Truck operators are constantly having new safety and environmental regulations dumped on them, which invariably mean forking out more money.
Transport for London (TfL) is revising its Direct Vision Standard (DVS) from October next year – and both the RHA and Logistics UK, the two main groups representing the UK’s hauliers, have expressed disappointment that the concerns they raised previously have been ignored.
They said in a joint statement that the industry had already raised concerns over the proposed changes to the DVS scheme – which will place a huge onus on operators, with no regulatory oversight from TfL and no accreditation process for the new regulations.
By the time the new safety standards are introduced, operators will already have been required to replace equipment to meet the current DVS system but they may not meet the revised standard.
In addition, the RHA and Logistics UK said TfL had not made clear why existing kits may need to be replaced under the new requirements.
Both trade bodies reiterate their support for the mayor’s Vision Zero road safety strategy, including continuous improvements to ensure the safe operation of vehicles.
But a joint statement said:
“Operators need assurances that further changes will not be necessary once the new equipment is installed. Manufacturers and suppliers will also need to understand what their customers will be required to do to ensure that they can service that demand.”