Brent Council plan to introduce new measures to protect cyclists against HGVs

Executive meeting will take place at Brent Civic Centre today

Executive meeting will take place at Brent Civic Centre today - Credit: Archant

Proposals to bolster protection for cyclists against heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will be discussed by town hall bosses this evening.

Council chiefs will debate plans to enforce a traffic orders which requires lorries weighing more than 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with additional mirrors and side guards which push riders away when they get too close.

The measures are aimed at providing greater protection for cyclist on borough roads follow a series of related facilities.

According to research conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), HGVs were involved in 53 per cent of London cyclist deaths - despite making up only four per cent of all traffic between 2008 and 2012.

Provisional figures for 2013 reveal that HGVs were involved in nine out of 14 cyclist deaths in the capital.

Those who breach the regulations would receive Penalty Charge Notice, enforced using CCTV and on-street traffic enforcement officers.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said: “There are too many vehicles on our roads so we are actively encouraging people to ride to work and children to ride to school. Cycling is also a great way in keeping with a healthy lifestyle.

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“We will do everything possible to make sure that cyclists are safe on our roads.”

The executive meeting will take place at the Civic Centre at 7pm..