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Police road safety inspections

The Metropolitan Police say over 70 lorries were stopped and checked by Traffic Command officers on Vauxhall Bridge Road, Whitechapel Road and Albert Embankment in a road safety operation today.

In addition around 100 cyclists were stopped and given safety advice by officers from the MPS Safer Transport Command, where there were concerns about their behaviour - for instance cutting corners and wearing headphones while riding.

The operation saw fixed penalty notices issued to lorry drivers for offences including driving too many hours without a break and having vehicles that are not fit for the roads. Cars were also pulled over for offences such as crossing advanced stop lines illegally.

New road safety measures aim to protect cyclists

New road safety measures could make cyclists safer Credit: PA

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Transport Minister Stephen Hammond will unveil a number of measures to tackle Heavy Goods Vehicle safety as part of a joint effort to boost cycling in the capital.

They will propose that any vehicles that do not comply with new safety measures should be subjected to a charging zone in the capital.

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Councils spend less on road safety

Council spending on road safety decreased by 18%

While many councils are enjoying increased profits from parking, they are spending less elsewhere in the community. The Institute of Advanced Motorists - who collated councils' parking profits - calculate that:

Spending on road safety, education and safe routes to schools fell by 18% to £105m.

Spending on highways and transport fell by 6% between 2010/11 and 2011/12, while expenditure on construction, reduced by an estimated 13%.

A Department for Communities and Local Government report last year estimated that spending on highways and transport will fall by a further 11% over 2012/133.

IAM Chief Executive Simon Best said:

“Councils are making record-breaking profits from parking, while cutting road safety spending on life-saving services such as, education for young drivers, cycle training, and safe routes to schools schemes.

“At the same time cuts to road maintenance will mean a backlog of repairs which will simply cost more to fix in the long term.”

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