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Consultation opens on new standard for HGVs in London

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Transport for London has today begun the first in a series of consultations on proposals to implement a new standard for Heavy Goods Vehicle on London’s roads to help improve safety.

The plan is to introduce a five-star ‘Direct Vision’ rating standard for HGVs, based on how much a driver can see directly from the cab without using cameras or mirrors. If implemented, it would mean that zero star rated HGVs would be banned or restricted from London’s roads by 2020 and only those rated three stars and above would be allowed from 2024.  

The consultation is part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s commitment to reduce road danger across the capital and involves taking steps to directly tackle the dangers posed by HGVs, which are currently involved in a disproportionately high number of cyclist and pedestrian fatalities.  

The intention is to give regulators, manufacturers, operators and contractors an objective standard by which to rate and improve the safety of HGVs and follows on from evidence showing that direct visibility, rather than through mirrors or monitors, significantly reduces the risk of fatal or serious collisions.

For full details and to share your view, please visit TfL’s consultation website

The consultation closes on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

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