Title: Safer Lorry Scheme

Organisation: Transport for London
Date uploaded: 16th September 2015
Date published/launched: September 2015

This scheme, which came into force on 1 September 2015, is designed to ensure that only lorries with basic safety equipment fitted are allowed on London's roads. Under the scheme, most vehicles that are currently exempt from national legislation for basic safety equipment will have to be retrofitted. This includes construction vehicles, which are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal collisions involving cyclists and pedestrians.

Under the scheme, vehicles over 3.5 tonnes that are currently exempt are required to:

Be fitted with Class V and Class VI mirrors giving the driver a better view of cyclists and pedestrians around their vehicles;

Be fitted with side guards to protect cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision.

The scheme operates across London, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is enforced by the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

Drivers found to be in charge of a non-compliant vehicle may be issued with a 50 Fixed Penalty Notice. The offence also carries a potential fine of 1000 at Magistrate's court.

The Traffic Commissioner, who has the power to modify or suspend operator licenses, is also notified of companies operating vehicles in breach of the scheme.

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