FTA talks safety

With safety at the top of priorities for the capital’s road users, transport managers from businesses of all sizes will have the chance to understand the latest information on the Mayor of London’s safety proposals for HGVs, the Direct Vision Standard (DVS), at a conference to be held in London on 22 November.

The Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager conference, sponsored by Iveco at the Kia Oval in SE1, will provide delegates with the latest information on the DVS and how best to plan for its introduction.

The DVS will be introduced for all HGV operators across the capital from 2020 using a ‘star rating’ to rate HGVs based on the level of vision from the cab.  Under the latest proposals announced by Transport for London (TfL) on 22 September, technological solutions such as in-cab cameras and sensors around vehicles could be recognised as part of a ‘safe system’ for those that do not meet the 1-star rating that will be mandated from 2020, an approach that FTA has campaigned for.

Natalie Chapman, FTA’s head of policy for London, who will be leading the city centre truck restrictions session at the Transport Manager conference said, ‘Lack of clarity over which vehicles will be permitted to operate under the DVS is creating huge uncertainty for businesses, who need to know which vehicles will be eligible to work in the capital and what equipment will be required in less than three years’ time.  Whether you operate a single vehicle, or a fleet of trucks, the Transport Manager conference will give you the most up-to-date information about the scheme to help youstart planning for the 2020 start date.’

The Transport Manager conference will also give delegates the chance to hear direct from the Traffic Commissioner for London and the South East, Sarah Bell, and ask her about her priorities for the region’s road users.  Other sessions during the event will cover a broad range of subjects, including enforcement priorities and roadside stops, apprenticeships and skills, employment law, preventing vehicle use in terrorism activity and vehicle technology and in-cab cameras.

The conference is part of FTA’s Transport Manager series, which is also supported by Brigade Electronics, Goodyear Tyres and Microlise.  The 2017 conference series has broken all previous records for the number of attendees, with over 1,200 delegates already taking the opportunity to keep up-to-date with the very latest operating requirements for their businesses, and five events in the series still to go.