New Lorry Safety Scheme Comes into Effect in London

The Lorry Safety Scheme requires that HGVs that weigh more than 3.5 tonnes are fitted with sideguards that prevent cyclists being dragged under their wheels. The vehicles are also required to have Class V and Class Vi mirrors fitted to ensure that drivers have a better view of cyclists and pedestrians.

The scheme that comes into force from 01/09/2015 operates across London covering the same area as the Low Emission Zone. The scheme runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

New signage will be installed at the boundaries of the scheme and drivers will soon get used to the sight of the sign below:

Safer HGV zone

The scheme is enforced by Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. London Mayor Boris Johnson has stated that a vigorous enforcement action would begin immediately. The penalties for failing to comply with the scheme include:

a) Drivers found to be in charge of a non-compliant vehicle may be issued with a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice

b) Potential fine of £1000 at Magistrate’s Court

c) The Traffic Commissioner (who has the power to modify or suspend operator licenses) will be notified of companies operating vehicles in breach of the scheme.

The scheme was launched to cut the number of deaths of pedestrians and cyclists on the capital’s streets. Construction vehicles were found to be involved in a disproportionate number of fatal collisions.

Full details of the scheme can be found on the Transport for London by clicking here.

Post date: 01 Sep 2015

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