26.6.2024 | Haulage

Operating HGVs in London – new DVS safety equipment guidance published

The RHA shares an explainer to help firms operating HGVs in London understand new safety equipment technical specifications.

Hauliers operating trucks of more than 12-tonne gross weight must comply with new Direct Vision Standard (DVS) Progressive Safe System (PSS) criteria in the capital from 28 October 2024.

Following our request, we have secured more clarity on the technical specifications from Loughborough University, who designed the new standard on behalf of Transport for London (TfL); this was after many hauliers told us it wasn’t clear what equipment they needed to fit to comply.

In their explainer, they’ve set out what DVS-compliant Blind Spot Information Systems (BSIS) and Moving Off Information Systems (MOIS) should and shouldn’t do.

They say this document will help operators upgrading their trucks better understand which systems comply with TfL’s new standard.

The Loughborough University Team stresses that they aim to clarify the meaning of the already-published TfL technical specifications and the reasoning behind them in plain language. Their explainer doesn’t set out any new requirements.

They strongly recommend hauliers test equipment on an operational vehicle before investing to ensure that all use cases for the trucks are included in driver testing—they offer advice on this element.

We want to thank the team at Loughborough University for listening to our feedback and helping clarify DVS requirements for hauliers.

However, we are still concerned about the timeframes TfL has set for our industry to comply with PSS fully.

We are fully committed to helping implement the new standard smoothly and improving road safety. Still, more than 200,000 trucks in scope need upgrading amid concerns about equipment availability, volume, affordability, and reliability.

We’re therefore urging TfL to extend the implementation grace period for at least 12 months to help operators upgrade.

We expect London officials to release a market readiness report in July, which will help TfL better understand this picture.

In the meantime, please tell us how ready you are for the 28 October PSS launch.

DVS explainer

Source: RHA