Changes to heavy vehicle standards in London

Transport for London (TfL) has revised the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) to ease the fitting of sensors to articulated lorries.

This is to prevent false positive warnings from sensors going off unnecessarily when the vehicle is turning left.

Sensors to warn a driver when a cyclist or pedestrian is coming up on the inside will be mandatory for some HGVs entering Greater London under new rules coming into force on October 26.

 

All HGVs over 12 tonnes – with a few exceptions – will be rated from zero to five stars for the ease with which drivers can see people who are close to their vehicles.

Those with zero stars will not be allowed to enter Greater London without fitting a range of safety equipment including cameras, extra mirrors, side under-run protection, audible alerts when the vehicle is turning left and sensors to warn driver when a cyclist or pedestrian comes up on the inside.

Fleet operators must obtain a permit for any HGV over 12 tonnes from Transport for London demonstrating that the vehicle meets the new requirements – or face a penalty charge of £550 each time it enters the area, with a reduction for prompt payment. The driver will also get a £130 penalty.