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Implementation of the Direct Vision Standard – Further Consultation

Transport for London (TfL) has announced further details about the Direct Vision Standard (DVS), which will be introduced in London in 2020. The DVS was created to improve the safety of all road users, particularly vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Following on from our previous article on this subject, which can be found at http://www.backhousejones.co.uk/london-direct-vision-standard-consultation-closes-and-further-information-emerges/, we can report that TfL have released a second consultation on the DVS, which was developed following responses from the earlier consultation which showed that, in general, there was support for the DVS. The second consultation seeks views on the proposals to introduce a new Safety Standard Permit Scheme as part of the DVS which addresses a broader range of road danger risks.

The new proposed scheme would require all HGVs over 12 tonnes to hold a Safety Permit to operate in Greater London from 2020. HGVs will be given a star rating between zero (lowest) and five (highest). Vehicles rated one-star and above would automatically be granted a permit. HGVs rated zero-star (approximately 50-60 percent of the current fleet) would be banned from Greater London unless they meet specific measures in a ‘safe system’.

By 2024, only three-star rated HGVs and above would automatically be given a Safety Permit. Two-star rated vehicles and below (approximately 90 percent of the current fleet) would need to demonstrate increased safety through progressive safe system measures.

The safe system will have three components: (i) areas of risk to address, (ii) specific measures and (iii) a process for setting, testing and maintaining the system. Measures could include sensors and other indirect vision devices, audible or visual warning around the vehicle, physical protection to deflect vulnerable road users away from the vehicle and comprehensive driver safety training.

The proposal is to make it an offence in 2020 for any HGV to enter or operate in Greater London without a permit. It will also be an offence for HGVs subject to the permit requirements to operate in contravention of the defined safety system.

You can respond to the consultation by completing the questionnaire on the TfL website https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/direct-vision-standards-phase-2/?cid=direct-vision-standard. The consultation closes on 24 January 2018.

For further information, please contact our regulatory team on 01254 828300.

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