The Mayor of London has called for Government help in removing 4×4 sport utility vehicles from the streets of London.
Speaking today, the Mayour said: In road accidents, the damage inflicted by SUVs on pedestrians or other road users is more dramatic. Research in the US has suggested that 11.5 per cent of pedestrians hit by large SUVs are killed, compared to 4.5 per cent of pedestrians hit by smaller cars. Research shows that bull bars fitted on many SUVs increase the likeliness to injure pedestrians in collisions even further.
As with other larger vehicles, SUVs can also block visibility of other traffic users and can be intimidating to vulnerable road users. SUVs also typically take up more road space and therefore, albeit slightly, contribute more to congestion than regular cars.