Late answers from Mayor’s Question Time January 2014

Below are the answers received after the deadline to written questions submitted to the Mayor by Joanne January 2014.

Crackdown on unsafe HGVs (1)
Question No: 2014/0323
Joanne McCartney

The Times reported on the 6th January that police in London will launching a ‘crackdown’ in the autumn on HGVs that drive into London without basic safety equipment. What will this action consist of and which teams will be carrying it out?

Written response from the Mayor
This seems to have confused two separate activities, last autumn’s action by the newly formed Industrial HGV Taskforce (IHTF) and this autumn’s introduction of a Safer Lorry Scheme.

The IHTF has been operational since October and is staffed by officers from Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), previously known as VOSA) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), funded by TfL and the Department for Transport. The IHTF complements existing work being undertaken to improve road and cycle safety, including TfL’s work on improving vehicle design, operating standards and driver standards. Both the TfL-funded MPS Commercial Vehicles Unit (CVU) and DVSA in London also carry out enforcement activity on commercial vehicles.

Between 1 October 2013 and 9January 2014, the IHTF targeted and stopped 1,122 vehicles. Seventeen of the most dangerous and unsafe lorries were immediately seized, 541 roadworthiness prohibitions and 308 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued. The IHTF will continue to enforce against unsafe lorries. TfL is working to improve cycle-safety, including measures to make freight vehicles safer.

As we announced last month, I and London Councils propose to institute a Safer Lorry Scheme to prevent heavy goods vehicles operating in the capital without having basic safety equipment fitted.

I continue to push the DfT to make basic safety equipment mandatory for all HGVs and we are lobbying both the DfT and the EU to introduce mandatory safer lorry designs to HGVs across Europe.

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Crackdown on unsafe HGVs (2)
Question No: 2014/0324
Joanne McCartney

The Times reported on the 6th January that police in London will launching a ‘crackdown’ in the autumn on HGVs that drive into London without basic safety equipment. Why is it that this ‘crackdown’ must wait until the autumn?

Written response from the Mayor
Please see my response to MQ0323 / 2014.

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