End Lorry Danger

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2997
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you support the London Cycling Campaign's 3 point plan to end lorry danger

Answer

Answer for End Lorry Danger

Answer for End Lorry Danger

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you know, I am fully committed to improving the safety of vulnerable road users and we have a whole range of activities underway to improve the safety of heavy good vehicles (HGV) in London.

I fully support the roll out of direct vision lorries and, as I announced at the launch of London's Safer Lorry Scheme on 1 September, TfL will consult early next year on how we can mandate the use of bigger side windows for all lorries in London, helping reduce driver blind spots and increase direct driver vision. We will also work with cycling groups, vehicle manufacturers and the freight industry to develop a technical 'direct vision standard' so the windows are legally enforceable.

With regards to stronger enforcement, TfL is working with the Police and Driver Vehicle and Standards Agency (DVSA) to strengthen our relationship and extend the lessons learnt from the award winning Industrial HGV Task Force (IHTF) into other areas of our work. We have recently set up a Freight Compliance Unit (FCU), formed of officers and staff from TfL, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and DVSA to share information on operator compliance. This means enforcement is intelligence led, coordinated and targeted at those operators that choose to operate illegally.  In August alone, over 600 vehicles were targeted and stopped, issuing 224 Fixed Penalty Notices and over 130 prohibitions to the most dangerous vehicles. TfL also continues to fund policing teams and operations that work with all road users, such as Operation Safeway, where officers at key junctions enforce the law and give out road safety advice to drivers and cyclists.

With regards to a rush hour lorry ban, any vehicle ban requires a full impact assessment. Which would need to include analysis of potential unintended consequences, such as an increase in vans on the roads or an increase in HGVs at other times of the day.