Cycle safety (4)

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please update us on the steps you are taking to protect cyclists from dangerous lorries?


Answer for Cycle safety (4)

Answer for Cycle safety (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 1 July 2013.

My Vision for Cycling in London clearly outlines the steps required to ensure lorries in London meet specific cycle safety standards. Many of these steps are already underway to encourage operators of large goods vehicles to recognise the benefits of compliance with these requirements.

A combination of evidence-based measures is required to achieve this and there are some outstanding joint efforts made by TfL, MPS, VOSA, Traffic Commissioners and industry, to help ensure risks associated with lorries in London are minimised.

TfL has led the way in promoting safer lorries and safer lorry driving through the training and guidance promoted through the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. Since February 2011, TfL has implemented specific cycle safety requirements into its procurement contracts, including vehicles equipped with the latest technology to eliminate blind spots and drivers undergoing on-cycle hazard awareness. These requirements have also been included within TfL's Construction Logistics Plan Guidance (for planners and developers), which is now a condition for many planning applications. To encourage other organisations to follow TfL's procurement lead, a guidance document on Improving Road Safety through Procurement is available, which recently won the 'Best London Cycling Initiative' at the London Cycling Campaign awards. The London Legacy Development Corporation and a number of London boroughs have already committed to this approach.

TfL have recently launched a Cycle Safety toolkit for freight operators; and it also works with the MPS to conduct Exchanging Places events. This gives cyclists the opportunity to sit in the cab of a lorry to see the extent of vehicle blind spots and encourages safer cycling.

TfL provides funding to the MPS Commercial Vehicle Unit (CVU) to attend all personal injury collisions between cyclists and vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. The CVU has specialist expertise in assessing commercial driving standards, vehicle safety and operator compliance and, works closely with VOSA and the Traffic Commissioners to ensure that the rigorous standards for commercial vehicles in London are adhered to. The CVU also carries out proactive enforcement operations along key traffic corridors and routes leading to major constructions sites to examine vehicle roadworthiness and, detect any driver offences, raising the safety standard for all road users.

TfL is also trialling proximity censors and other measures to increase lorry driver awareness of cyclists.