The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is “not the most effective way to achieve zero vehicular harm” in London, according to the logistics sector.
This opinion comes after Transport for London (TfL) handed out instructions to freight operators regarding the availability of HGV Safety Permits, now that the first phase of the DVS is less than three months away.
Part of the Vision Zero approach adopted in the capital, the DVS has been set up to ensure HGVs are safer, and that drivers of those cabs can see all road users – key to the Mayor’s ambition of eradicating deaths and serious injuries due to collisions from the streets of London by 2041.
However, the organisation that represents the logistics sector, the Freight Transport Association (FTA), believe there are better alternatives to the DVS that will serve the industry better, but also London itself.
The Association has previously explained these to Transport Britain, which include advances in technology.
And following TfL’s latest directives regarding the Standard, the FTA has renewed the calls from the logistics industry for the Mayor of London to realise the DVS is not the most effective way to eradicate collisions due to HGVs.
Natalie Chapman is the Head of Urban Policy at the FTA. She said: “The logistics sector is fully committed to improving road safety and takes its responsibility to do so very seriously; that’s why FTA is calling for the Mayor of London to realise that other strategies would deliver a far greater outcome.
“Technological development, along with internationally-agreed design standards and the retiming of deliveries to quieter periods, would provide a more robust and long-term safety solution than DVS alone; visibility from the cab should be viewed as just one aspect of holistic approach to road safety.”
The FTA hopes “a more comprehensive range of measures to fast-track zero vehicular harm in the capital” is adopted by TfL.