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Wednesday 27th November 2013 | 18:54
Labour press release
Following today's London Cycling Safety Summit Mary Creagh MP, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary, has announced a new voluntary HGV Safety Charter.
Labour is asking HGV operators to sign up to make a number of safety improvements on new and existing vehicles. The voluntary charter is an immediate step that will be backed up by legislation making these safety measures compulsory for HGVs, if Labour wins the next election.
The charter will require HGV operators to sign up to a range of safety measures. By the middle of next year, Labour wants to see all new and existing HGVs fitted with safety measures including rear-view cameras, reversing alarms and day time running lights. By the end of 2017, Labour wants all HGVs fitted with in-cab warning systems for drivers, sideguards and blind-spot elimination devices.
If Labour wins the 2015 election and the sector hasn't responded, we will legislate to make these safety features compulsory.
Mary Creagh MP, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary, said:
"The recent tragic spate of deaths on London's roads has highlighted the risks cyclists face. I am determined to make cycling safer in the capital and across the country.
"Labour's new charter lays down tough new safety rules for HGVs. Despite making up just six per cent of road traffic, HGVs are involved one in five of all cycling fatalities. If Labour wins the 2015 election and the sector hasn't responded, we will legislate to make these safety features compulsory. Solving the problem of cycling safety needs education, enforcement and engineering. Labour's HGV Safety Charter is an important first step on that journey and we encourage businesses to sign up."