City of London Police: Road Safety Forum
14.10.08 by Buffalo Bill
Excellent report from Jack Thurston on this event, which took place this morning. Here’s a brief excerpt to give you a flavour:
Turning to the issues of lorries, Inspector Aspinall told the meeting about a day of City of London spot checks on HGVs, carried out on 30 September 2008 as part of the Europe-wide Operation Mermaid, which is intended to step up levels of enforcement of road safety laws in relation to lorries. On this one day, 12 lorries were stopped randomly by City Police. Five of those lorries were involved in the construction work for the 2012 Olympics. All of the twelve lorries were breaking the law in at least one way. Repeat: a 100 per cent criminality rate among small random sample of HGVs on the streets of central London. The offences range included overweight loads (2 cases), mechanical breaches (5 cases), driver hours breaches (5 cases), mobile phone use while driving (2 cases), driving without insurance (2 cases) and no operator license (1 case).
Jack also broadcast a special edition of the Bike Show on the HGV/cyclist problem yesterday. You can find that here.
Some recent articles on the matter: