HGV safety measures

MQT on 2014-07-23
Session date: 
July 23, 2014
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following the tragic death of the cyclist hit by a Crossrail lorry whose side safety side panels were not working correctly, what steps are taken to ensure that safety measures are working correctly before the vehicle goes onto the road?


Answer for HGV safety measures

Answer for HGV safety measures

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Crossrail is fully committed to minimising the impact of its work on Londoners. As part of this commitment, Crossrail has implemented industry leading safety standard requirements for all HGVs working on the Project. The HGVs themselves are operated by contractors who must of course comply with the relevant operating and driver's licence conditions.

On the vehicles, there are five key pieces of equipment in particular required by Crossrail which are:

•              Blind spot mirrors:

•              Fresnel lens or front mounted, rear facing camera

•              Rear warning signs for cyclists

•              Side under-run guards; and

•              Sidescan detection and warning system

Crossrail has also signed up to CLOCS (www.clocs.org.uk), the new industry-wide road safety standards developed by TfL.

Since this incident, Crossrail has introduced additional consequences for drivers and hauliers that arrive at site with a vehicle that does not meet their vehicle safety requirements. This now includes the immediate suspension of the vehicle until the defects are rectified and the immediate suspension of the driver and the removal of their Crossrail driver's card.  The card is only reinstated when the driver attends and successfully completes the Crossrail Lorry Driver programme together with a senior manager/director. 

All vehicles are checked upon arrival at Crossrail sites by the Tier 1 contractor and Crossrail conducts random checks to enforce and monitor these measures. Prior to this incident, a non-compliant vehicle would be turned away at the cost of the haulier. It remains the responsibility of the haulier and the individual drivers to check their safety measures before embarking on their journey.