18 months until TfL’s Direct Vision Standard comes in to force
Did you know that in just 18 months time TfL’s Direct Vision Standard comes in to force? This will ban ALL heavy goods vehicles over 12 tonnes from entering London if they do not operate a “Safe System”.
The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) assesses and rates how much a driver can see directly from their HGV cab in relation to other road users. The DVS forms part of a proposed Safety Permit for all HGVs over 12 tonnes entering London.
DVS was created to improve the safety of all road users, particularly vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
DVS uses a star system to rate HGVs over 12 tonnes from 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest), based on how much a driver can see directly through their cab windows.
The Safe System is a series of vehicle safety measures which are designed to reduce the risks HGVs present to cyclists and pedestrians. The core Safe System proposals include:
- Blind spot elimination and minimisation, for example: a fully operational camera monitoring system; Class V and VI mirrors; and a sensor system with driver alerts
- Warning of intended manoeuvre, for example: audible left-turn vehicle manoeuvring warning
- Minimising physical impact of a hazard, for example: side-underrun protection
ESG, the world’s largest manufacturer of vehicle safety and warning systems, produces all the camera systems, sensors, and audio alert devices required for the TfL Safe System. To ensure your HGV fleet is prepared in time, ESG are offering a free fleet survey. Please contact us on 0113 237 5362 for more information.”