Banning HGVs during peak times will simply see each one replaced with ten vans, according to logistics expert Christopher Snelling

Following David Cameron’s pledge to MPs to explore the possibility of banning lorries from city centres, the Freight Transport Association says the move will not have the desired effect of keeping cyclists safe.

Eight cyclists have been killed on London’s roads in 2015, seven on who were involved in collisions with heavy goods vehicles, and Mr Cameron was urged to explore ways to improve safety for riders.

But the FTA’s head of urban logistics, Christopher Snelling, told Logistics Manager: “Even a medium-sized lorry would have to be replaced with ten vans – which means overall safety would not be improved, let alone the emissions and congestion consequences.

“It has to be remembered that we don’t choose to deliver at peak times on a whim – our customers need goods at the start of the working day.”

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Mr Snelling said there were other measures that could be introduced to improve safety, such as better infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. He also cited a law which bans lorries from operating in all 32 London boroughs between 9pm and 7am each night.

The 1985 Traffic Management Order means that more lorries are on the road during the morning rush hour as they cannot deliver their goods before that time.

And Mr Snelling said that it’s not just the lorry drivers who should be targetted, insisting that all road users need to be educated on road safety.

“All road users have a role to play in improving road safety,” said Snelling. Better awareness, training and behaviour is needed on all sides to make our roads as safe as they can be.

“Things can improve. The number of HGVs involved in fatalities in the UK has halved in the last 12 years, which shows the success of the progressive approach to improving safety.”

  • chris

    As an HGV driver and cyclist,, I feel there needs to be better training for all Road Users.
    Road safety should be started in schools, with cycling as part of PE lessons, and enhanced training for hazard perception for all driving tests. Possibly restricting Licence duration, with retests, or assessments for all disciplines of road user

  • MrL0g1c

    the FTA’s head of urban logistics, Christopher Snelling, told Logistics Manager: “Even a medium-sized lorry would have to be replaced with ten vans

    If urban logistics can afford to replace 1 lorry with 10 vans + ten drivers then they can afford to replace 1 lorry with 1 very safe lorry.

    And according to the statistics (at bottom of article here vans are far safer than lorries.

  • Improper focus.

    1 – Roadway design must improve to account for bicyclists
    2 – Heavy vehicle routes must be identified, revised and redesigned if needed

    3 – Cyclists and drivers need better training
    @gonzalocamacho:disqus #VeloHound #VeloTexas

  • Stevie

    I would rather get hit by 10 vans than one lorry. They are a heck of a lot softer, and the chance of ending up underneath is far lower. Also, they generally don’t have big blind spots the way lorries do, although unfortunately that advantage can be negated by driver idiocy and bloody-mindedness.

  • Ollie

    ”Customers [may] need goods at the start of the working day”, but there’s no point the shops being full of stock if you get killed on the way.

  • Openzedoor

    The same Freight Transport Association that successfully lobbied against HGV cab redesigns to eliminate blind spots because it would cost too much money.