No zero star lorries on TfL contracts from October 2019

No zero star lorries on TfL contracts from October 2019 (photo courtesy Dennis-Eagle) 

Lorry operators working on Transport for London or Greater London Authority contracts will have to use vehicles meeting, or exceeding, the new TfL direct vision standard (a measure of a lorry driver’s direct vision (not via mirrors))  as of October 2019.

Deputy Mayor Heidi Alexander, in an exclusive interview in the Winter issue of London Cyclist magazine says:

“TfL and the GLA are leading by example and require a minimum 1-star direct vision standard by October 2019, rising to a 3-star standard by October 2023 . This means that vehicle operators under TfL and GLA ‘in scope’ contracts won’t have the option of adopting ’safe system’ mitigating measures instead of direct vision requirements.”

The measures are part of the Mayor’s Vision Zero strategy for eliminating fatalities and serious injuries on the roads by 2041 and reflect his commitment to LCC in 2016 to take the most dangerous lorries off our roads. 

While private sector projects, on an interim basis, may allow lorry operators to run lorries with restricted vision as long as they meet ‘safe system’ requirements (Including camera systems and pedestrian/cyclist alert systems) this will not apply to TfL contracts.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has made a commitment to use only safer lorries:

 ‘I’m not prepared to stand by and let dangerous lorries continue to cause further heartbreak and tragedy on London’s roads. The evidence is clear – HGVs have been directly involved in over half of cycling fatalities over the last two years, and we must take bold action to make our roads safer for both cyclists and pedestrians."    

The European Union is currently taking steps to make sure all new lorries meet high direct vision standards .