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TfL Direct Vision Standard wins public support

01 May 2019 #CV Show #TNB News #Truck

Research conducted on behalf of Transport for London has found that the public supports the introduction of its Direct Vision Standard, designed to improve the safety of HGVs.

The study found a majority of respondents in favour of the final scheme proposals, including the permit application process, Safe System requirements and enforcement of the scheme.

The Direct Vision Standard aims to improve road safety by minimising HGVs’ blind spots.

Following the introduction of the scheme, HGVs would be categorised depending on the level of a driver’s direct vision from a cab, and then given a rating between ‘zero-star’ (lowest) and ‘five-star’ (highest).

Only those vehicles rated ‘one-star’ and above, or those that have comprehensive safety systems, will be able to operate in London from 2020. From 2024, the minimum requirement will be ‘three-star’ or a Progressive Safe System.

HGVs that do not meet the required Direct Vision Standard star rating will need to improve the overall safety through Safe System mitigating measures such as cameras, sensors and audible warnings.

Alex Williams, director of city planning at TfL, said, “Our plan to reduce road danger around HGVs is a world first and will save hundreds of lives.

“By working with the freight industry and listening to their views, we are creating a scheme that works for everyone.”

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