10. Improve HGV safety by vehicle design, driver training, and mutual awareness with cyclists

Recommendation…

This recommendation is grouped into the topic: Safe driving and safe speed limits.

10. Improve HGV safety by vehicle design, driver training, and mutual awareness with cyclists; promote rail freight and limit use of HGVs on the busiest urban streets at the busiest times, and use public sector projects to drive fleet improvements.


Official Department for Transport Response…

DfT Ministers are treating this issue (the risk posed to cyclists by HGVs) as a priority, and have had a number of discussions with the Mayor of London and Peter Hendy – the Commissioner for Transport for London, over the summer to agree further measures to improve cycle safety. We intend to make a joint announcement in the near future.

UPDATE 4 September 2013, see: DfT and Mayor announce plans to tackle HGV safety and support London’s cycling revolution.

UPDATE 31 January 2014, Lord Popat stated (HERE): “However, we have to wait for what we call the cycle delivery plan, which will take a number of factors into account and is due out in autumn this year.” (cross-reference: see response to recommendation 15)

The Department for Transport is now updating its guidance on quiet out of hours deliveries, originally produced for the 2010 quiet out of hours deliveries pilot schemes, to help encourage more such schemes around the country. This will take account of the experience of such deliveries during the 2012 London Games, which helped to reduce the number of goods vehicles on the busiest urban streets at the busiest times, by shifting some deliveries to other times of day.

Government is promoting the further development of the Strategic Rail Freight Network and has ring-fenced a further £230 million in the period 2014-2019 for the rail industry in Great Britain to take forward its own priority projects on freight.

New standards for mirrors on the passenger side of lorries have recently been agreed at international level, and the Department is liaising with the European Commission on making this a mandatory requirement for all new heavy vehicles. These mirrors improve drivers’ visibility and make it easier for them to see cyclists who ride up on the passenger side.

The Department for Transport continues to work with international partners through the UNECE, in particular to allow camera technology that further improves driver vision.

From 29 October 2014, all new goods vehicles will have to comply with revised European rules, which permit fewer exemptions than the current domestic legislation.

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