London Lorry Control Scheme Consultation on Additional Safety Requirements


London Councils is asking cycling organisations, hauliers, residents and other interested parties for their views about potentially changing the conditions of the London Lorry Control scheme to require heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to fit side guards and extra mirrors to help improve safety, particularly for cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

Key documents

Take part in the online consultation here Opens in a new window


Further guidance is available below:

Side guards

Side under-run guards fill the space between the front and rear axles on large goods vehicles. They are Installed between the front, or last of the front axle(s) on a rigid lorry/ trailer of an articulated vehicle, and the rear, or first of the rear axle(s). They can prevent pedestrians and cyclists from being swept underneath a vehicle. As such, they can help avoid fatalities and some serious injuries from crushing, by reducing the gap between the vehicle and the road.

The diagram below shows a typical side guard arrangement

Typical sideguard arrangement

Read full details of the legislation governing the requirements for side guards on the government's Legislation website Opens in a new window

Please be aware that we are proposing to remove the side guard exemptions for vehicles that are subject to the terms and conditions of the scheme.

Mirrors

The elevated position of the driver in many modern lorry cabs means that there are often a number of additional blind spots not found on most other road vehicles immediately to the front and nearside of the cab. These place less visible, vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists at greater risk as they may walk or cycle in these zones close to the vehicle.

Class V side close proximity mirrors, installed above the passenger door. When used correctly, they can help to improve the driver’s visibility in the nearside blind spot. These are mandatory on all new lorries above 3.5 tonnes, with a retrofit requirement also in place. This proposal aims to ensure all lorries seeking a permit to operate under the London Lorry Control Scheme are equipped with these, irrespective of age or existing exemptions.

Click on the digrams below to see larger versions: 

;Def of Class V mirrors Opens in a new window Class V mirrors Opens in a new window

Class VI front projection close proximity mirrors, are installed above the windscreen on the front nearside of the vehicle (i.e. left-hand side in the UK). When used correctly, they can help to improve the driver’s visibility to the immediate front of the vehicle. These are currently mandatory on all new lorries above 7.5 tonnes. This proposal aims to ensure all lorries seeking a permit to operate under the London Lorry Control Scheme are equipped with these, irrespective of age or existing exemptions. 

Mirror Class VI

The following diagrams show mirror configurations for different types of vehicles

Please click the diagram for a larger version

MIrror configurations Opens in a new window

Read the full details of the legislation defining mirrors Opens in a new window, including those of both Class V and Class VI