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Johnson to launch HGV probe after seven cyclist deaths

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is launching a probe into the operation of heavy goods vehicles by the construction industry as part of a road safety campaign.

The Mayor’s office said heavy goods vehicles have been involved in at least seven of the eight cyclist fatalities on the road this year.

Mr Johnson announced the move after meeting with the family of Brian Dorling, a cyclist killed in east London on 24 October.

Transport for London will commission an independent review of the design, operation and driving of construction industry vehicles, for example skip lorries, tipper trucks and cement mixers in London.

Mr Johnson said: “I am determined to do everything possible to make our roads safer for cyclists and I have asked TfL to embark on a great deal of work to do so.”

A campaign specifically covering the issue of HGVs on London’s roads will build on previous campaigns on cycle safety and the need for drivers to share road space with cyclists and vice versa, the mayor’s office said.

Any initiatives will seek the input of a wide range of stakeholders, including the construction and haulage industries, cycling groups and local representatives from across the capital.

Transport for London has also launched an immediate review of all major schemes planned on TfL roads and all junctions on the existing Cycle Superhighways.

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