The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has welcomed the introduction of an “allow list” by Transport for London (TfL) to manage the enforcement of London’s Direct Vision Standard. This follows intensive lobbying by the RHA to make it clear that as a result of Brexit and Covid-19, HGV operators are unable to fit the required safety systems before enforcement begins on 1st March.
Commenting, RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said: “The RHA is totally committed to road safety, but hauliers have faced multiple and significant challenges to ensure compliance with the Direct Vision Standard. The supply chain disruption caused by Brexit meant that operators have faced difficulties sourcing the required safety equipment.
“In addition, Covid-19 has meant that the technicians needed to install the equipment are either furloughed or complying with Covid-19 travel restrictions.
“Whilst there are still some points to clarify regarding how operators can qualify for the “allow list”, we are pleased that TfL has listened to us and put in place an initial grace period of 90 days to allow hauliers more time to comply.”
The RHA remains of the firm opinion that, before the 90-day period expires, a review of the supply chain should be conducted in light of the latest Brexit and Covid situation, with a view to extending the grace period as necessary.
Meanwhile, the RHA will encourage hauliers to register with TfL before 1st March 2021 to meet the “allow list” requirements.
- The “allow list” grants HGV operators who register with Transport for London before 1st March 2021 a “grace” period of 90 days from 1st March 2021 to enable them to comply with the DVS safety requirements. Registration is conditional on operators providing evidence of their applications or planned installation arrangements for safe system equipment to their vehicles.
- Operators who do not register by 1st March and/or do not hold a valid HGV Safety Permit will face enforcement action by TfL from 1st March.
- The RHA will seek clarity from TfL on the evidence requirements operators must meet to qualify for the “allow list”. For example, it is not clear how operators of zero star rated vehicles can evidence their intention to ensure compliance.