Some lorries banned from London because they kill everyone
Cycling has been a hot-topic of late, with both sides of the argument being equally useful and filled with unswerving pricks. However, the fact remains - people have died so something needs to be done.
With that, lorries which don't have new safety equipment to protect pedestrians and people on bikes will now be banned from London, according to councils and Boris Johnson.
Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes - which are responsible for a disproportionate amount of deaths - will now have to be fitted with sideguards and extra mirrors. Patrols, CCTV and on-street checks will ensure the lorries are safe enough, so people aren't dragged under their wheels.
A report noted that , of 16 cyclist deaths in London in 2011, nine of them involved HGVs, seven of which were construction lorries.
Johnson said: "In my cycling vision, I said that no lorry should be allowed in London unless it is fitted with equipment to protect cyclists. I am pleased to say that after negotiations with London councils, we can now combine our powers to propose a simple and comprehensive ban."
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) aren't having it though, saying this is going to be very expensive for the businesses and that the safety equipment might actually cause accidents of their own.
Christopher Snelling, FTA’s head of urban logistics policy said: "These proposals will affect anything larger than a transit van and are not targeted, as we believe they should be, at construction traffic. Many large vans and small HGVs would in fact fall foul of other legislation if they fitted additional mirrors as their cabs are too low and pedestrians and cyclists would be at risk of being struck by these low mirrors."
"This is the danger with politicians developing new standards without working with the industry. Safety on the roads is a complex issue and politicians often reach for the simplistic solution."