Transport for London (TfL) have released its HGV safety permit guidance in reference to phase one of the new legislation. This comes into effect from October 2020 for all vehicles over 12 tonnes. Operators must start applying for permits from October 2019.
HGVs will be categorised depending on the level of a driver’s direct vision from a cab and will then be given a rating between ‘zero star’ (lowest) and ‘five star’ (highest).
The minimum requirement for HGVs increases from ‘one star’ to ‘three star’ in 2024, TfL has committed to consulting on the progressive Safe System requirements in 2022.
If you have a vehicle over 12 tonnes and are operating in the Greater London area, you will need a permit.