New Measures Could Cut Cycling Accidents In London

The proportion of cyclists making cycle accident claims in London should fall as a result of new safety measures unveiled by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Department for Transport (DfT) on September 4th.

Some of the initiatives to take place include the DfT and Driving Standards Agency calling for evidence about ways to improve driver training, a call for the European Union to hasten the review of Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) design, and the establishing of a HGV taskforce that will take action against dangerous vehicles, operators and drivers.

The DfT will also examine the HGV regulations exemptions, and Mr Johnson will ask Londoners whether or not he should levy a ‘safer lorry charge’ on HGVs that lack safety equipment, such as those in the construction sector.

In the rush hour, around one-quarter of all road traffic in London city centre consists of cyclists, and it is thought certain HGVs pose a significant risk to these road users.

“In my cycling vision in March, I said that no lorry should be allowed in London unless it is fitted with equipment to protect cyclists,” Mr Johnson said, adding that the first steps have now been taken to make this vision a reality.

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