London’s Draft Vision Standard & Council Clampdowns

Being out of sight and out of mind is something London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, is not willing to tolerate when it comes to pedestrians and cyclists in HGV blindspots. Meanwhile, councils across the country are calling for police to clamp down on lorries that ignore weight, height and width restrictions, to get to their destination faster. What do you need to do?

TfL’s Draft Vision Standard is the first of its kind in the world and is aiming to rate HGVs on the basis of 0 to 5 stars, according to the level of direct vision the driver has from their cab.  This is to ensure the most dangerous HGVs are banned from the streets of London by January 2020.  By 2024, the aim is to have only those lorries with a star rating of three or over driving on the streets of the capital.

If you are an HGV company reliant on working within London, you need to act fast, either upgrading your vehicles, or fitting devices that will give your vehicle a high star-rating.  This is draft legislation, so we do not know the breach penalties yet, but should an accident occur and a fatality result, you could well find yourself in breach of corporate manslaughter legislation. 

That could be the case even if you have increased your driver’s visual capacities, should they ignore technological assistance, or fail to pay attention to what is happening on the road. There is all the more reason for you to institute of culture of safety right now, before anything happens to land you in the dock.

The same is true for driving in more rural areas.  If there is a height, weight or width restriction on a route, it is there for a reason. Ignoring the road signs and then being involved in an accident is tantamount to negligence.  Even if that worst-case scenario does not emerge, councils are pushing for heavy fines for drivers who ignore the road warnings.  Do you want to be picking those up?

Get help on these issues and with general training that will improve driver safety in these areas. Talk to Gauntlet on 0113 244 8686 or email healthandsafety@gauntletgroup.com or guidance.

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