Lorries heading into London from today will have to comply with tough new Safer Lorry Scheme regulations in a bid to make the capital safer for cyclists.
HGVs will now have to be fitted with bigger mirrors and side guards to prevent cyclists being dragged underneath.
If caught in London without the new safety kit, drivers could face on-the-spot fines of £50, increasing up to a maximum of £1,000 at Magistrates Court.
The new laws were announced earlier this year after it emerged that a number of cyclist deaths involved HGVs.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “We know that a large number of cyclist deaths and serious injuries involve a relatively small number of trucks and lorries that are not fitted with basic safety equipment.
“Such vehicles are not welcome in the capital and the Safer Lorry Scheme will see them effectively banned from our streets. The lives of thousands of cyclists and pedestrians will be much safer as a result and I urge all operators of HGVs to get on board and make it a success.”
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