Mayor of London Launches Lorry Safety Scheme

A world-leading scheme to remove the most dangerous Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) from London's streets was launched on 30th October by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

The first of its kind, the Direct Vision Standard tackles road danger at its source by minimising HGV blind spots which contribute to many tragic deaths and life-changing injuries. Based on how much a driver can see directly through their cab windows, the unique star system rates HGVs over 12 tonnes from zero (lowest) to five (highest). HGVs will need to meet a minimum 'one-star' rating by the time enforcement begins to enable them to operate in London, or will need to fit 'Safe System' measures to improve the vehicle's safety.

Big lorries are disproportionately involved in fatal collisions. Whilst they account for just four per cent of the overall miles driven in the capital, between 2015 and 2017, HGVs were involved in 63 percent of fatal collisions involving cyclists and 25 percent involving pedestrians.

For more information about Direct Vision Standard, visit https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/deliveries-in-london/delivering-safely/direct-vision-in-heavy-goods-vehicles


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