Partnership checks more than 33,000 vehicles to keep London’s roads safe

15 November 2017
"We take our responsibility to reduce road danger extremely seriously and we are working across our organisation and with our partners to eliminate death and serious injuries from London's roads by 2041"

TfL has today marked the two year anniversary of the London Freight Enforcement Partnership (LFEP) that works to make London's roads safer by raising compliance standards across the freight industry.

The LFEP is a joint partnership between TfL, City of London Police, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), and the Metropolitan Police Service to target dangerously non-compliant drivers, vehicles and operators on London's roads.

Since the launch, more than 33,000 freight vehicles have been stopped and checked, and 9,114 fixed penalty notices and traffic offence reports have been issued, acting as deterrents and forcing operators to improve their standards.

Clear message

The multi-agency approach to road safety has led to 106 arrests, 221 vehicles seized and 12 operator licences being revoked, sending a clear message that dangerous freight practices will not be tolerated.

More than 5,600 mechanical prohibitions have been issued to operators with seriously defective vehicles that are deemed unsafe to travel on London's roads, in line with the Vision Zero approach to reduce road danger and eliminate death and serious injuries from collisions on London's roads by 2041.

In 2015 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) were involved in 20% of pedestrian fatalities and over 70% of cyclist fatalities despite only making up 4% of road mileage every year in London.

By sharing intelligence between partnership agencies, the Freight Compliance Unit is the UK's first multi-agency unit that uses its intelligence to coordinate targeted checks on the routes where there is history of particularly bad practices by operators.

Rigorous checking process

The partnership works towards four strategic aims, to improve air quality, to improve road safety, to reduce congestion and to promote fairness within the trade.

All of LFEP's activities contribute to these aims and this is made clearer by the rigorous checking process that takes place at every compliance stop.

Leon Daniels, TfL's Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: 'We are determined to rid London of dangerous freight operators who flout the rules and have no regard for safety.

'By sharing information between enforcement agencies the most unsafe operators are identified, targeted, prosecuted and referred to the independent traffic commissioners.

'We take our responsibility to reduce road danger extremely seriously and we are working across our organisation and with our partners to eliminate death and serious injuries from London's roads by 2041.'

Protecting you

Russell Simmons, DVSA's Traffic Enforcement Manager for the Industrial HGV Taskforce, said: 'DVSA is committed to protecting you from unsafe drivers and vehicles. There's no excuse for driving while tired, with mechanical defects or with an overweight or unstable load.

'Those on London's roads who break the rules are putting themselves and others at risk. Working alongside our colleagues in the police and Transport for London, we'll crack down on rogue drivers and operators, making London's roads safer for all.'

Matt Winfield, London Director of walking and cycling charity, Sustrans, said: 'We welcome the London Freight Enforcement Partnership's work to keep dangerous lorries and dangerous drivers off the roads.

'The figures released today send a clear message that those lorry drivers and operators who would flout the rules and risk Londoners safety will not be tolerated.'

Crucial work

Cynthia Barlow, from RoadPeace, said: 'We enthusiastically support the work of the LFEP. Road deaths are not 'accidents', they are preventable tragedies.

'For many years it has been freight vehicles that were disproportionately involved in the deaths and serious injuries of pedestrians and cyclists. But just changing the law and setting higher working standards is not sufficient, we need to be able to check that the operators, vehicles and drivers are actually compliant and the LFEP's roadside checks have made a significant difference.

'Given the latest DVSA figures on the high proportion of lorries with potentially lethal mechanical defects, we must ensure that the LFEP continues its crucial work. And we would encourage other cities to do the same.'

Notes to Editors:

  • To ensure the highest levels of safety are maintained on London's roads the most serious of offences, such as obstructing officers from carrying out work, no driving/operator's licence, using a mobile phone and excess speeding, can lead to vehicles being seized and arrests being made on the spot. The most dangerous operators are referred to the independent traffic commissioners, where their licences can be revoked
  • Photos of the London Freight Enforcement Partnership in action can be found here