The Freight Transport Association has voiced its concern after 15 fixed penalty notices were issued to lorry drivers in London on Monday, saying that safety and compliance must come first for all freight operators using UK roads.
Totalling £2,300, all 15 offences were issued by the Metropolitan Police Traffic Command, as part of a road safety operation.
Police stopped 70 lorries on Vauxhall Bridge Road, Whitechapel Road, and Albert Embankment, as well as some 100 cyclists, who were given safety advice following concerning behaviour.
Having acknowledged these results, FTA is urging its members to undergo three key components to a safe freight operation; properly trained drivers, a well maintained and roadworthy fleet, and knowledgeable and effective management.
“There is no excuse for poor standards in truck and van fleets,” said FTA managing director, policy and communications, James Hookham.