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New video celebrates London Freight Enforcement Partnership second anniversary

  • The London Freight Enforcement Partnership (LFEP) targets dangerous non-compliant drivers in the freight industry.
  • The partnership celebrated its two year anniversary at the end of last year
  • So far, nearly 38,000 freight vehicles have been stopped and checked leading to 122 arrests and 254 vehicle seizures

November 2017 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, nearly 38,000 freight vehicles have been stopped and checked, and over 10,000 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 122 arrests, 254 vehicles seized and 26 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.

Roadside checks visibly improving road safety

Inspector Sarah Smallwood from the City of London Police Transport and Highways Operations Group said:

“We take our responsibility to reduce death and serious injuries from occurring on London’s roads very seriously.

“By working closely with our partner organisations we can ensure operators, vehicles and drivers are complying with the law and not risking their own lives or the lives of others.

“The figures from the first two years of this initiative speak for themselves and prove the LFEP’s roadside checks are really making a difference in improving road safety.”

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