The Mayor has today said he will consider a rush hour ban of HGVs on London’s roads following questioning at City Hall today by Caroline Pidgeon AM, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson.
Today’s questioning of the Mayor followed the presentation at City Hall of a petition organised by the London Cycling Campaign signed by over 13,000 people, calling for a rush hour ban on HGVs, better designed lorry cabs and stronger enforcement on current safety standards.
Commenting on the Mayor’s response Caroline said:
“It is a harsh fact that 40% of cycle fatalities involving lorries occur between 8am and 9.30 am. Getting lorries off London’s roads at rush hour would obviously be a challenge but the prize of safer roads would be huge.”
“We also need to have a very special focus on addressing the dangers specifically created by construction lorries. Direct vision lorry cabs and other safety standards are essential for lorries operating on London’s roads.”
“The Mayor must now respond very soon to the many recommendations for improved road safety that are now before him.”