Direct Vision Standard permits now open – operators should apply now

With applications for London HGV Safety Permits launching today (28 October 2019), FTA is advising businesses that operate within the M25 to apply as soon as possible to ensure they can keep using their vehicles in the capital once the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) launches next year. The business organisation, which represents the interests of the logistics sector, supports the Mayor of London’s ambition but still argues DVS is not the most effective route to reducing vehicular harm.

Christopher Snelling, Head of UK Policy at FTA, comments: “As the organisation speaking on behalf of the logistics sector, FTA fully supports the Mayor of London’s ‘Vision Zero’ approach to improving road safety, but we do not believe DVS is the most effective approach – it is a limited and expensive intervention. Instead, Sadiq Khan should have focused on the development of technological safety solutions, such as advanced cameras, sensors, and automatic emergency braking which would work to eliminate the element of human error.

“FTA has, however, been working closely with Transport for London during the scheme’s development and is pleased to see that many of our suggestions have been taken on board. For example, those operating larger fleets will no longer be required to provide as much detail as first thought; logistics is already one of the most heavily legislated sectors of industry and more administrative burden would have been untenable.”

Mr Snelling continues: “Whatever we think of the scheme, FTA is advising businesses which work in the capital to apply for HGV Safety permits now to ensure they can continue operating their vehicles in London after the first phase of DVS launches in October 2020. All goods vehicles over 12 tonnes will need to have a permit to access the capital’s roads. Any vehicle which does not meet the scheme’s minimum one-star rating will need to fit the requirements of the new Safe System to obtain a permit – do not leave it until the last minute to apply.”

Businesses can apply for HGV Safety Permits by visiting www.tfl.gov.uk/direct-vision-standard


Source: Uk Haulier

Direct Vision Standard permits now open – operators should apply now

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