Transport for London is proposing new direct vision legislation that will change the specification of vehicles that deliver freight into the city. One solution is the Mercedes-Benz Econic tractor unit. Kevin Swallow took to the streets of Barnsley to see if the low entry cab is a viable solution as well as improving the safety of vulnerable road users.

IT HAS been a year since the Mayor of London announced the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) proposal for trucks. Rated on a zero to five star system it’s anticipated that trucks rated zero will be banned or restricted from entering London. By 2024 only vehicles rated three stars and above will be allowed into the city.

DVS is designed to improve the safety of all road users, particularly vulnerable road users like cyclists and motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Ratings are based on how much a truck driver can see directly through their cab windows, as opposed to indirectly through cameras or mirrors. It is worth noting at this juncture the proposals are subject to consultation.