A proposal to make poor HGV driver visibility a criminal offence in London has been condemned by a prominent waste operator in the capital.
Mayor Sadiq Khan wants HGVs to be part of a five-star rating regime by which only those with three stars or better would be able to operate in London after 2024.
A 12-week consultation has been launched on the Direct Vision Standard, which assesses how much a driver can see without other aids.
Those classified on zero stars – including a range of tipper-style vehicles – would be banned from 2020. A criminal offence could mean enforcement by the police through fixed penalty notices or, if in a magistrates’ court, by fines.
Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, which operates 95 HGVs, said: “Direct Vision is the way forward to improve HGV safety and we are champions of continuing to innovate here.
”But Khan’s formal proposal for an HGV rating system from 0 to 5 stars by 2020 is far too ambitious.”
O’Donovan fears the timeline would damage small business owners and family companies.
“Coming down hard on the logistics industry is an easy win for Khan, but his plans are not feasible nor financially viable.
“Our industry, manufacturers and Transport for London have worked tirelessly in the past six years to continuously improve direct vision and safety, which is evident from the reduction in collisions we are now seeing.
“Khan is ignoring all of this good work and punishing HGV operators with this pie in the sky proposal.”