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London Councils pushes ahead with cycle safety equipment mandate for London Lorry Control Scheme members

  • 23 December 2013
  • By Ashleigh Wight

London Councils is to push ahead with plans to change the conditions of the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) to mandate the fitting of side guards and uprated mirrors to LGVs making deliveries in London.

At a meeting on 12 December, London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee said it would launch a public consultation on the changes, which could require all LGVs to fit cycle safety equipment.

Changes to the LLCS permit conditions will also consider reducing LGV movements during the morning rush hour.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has described the plans as a missed opportunity and said reforming night-time restrictions so quieter vehicles could make more deliveries would be better for cycle safety.

“This would allow as many lorries as possible to operate outside the peak hours when most cyclists are on the roads.

“It seems strange that while London Councils is talking about banning LGVs from operating during the peak hours, it is not talking about enabling LGVs to operate outside of this time,” said Christopher Snelling, FTA head of urban logistics and regional policy.

He said replacing one LGV with a number of vans, or having trucks “bunching up” after 9am would also have safety implications.

The news somes despite London mayor Boris Johnson’s plan to push ahead with a Safer Lorry Charge next year.


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