Month: January 2016

TfL launches freight programme to deliver improved air quality

Mike Brown MVO, London’s Transport Commissioner, yesterday (Wednesday 27 January) launched a new industry-led programme to reduce the emissions of London’s freight and fleet operators.

The five-year programme is set to work across the industry to increase the availability and uptake of low emission vans and lorries. It will bring together freight and fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, fuel providers and the public sector. It will create new environmental operating standards and contractual clauses for procurement bodies to easily adopt. LoCITY will also demonstrate, through research and real world trials, that using these cleaner vehicles will not negatively impact operations.

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Mayor unveils plan for extra windows to make lorries safer

Lorries in London would be required to have a new side window so drivers can better see pedestrians and cyclists, under proposals unveiled by the Mayor.

The plan to improve visibility for lorry drivers would help cut the dangerous blind spots which have caused a significant number of deaths on the capital’s roads.

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20,000th lorry driver completes TfL’s Safe Urban Driving course

20,000 of the UK’s licensed HGV drivers have now taken Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Safe Urban Driving course to learn how to share the road safely with others.

The course, created by TfL in 2011, is the first accredited course in the UK to include on-road cycle training for HGV drivers. This element of the course gives drivers a vulnerable road user’s perspective of the road and helps to improve road safety through an attitude change towards cyclists and pedestrians. The success and growth of the course is such that TfL is expecting to train another 4,000 drivers this year.

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