As London moves closer to the unsafe lorry ban, the first of 600 signs for the Safer Lorry Scheme have been erected across the city.
The scheme will require vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with sideguards, along with Class V and Class VI mirrors giving the driver a better view of cyclists and pedestrians around their vehicle.
The scheme will commence operation on 1 September 2015 and operators that are FORS accredited based on the revised standards from 9 July will meet this requirement.
All roads in Greater London (except motorways) will be covered by the scheme. It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be enforced by the police, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and the joint TfL and DfT-funded Industrial HGV Taskforce (IHTF). The maximum fine for each breach of the ban will be £1,000. The operator will also be referred for consideration to the relevant Traffic Commissioner, who is responsible for the licensing and regulation of HGV operators.
TfL managing director of surface transport Leon Daniels said: “Improving road safety, and particularly reducing collisions involving freight vehicles, is vital for London and we want all operators to do the right thing and ensure they … protect vulnerable road users.”
For more information on the scheme, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/info-for/freight/safer-lorry-scheme or email firstname.lastname@example.org