Our campaigning led to Mayor Sadiq Khan committing in 2016 to a ‘Direct Vision Standard’ lorry permit programme. This rates how well drivers can see the road around them, and we highlighted the problem of blind spots in conventional HGVs while pointing to the good visibility in lorries like refuse carts.
Since 2021, all lorries on London’s roads have had to be at least 1- star rated on the Direct Vision Standard, or use mitigation measures such as sensors. In 2024, the scheme will ratchet up so all lorries in London must be at least 3-star Direct Vision Standard rated. We are campaigning for further tightening of the rules and strong enforcement to take the most dangerous lorries off our roads.
In front of this 2-star lorry, the people in red cannot be seen. In a 5-star lorry, all the people would be visible.
Beside this 2-star lorry, the people in red cannot be seen. In a 5-star lorry, all the people would be visible.
We are also involved in freight industry certification and training programmes, and campaign for these positive approaches to be more widely taken up across lorry operators.
And we work with the police on road danger operations including for lorries, and have seen increasing recognition on the need for tighter enforcement.
In 2019 we worked with Transport for London and successfully lobbied for an international standard to make good direct vision the norm for all lorries manufactured across the whole of Europe. The EU subsequently agreed to include a Direct Vision Standard in its update of the General Safety regulations for HGV manufacturers – the details of this are currently being hammered out.
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