UK RHA Publishes Document Covering New Direct Vision Standard Criteria for HGVs in London from 28 October – Heavy Lift News
18 Jun 2024

UK RHA Publishes Document Covering New Direct Vision Standard Criteria for HGVs in London from 28 October

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is pleased to share an explanation document to help firms operating Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) in London understand new safety equipment technical specifications.

Hauliers operating trucks of more than 12t gross weight must comply with new Direct Vision Standard (DVS) Progressive Safe System (PSS) criteria in the capital from 28 October.

After many hauliers had told the RHA that it wasn’t clear what equipment they needed to fit to comply the RHA have secured more clarity on the technical specifications from Loughborough University, the designer of the new standard on behalf of Transport for London (TfL).

They have set out in the explanation document what DVS-compliant Blind Spot Information System (BSIS) and Moving Off Information System (MOIS) should and shouldn’t do.

This will help operators upgrading their trucks to better understand which systems comply with TfL’s new standard.

The Loughborough University Team stresses that they aim to clarify the meaning of the already-published TfL technical specifications in plain language and the reasoning behind them, and that the explanation document doesn’t set out any new requirements.

They strongly recommend hauliers test equipment on an operational vehicle before investing to be satisfied that all use cases for the trucks are included in driver testing and they offer advice on how this can be accomplished.

The RHA are fully committed to helping implement the new standard smoothly and improve road safety, but there are more than 200,000 trucks in-scope needing upgrading amid concerns about availability, volume, affordability and reliability of equipment. Therefore, they urge the TfL to extend the implementation grace period for at least 12 months to help operators upgrade.


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It is expected that officials in London will release a market readiness report in July which will help TfL better understand this picture.

In the meantime, the RHA want HGV firms operating in London to tell them how ready they are for the 28 October PSS launch.

A short survey has been prepared which will assist the RHA’s ongoing conversations with TfL as they strive for the best results for Londoners and the industry. The deadline is Friday 28 June.

The RHA’s  explanation document and their reasiness survey can be found on the RHA’s website on this link.


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