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15 May 2013 | Andy Allen
A new procurement programme to make Transport for London (TfL) contractors’ lorries more cyclist-friendly has been named ‘best London cycling initiative” in the London Cycling Awards.
TfL’s ‘safer lorries’ procurement programme was praised as an essential step towards reducing the number of cyclists killed by lorries each year, and for helping to promote a "culture of safety" among haulage contractors in the capital.
As part of the programme, TfL requires contractors and drivers working for the organisation to have bronze accreditation in the authority’s Fleet Operator Recognition scheme, which ensures they are compliant with existing laws, and to take a one-day safe urban driving course.
Andy McCarroll, project manager, freight and fleet programmes at Transport for London said the course consisted of two modules – a theoretical morning module and a practical afternoon session. As part of the afternoon session, participants had to ride bicycles.
“It gives them a valuable insight into how vulnerable London’s cyclists feel,” said McCarroll. “In the morning many of them are sceptical but by the afternoon they’re really enjoying it.”
Additionally, all contractors working for the TfL have to make sure they have high-visibility mirrors installed on their vehicles.