New rules have been introduced that ban “unsafe” skip lorries from entering London.

HGV lorryFrom 1 September, all heavy goods vehicles must now be fitted with side guards to prevent cyclists being dragged underneath.

HGVs must also be fitted with a certain type of mirror to give drivers a better view of cyclists and pedestrians.

Each breach of the ban carries a maximum £1,000 penalty and repeat offenders risk losing their operating licences.

The new regulations, covering all roads in London except motorways, are in force 24 hours a day

They were introduced after it was revealed that seven of the eight cyclist deaths in the capital this year have involved HGVs.

Mayor Boris Johnson said the scheme was a “life-saver”.

But hauliers criticised the move as a "blunt regulatory tool" and said more should be done to target a minority of rule-breakers on London's roads.

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