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Contractors cautious about cycle safety plan

Contractors have urged transport authorities to clarify their plans to reduce risks to cyclists from construction vehicles.

Earlier this month, transport minister Stephen Hammond, London mayor Boris Johnson and the capital’s transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy launched a crackdown on heavy goods vehicles endangering cyclists.

They said they were considering pushing for a change in the law to force all construction vehicles to be fitted with guards to reduce the danger they pose to cyclists.

And they said they would set up a task force to take direct action against dangerous HGV drivers, vehicles and operators.

Johnson will ask Londoners whether he should place a “substantial” charge on any HGV not fitted with basic cycle safety equipment .

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca) welcomed the initiative - but insisted it must be done the right way.

“Too often we read about the deaths of cyclists as a result of avoidable accidents on our roads,” said Ceca external affairs director Alasdair Reisner .

“It is essential that we as an industry work with the government and other stakeholders to reduce the occurrence of such tragedies.

“We must also ensure that the industry has good visibility of any new or changing requirements. If we are to play our part in reducing the death toll on the streets, it is vital that companies are given clear guidance about what is required, and a timetable for implementation.”

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