Safer trucking

by OldRidgeback   December 9, 2013  

This might make some people feel safer, or it might not:

FTA welcomes new construction logistics standard for cyclist safety
The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the launch today (9 December) of a new single standard for construction vehicles in London, which has been developed to help make London’s roads safer for everyone.
The ‘Standard for Construction Logistics’ has been developed by the logistics and construction industries, with the support of Transport for London, in order to create a single standard for construction logistics vehicles.
FTA, along with several of its members, participated in the expert working group that defined the standards and supports the outcome as a series of practical measures that should improve road safety for cyclists without preventing construction projects from operating.
Christopher Snelling, FTA’s Head of Urban Logistics Policy, commented:
“This is a major initiative that should improve the construction logistics sector’s safety record. It is a good example of the right way to tackle safety issues. A specific focus has been identified - tipper lorries used as part of construction logistics are involved in a relatively high proportion of cyclist fatalities. The measures set out are those shown by industry testing and use to be beneficial to safety, not ones that are just designed to grab headlines.
“This new standard will raise the safety performance of the whole construction logistics sector to match that of the best performers today. The development of this standard, and the commitment to it by many major companies, demonstrates how seriously the logistics industry takes cyclist safety and how we are working through intelligent, targeted projects to improve our record and to adjust our operations to the increasing number of cyclists on our roads.
“This standard is only one part of the way forward on improving cyclist safety. We need to maintain high levels of enforcement against road freight operators who do not comply with the law, and we should look at the use of the remaining safety exemptions for vehicles and what training our drivers receive. Public authorities need to improve the roads and cycling infrastructure. There is also a need for cyclists to take up training, make themselves visible and to understand how HGVs manoeuvre so they do not put themselves at unnecessary risk.
"FTA commends the new standard to all its members in, or serving, the construction industry and will be bringing it to their attention.”

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Without knowing exactly what these measures are (!), it sounds like this is a step in the right direction and the statements they make are quite sensible.

I also agree with the sentiment that HGV safety devices are only part of the way forward on improving cyclist safety - the authorities do indeed need to address design and infrastructure issues.

What about buses? As these have been involved in several recent fatalities. considering most of their journeys are urban, it should be a very high priority to address safety and training issues with this type of vehicle an as well. The same councils responsible for poor road design are also responsible for the operation of buses in many towns...

posted by 700c [485 posts]
11th December 2013 - 17:26

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And more from the FTA:

London Councils’ proposals to change Lorry Control scheme
a “missed opportunity” on cyclist safety - claims FTA
London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee decision to review the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) has been described by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) as a missed opportunity. During a meeting yesterday the London Councils’ decided to hold a public consultation regarding changing the conditions of the London Lorry Control scheme to require heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to fit cycle safety measures such as side guards and extra mirrors, and to consider restricting HGV movements during the morning peak
FTA’s Head of Urban Logistics and Regional Policy-Christopher Snelling said:
“The best thing London Councils could do for cycling safety is to reform the Control Scheme’s night-time restrictions so that quieter HGVs can more easily make deliveries at night. This would allow as many lorries as possible to operate outside the peak hours when most cyclists are on the roads. It seems strange whilst London Councils are talking about banning HGVs from operating during the peak hours, they are not talking about enabling HGVs to operate outside of this time.
“FTA is confused at the rationale for considering restricting HGV movements at peak times. London’s Cycling Commissioner himself has said that only 2 of the 14 deaths this year involved an HGV during the peak. There are also safety implications of replacing one HGV with many vans or having HGVs bunching up just after 9am when more vulnerable pedestrians are on the roads. There would also be significant negative implications for air quality and the cost of living in London from any such restriction.”
Regarding the proposal to add requirements for safety equipment to the Control Scheme’s conditions, Snelling commented:
“Introducing a restriction first at night risks the unintended consequence of some vehicles without these safety features moving operations into the day time when more cyclists are on the roads.”
“The way to improve safety is to take intelligent, targeted measures that can reduce the number of incidents and their severity. For HGVs, this means focusing on low quality operators who fail to follow legal safety requirements, and on ‘tipper’ constructions vehicles which are involved in a significant proportion of the most serious HGV/cyclist incidents.”
For this reason, FTA welcomed the recent increased enforcement efforts on HGVs by the Metropolitan Police on London’s streets, and helped draft and supports the new Construction Logistics Standard - which was launched this week.
Mr Snelling concluded:
“For cyclists this means taking up training; making themselves visible and understanding how HGVs manoeuvre so they do not put themselves at unnecessary risk. The aim should be to enable all users to share the roads safety – not to prevent any one user from using our roads – we all have our part to play in society.”

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posted by OldRidgeback [1941 posts]
13th December 2013 - 13:48

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