Lorries face London ban ‘to protect cyclists’

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The headline for this article on the BBC news website is not quite correct as “The mayor’s office said that over the past two years HGVs were involved in 23% of pedestrian fatalities and 58% of cyclist deaths in London, despite accounting for just 4% of the miles driven in the city.”

It is very welcome nonetheless and will make my commute that bit safer.

Thousands of lorries could be banned from London to make the roads safer for cyclists, under plans proposed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

He wants a rating system from zero to five stars for heavy goods vehicles based on the driver’s level of vision from the cab.

The 35,000 zero star-rated HGVs currently operating in London would be banned by 2020 under the proposals.

The Road Haulage Association accused the mayor of “demonising lorries”.

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Only those lorries with a rating of at least three stars would be allowed on London’s roads by 2024.

‘Further heartbreak’
Nine cyclists and 66 pedestrians were killed in the capital last year, according to Transport for London.

The mayor’s office said that over the past two years HGVs were involved in 23% of pedestrian fatalities and 58% of cyclist deaths in London, despite accounting for just 4% of the miles driven in the city.

Mr Khan claimed the scheme would result in many lorries being upgraded before the ban comes into place.

He said: “I’m not prepared to stand by and let dangerous lorries continue to cause further heartbreak and tragedy on London’s roads.

“The evidence is clear – HGVs have been directly involved in over half of cycling fatalities over the last two years, and we must take bold action to make our roads safer for both cyclists and pedestrians.”

But the Road Haulage Association’s chief executive Richard Burnett said that the “imposition of unnecessary rules on haulage firms is unfair”.

He said: “Demonising lorries, which keep the economy and shops going, is unfair. Lorries, including construction vehicles, play a vital part in the economic life of London.

“Without them the capital’s businesses would grind to a standstill.”

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