Members of the European Parliament have been urged to back new laws to make lorries safer for cyclists. The Mayor's cycling commissioner today travelled to Brussels to lobby for rules to enlarge windscreens and reduce blind spots. But as Luke Hanrahan reports, the idea has been rejected by the UK Government as too impractical.
A Department for Transport spokesperson said:
– Department for Transport
“It is vital we do all that we can to protect cyclists fromHGVs which is why we launched the HGV Task Force with Transport for London totarget dangerous drivers, vehiclesand operators. We are reviewing exemptions to current HGV safety regulationsand are pressing the European Commission to introduce urgent changes torequirements for mirrors on HGVs. We are spending £278m on cyclingduring this Parliament, including £35m for safer junctions.
“We share the Mayor’s concerns about the potential benefitsof improved cab design and we want to see changes in the industry. Where we arenot supporting European Parliament proposals, it is simply because they willnot produce practical changes in cab design and could lead to additional bureaucracyfor Britain.”