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Get a view on HGV safety - Direct Vision Standard (DVS)

Find out more about Tf's latest consultation on the introduction of new standards for HGVs
Duration of project: 
Ends 18 April

Although this consultation has now closed, the background information to this work on 'direct vision' vehicles is of interest to anyone concerned about HGV design and road safety in London.

The Mayor is committed to reducing road danger across the Capital, and a ‘Vision Zero’ approach is now being adopted reduce road danger. This means tackling road danger at its source to ensure that London has the safest streets, people and vehicles. As part of this, the Mayor plans to take further steps to directly tackle the danger posed by Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), which are currently involved in a disproportionately high number of cyclist and pedestrian fatalities.  

Much progress has been made through working in partnership with the freight industry to improve HGV safety, including HGV design, but we need to go further. A wealth of evidence shows that HGV cabs designed to enable drivers to see more of their surroundings directly through their windows, as opposed to indirectly through mirrors or monitors, significantly reduces the risk of fatal or serious collisions.

Promoting the use of these safer, high ‘direct vision’ HGVs was outlined in the Mayor’s manifesto, and on 30 September 2016 the Mayor announced his ambition to introduce the world’s first Direct Vision Standard for HGVs as the basis for identifying the vehicles that pose the greatest danger to others. This Standard will use a simple zero to five star rating system to define how much an HGV driver can see directly from each vehicle’s cab, rather than through mirrors or other equipment. It will give regulators, manufacturers, operators and contractors an objective standard by which to rate and improve the safety of HGVs.

The Mayor also announced his intention to use the standard as the basis for introducing a ban or other restriction on the most dangerous or zero star-rated HGVs from London’s streets by 2020. In addition, only those HGVs achieving three stars or above – a good level of direct vision – would be allowed on London’s streets by 2024. This is the first phase of a series of consultations aimed at addressing the issue of dangerous HGVs in London. There will be further consultations on detailed proposals before any ban or other restrictions come into force.

You can shape the opportunities presented by the Direct Vision Standard by sharing your views in this consultation. Please read the supporting consultation document for further information.