How can this be right and allowed to continue?

A 52 year old cyclist was killed at the Vauxhall Cross gyratory by a tipper truck. This is a shocking similarity to the other 5 deaths in London this year.

The Evening Standard carries the full story.

Cyclist killed at Vauxhall Cross
Cyclist killed at Vauxhall Cross (photo by Paulius Štutas – Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License)

I was here back in December with many other supporters of “Stop Killing Cyclists” who held a die-in to highlight the dangers of the junction.

Die in at Vauxhall, December 2013
Die in at Vauxhall, December 2013

Stop Killing Cyclists have issued a press release:

As yet another truck kills yet another cyclist on London’s roads Stop Killing Cyclists calls on the London Mayor to take immediate action to stop the carnage.

The London Mayor must urgently focus resources on tackling London’s horrifying dangerous truck epidemic.

In just one pilot project by the Metropolitan Police last winter they found 70% of targeted trucks stopped were driven illegally.

It is estimated that up to 30% of all trucks being driven in London were in an illegally dangerous state or being driven illegally.

When Stop Killing Cyclists met with the Metropolitan Police in February we were told a recruitment moratorium was in place in the truck enforcement team and in the Roadsafe dangerous driving reporting scheme.

Donnachadh McCarthy, Stop Killing Cyclists Co-founder, said,

“Our hearts go out to the family of yet another cyclist killed on London’s roads.

Stop Killing Cyclists held a demonstration at Vauxhall Cross in December 2013, following the 6 awful November tragedies, calling for greater enforcement of truck safety regulations and emergency segregated cycle lanes to be installed at left-hand turn junctions like Vauxhall Cross and Elephant & Castle.”

He added:

“The Mayor must immediately tackle the illegal dangerous truck epidemic on London’s roads and set a 2 year target to reduce illegality to a maximum of 1%, from its current estimated level of 30%.

It is time to call an end to this complacency and false priorities. The Mayor must target the killers not the victims.”

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