Lorry safety scheme in London aims to increase protection of cyclists

Lorry safety scheme in London aims to increase protection of cyclists

Tougher rules require heavy goods vehicles in the capital to be fitted with side guards and certain types of mirrors

Lorries without safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians will be banned from London’s roads from Tuesday.

Under Britain’s first safer lorry scheme, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in the capital must be fitted with side guards to help prevent cyclists being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision. They must also have a certain type of mirror which will give the driver a better view of bicycles and pedestrians.

A very disproportionate share of cyclist deaths and serious injuries are caused by lorries

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Source: Guardian Transport

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