Last week, Transport for London (TfL) released the interim Direct Vision star ratings for Euro 4 HGVs as part of the development of its proposed Direct Vision Standard (DVS).
The DVS will be the first initiative of its kind to categorise HGVs depending on the level of a driver’s direct vision from a cab. HGVs will be given a rating between ‘zero-star’ (lowest) and ‘five-star’ (highest), with only those vehicles rated ‘three-star’ and above, or which have comprehensive safety systems, able to operate in London from 2024.
The development of the proposed Direct Vision Standard forms part of the Mayor of London and TfL’s Vision Zero approach to reducing road danger.
Research by TfL shows that during 2014 and 2015, HGVs were involved in disproportionately high numbers of fatal collisions with cyclists (58 per cent) and pedestrians (22.5 per cent) on London’s streets, despite only making four per cent of the miles driven in the Capital.