Transport boss Sir Peter Hendy has hailed the efforts of major lorry manufacturers in designing a new generation of cycle-friendly vehicles.
Last week Sir Peter, head of Transport for London, joined representatives from Mercedes-Benz, Scania and Volvo at the Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety event where more than a dozen HGV’s were on display.
Each of the vehicles has been redesigned to eliminate deadly blind-spots, with some featuring additional in-door glazing, cameras and lower side bars.
All are due to be trialled by operators and manufacturers in the coming months and are the result of lobbying by TfL and other stakeholders seeking to reduce the number of cyclists killed or injured by HGVs.
Sir Peter has previously indicated his willingness to mandate cycle-friendly HGVs on all contracts.
In addition, TfL and the boroughs recently joined forces to ban lorries from the capital’s streets unless they’re fitted with safety measures to protect cyclists and pedestrians.
Sir Peter said: “Every death and injury on our roads is a tragedy and ruins lives.
“At TfL we are reducing these wherever possible, and are proud to be a supporter and funder of CLOCS, which has been making great progress to make all road users safer.
“The new vehicles, with massively reduced blind-spots, show what can be done if people join together for a common good to solve a simple problem.
“We will continue our work to improve freight road safety in all aspects, be it collaboration, regulation, enforcement and lobbying, to create a Capital fit for freight, and freight fit for the Capital.”