Mike Penning MP, the Road Safety Minister, suggested to Parliament that the risks to cyclists from longer lorries had been assessed. There is no evidence from any published document that it has.
Questioned about the longer lorries trial in the House of Commons in September 2011, road safety Minister Mike Penning MP claimed that:
"We considered carefully whether longer semi-trailers posed a risk to cyclists in particular, and the risk is not there."
A subsequent written question (the reply to which was drafted by officials) established that no such 'careful consideration' took place.