The Direct Vision Standard is a measure of how much HGV drivers can see from their cab directly. From October 2020, Transport for London will require all HGVs over 12 tonnes entering London to have at least a one-star rating and from 2024 they will need at least a three-star rating.
This shall include:
- Prominent warning signage to the rear of the vehicle (where practicable) to visually warn other road users not to get too close to the vehicle.
- Side-under run protection to all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (where practicable) that are legally exempt from fitment.
- Class V and Class VI mirrors fitted to all vehicles where they can be mounted, with no part of the mirror being less than two meters from the ground.
Fleet operators shall ensure that all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight are equipped with an audible means to warn other road users of a vehicle’s left turn manoeuvre and reversing movement.
Audible warning devices should be fitted with a push to silent override switch for circumstances, such as working between 23:30 and 7:00, where it may be appropriate or necessary to deactivate the device. External warning systems should present the following features:
Left turn system
- The system shall be fitted to the front nearside of right-hand drive vehicle
- The system should activate when the driver switches on their indicator at a low speed (less than 20mph)
- The system should sound a voice message indicating that the vehicle is turning left
For gold requirements the following will need upgrading:
- Audible alarms will need upgrading to audible and visual versions
- Camera systems will require both side & rear cameras
- Parking sensor systems will require an in-cab display and not buzzer only
- Blind spot stickers will need upgrading to illuminated LED signs
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