The charter is voluntary for now, but shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh has warned legislation will follow if Labour wins the next election.
“Labour’s new charter lays down tough new safety rules for HGVs,” said Creagh. “If Labour wins the 2015 election and the sector hasn’t responded, we will legislate to make these safety features compulsory.”
Creagh said solving the problem of cycling safety needed education, enforcement and engineering. “Labour’s HGV Safety Charter is an important first step on that journey and we encourage businesses to sign up,” she said.
Commercial Motor next week (5 December) features an interview with a haulage firm on the affect the death of a cyclist had on them following a collison involving one of their drivers and their thoughts on what needs to be done.
Labour's mandated safety measures (new and existing trucks)
Daytime running lights
Mirror Class VI (Cyclops mirror)
Rear warning sign for cyclists
(implementation date for all the above June 2014)
Side under run guards
Blind spot elimination devices
Audible warning for cyclists
(implementation date for all the above December 2017)