FTA warns operators of possible Safer Lorry Scheme fines

The FTA is reminding operators to make sure their vehicles comply with the Safer Lorry Scheme.

The scheme starts today and operators who do not comply with the new rules could face fines of up to £1,000 or £50 fixed penalties. The enforcement area is the entire London Low Emission Zone.

The scheme will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will require all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with sideguards, kerb view and front mirrors. It aims to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists by giving lorry drivers a better view around their vehicles.

Many newer vehicles already have the required mirrors and sideguards and some operators have already fitted them voluntarily.

There are exemptions to the scheme, details of the which can be found on the Transport for London website.

Natalie Chapman, head of policy for London at the FTA, said: “FTA is pleased that there are exemptions and concessions for vehicles where this equipment is either not possible or not legal.

“However, in principle we believe that this kind of blunt regulatory tool is not the best way to improve cyclist safety.

“We still think that the money and effort invested in this scheme would have been better spent on increased enforcement against the small proportion of lorries that don't comply with existing regulations.

“There are better ways to achieve safer roads for all users.”

The scheme will be enforced by the police, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and the joint Department for Transport/Transport for London-funded Industrial HGV Taskforce.

Those who don’t comply will also be referred for investigation by the relevant traffic commissioner.

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