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Fresh call for Government to adopt TfL scheme

Posted on 18th Mar, 2016 by Jonathan Peach

Fresh call for Government to adopt TfL scheme

This week, the Transport committee has called for the mandatory roll out of Transport for London’s Safer Lorry Scheme across the UK. This new call comes as part of a push to improve road and cyclist safety.

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Fines for those that flout London’s safer lorry scheme

Posted on 18th Jan, 2016 by Jonathan Peach

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Two companies that flouted London’s Safer Lorry Scheme (SLS) by using unsafe vehicles have been prosecuted and fined. The vehicles, which were not fitted with the proper safety equipment mandated by the 2015 scheme, are proof that the SLS is being taken extremely seriously by road transport officials. Moreover, the case highlights the ever-growing importance of cyclist safety technology.

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Should there be UK-wide compliance standards for fleets?

Posted on 30th Nov, 2015 by Jonathan Peach

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More than 85% of truck operators believe there should be a UK-wide compliance standard for fleets, to improve safety, according to a new survey by Freight in the City. Currently, there are no national guidelines, meaning that standards differ across regions; but with a UK-wide standard and measures to improve vehicle safety, the picture on Britain’s roads could change for the better.

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Debate: Should there be a rush hour ban for HGVs in city

Posted on 2nd Nov, 2015 by Jonathan Peach

Cyclist safety, particularly collisions with HGVs, has been in the media spotlight frequently over this last year. While there have been many developments to road safety initiatives over recent months, the latest conversation has been about banning HGVs in the city during rush hour.

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The latest debate: Should cyclists be allowed to skip red lights?

Posted on 28th Sep, 2015 by Jonathan Peach

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With recent changes on Paris’ roads allowing cyclists to jump a red light, we’re asking whether this new change really will make the city’s roads safer? The new scheme, designed to make roads safer, has gone down a success in Paris, but would we really want to try a similar scheme here in the UK? In today’s blog we’re looking at the good and the bad to find out whether cyclists should be allowed to skip red lights. 

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Better road safety: What can the UK learn from other European countries?

Posted on 21st Sep, 2015 by Jonathan Peach

VT blog better road safety: What can the UK learn from other European countries?

British roads have consistently been among the safest in Europe with the number of deaths per inhabitant halved since 2001. According to the RAC Foundation, the UK, along with Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark, is one of the four safest EU countries for road users. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean us Brits have nothing to improve upon. While safe, the UK would clearly benefit from adopting some of the other policies and rules of the road used by our European counterparts.

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Exchanging Places project set to raise awareness of cyclist safety

Posted on 7th Sep, 2015 by Jonathan Peach

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In last week’s blog we talked all about London’s new safer lorry scheme. While we touched on the safety standards for lorry’s driving through the city, we didn’t mention the exciting new road awareness project that’s now up and running – Exchanging Places.

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London’s ban on “unsafe lorries”: new legislation

Posted on 31st Aug, 2015 by Jonathan Peach

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With HGVs still proving to be a major hazard to cyclists, a new legislation has been imposed in London, with the aims of combatting the problem. To make HGVs safer for both the driver and other road users, they must now be fitted with a certain type of mirror if entering London. Any HGVs found within the London area without these new mirrors will be deemed unsafe, and the driver will face a fine of up to £1,000.

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How drivers can become more vigilant

Posted on 24th Aug, 2015 by Jonathan Peach

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With the number of cyclists on Britain’s roads on the rise, there’s never been a better time to get clued up on road safety and ensure you’re cycle-aware. Whether cycling for recreational purposes or as day-to-day transport, it’s important that drivers are aware of the potential incidents that can happen between cyclists and motor vehicles and how to prevent them from occurring. From general awareness to cycle safety technology, we’ll be sharing just how to deal with the rise of cyclists in today’s blog.

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Why inner city cycle accidents are so high

Posted on 17th Aug, 2015 by Jonathan Peach

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While many cyclist accidents occur in rural and residential areas, it’s actually on inner city roads that the majority of accidents are recorded. On the busy city roads in London, a cyclist has an accident with a vehicle approximately once every two hours – that’s 12 crashes every day.

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