Unsafe Lorries To Be Banned From London's Roads

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 39 months ago
Unsafe Lorries To Be Banned From London's Roads

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As of 1 September 2015, lorries that don't have safety measures to protect cyclists won't be allowed on London's roads. This is fantastic news, as lorries are disproportionately involved in fatal collisions — though they make up just 4% of London's traffic, HGVs were involved in the deaths of nine of 14 cyclists in 2013, and five of the 13 who died in 2014.

HGVs will be required to have sideguards, to protect cyclists from being dragged under the wheels during a collision, and Class V and Class VI mirrors to give drivers a better view of cyclists (and pedestrians). It's a 24/7 ban on unsafe lorries, enforceable by police, DVLA and the Industrial HGV Taskforce. Violators will be fined up to £1,000 and vehicle operators will be referred to whoever's responsible for issuing their licence.

Boris Johnson said:

"We know that a large number of cyclist deaths and serious injuries involve a relatively small number of trucks and lorries that are not fitted with basic safety equipment. Such vehicles are not welcome in the capital and the Safer Lorry Scheme will see them effectively banned from our streets."

It's a move that has cross party support, too, with Labour's Val Shawcross agreeing:

"Stricter safety standards for lorries could make all the difference for cyclists, as well as reassuring lorry drivers that their vehicles are as safe as possible. Anything which helps to reduce accidents and fatalities on our roads should be warmly welcomed. Whilst the promotion and enforcement of these new rules will be important I hope that hauliers and HGV drivers will take a proactive approach and embrace these new safety standards before they come into effect in September."

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Last Updated 06 February 2015


This sounds like great news, but I can't help but wonder if it will actually help. Does anyone have stats on how many of the HGVs in the collisions already had these safety measures?

Greg Tingey

And - even more of them seem to be "tipper" or dump trucks - those things scare me as a Land-Rover driver, never mind when I'm cycling!


I agree that as many safety measures as possible should be implemented, but the fact you can get on a pushbike and ride at up to 30 mph in London without a helmet is laughable. Every cyclist should wear a helmet ! Why isn't this ever mentioned ? Nobody would use a Boris Bike that's why !!!


The call for mandatory helmet use, in the context of this article, is somewhat flawed.
1) We do not know if the cyclists killed in these collisions were wearing helmets or not.
2) It is highly unlikely that a helmet would save a cyclist in a collision with an HGV.
3) Cycle helmets are only BS rated for impact speeds of up to 12mph.

In a collision between a cyclist and an HGV to depend on a cycle helmet to save a life is a little like taking a walnut to crack a sledgehammer.

Giles Cudmore

When out riding I tend to give HGVs a wide berth, I would look at some roads the opposite way though and ban cyclists from them, but that would obviously mean a big change in signing and putting better lanes in.