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HGV task force wins safety award

London’s Industrial HGV Task Force has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to transport safety.

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DVSA traffic enforcement vehicle

The task force was set up in October 2013 to reduce the number of cyclist fatalities caused by heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Figures showed that 53% of cyclist fatalities in London between 2008 and 2013 involved direct contact with an HGV.

The task force is made up of officers from the:

It’s funded by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport.

Roadside checks

The police and DVSA have the power to carry out spot checks on commercial vehicles. They’re carried out to keep unsafe vehicles off the road.

The officers check that the driver and vehicle aren’t breaking any rules and regulations.

They have the power to issue:

  • a prohibition, which stops the driver from driving until they get a problem with their vehicle fixed
  • fixed penalties if the driver commits an offence

Task force successes

In just under 12 months, the task force has:

  • carried out over 360 roadside operations
  • stopped over 3,000 vehicles

As a result, it has:

  • issued over 1,500 roadworthiness prohibitions
  • seized 41 dangerous vehicles
  • led to 25 prosecutions

Outstanding contribution to transport safety

The Worshipful Company of Carmen is the oldest transport organisation in the world. The task force has been awarded its Royal Logistic Corps Safety Award for 2014.

The award ceremony took place on 10 March 2015.

The task force was recognised as the first permanent multi-agency team dedicated to targeting offences by the most dangerous commercial vehicles.

Working together to make roads safer

Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill said:

I’m extremely pleased that the Industrial HGV Task Force and its contribution to transport safety have been recognised in this way.

The government is committed to improving the safety of cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

The task force proves that by working together we can make London’s roads safer for cyclists. The message to drivers and operators is simple: not complying with driver and vehicle standards isn’t an option.

Steve Burton, TfL’s Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said:

We are honoured to accept such a prestigious award for the contribution and dedication the Industrial HGV Task Force has shown in ensuring road safety regulations are met by the construction and waste vehicle industry.

We know that non-compliant drivers and vehicles from these industries pose a safety risk to pedestrians and cyclists.

Guidance to stay safe

DVSA produces a range of vehicle safety and maintenance guides for operators.

Both lorry drivers and cyclists can minimise risks if they’re aware of each other and behave responsibly.

Watch TfL’s training video for lorry drivers and cyclists.

Driver and cyclist safety tips

Published 11 March 2015