The trouble with trucks and cyclists…

Some good points after a horrific incident at i b i k e l o n d o n: The trouble with trucks and cyclists….

I do not believe we should have to share the road with criminal drivers and criminal companies and I do believe that more should be done about this issue as a matter of absolute urgency

As one of the comments points out

it seems to me that there is a culture of excessive risk-taking in the HGV industry and a very lax approach to enforcement on the part of the regulatory authorities. The result is that whereas we would hope that HGV drivers would be the best and most careful drivers around given the risks involved, it seems they are often the worst and most reckless.

The post highlights some of the facts about the state of play with the road haulage industry:

  • And let us not forget, as has been highlighted here before, the inherent criminality of the road haulage industry here in London; 70% of ALL the lorries inspected by the Met Police Commercial Vehicles Inspection Unit since 2005 have been found to have some form of illegal defect;
  • Meanwhile, the firm which employed killer lorry driver Dennis Putz – the drink driving criminal who had some 20 previous driving convictions when he ran down cyclist Catriona Patel whilst under the influence of alcohol and whilst using his mobile phone – has been involved in another fatal collision.  This time it’s a passenger in a cab which was struck by a Thames Materials truck after it smashed through the central reservation on the A4.  The driver is being questioned on suspicion of death by dangerous driving, driving while unfit and possession of a controlled substance.  This is the same firm – with whose 32-tonne trucks we ‘share the road’ – who the Traffic Commissioner tried to shut down in 2002 so concerned were they with the volume of convictions and inspection failures that the firm carried.  The order was overturned on appeal due to faulty paperwork, and the firm’s trucks have gone on to kill since then.

It seems to me that it should not be contentious to implement with immediate effect a clampdown on all commercial vehicles. If they are breaking the law then they need to be taken off the road immediately. Not only that but the company should not be allowed to put them back on the road (driver or vehicle) until that have shown that they have put in place appropriate training/procedures to increase safety and to avoid breaking the law.

If 70% of HGV’s are illegal then why are they not been taken off the road!!



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