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Lorries without cycle-safety mirrors and sideguards will be banned from operating in London under new proposals.

In a toughening of what was the Safer Lorry Charge (CM 5 December), the remodelled Safer Lorry Scheme will see all HGVs over 3.5 tonnes facing a financial penalty on entering the capital if they do not comply with the rules.

Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils – the umbrella organisation that represents the 32 London boroughs and the City of London – are now in talks on how to deliver the proposals. It is expected that a Traffic Regulation Order will be created for the lorry ban, with enforcement carried out by CCTV and on-street checks, with Penalty Charge Notices for offenders.

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In a two week period at the begining of November 2013 six cyclists were killed. This brought the death toll of cyclists on London roads to 14 in 2013.

A large number of these deaths occure when heavy good vehicles or buses are turning left with the cyclists going straight on at the junction.

At the moment a solution to this is being sought. This is probably a combination of a number of things, one being the installation of SideWarn!

 

SideWarn! does what its name implies, warns the driver that there is something at the side of their vehicle.

 

Give Geoff Reyner a ring on 07920824123 to discuss your requirements.

 

Read the full report on this preventable loss of life.

 

 

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