Lords debate lorry safety

Lorries are disproportionately involved in cyclist fatalities

Lords debate lorry safety

A conference last week on cycle-lorry safety led to a useful debate in the House of Lords yesterday on the subject.

The conference, held on Thursday 26 February, was organised by Transport for London’s 'Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety' (CLoCS) project and was the fourth progress event. Over 600 people attended it. 

According to CloCS,  "It demonstrated the successful results of the first two years of the industry-led initiative. Various vehicles, equipment, technology and research were on display in the demonstration hall with plenty of opportunity to test them out and speak directly with manufacturers and suppliers. CLOCS has made considerable progress since it began two years ago and this is largely down to the commitment and willingness of industry to work together towards a common goal. We look forward to taking the initiative forward on a national scale."

The event also sparked a short but useful debate in the House of Lords in which the issues involved were discussed. Earl Attlee (Conservative) proposed  "To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to use, and to encourage the development of, technologies to reduce the number of collisions between heavy goods vehicles and cyclists."

He stated that he had been "first on the scene on one occasion (of a cyclist fatality) and witnessed a near miss on another".

CTC has met with the promoters of the High Speed 2 Bill to discuss a range of issues, including a proposal to adopt the CLoCS lorry safety standard for all HS2 construction work.  They were encouragingly receptive.

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