From 1 March, Transport for London’s lorry safety scheme will operate 24 hours a day and be enforced on all roads in the capital. It’s important for all owners of HGVs over 12 tonnes operating in London to apply for a free safety permit as soon as possible or face a Penalty Charge Notice of £550 per day.
As part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries in London’s transport network by 2041, the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) measures how much an HGV driver can see directly through their cab windows, indicating the level of risk to vulnerable road users, such as people walking and cycling near the vehicle.
HGV operators apply for a permit for their vehicles and will be granted a permit if the vehicle meets the minimum DVS star rating. If it doesn’t meet the minimum rating, the vehicle will need to be made safer by fitting it with Safe System Improvements.
For more information including how to apply, please visit the Transport for London website.