In the ever-evolving landscape of road safety standards, business owners must stay informed and proactive. The impending changes in 2024, specifically the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit scheme for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), demand attention. Centurion Truck Rental, a leading player in the industry, stands out by ensuring all their vehicles are compliant, providing holistic solutions tailored to the unique needs of businesses.
Understanding the Direct Vision Standard and Safety Permit Scheme:
The DVS measures an HGV driver’s direct visibility through their cab windows, assessing the risk to vulnerable road users. As part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan, heavy goods vehicles over 12 tonnes must have a three-star rating or fit a Progressive Safe System to operate in Greater London from October 28, 2024.
Progressive Safe System:
For HGVs rated below three stars, the Progressive Safe System becomes mandatory. This system, crucial for reducing road danger, includes enhancements like Camera Monitoring Systems (CMS) for improved indirect vision, audio warnings signaling intended manoeuvres, and measures to minimise the physical impact of hazards.
Centurion Truck Rental, recognising the significance of these changes, is actively working with current contract hire customers to ensure their fleets meet compliance standards and are equipped with the necessary safety features. This proactive approach takes the hassle out of the process for businesses, allowing them to focus on their operations.
Enforcement and Penalties:
Enforcement of these standards is strict, with penalties of up to £550 for driving an HGV within most of Greater London without a valid permit. Centurion Truck Rental emphasises the importance of compliance, not only to avoid penalties but also to contribute to the overall safety goals outlined in Vision Zero.
Centurion Truck Rental goes beyond providing compliant vehicles; they understand the challenges businesses face. By assessing individual needs, they offer bespoke services, making it easier for customers to navigate these regulatory changes. For support, guidance, or to hire compliant vehicles aligned with your business needs, Centurion is your trusted partner on this journey. Stay ahead, stay compliant with Centurion Truck Rental.