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Safer HGV’s make for a safer London

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Boris Johnson announced yesterday (1/9/15) that Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) without the required safety equipment have now been banned from London’s roads. Vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes are now required to be fitted with side guards (figure 1) and curved mirrors.

Police have already begun enforcing the new regulations. Each violation can result in a fine up to £1,000 and operators may also lose their operating licences if they are found to repeatedly offend.

Consultations are due to take place in January next year to discuss the further adaption of HGV’s by the inclusion of enlarged side windows to enhance the driver’s visibility of the near side. The Mayors office estimate the cost to make these changes to most HGV’s will be approximately  £1,000 and will almost certainly make the new windows a legal requirement by April 2016.

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“A very disproportionate share of cyclist deaths and serious injuries are caused by lorries, and today’s scheme will undoubtedly save lives,” Boris Johnson