City West Comment - Steering the Direct Vision Standard and the industry forward.

Added: 09 July 2020

It's well know that the Econic is the 'Safest Truck In The City' and as we emerge back towork, how is the industry steering itself with the Direct Vision Standard? Well a recent survey commissioned by CameraMatics asked more than 700 HGV fleet managers about The Direct Vision Standard and if they were ready. (in recognition of the pressure on the industry due to Covid-19, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, announced in March that enforcement would be postponed until the end of February 2021.)

Of Greater London-based respondents, only 22.2% gave a positive response, while 14.7% said some of their vehicles were ready and 26.9% were unsure. However, more than a third (36.9%) reported that none of their HGVs are ready for the scheme.

Managers of fleets not based in Greater London were split along similar lines, with 20.1% prepared. Again, the highest proportion of responses, 39.1%, reported that none of their HGVs are ready for DVS.

We've got a great team at City West who can navigate you through the minefield of purchasing trucks and the legislation. More than this, we have a tried and tested performance working with clients supplying trucks like our Econic that are visibly safer. But here's our fast facts:

Apply free of charge for a permit.

The HGV safety permit scheme covers Greater London and will be in operation 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Once enforcement starts, driving a HGV within Greater London without a valid permit may incur a penalty charge notice (PCN) of up to £550 (reduced to £275 if paid within 14 days).

TFL can also revoke or suspend a permit if a vehicle that has been granted a permit is later found to be in breach of the permit terms. The new legislation applies to vehicles from outside the UK too. Safety permits are vehicle specific and non-transferable.

Safe System Measures

1. A Class V mirror shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle

2. A Class VI mirror shall be fitted to the front of the vehicle

3. Side under-run protection shall be fitted to both sides of the vehicle (except where this is impractical or proves to be impossible)

4. External pictorial stickers and markings shall be displayed on vehicles to warn vulnerable road users of the hazards around the vehicle

5. A sensor system that alerts the driver to the presence of a vulnerable road user shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle

6. An audible vehicle manoeuvring warning shall be fitted to warn vulnerable road users when a vehicle is turning left

7. A fully operational camera monitoring system shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle

For left-hand drive vehicles, mirrors, cameras and sensors must be fitted appropriately to account for the blind spot on the right-hand side of the vehicle.

Emission Standards

Planned tougher emission standards for the Low Emission Zone will also be introduced from March 2021, at the earliest. As with DVS, the date is under review due to the coronavirus pandemic and a firm date will be announced in October 2020.

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