Additional HGV safety compliance now operational in London

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A new safety scheme for HGVs in London is significantly improving truck operational safety in the capital, helping save lives and preventing life changing injuries, first quarter data shows.

Transport for London (TfL), working with the London boroughs and the freight industry and campaign groups, introduced the pioneering Direct Vision Standard (DVS) in London in March 2021. The scheme requires owners of HGVs weighing more than 12 tonnes to apply for a free permit that assigns vehicles a star rating based on how much the driver can see directly through their cab windows in order to be able to drive in the capital.

In the first three months of the scheme, more than 135,000 safety permits have been issued and nearly 69,000 heavy goods vehicles have been fitted with safety measures to protect people walking and cycling.

Vice-Chair of the London Councils Transport & Environment Committee, Cllr Claire Holland, said: “Improving safety on the capital’s roads is a top priority for London boroughs. We recognise the challenges posed to at-risk road users by larger vehicles carrying essential goods and services across the capital. Ensuring lorry drivers have good levels of visibility will help to protect at-risk road users and could increase the number of people who walk and cycle in the capital as they feel more comfortable to do so. This is vital for our efforts to tackle air pollution for London’s diverse communities and ensure a safe and sustainable recovery from the pandemic.”

The Direct Vision Standard scheme is now operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is enforced on all roads in London. The standards are set to tighten further in 2024, which will deliver even safer trucks operating across the country. London Councils