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Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) 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.

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.

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

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

The new rules, covering all roads in London except motorways, and operating 24 hours a day, were announced after a number of cyclists were killed in road crashes in London.

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