Cycling and heavy goods vehicles
A rush hour ban for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) may not be the answer to improving cyclist safety, a Parliamentary Transport Committee heard yesterday.
London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan, along with a transport, academic, London Assembly Member and freight industry representatives, said enforcement of “very very high levels of non-compliance” and stricter standards for lorries in London would do more to improve safety.
Other suggestions were better cyclist training and improved road design, including segregated cycle tracks.
Gilligan, said: “It’s finely balanced: an HGV ban in rush hour could have saved two of the 14 cyclists who have died and the other 12 didn’t involve HGVs or happened outside rush hour.
“However, there are counter risks, firstly that it would lead to a flood of HGVs onto the streets immediately after the ban, say 9am.”
He also refuted the argument that the Paris rush hour lorry ban has saved lives. He said: “In the four years before it came in (in 2006) there were nine cyclist deaths in Paris, and in the four years after there were 18 cyclist deaths.”
Meanwhile, freight representatives said a lorry ban could increase the cost of living for Londoners.
Jack Semple, of the Road Haulage Association, said: “A peak hour ban would add a minimum of 25-30% to haulage costs in London. It is far from clear as to whether there would be a benefit in terms of road safety outcomes.”
Val Shawcross, Chair of Labour’s Transport Committee and member of the London Assembly, said: “The first thing is that HGVs should all comply with the FORS Fleet Operator Recognition scheme. I’m not sure that the lorry ban is a well researched proposal, cyclists do under the wheels of HGV at all times of day. At congested times traffic is very slow and speed is implicated with serious injuries.”
Andrew Gilligan said: “In our recent police operation in London and in our first operations which were a sort of try-out, which took place in Vauxhall a few weeks ago, we’ve seen really striking levels of non-compliance with HGVs. The majority of lorries at Vauxhall failed to comply with one regulation or another, not necessarily safety critical regulations but there’s very very high numbers of non-compliance so it may be that enforcement is something we need to do.”
The Mayor’s construction industry standard will be launched next week. At present some construction lorries are exempt from certain mirrors and side bars, which prevent a person being dragged under the vehicle in a collision, and the suggestion is to heavily charge those vehicles entering the city.
Jerry Mclaughlin, Director of Economics for the Mineral Products Association, said there are operators cutting corners. “We welcome the increased and targeted enforcement effort that has been going on over the past couple of months,” he said.
Mike Cavenett of the London Cycling Campaign, said the charity supports a rush hour ban but there is a risk this could mean lifting current restrictions on night time lorry movements, which could affect people’s sleep and therefore health. He said: “Most cycle commuters are doing normal commutes to normal jobs. Peak hours for cycling are between 8-10am. If you only allow lorries on the streets when there’s fewer cyclists on the roads it would make cycling and walking to work safer but it must not be a trade off for quality of life at other times of day.”
The second session of the Transport Committee will be held tomorrow, where “cycling minister” Robert Goodwill, among others, will give evidence.
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CRIES of unfair competition are coming from road haulage companies specialising in agricultural work following the launch of two Department for Transport consultations which propose allowing farmers to carry heavier loads at faster speeds, but without any form of compliance.
The Road Haulage Association s agricultural foods group has moved quickly to make the case that farmers do not require an O-licence, thus removing their activities from the raft of legal and safety regulations to which legitimate road haulage operators are required to comply.
The proposed increases in load and speed for farm owned vehicles are significant. Farm trailers rise from 18.29 to 21 tonnes, farm tractor and trailer combinations increase from 24.39 to 31 tonnes and speed-wise, the government is proposing to adopt the popular continental limit of 25mph (40kph), up from the current 20mph.
The consultations run until 30 January 2014 and hauliers are invited to air their views.
Further details from RHA regional offices.
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This year Britain has a much larger barley crop than usual, due to a we autumn in 2012. In October, one cargo of 50 000 tonnes of barley was loaded for shipping to the world s top importer of the grain, Saudi Arabia. The country is expected to import 7.5 million tonnes in 2013/14, slightly lower than the previous season. The UK also exports barley to Tunisia and Libya.
The for-hire industry has seen little gain in overall employment since April, according to BLS data.
Also in October, the U.S. economy as a whole added 204,000 jobs, but the unemployment rate dropped from 7.2 percent to 7.3 percent, due in part to the October partial government shutdown. Also, August and September numbers were upwardly revised by 60,000 jobs.
The for-hire trucking industry now has 1.3849 million payroll jobs up 22,000 (1.6 percent) from the same month in 2012. Trucking employment is up 150,900 jobs (12.2 percent) since March 2010 s bottom, but is down 68,500 jobs (4.7 percent) from January 2007 s high.
The BLS data only reflects the number of payroll employees and due to high turnover rate in trucking may overstate the number of job positions. It also does not reflect any employment in private trucking fleets.
Sad and somewhat horrifying news from Arizona this week reinforces the toll distracted driving can take on life and limb and trucking s image.
A Yuma, Ariz.-based driver for Evans Dedicated Systems out of Commerce, Calif., was allegedly using his phone while driving to look at provocative pictures of women, escort sites, porn, Facebook, YouTube and other sites last week when he crashed his truck into several firetrucks and several police cruisers who were responding to a wreck in the middle of Interstate 8 in Yuma County, according to a report from the Arizona Daily Star.1
The phone-handling driver, Jorge Espinoza, has been charged with second-degree murder, endangerment and criminal damage.
I d also be willing to wager we ll receive a notice from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration within the next few weeks saying the Espinoza s been barred from driving.
Espinoza s carrier had installed in the truck one of the driver management systems3 a forward-facing and driver-facing camera combo that mounts to the truck s dash that filmed both the accident and Espinoza driving before, during and after the accident occurred.
The video is violent and horrifying. It s linked to here,4 and I ve embedded it below, but I caution you with the disclaimer of how gut-wrenching the video is, especially knowing a police officer died from during the wreck.
Espinoza had the driver-facing camera blocked with his wallet, so it s hard to see him before. After he makes contact you can see his phone fly out of his hand.
It seems from the video as if he didn t even look up before hitting the police car, and the Daily Star article says Espinoza was driving 65 mph and had his truck on cruise control.
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Building work has finished on Network Rail s new state-of-the-art warehouse at the former Peugeot plant
A new 25million road haulage distribution centre has opened near Coventry creating up to 100 jobs.
A ceremony was held today to official open the 300,000 sq ft centre which will be a hub for Network Rail s National Delivery Service.
Bosses say the new purpose-built warehouse has created around 100 jobs as well as supporting a number of construction jobs whilst it was being built.
The project saw the closure of three warehouses based at Worcester, Lichfield and Ludgershall, and the relocation of workers to the central hub.
Steve Dady, business manager of Network Rail, said: By having everything in one place it means there is no duplication of resources around the country.
“It has also meant that bulk products can be stored more easily and items often left at track side can be returned to the centre and reutilised.
Bosses claim the new base will deliver annual benefits of 5 million a year with delivery costs reduced and less traffic on the road.
The new warehouse also boasts a number of environmentally-friendly features including filtering rain water from the roof to flush the toilets.
Throughout the project, the team has worked closely with the local parish council to ensure villagers knew what was going on.
Teresa Beadle, project manager of Network Rail, added: Taking their views on board was an important part of the project. One of their concerns was how we could manage noise levels at unsocial hours.
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The facility has gone fully operational a month ahead of schedule and only ten months since construction work started on the warehouse.
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