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HGV drivers urged to apply for free safety permit

The latest data from TfL shows that HGVs continue to be disproportionately involved in fatal collisions. Between 2018 and 2020

TfL is reminding heavy goods vehicle (HGV) operators to apply for a free safety permit as soon as possible, with less than two months to go until the introduction of London’s pioneering Direct Vision Standard. 

Enforcement will begin on 1 March, by which time all owners of HGVs over 12 tonnes – including those rated between one-star and five-star – will need to display a valid permit to continue operating the capital. 

TfL’s Direct Vision Standard will “play a vital role in eliminating death and serious injuries from London’s streets”. Introduced with the support of London Councils, it is set to reduce “lethal blind spots by introducing a permit system for HGVs, assigning vehicles a star rating based on how much the driver can see directly through their cab window”. 

The latest data from TfL shows that HGVs continue to be disproportionately involved in fatal collisions. Between 2018 and 2020 HGVs were involved in 41% of collisions where people cycling were killed and 19% of collisions where a pedestrian was killed.

Christina Calderato, head of transport strategy and planning, TFL said: “Introducing the Direct Vision Standard will be a huge step forward for road safety in London.

“’We’ve worked closely with manufacturers, operators and stakeholders – including RoadPeace and Living Streets – to develop our new lorry safety scheme, which we’re proud to say is the first of its kind.”

She added: “’We understand that the freight industry has been exceptionally busy during the coronavirus pandemic and as a result we delayed enforcement of the Direct Vision Standard and LEZ until 1 March, giving HGV operators more time to improve the safety and emissions of their vehicles.”

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