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'Unsafe' London lorries face fine and ban

'Unsafe' London lorries face fine and ban

A ban on "unsafe lorries" in London has come into force following a spate of cyclist deaths. Seven of the eight cyclist deaths in the capital this year have involved HGVs.

From today (1st September), HGVs must be fitted with sideguards and mirrors to to offer greater protection for cyclists and pedestrians.

The Freight Transport Association's Natalie Chapman has criticised the move, saying funds used to launch the scheme would be better spent on targeting "a small proportion of lorries that don't comply with existing regulations".

"There are better ways to achieve safer roads for all users," she added.

However, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "We are ahead of any other part of the UK in closing the legal loopholes that allowed many HGVs to operate without basic safety equipment. I am delighted that over the 18 months since we announced the safer lorry scheme, the vast majority of operators have got the message and fitted safety equipment to their vehicles in anticipation of the ban."

Each breach of the ban carries a maximum £1,000 penalty and repeat offenders risk losing their operating licences.

The new rules, covering all roads in London except motorways, and operating 24 hours a day, were announced after a number of cyclists were killed in road crashes in London.

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