has set up a Cycle Safety Action Group to co-ordinate activity relating to cycle safety across London. This follows the publication by TfL of the Mayor's Cycle Safety Action Plan on 23 October 2009. This Group will bring together all the key organisations involved in increasing cycling safety, including representatives from the freight industry and the Metropolitan Police.