HGV drivers (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
May 18, 2011
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Thank you, Mr Mayor. This morning, members of all the parties on the Assembly received a petition from the 10,000 members of the public raised by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) requesting that all local councils, including the GLA, ensure that lorry drivers working for those public authorities receive cycle-awareness training. If I were allowed props, I would actually show you this [folder containing the petition] but I am not so, regrettably, I cannot! What is even more of a regret, Mr Mayor, and this I do want a response from you on, it is a regret bearing in mind that the move is going in the right direction with regard to trying to get cycle-awareness training for HGV drivers. It is with regret, therefore, that the on-bike-training part of such cycle training, which has been trialled by places like Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth and Hackney, has not been approved by the organisation that approves training programmes despite TfL and your own freight operator recognition scheme recommending it. Therefore, would you add your weight as Mayor in writing to the Department of Transport to insist that cycle-awareness training does become part of HGV courses in the future?

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Answer

Answer for HGV drivers (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for HGV drivers (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Which is this body that has not recognised the courses?

Andrew Boff (AM): Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT), it is called, which you really do not want to know about --

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): The JAUPT needs to recognise --

Andrew Boff (AM): It is the body that approves the training schemes for HGV drivers. It has, unfortunately, rejected that part of training schemes that insists on cycle awareness and the use of cycles. Therefore, the LCC and all members would be really grateful if you could add your weight to insisting that this is part of the training programme. I know this is complex. It is important that we do it.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): No, no. We will get onto it and I will make sure that TfL takes this up with the body once we have established the name of the relevant body.

Andrew Boff (AM): Unfortunately, it is a five-letter acronym --

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): OK. Good. Just while I have got you, can I just tell you, just so that people know, that the numbers of cycling fatalities, killed or seriously injured, are declining in spite of the huge increase in the numbers of cyclists. I think they are down 23% on 2009.