New lorries designed to save cyclists lives30 March 2016
Full length glass doors will make it easier for drivers to see other road users
A fleet of lorries, designed to improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians, has been exhibited at the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety Exhibition in London this week.
The Mercedes Econic truck provides panoramic views from the lorry cab and features full length side doors which allow drivers to see cyclists, pedestrians and other road users more easily.
Three of the lorries have already been purchased by north London waste management firm, O’Donovan, and will be the first of their kind to be used in the UK.
The London Cycling Campaign, which last year launched a petition calling for lorries to be banned in central London during rush hour, said that the new designs were a ‘step in the right direction’.
During 2015, nine cyclists were killed in road collisions in London, seven of which involved heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).
Tom Jones, head of policy at Thompsons Solicitors said: “The number of cyclist deaths in the capital is unacceptably high, and far too frequently HGVs are involved in these fatal collisions.
“The Econic lorry addresses some of the fundamental safety flaws of traditional lorry cabs by helping to improve visibility for drivers and eliminating dangerous blind spots, which are often the cause of serious or fatal collisions.
“While these new designs are indeed a step in the right direction, there is much more that needs to be done to ensure London is a safe place for all road users. Mayor Boris Johnson talks about road safety, but whoever wins the mayoral election in May needs to urgently address the many dangerous junctions across the city and improve road infrastructure to better accommodate cyclists in the capital.”
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