TFL have launched a consultation on proposals to create a Progressive Safe System (PSS) as part of the HGV Safety Permit Scheme. Its aim is to further reduce the risk that heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over 12 tonnes pose to vulnerable road users, such as people walking and cycling.
In 2019 the Mayor launched the world leading Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and HGV Safety Permit Scheme as part of his Vision Zero commitment to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from London’s roads by 2041. It became enforceable in March 2021. DVS tackles road danger at its source by minimising HGV blind spots which contribute to many tragic deaths and life-changing injuries.
Early results show the number of fatal collisions involving HGVs and vulnerable road users where vision was a contributory factor have halved since 2018. In order to reach the Mayor’s Vision Zero target, they urge to go further.
In October 2024, the DVS requirements of the HGV Safety Permit Scheme will increase from one star to three stars. At the same time, TFL propose to introduce a PSS for vehicles not meeting that standard.
The PSS will build on the requirements of the 2019 safe system, and take into account advances in technology. TFL would like to hear your views on our proposals.