As part of the Mayor’s and the Transport for London’s (TfL) commitment to making London’s roads safer they will be introducing the London Safer Lorry Scheme as of the 1 September, 2015. This will mean that from this date vehicles over 3.5 tonnes will be required to:
- - Be fitted with Class V and VI mirrors giving the driver a better view of cyclists and pedestrians around their vehicles
- - Be fitted with side guards to protect cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision
The scheme will operate across London, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, covering the same area as the Low Emission Zone. The scheme will be enforced by the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
If in charge of a non-compliant vehicle:
Drivers may be issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice
The offence also carried a potential fine of £1000 at Magistrate’s court
The Traffic Commissioner will be notified of companies operating vehicle in breach of the scheme
Please ensure that when you are booking your vehicle you advise our Hire Controllers that the vehicle will be operating in London and will need to be compliant to the scheme. If you already have SHB vehicles in London and you are not sure whether they are compliant then please contact your day-to-day SHB contact.
More information including exempt vehicles can be found at https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/freight/safer-lorry-scheme