Back in 2016 the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced a ground-breaking proposal to make London roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists by planning to remove the most dangerous lorries from the capital by 2020. The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) aims to minimise HGV blind spots by having a star-based rating system and requires an HGV safety permit.

Statistics have found that although big lorries account for only 4% of the overall miles driven in the capital, between the years of 2015 – 2017 HGVs were involved in 63% of fatal collisions involving cyclists.

From the 26th October 2020 all HGVs over 12 tonnes are required to have a permit to enter or operate in Greater London. Operators can now apply for an HGV Safety Permit ahead of the enforcement next year.
The safety of the vehicle is dependent on how much a lorry driver can see directly through their cab windows, the rating goes from zero (lowest) to five (highest) and all HGVs need to meet a minimum one-star rating by the time the enforcement begins. Then from 26th October 2024 all HGVs must be above 2 stars unless they can prove a progressive safe system.

Owners of vehicles that are rated at zero will need to fit a ‘Safe System’ to reduce the risk that the vehicle presents to cyclists and pedestrians. The Safe System is a series of vehicle safety measures, some proposed safety measures include warning of intended manoeuvre, spot elimination and minimisation and minimising the physical impact of a hazard.

“I’m proud of our world-leading plans to remove the most dangerous lorries from London’s streets,” said Khan this week. “So many of the tragic deaths on our roads involve HGVs and this new scheme will save lives. Today the scheme has gone live and operators now have 12 months to upgrade their fleets, helping make our streets much safer for people walking and cycling.” 

Do you think this should be integrated into the rest of the country? Let us know.


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