RHA lashes out against HGV Direct Vision permits

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has complained at government backing for the Mayor of London’s Direct Vision permit scheme plans for commercial vehicles.

“This is yet another direct attack by Sadiq Khan, Chris Grayling and Jesse Norman on the very industry on which the entire UK economy relies,” said RHA chief executive Richard Burnett.

In order for the Direct Vision permit plans to go ahead, Government ministers had to apply to the European Commission for approval of the scheme because EU hauliers we’ll have to to also apply for similar permits. This has left the RHA quite angry with the Mayor’s Government backing.

Burnett said: “We made it clear to TfL and ministers that it is wholly inappropriate to create local vehicle standards and permit schemes separate from the national and international standards for vehicles.”

Should the European Commission give the Direct Vision scheme the green light, it will go into force in October 2020 for all HGVs entering London.

According to TfL, around the half of HGV’s entering London Will need to be fitted with additional equipment including camera systems, audible turn warnings and side sensors with driver alerts before a permit can be issued.

Those vehicles whose operators do not fit such equipment and do not get a permit will be levied a fine of £550 and the driver fined a personal fine £150.

Burnett said: “The entire scheme has been poorly thought through from the start. Ministers should not have approved this application without fully understanding the implications of the scheme and doing a through independent Impact Assessment.

It is simply wrong that ministers are allowing London to fine drivers who have no control over whether a permit for the lorry they are driving has been issued or not.”