Boris Johnson reduces London cyclists' safety; MPs protest
27.10.09 by Buffalo Bill
Last week Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, announced that he was cutting the funding for the Commercial Vehicle Education Unit, which is the part of the police that has been most active in trying to reduce danger to London’s cyclists from lorries/Large Goods Vehicles/whatever they are called now. He expects the slack to be taken up by the Freight Operators Registration Scheme, membership of which is voluntary and free. As I mentioned in a previous post, this move is bitterly opposed by the London Cycling Campaign, and Boris Watch described the move thus: bendy buses kill no cyclists – bendies scrapped; HGVs kill lots of cyclists, Boris scraps the Met Commercial Vehicle Education Unit.
Diane Abbott, Member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, has put down the following Early Day Motion:
That this House is saddened and alarmed by the tragic deaths of 10 cyclists on London’s roads this year; notes that eight of these deaths have involved heavy goods vehicles; further notes Transport for London’s decision to shut down the Metropolitan Police Commercial Vehicle Education Unit (CVEU); recognises that the CVEU is the only unit in the country with the power to investigate lorry operators; further notes with concern that 70 per cent. of the lorries checked by CVEU since 2005 were found to be defective in some way; believes the work of the CVEU is desperately needed to improve road safety for cyclists; and calls on the Mayor of London to reinstate the funding for the Commercial Vehicle Education Unit.
It is well worth writing to your MP, asking them to sign the motion. The easiest way is to use the Write to them web-site, asking them to sign ‘EDM 2144 (Cyclist’s safety in London)’.
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