75% of HGVs stopped in Breach of Regulations (2)

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


It was reported to the recent Transport for London Surface Panel that in an operation to monitor Industrial HGVs on London's roads that of the 1,061 stopped only 55 vehicles had the full range of cycle safety equipment installed. What steps will be taken to increase this unacceptably low proportion of such vehicles equipped with cycle safety features?


Answer for 75% of HGVs stopped in Breach of Regulations (2)

Answer for 75% of HGVs stopped in Breach of Regulations (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The results referenced in the question refer to the operation of the Industrial HGV Task Force (IHTF). It is important to note, however that the intelligence led and targeted nature of IHTF activities mean that results should not be considered as representative of all freight vehicles operating on London's roads.

Operational since the 1st October, the IHTF specifically targets non-compliant operators in the construction and waste industry and has to date stopped over 1500 vehicles, issuing over 400 FPNs and over 600 Prohibitions for a variety of offences. Many of these vehicles are exempt from the regulatory requirement to fit basic safety equipment. You will however know that I have announced my intention to consult Londoners to introduce a Safer Lorry Scheme to ensure all vehicles meet minimum safety requirements. This will exclude the most dangerous lorries from the capital. TfL is also lobbying the DfT to remove these exemptions at a national level.

In addition to continued funding and support for the operation of IHTF, TfL is working in close partnership with the MPS, City of London Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to reduce the number of non-compliant and dangerous vehicles on London's roads. This partnership work includes joint roadside enforcement operations, funding for the MPS Commercial Vehicle Unit and the support of TfL intelligence and analysis resources. TfL is also working with the Traffic Commissioner to share information on non-compliant vehicles, drivers and operators as well as providing resources to allow Public Inquiries to take place in London.

TfL has recently completed a feasibility study examining what steps are needed to increase the safety of lorry movements in London.  It is available to download here http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/safer-lorry-scheme-the-way-forwar.... Public consultation is due to start in the early spring with a target implementation date of late 2014.

Since February 2011, TfL has implemented specific road safety requirements into its contracts including vehicles equipped with blindspot technology. To encourage others to follow this lead, a guidance document has been published on Improving Road Safety through Procurement. This is promoted to London boroughs, other public bodies and private organisations; and a copy can be found at http://www.fors-online.org.uk/index.php?page=P_CONTRACTORS

TfL is also working closely with the construction logistics industry to improve driving standards and road safety cultures. I recently joined TfL and industry representatives to launch the 'Standard for Construction Logistics: Managing work related road risk' (www.tfl.gov.uk/wrrrstandards). This groundbreaking standard aims to ensure that companies follow best safety practice in the management of their vehicles, drivers, operations and construction sites. It includes requirements for fitting side guards, close proximity mirrors and blindspot technology to all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.  The standard has been endorsed by over 50 organisations and is already being implemented in supply chains across London and beyond.

Furthermore, I am joining forces with London's boroughs to ban HGVs which are not fitted with cyclist safety equipment from London. The proposed Safer Lorry Scheme would require every vehicle over 3.5 tonnes that is currently exempt to be fitted with sideguards to protect cyclists, as well as fitted with mirrors, which will give the driver a better view of cyclists and pedestrians around their vehicle. Any vehicle entering the city without this safety equipment may be issued a penalty charge. I am working with London Councils to make this proposal a reality by the end of the year.