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Representatives of the Road Haulage Associaiton, and Robert Flello MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Freight Transport will be at the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival this weekend to try and foster greater understanding between cyclists and freight companies and their drivers.

Mr Fello told fleetdirectory.co.uk that greater understanding and dialogue between cyclists and drivers is the only way to tackle the number of cyclists killed on UK roads.

He said: “I am really pleased to be at the opening of this two week-long festival which celebrates all aspects of cycling, where I will have the opportunity to discuss road safety issues with cyclists.

“I hope that by coming together cyclists and hauliers will be able to find solutions which will make the roads safer for every user. I am calling on the industry to examine its work practices and vehicle safety features with cyclist safety in mind.”

More than a quarter of cyclists killed on Britain’s roads in 2012 died as a result of being hit by  van or HGV. In big cities, the story is even worse. Between 2008 and 2012, HGVs were involved in 53 per cent of London cyclist deaths despite making up only 4 per cent of the traffic.

The Road Haulage Association will also attend the Isle of Wight cycling festival to promote dialogue between the two groups and try and improve the poor relationship between cyclists and haulage drivers and companies.

No doubt many of those attending the festival will take the opportunity to tell Mr Flello and the RHA that the best way for their members to improve their image among cyclists would be to stop killing them.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Bez [602 posts] 3 years ago
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To be fair to the RHA their response to Hammond and Johnson's recent statements was quite positive (in contrast to that of the FTA).

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neilmitchuk [11 posts] 3 years ago
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I think this is a really positive move.

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A V Lowe [592 posts] 3 years ago
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There is a mutual interest in actually removing drivers like Denis Putz, Darren Foster, and Joao Lopes from behind the wheel of a large truck, and study of the cyclist deaths in London will reveal that a disturbingly large number of those crashes involve a driver with 'form'. Few I guess could match Putz with a string of 20 or more traffic offences, including driving while disqualified on several occasions.

There is also the degree to which poor repute of the drivers can reflect back on the repute of the operator, and the potential for licences to drive and operate could be revoked for those who inhabit the murkier areas of the road haulage industry, those which RHA I'd guess would happily see removed from the road, as much as the cyclists would like it.

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Colin Peyresourde [1773 posts] 3 years ago
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I don't think there is a lorry driver out there that wants to kill a pedestrian, cyclist or another motorist willingly. But the road is there workplace and there are always frustrations associated with work. That's not a justification for poor driving, but an explanation for the reasons why poor actions are taken. We all know we can be guilty of that.