No Longer Lorries
The crashes in which cyclists are killed tend to involve the low speed turns in which the driver has poor visibility of what is happening on the nearside of the cab. Analysis of the risk of introducing longer lorries found that increasing the length with current axle technology would increase the risk from low speed turning manoeuvres (in which cycle deaths usually occur) by up to 9%.
Allowing longer lorries would also undermine the advantages of sustainable alternatives to road freight. The assessment of the effects of lengthening lorries estimated a substantial long term shift to rail freight as a result of the move.
Over 1,300 CTC members wrote to their MPs objecting to the proposed introduction of longer lorries however, the Department for Transport has decided to proceed with a 10 year trial of up to 1,800 longer lorries.
Although this is may be a smaller trial than originally envisaged by the Department, CTC believes this would increase danger to cyclists, pedestrians and other road users. Furthermore, the Department may well decide to enlarge the trial after just a year, reverting to their original plans.
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