The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has urged all road logistics providers planning deliveries in London to be aware of their responsibilities under the new Safer Lorry Scheme.
Launched on September 1st, the initiative aims to enhance road safety for vulnerable groups across the capital and applies to all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. It requires heavy goods vehicles to be fitted with sideguards, kerb view and front mirrors as standard, and covers the whole of the London Low Emission Zone.
Operators that fail to meet these requirements are now subject to fines of up to £1,000 per vehicle and companies must therefore make these changes sooner rather than later.
However, while the introduction of these measures to protect vulnerable groups is welcomed by the FTA, it is not seen as the most appropriate method for enhancing safety.
Natalie Chapman, the organisation's head of policy for London, said: "We believe that this kind of blunt regulatory tool is not the best way to improve cyclist safety.
"We still think that the money and effort invested in this scheme would have been better spent on increased enforcement against the small proportion of lorries that don't comply with existing regulations. There are better ways to achieve safer roads for all users."
Posted on 3rd September 2015
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