Scania urban safety window compliant with new Direct Vision Standard

The pressure for improved visibility in urban areas has prompted London Mayor Sadiq Khan to launch the ground-breaking Direct Vision Standard scheme.

Population growth and development of the urban environment go hand in hand, one element directly impacting the other, and both linked to economic growth. It goes without saying that the ongoing expansion of towns and cities is leading to increased traffic and congestion.

In London, the population has grown at twice the rate of the rest of the UK in recent years, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that roads really are busier than ever. This has however, resulted in a lot of government attention when it comes to the impact on public safety. They are constantly looking for ways to improve safety for road users, especially those most vulnerable; pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Road safety is my priority

Our ground-breaking Direct Vision Standard will be the first of its kind in the world.

Sadiq Khan

Mayor of London

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has made road safety his priority. He said, ‘our ground-breaking Direct Vision Standard will be the first of its kind in the world. ‘ The scheme will use a star rating system with all vehicles weighing over 12 tonnes being given a rating from 0-5 based on what they can see directly through the cab. The most dangerous vehicles, those rated 0, will be banned from London entirely by 2020. Under the plans, only HGVs meeting 3 stars or above would be allowed on London’s roads by 2024. To find out more about the rating system, visit the TFL website.

The pressure for improved visibility isn’t just coming from Transport for London – FORS and CLOCS are also backing the scheme and are focused on improved vision. Within the construction market there has been a bigger focus due to construction vehicles having less direct vision, with a blind spot around 3 times bigger than other HGVs. CLOCS make it clear that adding mirrors and cameras are not the only option and by improving direct vision, driver response time can be increased by 0.7 seconds.

Rating guidelines for the industry are underway and once released, manufacturer designs will continue to evolve, but until then TFL are expecting existing vehicles to be upgraded before the scheme comes into action. TruckEast can help you to improve you driver’s direct vision by installing an Urban Safety window. A window is installed in the passenger door panel to minimise blind spots and increase the driver’s awareness of vulnerable road users in busy areas.

We can supply and fit a CLOCS and FORS compliant Urban Safety window to any make or model, decreasing the risks facing your driver and the likelihood of your vehicle being banned from London in the future. Find out more.