Transport for London (TfL) is exhorting operators to follow the example of delivery firm Whistl and get their fleets ready for the introduction of its Direct Vision Standard (DVS).

Whistl is working with connected vehicle technology firm Connexas to ensure its London fleet meet the regulations.

DVS comes into force next March and will operate a star rating system which will grant safety permits to vehicles depending on the driver’s direct view through the windows of their cab.

Amendments to Whistl’s London fleet of 30 Renault T Series articulated tractor units include in-cab monitoring, blind spot sensors, reverse cameras and offside cameras.

The retrofitting will be completed by early November 2020.

Christina Calderato, TfL's head of transport strategy and planning, said: "HGV blind spots have been proven to be the cause of many pedestrian and cyclist deaths and serious injuries, which is why these new rules are so vital.

“The Direct Vision Standard is a core part of our Vision Zero commitment to tackle the number of people being killed and seriously injured on London's roads and we are working closely with the logistics industry to ensure they are supported in bringing in these necessary changes.

“We’re calling on all operators to follow Whistl’s lead and ensure their fleets are ready for these new rules.”

Gareth Hughes, Whistl procurement, property and fleet director, said: “We are pleased to be working with Connexas again on our fleet management technology.

“Our investment now will enable us to be compliant early with the new legislation and ensures that we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our drivers alongside cyclists and pedestrians with whom we share the roads in London.”

Connexas chief executive Andrew Overton, said: “As a modular fleet management solution, the Isotrak platform not only elevates the safety and efficiency of fleets but when paired with our cameras and sensors ensures companies are compliant with TfL’s new rules.”