London’s Direct Vision Standard is a more intelligent and rounded approach to vulnerable road user safety than previous mayor Boris Johnson’s plan to mandate extra HGV cab windows, according to the FTA.
Speaking at today’s (2 November) Freight in the City Expo at Alexandra Palace, Natalie Chapman, FTA’s head of policy for London, said the Direct Vision Standard revealed in September had won more support from the association’s members than Johnson’s scheme.
Chapman said that while the details and implications of the scheme on operators accessing the capital needed to be carefully judged, it appeared a constructive proposal.
However, “we need to be clear in regards what this means for those operators that have invested in cameras and sensors. This [investment] needs to be recognised”, said Chapman.
Chapman added that the review of the London Lorry Control Scheme, which is currently underway, was long overdue.