TfL consultation on HGV safety permits

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a new consultation on a new safety standard permit scheme for HGVs entering London. The scheme is part of TfL’s stated aim to have zero road deaths by 2014, and would require all HGVs of more than 12 tonnes to hold a safety permit to operate in London from 2020.

After the TfL consultation the specifics of the scheme will be developed next year. It could results in the mandatory fitting and use of sensors, visual warnings and comprehensive driver training.

“The number of deaths each year involving HGVs is a tragedy and we are committed to changing this,” said Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning. “We welcome feedback from the industry and all other road users on our latest proposals for the HGV Safety Permit Scheme, as we work together to improve vehicle safety.”

The RHA has somewhat naturally given a negative response. In response to the TfL proposals it said that the initial concern is about the permit scheme itself and that there is “no clarity on vehicle star ratings”.

“It is not acceptable that the ratings will not be known until after the consultation ends,” said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett. “However, we welcome the Mayor’s support for a comprehensive and international approach to vehicle standards and we look forward to working with the Mayors team in support of getting the best road safety outcomes for Londoners and the rest of the UK.”

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