Mayor to introduce rating system that will ban vehicles with the worst driver visibility from capital's roads by 2020
Tens of thousands of lorries with poor visibility will be banned from London's roads within four years to better protect cyclists and pedestrians, the city's mayor, Sadiq Khan, has announced.
Road safety campaigners have long called for action against some types of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), especially high-wheeled construction lorries, which have significant blindspots.
Lorries are involved in more than half the cycling deaths on London's roads, and more than a fifth of pedestrian deaths, despite making up only 4% of motor traffic.
Khan's plans, immediately welcomed by cycling groups, will give construction trucks and other HGVs a star-based safety rating from zero to five, based on the amount of vision the driver has.