Direct vision lorries and peak hours

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2646
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Have you and TfL looked at the feasibility of restricting HGVs to certain routes at peak hours unless they have direct vision design and other safety features? 

Answer

Answer for Direct vision lorries and peak hours

Answer for Direct vision lorries and peak hours

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The launch of the Safer Lorry Scheme on 1 September 2015 was a huge step forward to improving the safety of all road users, particularly cyclists and pedestrians. The scheme ensures that only Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) fitted with essential basic safety equipment can use London's roads.

At the launch, I also announced proposals for more safety modifications to HGVs on London's roads, including retrofitting bigger side windows to reduce further the driver blind spots that contribute to so many tragic accidents even smaller. Bigger side windows, in the lower panel of the cab door, can be fitted to most lorries for around £1000 and give the driver direct vision of any cyclist who may be alongside them.

We will consult in January on the principle of how these further safety improvements could be mandated. In parallel, we will work with cycling groups, vehicle manufacturers and the freight industry to develop a technical 'direct vision standard' so the windows are legally enforceable. We hope to have this work completed by spring 2016.

In the meantime, these cab door windows will be fitted as soon as technically feasible to all vehicles undertaking work for TfL, Crossrail, and the rest of the Greater London Authority (GLA) family. I have also asked TfL to investigate how we can use the planning system to improve HGV safety through better routing to avoid the busiest routes and unsuitable junctions.