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London unsafe lorries ban moves closer

Transport for London (TfL) has begun consulting on plans to ban large construction vehicles without certain cycle-safety features from the capital’s roads.

TfL and London borough councils propose to require every vehicle in London weighing more than 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with sideguards and extended-view mirrors.

Of 14 cyclist deaths in London in 2013, nine involved heavy goods vehicles.

Yet many construction vehicles are currently exempt from laws requiring lorries to fit sideguards, while pre-2000 vehicles don’t have to fit extended view mirrors.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: “I have long been worried that a large number of cyclist deaths involve a relatively small number of problem lorries, which are not fitted with safety equipment.

“My Safer Lorries Scheme would see those lorries effectively banned from our streets. The lives of thousands of cyclists and pedestrians would be much safer as a result.

“Vehicles that would be affected by this scheme can easily be retrofitted to comply and doing so will save lives.”

The consultation exercise will run until 22 September, and the law could be in force early next year.

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