Government to go ahead with longer lorries trial despite cyclists' objections

posted 15 Jan 2012, 11:51 by Eli Kling

Further to the longer lorries item posted on 6th Sept 2011, the Government has announced that it is pressing ahead with a trial of longer lorries, despite acknowledging the potential danger to vulnerable road users and the impact on road infrastructure. The trial will allow 900 lorries with trailers up to 1m longer and a further 900 with trailers 2.05m longer onto the roads. These lorries are not restricted to specific roads, have no new safety features and drivers will not be required to have additional training.

In pressing for improved safety features to be mandatory on all heavy goods vehicles the government office advised the CTC to contact road hauliers and urge them to adopt known safety measures. 

CTC’s Campaign's Director Roger Geffen said: "If the Minister for Transport was serious about cycle safety he wouldn’t allow this trial to go ahead but would instead ensure that the existing lorry fleet - which already poses a considerable threat to cycle safety - is equipped to share roads safely with cyclists and its drivers trained accordingly."

The DfT’s own analysis found that from 2005 to 2009 40% of fatal cycle crashes involved an articulated lorry. It would seem that ministers in Westminister have little appetite to tackle the issue of cyclist safety.