Cyclists in Richmond could soon be protected by a ban on lorries lacking appropriate safety equipment.

The Safer Lorries Scheme, supported by London councils, would require lorries weighing more than 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with side guards.

The measure could prevent cyclists being dragged under the wheels in the event of an accident.

Richmond Council cabinet member for transport Councillor Stephen Speak said: "I urge as many residents as possible to support the Safer Lorries Campaign.

"It will make the capital’s roads safer and reduce the number of fatal accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians.

"One death in a road traffic accident is one too many and Richmond should come together with the rest of London to put an end to these tragic deaths."

The campaign is also calling for the lorries to be fitted with extended view mirrors which would give drivers a better view of cyclists and pedestrians.

The Transport for London consultation began on Tuesday, July 29 and runs until Monday, September 22.

To take part in the online consultation visit