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10% ignoring London’s Safer Lorry Scheme

Mar 08, 2016
According to FEDEMAC, approximately 1,500 HGVs were checked during the month of September and 148 were found to be ignoring London’s Safer Lorry Scheme’s rules introduced on 1 September, 2015.

This figure improved significantly in October with only 56 HGVs being recorded as non-compliant despite a similar number being checked. 

The Safer Lorry Scheme, formulated by London Mayor Boris Johnson, requires vehicles over 3.5 tonnes entering London to be fitted with sideguards to protect cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision, along with Class V and Class VI mirrors to give the driver a better view of cyclists and pedestrians. 

Transport for London (TfL) said that “the majority of vehicles found to be breaking the rules were not fitted with the required safety mirrors”. It also stated that “every non-compliant vehicle and operator has been reported to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner”. 

Steve Burton, Director of Enforcement and On-street Operations at TfL, said: “We are already seeing good results of the Safer Lorry Scheme since it was launched on the first of September. It is one element of our work to improve road safety and protect pedestrians and cyclists. We work closely with our policing partners and the industry through the Freight Enforcement Partnership to take non-compliant and unsafe commercial vehicles, drivers and operators off London’s roads.” 

In the future, TfL is also planning to require lorries to be fitted with larger windows to improve direct vision and may also include radar detection systems and other sensors to detect cyclists. 

The scheme operates across London, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, covering the same area as the Low Emission Zone.  The scheme is enforced by the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.  Drivers found to be in charge of a non-compliant vehicle may be issued with a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice; the offence also carries a potential fine of £1,000 at Magistrate's court and The Traffic Commissioner, who has the power to modify or suspend operator licences, is also notified of companies operating vehicles in breach of the scheme. 

Photo:  Boris Johnson, formulator of the Safer Lorry Scheme.


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