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Question 6 - we asked:

HGVs pose a disproportionate risk to people on bikes due to size and restricted visibility. What would you do to reduce the danger posed by these vehicles?

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4 of the 6 candidates (67%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Rupert READ
(Green Party)

I think it is absolutely inexcusible that the government continues to permit vehicles that cannot be driven safely onto our roads, in terms of inability to see the area surrounding the vehicle.

HGV drivers have a difficult job, and we should make their lives easier - and moreover save the lives of cyclists and pedestrians - by implementing the kinds of additional safeguards, physical measures, and training schemes, that TfL have introduced recently. We would also push strongly for vehicle redesigns that London Cycling Campaign have recently been showcasing. Also, every lorry driver and bus driver should be required to undertake a Bikeability course as part of their training.

Ultimately, the Green Party wants a reduction in the number of HGVs by shifting more freight onto the railways, the introduction of goods transfer points on the eges of cities, and a much stronger emphasis on local production so that the need to transport things half-way across the country unnecessarily is reduced. In relation to Cambridge: our planned congestion-charge would certainly reduce the number of HGVs driving into and through Cambridge.

Daniel ZEICHNER
(Labour Party)

Currently, 20% of accidents with cyclists involve an HGV, despite accounting for only 7% of road users. A Labour Government will therefore make it law for all HGVs to be fitted with audible warning systems, flashing light beacons, side guards and additional rear view mirrors to ensure both the driver and the cyclist are made aware of one another before an accident occurs. Knowing the dangers of narrow streets like those in Cambridge, I will also support a Labour Government in strengthening the penalties for dangerous driving, ensuring that we clamp down on those who endanger active travel road users, including by examining if there are areas where HGVs don’t need to travel.

Julian Leon HUPPERT
(Liberal Democrat)

HGVs do cause very substantial problems, and have been responsible for a high proportion of deaths and serious injuries to people on bikes. The first thing to do is to reduce the number of occasions on which bikes and HGVs will come into conflict with each other, by having better infrastructure. Secondly, we need to limit use of HGVs on the busiest urban streets at the busiest times, so that the potential for conflict is even lower.

We also need to substantially improve the design of HGVs, so that there is better visibility for the drivers. I have worked with a number of construction companies, some of whom take this very seriously, but it should become a legislative requirement; I co-sponsored a Bill in Parliament to achieve this. In the longer term, the proposed new EU rules for better cab design will help as well, by ensuring that there is far greater visibility designed into the vehicle.

Keith Alexander GARRETT
(Removing the politicians)

This needs to be part of the overall plan that is decided and then executed. Do I have ideas about how to reduce HGV use in towns and deaths from HGVs? Of course I do. Have I studied the problem and am expert in these matters? No.

Let's get the right people looking at the problems.

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