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How Does The Direct Vision Standard Affect You?

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Posted on 26th Apr, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

The Direct Vision Standard is a proposed measure for London’s roads that, if successful, could possibly see wider adoption across the country. Under this standard, it’s estimated that the number of HGVs in London could be halved by 2024. So how would this affect haulage operators and drivers, and would it be a positive change?

How Does The Direct Vision Standard Work?

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The Direct Vision Standard uses a star system to rate the driver’s in-cab visibility without the use of cameras or mirrors. The greater the visibility, the higher the rating. As things stand, only those with the highest rating would be allowed to enter London when the standard takes effect. In theory, this would drastically increase the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

Throughout 2015, HGVs were involved in 20% of pedestrian fatalities and 78% of cyclist fatalities, despite the fact that HGVs only made up 4% of London’s total traffic.

In March of 2017, Transport for London estimated:

  • There are 188,000 HGVs currently operating in London
  • 35,000 would be banned by 2020
  • That number would rise to 94,000 by 2024

It remains to be seen whether the measure would definitely result in a tangible decrease in casualties on London’s roads, but Transport for London officials are so far hopeful.

However, representatives from the Royal Haulage Association have yet to be convinced. Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Royal Haulage Association, said: “It’s impossible for a haulier to buy a vehicle that complies with TfL standards – as no vehicle has been assessed against any standard. It is absurd to expect businesses to invest many tens of thousands of pounds in new, clean Euro-6 vehicles only to have them banned by TfL in a little over two years’ time.”

The new standard is not yet set in stone, and officials are urging haulage operators to have their say. If you think the new standard will affect your business, you can fill in TfL’s questionnaire by clicking here.

How Will This Legislation Affect Vehicle Cameras?

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As things stand, not in any tangible way. They are discounted for the purpose of the Direct Vision Standard (which measure’s a driver’s physical unaided vision), but that absolutely doesn’t affect their usefulness as safety devices. However they are accounted for the in Direct Vision standard, it doesn’t negate their very real and immediate lifesaving capabilities while negotiations are going on.

At Vision Techniques, we’re passionate about improving fleet vehicle safety for everyone on the roads, whether driver, cyclist or pedestrian. To that end, our product range is geared specifically towards increasing awareness and vision on the road.

For example, our TurnCamera is installed in a HGV’s blindspot to enable the driver to detect vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians, cutting down on the chances of dangerous or even fatal accidents. Meanwhile, our TurnAware system uses light, speed and movement to detect objects or persons approaching the vehicle. If it does, it warns the driver with an audible noise and highlights movement on the in-cab screen. Once again, this helps drastically reduce the chances of collision or injury.

You can browse our full product range on our website, or call us on 01254 679 717 if you have any questions about our products. One of our experts will be only too happy to help.

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