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In 2012 there were 14 cyclist fatalities in London, with 5 involving Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), including skip or tipper trucks, which highlights the urgent need to reduce the dangers posed by HGVs to cyclists in London.

TfL is committed to improving the safety of all Vulnerable Road Users on London`s roads, and as such have implemented an organisation wide initiative to ensure that all businesses working for or on behalf of TfL take measures to improve the safety of their vehicles. It is now mandatory for all new and existing contracts, for contractors and their sub-contractors who deliver to a TfL premises or site to adopt these Work Related Road Risk cycle safety requirements.

Failure to meet these requirements could result in vehicles being turned away from site and could be considered a breach of contract, resulting in the contract being terminated.

This section of the FORS website provides information on these new contractual requirements, vehicle safety equipment guidance and FAQs surrounding cycle safety and freight in London.

If an operator is not FORS or similar they have 90 days to achieve bronze accreditation

Before the contractor starts they will have to ensure all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes have:

  • Have Side Guards fitted, unless it can be demonstrated to the reasonable satisfaction of the Employer, that the Lorry will not perform the function, for which it was built, if Side Guards are fitted
  • Have a close proximity warning system fitted comprising: a front-mounted, rear-facing CCTV camera with in-cab live feed from the said camera or a Fresnel Lens where the Fresnel Lens provides a reliable alternative to the CCTV camera and where the Operator has obtained the Authority's approval to use the Fresnel Lens, which approval the Authority may withhold in its unfettered discretion; and a Close Proximity Sensor
  • Have a Class VI Mirror
  • Bear prominent signage on the rear of the vehicle to warn cyclists of the dangers of passing the vehicle on the inside

Before commencing to work on the contract each driver who works on the contract will have had a driving licence check with the DVLA and will have their licence rechecked on a regular basis.

Undertakes the Safe Urban Driving (SUD) Approved Driver Training course within 60 days of the Contract Date unless they have undertaken such SUD Training in the last three years. This includes the on-cycle hazard awareness training. Please see the Approved Driver Training link at the bottom of this page for further details of SUD training.

Each driver will satisfactorily complete a FORS e-learning Work Related Road Safety module (or an approved equivalent safety module) at least every 12 months. From the 5th April 2013, anyone can register to complete the eLearning modules and receive a certificate on their successful completion.