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Thames Water signs up to TfL style cycle safety campaign

Thames Water is to order operators of vehicles delivering to its construction sites to be fitted with cycle safety equipment.

The initiative requires HGVs over 7t and articulated vehicles working for the firm within the M25 to be fitted with the equipment.

The required equipment includes side detection sensors to alert drivers of nearby cyclists; an alarm to warn passing cyclists when vehicles are turning left and side guards to prevent cyclists from being dragged under vehicles.

The requirements echo Transport for London’s Freight Operator Scheme bronze standard requirements that apply to delivery companies in the capital.

Thames Water has made the HGV-modification policy mandatory across its capital works delivery programme, incorporating its fleet and those of its main contractors.

But the requirements do not yet extend to second and third tier suppliers.

Thames Water health and safety director Clare Hammet said that driver training was the next step in preventing injuries to cyclists.

“We’ve made the first steps, and we now need to continue to concentrate on driver training and awareness,” she said.

Last month Thames Water asset director Lawrence Gosden warned that higher standards of HGV manufacture would also be needed if safety is to improve (NCE 2 May 2013).

Fines plan for cycle box blockers

Transport for London (TfL) is urging the Department for Transport (DfT) to decriminalise motorists who fail to stop at Advance Stop Lines (ASL) ahead of cycle boxes at traffic lights.

The move would allow TfL to fine drivers who are photographed stopping within cycle boxes.

At present, responsiblity for enforcing laws relating to cycle box infringements is the responsibilty of police patrols.

“The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling outlines a number of areas where we would be keen to see changes to legislation,” said TfL managing director of surface transport Leon Daniels.

“That includes regulations that would provide cyclists with safer access to, and enable more effective enforcement of, advance stop line reservoirs and mandatory cycle lanes. Changes to these regulations are a matter for the Department for Transport, with whom we shall continue to engage.”

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