Operators are at risk if their vehicles are not compliant with the Direct Vision Standard by October 26th, despite the enforcement deadline having been extended to March 2021.
The Direct Vision Standard, which is being introduced with the support of London Councils, is set to reduce danger to all road users by introducing a permit system for heavy goods vehicles (HGV’s). Vehicles are assigned a star rating based on how much the driver can see directly through their cab window.
From 26th October 2020, any vehicles of 12 tonnes or above must have a valid HGV safety permit to drive within the Greater London Area. This permit, free on application, is given to vehicles meeting the Direct Vision Standard set by TfL. It has now become a legal requirement and any infringement make drivers liable to a fine of up to £550.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, TfL has waived the issuance of penalty notices until March 2021. The Direct Vision Standard remains, however, a legal requirement. Thus, if a non-compliant is involved in an accident after October 26th, insurers may object to paying out damages.
Are you ready to get your vehicles compliant? Speak to us today about Direct Vision Standard or your insurance claim could be void.
ACSS can supply Direct Vision Standard kits starting at £349.