The Safer Lorry Scheme (SLS) came into force in London on 1 September 2015. The SLS specifies that vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes entering London must be fitted with sideguards along with Class V and Class VI mirrors in a commitment to improve road safety in London.
The scheme is being enforced by the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
- Drivers found to be in charge of a non-compliant vehicle may be issued with a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice
- The offence also carries a potential fine of £1000 at Magistrate’s court
- The Traffic Commissioner, who has the power to modify or suspend operator licenses, will also be notified of companies operating vehicles in breach of the scheme
FORS would like to remind operators that if fined for not complying with the SLS, you are also not complying with the requirements for your level of FORS accreditation.
Requirement V7 in the FORS Bronze standard aligns FORS to the SLS. This means that all vehicles meeting the requirements of V7 also meet the requirements of the SLS.
FORS operators are expected to demonstrate evidence at audit that all applicable vehicles meet the ‘V7 – Vulnerable road user safety’ requirement. A spreadsheet outlining the information which needs to be provided to the auditor can be found here. Requirement V7 states:
Fleet operators shall ensure that all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight are fitted with safety equipment to help protect vulnerable road users.
This shall include:
♦ Prominent signage to the rear of the vehicle to visually warn other road users not to get too close to the vehicle
♦ Side-under run protection to all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight that are exempt from fitment
♦ Class VI mirrors to be fitted to all vehicles where they can be mounted, with no part of the mirror being less than two metres from the ground
For advice on complying with V7 requirement please get in touch with the FORS helpline who would be more than happy to help.
Under the scheme Terms and Conditions, FORS retains the right to suspend or terminate operators should they fail to maintain compliance with the criteria for the level of accreditation in accordance with the FORS standard. One FORS accredited company has already been suspended as a result of being fined by the SLS.
For more information on the SLS please click here