The final consultation for Transport for London’s (TfL) Direct Vision Standard has officially opened.
A world first, the Direct Vision Standard will reduce the danger on the roads of the capital city by eliminating the blind spots on heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) that are responsible for tragic collisions.
It is all part of the wider Vision Zero approach that is committed to improving road safety to the point that there are no serious injuries or fatalities involving road traffic.
TfL firmly believes that collisions can be avoided, and Vision Zero will help to achieve this.
It is necessary given that 2017 saw 4,000 serious injuries or fatalities on London’s roads as a result of collisions.
The Direct Vision Standard is wholly necessary considering the HGVs make up 4% of the overall miles driven in London, yet between 2015 and 2017, 63% of collisions with people cycling involved HGVs; it paints a picture of a disproportionate involvement in fatal collisions, and is something that highlights the need for action to reduce this.
As a result, TfL is now giving people the opportunity to comment on the final Direct Vision Standard proposals.
It is a crucial component of the Vision Zero approach, which aims to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from London’s roads by 2041.
And Christina Calderato, Head of Delivery Planning at TfL, believes this Direct Vision Standard will “fundamentally” improve safety.
She said: “London is leading the way with truck safety and we invite views on our final proposals.
“Our Direct Vision Standard will fundamentally improve the safety of HGVs in London.
“We hope that the European Commission’s backing will help us make HGVs safer across the continent.”
The European Commission is standing beside TfL’s approach, by including direct vision in the revised General Safety Regulation.
This leading piece of EU road safety legislation will be a key factor in reducing road danger and ensuring the safety of HGVs throughout Europe.