House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to encourage heavy goods vehicles to amend their routes to avoid cyclist accident black-spots.

Photo of Baroness Kramer Baroness Kramer Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Local highway authorities are best placed to identify any high risk locations on their highway network. They may provide information or signage that indicates suitable routes for both HGVs and cyclists and may also provide dedicated cycle routes that avoid high risk locations. The government has also taken a number of actions related to the safety of HGVs.

To make junctions and routes safer for cyclists, the government provided £35 million for local authorities across England. This includes £20 million for 81 schemes across England outside London. We have made it simpler for councils to use Trixi mirrors to make cyclists more visible to drivers, and to use “no entry except cycles” signing which can facilitate contraflow cycling.

Last September the government announced, together with the Mayor of London, a joint TfL/Department for Transport Industrial HGV Task Force of additional police officers and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency staff to raise awareness of safety among HGV drivers and to take targeted enforcement action against the small minority of potentially dangerous operators, drivers and vehicles.

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 14 Feb 2014 5:56 pm (Report this annotation)

This government is actively lobbying against proposals from the EU which would make it compulsory to build HGVs without blind spots. The hight of hypocrisy.