30 Sep '16, 6pm

London to ban trucks with lousy driver visibility

London to ban trucks with lousy driver visibility

In London, four percent of the vehicles cause 58 percent of cycling deaths and 22.5 percent of pedestrian vehicles. As in North America, most of them are hooks- trucks turning left in London, right in North America. Most of them are SMIDSYs- “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you”. In the US and Canada, not much is done about it, just another cost of doing business. But in London, Mayor Sadiq Khan is taking serious action, and banning older trucks with poor visibility from the city. Big trucks, called HGVs or Heavy Goods Vehicles there, and regular trucks, called lorries, will be subject to inspection and evaluation. Peter Walker of the Guardian explains: Khan’s plans, immediately welcomed by cycling groups, will give construction trucks and other HGVs a star-based safety rating from zero to five, based on the amount of vision the driver has. By January 2020, those with a zero rati...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/london-ban-trucks-...

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