Thousands of HGV operators are being warned that they face £550-a-day fines if they fail to take part in London’s Direct Vision Standard scheme.
The scheme, which comes into effect on October 2020, is designed to help to reduce road deaths in the nation’s capital.
Operators have until October 26th to obtain a free “direct vision standard” permit for their lorry, which gives it a “star rating” based on its safety features and measures to reduces blind spots.
The scheme, for vehicles weighing 12 tonnes and above, opened for registrations last October. Transport for London revealed yesterday that more than 8,000 safety permits have been issued – a fraction of the 250,000 HGVs that enter the capital each year.
The star system rates HGVs from zero to five. They need to have a minimum one-star rating to operate in London.
Those vehicles rated zero stars must fir new measures, such as cameras and sensors, before a permit will be issued.
About 500 lorries have already been upgraded in this way.
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