Last reviewed 8 October 2020
The latest statistics from Transport for London (TfL) show that 125 people were killed on the capital's roads in 2019, with 3780 seriously injured.
Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, said: “Tough new regulations like the Direct Vision Standard (DVS), alongside measures making it easier for Londoners to walk and cycle around London, will make a huge difference in improving safety and preventing any more devastating incidents on our roads.”
TfL research shows that between 2015 and 2017, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) were disproportionately involved in fatal collisions, with 63% of those involving people cycling and 25% of those involving people walking.
However, the news that enforcement of the DVS and the tightening of the London-wide Low Emission Zone (LEZ) will be implemented on 1 March 2021 has rung alarm bells with Logistics UK.
While its Head of Urban Policy, Natalie Chapman, agreed that the association and its members fully support the Mayor of London’s ambition to improve road safety and reduce air pollution, she repeated concerns regarding the economic impacts these schemes will have.
“Given the immense financial and operational pressure the Covid-19 pandemic has placed on logistics businesses,” she went on, “we are disappointed to see the Mayor of London has not further delayed the introduction of both schemes.”
In order to meet the necessary requirements of the DVS scheme, a significant proportion of vehicles will need to have additional equipment fitted. There are, however, no financial support packages to assist with compliance.
More information on the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can be found at tfl.gov.uk.