London Safer Lorry Scheme now in Force
From 2nd September 2015, the new Safer Lorry Scheme in London is now in force. The scheme will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and requires that all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes should be fitted with sideguards, kerb view and front view mirrors. The enforcement area is the entire London Low Emission Zone and operators breaching the rules will face £50 fixed penalties or possibly a court fine of up to £1,000.
The scheme will be enforced by the police, the DVSA and the joint Department for Transport/Transport for London funded "Industrial HGV Taskforce". Those found not to be complying will also be referred for investigation by the relevant Traffic Commissioner.
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 (tipper trucks), which are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal collisions involving cyclists and pedestrians. So far eight people have died on London's roads in 2015; Of these seven were as a result of collisions with HGV lorries.
There are some exemptions to the scheme, details of which can be found on the Transport for London website, or by clicking here
If you are unsure of how this new scheme might affect your operation, or if you have an issue under this new legislation then please call us now on 01279 818280 for help and advice.