Transport for London has raised concerns that some logistics operators are reporting that rented trailers are not always fitted with the rear warning signage now required as part of the new HGV safety permit system in greater London.
The new rules say that for HGVs over 12 tonnes rated zero stars, all trailers must carry a prominent rear sign, warning vulnerable road users of blind spots.
Even if TfL has granted a permit to a zero-starred vehicle based on evidence photos of a tractor and trailer in situ with a warning sign, all trailers used with that tractor need signs.
TfL enforcement officers are conducting roadside inspections and several vehicles have had their HGV safety permits revoked for not having a rear warning sign on the trailer.
More information is available on the BVRLA’s Direct Vision Standard guidance page