New Lorry Rules Should Make London Safer for Cyclists

By James O Malley on at

New rules for lorries driving into London that come into force today should hopefully make the capital a safer place to the cycle.

The Guardian reports that the Mayor of London has imposed regulations that require HGVs over 3.5 tonnes to fit side guards to stop cyclists being pulled under the wheels if there is a collision, as well as the introduction of more mirrors to limit blind-spots.

It's about time too, as a massively disproportionate number of cycling deaths on London's roads are at the hands of lorries rather than cars. So far this year, of eight deaths, seven have involved lorries.

HGVs that break the new rules could be fined up to £1,000 for each breach and persistent rule breakers risk losing their operating licence all together. The rules apply on every road in Greater London – apart from the motorways, which are outside of the Mayor's purview.

It's about time too for this small step in the right direction. Predictably though, the HGV lobby aren't so happy: they instead argue that more money should be spent enforcing existing rules rather than imposing new ones. But then, they would say that, wouldn't they? [The Guardian]