The Mayor of London says lorries need to be made safer for cyclists so that more people will turn to pedal power. Alongside the Transport Minister, Boris Johnson is unveiling a raft of measures designed to make it less dangerous for cyclists and Heavy Goods Vehicles to travel side-by-side. And there could one day be a charge for HGVs which don't meet the new standard.
The proposed London Safer Lorry Charge is partly modelled on the London Low Emission Zone, which charges up to £200 a day for commercial vehicles that do not meet tough emission standards. A new HGV Task Force would expand enforcement capacity against problem HGVs.
On the day Boris Johnson revealed plans to make it safer for cyclists in London, a woman cyclist was killed in West Dulwich. The woman, thought to be in her 30s, died near the junction of Gallery Road and Thurlow Park Road after colliding with a lorry.