Transport for London are to temporarily postpone the enforcement of the new Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and HGV safety permits until February 2021 to allow the freight industry to focus its resources on the COVID-19 response.
The purpose of DVS is to reduce danger to road users in London by introducing a new permit system for HGVs and assigning them a star rating based on how much the driver can see through their cab widow.
Although the industry has been preparing for these rules for some time, the coronavirus pandemic has placed additional demands on the industry. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has therefore asked TfL to delay the enforcement of DVS to allow operators more time to adapt.
The new rules will still come into force on 26 October 2020 but no charges will be payable or enforced for non-compliant vehicles until the end of February 2021. The new date for the start of enforcement will be kept under review.
Once enforcement starts, anyone driving an HGV in Greater London without the necessary permit may receive a penalty charge notice of up to £550.
For further information contact Backhouse Jones on 01254 828300 or Regulatory@backhouses.co.uk