Safer Lorry Scheme
This new scheme uses a combination of powers held by these bodies to deliver a simple, quick and complete solution across all roads in London.
The scheme ensures that only lorries with basic safety equipment fitted will be allowed on London’s roads. Under London’s 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 will be 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 will operate across London, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, covering the same area as the Low Emission Zone (see a map of this area). It will come into force on 1 September 2015.
The scheme will be 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, will also be notified of companies operating vehicles in breach of the scheme