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Ban on unsafe lorries in London comes into force

A ban on “unsafe lorries” in London, introduced as part of efforts to protect cyclists, has come into force, as of 1st September 2015, reports the BBC Online.

New lorry regulations impact on construction equipment hire companies

With a direct impact on the construction industry, particularly plant hire and construction equipment hire companies who are making deliveries all the time to construction sites, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) must now be fitted with:

  • side guards to prevent cyclists being dragged underneath
  • Fresnel mirrors to give drivers a better view of cyclists and pedestrians

Each breach of the ban carries a maximum £1,000 penalty and repeat offenders risk losing their operating licences.

The new rules, covering all roads in London except motorways, and operating 24 hours a day, were announced after a number of cyclists were killed in road crashes in London.

Seven of the eight cyclist deaths in the capital this year have involved HGVs.

Responses to the new regulations:

  • Hauliers criticised the move as a “blunt regulatory tool” and said more should be done to target a minority of rule-breakers on London’s roads.
  • Charlie Lloyd from the London Cycling Campaign said: “The new mirror system is really good news but most lorries already comply. What we’d like to see is a total re-design of a lorry cab… the driver is brought down to the level of a transit van, he can see everything around him, it solves most of the problems.
  • Boris Johnson added:  “We are ahead of any other part of the UK in closing the legal loopholes that allowed many HGVs to operate without basic safety equipment.

    “I am delighted that over the 18 months since we announced the safer lorry scheme, the vast majority of operators have got the message and fitted safety equipment to their vehicles in anticipation of the ban.”

  • Natalie Chapman, of the Freight Transport Association, said: “Funds used to launch the scheme would be better spent on targeting “a small proportion of lorries that don’t comply with existing regulations.

The new rules, covering all roads in London except motorways, and operating 24 hours a day, were announced after a number of cyclists were killed in road crashes in London.

Mr Plant Hire

Mr Plant Hire plc was founded by David Elsdon, Managing Director in 1981 with Martin Lawrence joining as Financial Director in 1984. The Company has grown substantially since that time with the necessary determination to ensure top quality plant, an excellent level of service and an unequivocal commitment to safety continuing as our top priority, which has included the appointment of a Company Health & Safety Manager dealing with in-house health and safety and related training and offering safety advice as required to our customers.

“All our HGVS are fitted with side protection bars and Fresnel mirrors.  These regulations have been long overdue and can only be a good thing,” David Elsdon, Managing Director of Mr Plant Hire, leading suppliers of construction equipment hire to the building, maintenance, mechanical and electrical industries around across London and the Home Counties.

Mr Plant Hire are members of Hire Association Europe and the International Powered Access Federation providing IPAF training for the London area, as well as PASMA Training.

Contact Mr Plant Hire now to discuss your next construction equipment hire needs.

Source:  www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london

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