It was announced this week that as of the 1st of September 2015 all lorries that aren’t fitted with cycle safety equipment will be banned from London’s streets.

 

This is following a public consultation in which 90% voted for restrictions giving Boris Johnson, TFL and the London Councils the thumbs up for the ban which will encompass all roads in the Greater London area (except for motorways).

 

The ban stipulates that all HGVs weighing over 3.5 tonnes must be fitted with side guards which will prevent cyclists from being caught under the wheels, as well as requiring mirrors better equipped for seeing cyclists and passengers.

 

Speaking of unequipped lorries, the Mayor Boris Johnson has stated, “such vehicles are not welcome in the capital and the Safer Lorry Scheme will see them effectively banned from our streets.”

 
Running with no exceptions 24 hours a day, seven days a week, lorries discovered in the city operating without the necessary equipment will receive a maximum fine of £1,000.

 

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