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Industry Giants Urge Rethink On Stricter HGV Direct Vision Standards

A united front comprising industry heavyweights, the Road Haulage Association (RHA), Logistics UK, and the Association of International Courier & Express Services, is intensifying its efforts to convince Transport for London (TfL) to reconsider the October launch of its enhanced Direct Vision Standards (DVS) for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) entering the capital.

The campaign, backed by the joint forces of these industry associations, aims to persuade TfL and London Councils to extend the 28 October 2024 deadline for the new standards, referred to as the Progressive Safety System (PSS). The PSS mandates that HGVs over 12 tonnes entering and operating in London, with a two-star rating or lower, must install a Progressive Safe System—a set of safety measures and equipment—before applying for a permit.

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Addressing Concerns and Preparing for London’s New DVS Criteria

Concerns voiced by campaigners, including the RHA, highlight the apprehension regarding the practical implementation of the new criteria within the tight timescales set by TfL. The industry is pushing for an extended timeline, emphasizing the need for hauliers to upgrade their fleets and the potential operational challenges they may face.

As part of the campaign, hauliers operating in London have been urged to complete a survey assessing their readiness for the stricter DVS. The survey, conducted by TfL, provides a platform for operators to express concerns about the October changes. In parallel, the RHA is actively producing literature outlining the current criteria and the necessary steps for operators to achieve compliance before the October deadline.

Manchester Eyes London’s DVS: Road Safety Impact

Simultaneously, developments in Greater Manchester indicate a potential shift towards implementing a London-style DVS. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is seeking public input through an online survey as part of its ‘Vision Zero’ proposals, aiming to make roads safe by 2040. Although the draft strategy does not explicitly mention the DVS, TfGM acknowledges the safety enhancements achieved by TfL’s DVS and suggests it may explore similar initiatives for Greater Manchester.

As the industry associations continue their conversations with TfL and the campaign gains momentum, the outcome will significantly impact HGV operations in London and potentially influence road safety standards in other regions. Stay tuned for updates on this crucial matter.

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