The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced that lorries without safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians could be banned from the capital.
The proposal, outlined in a TfL document, says that any vehicle over 3.5 tonnes will be required to fit side guards and special mirrors. The rules would be enforced by CCTV cameras and on-street checks.
In addition, the scheme includes a pan-London Traffic Regulation Order which would prohibit HGVs without the additional safety equipment from driving on London’s roads.
Transport for London has teamed up with 33 London boroughs to implement the policy, and a formal consultation and legal proceedings could be completed by September.
Johnson said: “In my cycling vision, I said that no lorry should be allowed in London unless it is fitted with equipment to protect cyclists. Neither I nor the boroughs have the power to ban lorries without safety equipment on our own. It was for that reason that I proposed to use a power I do have, to levy a hefty charge on lorries without such equipment. But I am pleased to say that after negotiations with London councils, we can now combine our powers to propose a simple and comprehensive ban.”
London’s transport commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy said: “London has led the way in working with the freight industry to drive up standards, especially in terms of greater road safety, better driver training and reduced vehicle emissions. TfL will work with the London boroughs to deliver this proposed Safer Lorry Scheme and further demonstrate our commitment to safer roads for all.”
The move comes just days after Boris attacked the government for failing to throw its support behind a European directive to introduce safety standards for lorries.