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Potential HGV ban during peak-times in London

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With the continued drive to reduce accidents in built up cities and a mayoral race underway for London more initiatives are being tabled with the latest from the Liberal Democrats suggesting a lorry ban during certain hours of the day could be the answer.

Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon has announced that, if elected as Mayor of London in the 2016 election, she would enforce a peak-time HGV ban in London.

Pidgeon stated that, “Not only do HGVs tend to clog up the roads in central London, they are also dangerous for cyclists. Some form of peak time HGV ban, including construction traffic, could help ease congestion and make London’s roads safer.”

The Department for Transport have revealed that the amount of miles driven by LGVs in London has increased by 12% from 2012 to 2014. Transport for London is predicting a 22% rise between 2011 and 2030.

The idea may have been brought to Caroline Pidgeon’s attention by a petition gaining over 13,000 signatures to ban lorries over 7.5 tons from the roads in London between 08:00 and 09:30. The petition was launched after a fatal collision between 26-year-old cyclist Ying Tao and a tipper truck at Bank junction in June.

The Road Haulage Association warned that it could be extremely costly.

Pidgeon believes that cargo bikes, a bike capable of carrying up to 250kg worth of goods, can be used to deliver 25% of commercial deliveries and can therefore contribute to the replacement of HGV vehicles during rush hour.