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London Assembly votes unanimously for rush hour lorry ban

Motion also puts pressure on Mayor of London to crack down on dangerous lorries in the capital

The London Assembly has unanimously called for a rush hour lorry ban, a crackdown on dangerous lorries and rogue operators and confidential reporting of bad practice, to prevent more cycling deaths in the capital.

Of eight cycling fatalities this year in London, seven occurred following collision with an HGV. Assembly members have unanimously agreed a motion calling for the Mayor of London to help implement new policies to prevent further deaths.

The motion, tabled by Green Party member, Darren Johnson AM, warns that there are still too many dangerous lorries on London's roads and urgent action is needed.

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Darren Johnson said Londoners should be able to cycle to work and school "without fearing for their lives".

He said: "Far too many people have died under the wheels of an HGV in London. We know the safety measures which would make cyclists safer and there is a growing cross-party determination that we need to end the unnecessary deaths and injuries on our roads.

"The Dutch-style cycle paths now being built will physically separate cyclists from lorries on some roads, but we also need to look at separating the majority of cyclists from lorries on the rest of London’s main roads by having them travel at different times of day.

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The motion calls on the Mayor of London to work with the Government and commercial partners to implement the following policies:

·         A rush-hour lorry ban, subject to the completion of a full impact assessment;

·         The construction industry to adopt Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) standards across the board, including direct vision lorry cabs, including a commitment from the Mayor to make direct vision lorry cabs compulsory on all GLA Group contracts before the end of his term of office;

·         Confidential reporting of bad practice to be rolled out to all HGV drivers, irrespective of whether their employer wants to take part;

·         Comprehensive enforcement so that rogue operators do not permit unlicensed, untrained lorry drivers, or unsafe vehicles, to operate on our roads, with regular reporting from the London Freight Enforcement Partnership against an aim to reduce commercial vehicle casualties.

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