The Freight Transport Association (FTA), has welcomed the consultation on Transport for London’s (TfL) proposed Direct Vision Standard, but called for “technological innovation” to deliver the aim of ending deaths and serious collisions by 2041.
Lasting for six weeks, the Direct Vision Standard consultation will give interested stakeholders the chance to comment on the final proposals, which will seek to reduce danger on London’s roads by eliminating the blind spots on heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) that result in serious collisions and fatalities.
It is all part of the Vision Zero approach – a prominent part of the Mayor of London’s transport strategy – which will aim to eradicate all traffic-related road deaths in the capital.
Representing the UK’s logistics industry, the FTA has welcomed the consultation, but believes “technological innovation” is a key element in the fight to eliminate road deaths.
Natalie Chapman, Head of Urban Policy at FTA, said: “The future of road safety will be delivered through technological development and new vehicle design standards which FTA believes will be best set at an international level.
“It is misleading to expect all vehicle designs to be modified for the UK market – new cab design takes years and millions of pounds of investment to be brought to market, and manufacturers are unlikely to develop new vehicles for use in a single city, even one as busy as London.
“FTA has always believed that technological innovation is the only way to deliver the Mayor’s vision for an end to deaths and serious injuries on the capital’s roads by 2041.
“Safety is a multi-faceted challenge for all road users, not just HGV operators, and to focus attention solely on the view from the cab ignores the other challenges and potential dangers on the capital’s roads.
“As an organisation, we have always been clear that the use of new technology alongside changes to new vehicle designs would be far more effective in reducing road deaths and injuries that direct vision alone.”