Alex Bowden January 25 2017
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says that HGVs with poor direct vision “should simply not be allowed on London’s roads” and he has launched a consultation on Transport for London’s (TfL) ‘zero to five star’ Direct Vision Standard for those that operate within the capital.
Under the Mayor’s plans, 35,000 ‘off-road’ HGVs, would be banned from London’s roads entirely by 2020. These vehicles – which are zero star rated on the level of vision the driver has from the cab – have been responsible for around 70 per cent of cyclist fatalities involving HGVs in the last three years.
By making the announcement now, TfL expects many dangerous lorries to be upgraded before the restrictions are imposed.
The plan is for restrictions to then be further tightened to a point at which only HGVs achieving a three star rating or above would be allowed on London’s streets by 2024.
In November, London Green Assembly Member Caroline Russell urged the mayor to introduce the new rules earlier than the proposed date of 2020, saying: “We cannot wait four more years before these killer lorries are taken off our roads.”
“I urge the Mayor to bring forward his star rating for HGVs before the proposed date of 2020. We cannot wait four more years before these killer lorries are taken off our roads.