UK Government to allow longer lorries, despite cyclist safety concerns
The UK Government has announced plans to allow longer lorries on UK roads.
Cyclists and campaigners express concerns
Cyclists and campaigners have expressed concerns that longer lorries will increase the risk to cyclists.
MP defends Government’s plans
Richard Holden, the Conservative MP for North West Durham, has defended the Government’s plans. He claims that longer lorries will be “good for productivity, good for the environment, and good for road safety.”
Cyclists slam the plans
However, cyclists have slammed the plans, arguing that they will put cyclists at greater risk.
HGVs are already involved in a disproportionate number of cyclist deaths and injuries
In 2021, there were 89 cyclist deaths involving HGVs, despite HGVs accounting for only 3.4% of traffic. This means that cyclists are 27 times more likely to be killed in a collision with an HGV than in a collision with a car.
Longer lorries will make it more difficult for cyclists to see and be seen by HGV drivers
Campaigners also point out that longer lorries will make it more difficult for cyclists to see and be seen by HGV drivers. This is because longer lorries have a larger blind spot, which means that drivers may not be able to see cyclists who are alongside or behind them.
Government to introduce new safety measures
The Government has said that it will introduce new safety measures for longer lorries, such as requiring them to have a “swept path indicator” to warn cyclists of their blind spots.
However, campaigners argue that these measures are not enough
However, campaigners argue that these measures are not enough to protect cyclists from the dangers posed by longer lorries.
They are calling on the Government to reconsider its plans
They are calling on the Government to reconsider its plans and to focus on investing in infrastructure that makes it safer for cyclists, such as segregated cycle lanes and wider roads.
MP dismisses concerns about the safety of cyclists
Richard Holden has dismissed concerns about the safety of cyclists, claiming that longer lorries will be “good for cyclists.”
However, there is no evidence to support this claim
However, there is no evidence to support this claim. In fact, all the evidence suggests that longer lorries will pose a greater risk to cyclists.
Government should listen to the concerns of campaigners
The Government should listen to the concerns of campaigners and reconsider its plans to allow longer lorries on UK roads.
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