The London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) was introduced only a few years ago but has already made an impact on cyclist safety and vehicle safety. Applying to all of London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London, the scheme allows for lorries to travel only at certain times of the day – controlling their presence on the road.
What does the London Lorry Control Scheme prescribe?
The current scheme allows for control of heavy goods vehicle movement at the following times:
- 9pm to 7am every night, Monday evening through Saturday morning
- 1pm Saturday through 7am on Monday
Contrary to popular thought, the scheme is not a lorry ban. The scheme was designed to help minimise noise pollution in residential areas during evenings and weekends by restricting the use of such roads. There is still a core network of routes that are easily accessible to HGV drivers during this time, without the need for permission.
Updates to the London Lorry Control Scheme
In the months to come, the scheme is set to change. In its next review, technological advancements in HGV design are set to be considered too.
About the review’s aims and objectives, a London Councils spokeswomen said:
“It will look at the management of freight, evaluate how the scheme can assist with the reduction of congestion and ensure noise pollution continues to be kept to a minimum in residential areas during unsociable hours.
It will cover routing, signage, hours of operation, extent of restrictions, enforcement, permissions and exemptions, taking into account technological advances in HGV design as well as traffic management and planning techniques.”
Other initiatives to improve cyclist safety
The London Lorry Control Scheme isn’t the only HGV safety initiative that’s been introduced in the capital. The Safer Lorry Scheme, developed in conjunction with the TfL, The Mayor of London, Heathrow Airport and London Councils, has been making waves too. The scheme, designed to ensure that only safely-designed HGVs enter the city, outlines a couple of requirements.
All HGVs in the city that weigh more than 3.5 tonnes are required to have:
- Class V and Class VI mirrors, allowing the driver a better view of cyclists and pedestrians on the road
- Side guards to protect cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision
This scheme will be complemented by Transport for London’s (TfL) Direct Vision Standard. This new scheme is a world first and expects to see around 35,000 of the most dangerous “off-road” HGVs banned from London’s roads by 2020. Featuring a star rating scheme, the scheme will give five stars to “direct vision” lorries with the smallest blind spots. As a result, TfL and councils will exercise procurement powers to favour companies using the safest, highest star rated vehicles.
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