Direct Vision Standard - Delayed Enforcement

At the beginning of lockdown, Transport for London (TfL) made a decision to postpone the enforcement of the Direct Vision Standard to allow hauliers to focus on their core operations and business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The delay, implemented by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, recognises the pressures and difficult circumstances that operators are currently under and therefore may make compliance tough under the original deadline.

If you aren’t already aware, the Direct Vision Standard is a new legislation whereby all HGVs over 12 tonnes will require a safety permit to drive into Greater London. The permit will be based around a star rating of the vehicle, which reflects the visibility the driver has from the cab in relation to other road users. To begin with, the minimum star rating required will be one star; those that don’t comply will need to meet safe system requirements in order to obtain a permit. Anyone entering greater London without a valid permit, regardless of their star rating, will be penalised.

So what exactly is happening? Well the rules around the Direct Vision Standard will still come into play on the original date of 26th October, 2020. However no penalties will incur to those that do not meet the new legislative standards until a later date. According to the TfL, the new date will be published in October 2020, but will be no earlier than March 1st 2021.


Direct Vision Standard Guide

To find out more about the Direct Vision Standard, we have prepared a handy guide for you, and as TruckEast we can offer you a solution should you need to fit a safe system to your vehicle.