New Mayor promises ‘direct vision’ lorry standard backed by a delivery plan

New Mayor promises ‘direct vision’ lorry standard backed by a delivery plan 

In his first session of Mayor’s Questions, the new Mayor Sadiq Khan spelled out his manifesto commitment to secure widespread use of lorries with far reduced ‘blind spots’ in the capital.

Step one will be publication of a ‘direct vision’ standard later this year.  It will, according to the Mayor, be followed by a plan “to enable TfL, the rest of the GLA family and other public and private sector organisations to specify that these safer urban trucks are used widely by companies in their supply chains.”

LCC welcomes the Mayor’s commitment to improved safety on the capital’s roads. “Lorries with far fewer blind spots are now commercially available and we welcome the Mayor’s intention to specify their use in future publically funded contracts” said Tom Bogdanowicz, LCC’s policy and development officer. 

Although low-entry, high vision lorries like the Mercedes Econic and Dennis Eagle Elite are in production the panoramic and low level direct vision (meaning not via mirrors or cameras) they offer drivers is not formally defined, unlike the standard for indirect vision (which specifies six mirrors with different functions) .  A standard for direct vision will enable public bodies , such as TfL and the GLA, or the private sector to specify this, far-improved,  grade of safety  feature in contract terms  or other regulations. 

The full Mayoral response to the Mayor’s Question from Assembly member Florence Eshalomi (L)  was as follows 

“As promised in my manifesto, I will deliver a direct vision standard for HGVs. The direct vision standard will be published later this year. I will lobby hard to ensure it is used to inform future regulation governing the design of trucks both in the UK and across the EU. TfL will also work with vehicle manufacturers, regulators, the Department for Transport and freight operators to ensure proposed standards are as far reaching as practicable within current legislation, are fit for purpose and can be implemented as quickly as possible. This standard is the key to getting ever greater numbers of safer trucks operating on the streets of London. I am also developing a plan to enable TfL, the rest of the GLA family and other public and private sector organisations to specify that these safer urban trucks are used widely by companies in their supply chains.”