London Cycling Campaign has launched their pledge for ‘Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling’.
Their pledge asks councils to pledge the following:
"We'll work to improve the safety of every Londoner by only signing new contracts with the safest haulage companies, which conform to the London Cycling Campaign’s Safer Lorries conditions. We also pledge to ensure our council-operated services meet the same standards."
This is a really important campaign which ensures that taxpayer’s money is not spent on hauliers that use dangerous vehicles or inadequately monitored and untrained drivers.
By writing responsible purchasing policies into the next round of transport contracts, Wandsworth Council can begin to raise the standard of lorry operations across the borough, making the streets safer for cyclists.
This is an issue that people feel strongly about and there is an email campaign running on this asking the council to take the pledge.
Sadiq Khan has lobbied the council leader, Cllr Ravi Govindia, this week to urge the council to take thie pledge.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
"Signing this pledge means the council is committed to only doing business with those who use drivers with cyclist-awareness training and have close-proximity systems installed.
“There are a lot of keen cyclists in the area, including me; the conditions of this pledge will make cyclists feel much safer on the roads of Wandsworth. There really is no excuse for the council to not sign this pledge!
“This is clearly an issue that people feel strongly about, and so I am urging the council to listen to us and take this pledge to make our roads a safer place to cycle”.
A copy of Sadiq’s letter to the council can be found below.