Navigating London’s New HGV Regulations

As of October 28, 2024, a significant change is on the horizon for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over 12 tonnes operating in Greater London. The current 1-star rating requirement is being upped to a 3-star rating, or alternatively, operators can opt for fitting “progressive” safe systems. This shift aims to enhance safety standards on the bustling London roads and ensure that HGVs are equipped with the latest advancements in safety technology in order to protect vulnerable road users. Make sure that your fleet is compliant with London HGV regulations.

Permit Application: A Crucial Step

Irrespective of the chosen safety approach, all operators must submit an application for a permit. The window for registering applications for progressive safe systems opens in June 2024. It’s imperative to stay ahead of the curve and initiate the application process to avoid any disruptions in your operations.

Penalty Charges: The Consequence of Non-Compliance

Failure to possess a valid permit by the specified date could result in penalty charges, with a maximum of £550.00. However, prompt payment within 14 days could see this amount reduced to £275.00. The financial implications of non-compliance underscore the importance of adhering to the new regulations.

Why Backwatch is Your Go-To Partner in Adapting to Change

In the midst of these regulatory shifts, choosing the right partner for your safety equipment becomes crucial. Backwatch Safety Products LTD stands out as a beacon of reliability and expertise in the field. Here’s why:

1. Over 25 Years of Experience

With a rich history spanning over 25 years, Backwatch has been a stalwart in the industry. We bring a wealth of experience to the table, having catered to the unique needs of fleet owners across the UK.

2. Trusted Relationships

Our success is built on the foundation of trust. Backwatch has fostered enduring relationships with our clients by consistently delivering quality safety products and unwavering support.

3. Excellent Customer Service

Customer satisfaction is at the core of our values. Backwatch prides itself on providing excellent customer service, ensuring that your needs are always met.

The Future of HGV Safety: Choose Backwatch

As the regulatory landscape evolves, ensuring the safety compliance of your heavy goods vehicles is paramount. Backwatch Safety Products LTD offers not just products, but a partnership you can rely on. Trust us to navigate the changing requirements and equip your fleet with cutting-edge safety solutions. With Backwatch by your side, you’re not just adapting to change; you’re leading the way in safety and reliability.

Please contact us on 01656 721871, or email us at and see how we can help you navigate the Direct Vision Standard changes and be be compliant with London HGV regulations.


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