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A cyclist has died following a collision with a lorry in West Dulwich on the same day as Boris Johnson launched a cycle safety initiative targetting HGVs

Police were called to Thurlow Park Road in Dulwich at around 9.25am.

A 30-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 40-year-old driver was arrested.

It comes on the same day as the Mayor of London announced new measures to try and protect cyclists from HGV's.

"Statistics say the overwhelming majority of fatalities involve HGVs," Boris explained.

"Tipper trucks, construction vehicles. Not all of those have the correct safety features and we are very keen to step it up."

Daily charges are being proposed to try and exclude the most dangerous lorries from the capital, with a consultation on the potential levy beginning early next year.

It is being done in conjunction with Transport Minister, Phillip Hammond, with a Met Police task force set up to deal with dangerous lorry drivers and vehicles.

"Four out of the six cycle fatalities this year have involved industrial HGVs," Mr Hammond - today's fatality has increased that figure to five out of seven.

"What we are doing is we've moved really quickly to set up a new enforcement unti to look at HGVs coming in to London and making sure they have what they should have, the proper safety equipment," he continued.

"We've put in extra resource, as have TfL"

Between 2008 and 2012, HGVs were involved in 53 per cent of London cyclist deaths despite making up only 4 per cent of the traffic.

"I have long been worried that a large number of cyclist deaths involve a relatively small number of problem lorries which are not fitted with safety equipment," the Mayor of London - himself a keen cyclist - said.

"In my cycling vision in March, I said that no lorry should be allowed in London unless it is fitted with equipment to protect cyclists. After a lot of work behind the scenes, we have today taken the first steps to make this a reality."

Many HGVs, such as supermarket delivery lorries, legally have to be fitted with sidebars or low skirts which protect cyclists from being dragged underneath the vehicle and crushed.

However, construction lorries, tipper trucks, waste vehicles, cement mixers and certain other forms of HGV are exempt from these and other safety requirements.

The rising number of these vehicles in London's building boom is seen as a serious hazard to the growing number of cyclists, who now make up almost a quarter of all rush hour traffic in the centre.

Of the nine cyclist deaths involving HGVs in 2011, seven involved construction lorries.

The proposed London Safer Lorry Charge is partly modelled on the successful London Low Emission Zone, which charges up to £200 a day for commercial vehicles that do not meet tough emission standards.

Anyone who fails to pay the charge faces an even higher penalty.

The proposed charge would not cover buses, smaller commercial vehicles, cars or motorbikes.

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