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Longer lorries pose greater risk to cyclists, body claims

By: Elizabeth Smythe
02 September 2011

A cycling organisation is urging members to oppose proposals for the introduction of new, longer lorries onto Britain's roads, reports road.cc.

An announcement is due later this month from the government regarding its decision on whether to increase the overall length of a lorry, as those with logistics companies jobs may be aware.

The suggested length of 18.55 metres represents a 12 per cent increase on the current maximum length. The idea has found favour with road safety minister Mike Penning, who is reportedly going to give it the go ahead.

However, the Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC) maintains that the longer vehicles will pose more danger to cyclists owing to an increased risk of accidents caused by "bigger blind spots and more tail swings."

Speaking on behalf of the CTC, campaigns director Roger Geffen told bikebiz.com: "Lorries present a serious risk to cyclists - one in five of the deaths of cyclists involve lorries.

"Allowing even longer lorries onto our roads will mean larger 'blind spots', more tail swing and a greater risk of hitting other road users. Instead of increasing the danger from lorries, the government should be working to reduce the threat that already exists."

It is estimated that using longer lorries, should the proposals be passed, would not only increase capacity for hauliers, but would in turn see a reduction in carbon emissions.

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