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TfL warns HGV operators to apply for free safety permits

The government body published an ‘allow list’ for businesses as they adopt new vehicles as part of TfL’s Direct Vision Standard, which will play a key role eliminating death and serious injuries from London’s streets

TfL is reminding HV operators to apply for free safety permits as part of its new Direct Vision Standard.

The government body has published an “allow list” for businesses as they adopt new vehicles or change specifications in their fleet as part of TfL’s Direct Vision Standard.

Enforcement will begin on 1 March, by which time all owners of HGVs over 12 tonnes will need to display a valid permit to continue operating the capital.

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The new standard is set to play a key role in eliminating death and serious injuries arising from HGVs across London.

Natalie Chapman, head of Policy (South) at Logistics UK, said: “The safety of all London’s road users is of prime importance to Logistics UK and we welcome the flexibility and certainty that today’s announcement provides. 

“Our members have rolling programmes of safe system retrofit for their existing fleet as well as orders in place for new compliant vehicles, but these schedules are currently being disrupted due to ongoing challenges with the Covid pandemic.”

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