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Campaign highlights - Logistics UK and others continue to press key messages on Direct Vision Standard (DVS)
The upcoming changes to the DVS scheme – due to come into effect in October 2024 – are a key focus for road operators right now.
First implemented in March 2021, the scheme is targeted at HGVs over 12 tonnes and is enforced across Greater London, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It operates via an HGV Safety Permit Scheme in which a star rating system ranks the HGV vehicles from zero to five stars, based on how much vision the driver has directly through their cab windows.
Currently, a minimum rating of one star is required to qualify for the required HGV Safety Permit, with operators of zero star rated vehicles able to comply with the scheme and obtain a permit only by evidencing the fitment of additional safety equipment (the Safe System). However, from October 2024, changes to the scheme will see HGVs over 12 tonnes and with a star rating of zero, one or two needing to comply with updated requirements. Additionally, the Progressive Safe System (PSS) will replace the current Safe System.
There is significant frustration among industry that operators will be required to replace equipment already installed by the sector in good faith to meet the current Safe System, without any clear explanation on why existing kits may need to be replaced under the new requirements. Additionally, there are challenges to timescales with short lead-in times, a lack of available kit and a shortage of qualified fitters to install it, which will make it impossible for the industry to be ready for next autumn.
Given the significant concerns that the industry has, the Chief Executive of Logistics UK met with senior officials at Transport for London (TfL) this week to talk through policy priorities. The business group has also sent multiple letters to senior officials in TfL and London Councils outlining continuing industry concerns over the roll-out of Phase 2 of DVS in October of 2024.
Following productive conversations, Logistics UK has obtained a commitment from TfL for a readiness report to be reviewed with industry in April 2024. The report will feed into the formal decision on the length of the grace period for implementation that will be finalised in June 2024. Preparatory work for this readiness report will start at the beginning of December, when Logistics UK will participate in the kick-off meeting.
Most recently Logistics UK, alongside the Road Haulage Association and AICES, sent a joint letter on 26 October to senior officials in TfL and London Councils which addressed key points, including lack of accreditation of required kit, lack of real-world testing and unrealistic implementation timescales. By emphasising the acute timescales that operators face in terms of vehicle procurement decisions to be taken, we have asked for urgent replies to the points raised in the letter.
Monitoring and influencing DVS changes will remain a key priority for 2024 and Logistics UK will continue to work with members, TfL, RHA and the Mayor of London to highlight the challenges and work towards achievable – and reasonable – solutions.
Read the full letter addressing the key points.
Published On: 09/11/2023 13:00:00
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