Freight safety is a pressing issue. Trucks and vans are more likely to be involved in fatal or serious injury incidents with pedestrians and cyclists than other vehicles. We believe that more can be done to prevent this.

We are putting road danger reduction at the heart of everything we do. If you operate trucks or vans in our supply chain you will need to meet higher road safety standards. These are known as WRRR requirements.

Since 1 January 2017, we have been turning vehicles away from our sites if they do not meet these standards.

How to comply with WRRR

Simply joining FORS isn't enough to meet WRRR requirements. Here is a list of what you have to do to comply:

Safer operations

  • be FORS accredited to a minimum Bronze level or equivalent. Accreditation to silver level or above ensures that all WRRR requirements are met
  • report, investigate and analyse collisions using a reporting tool, such as FORS collision manager

Safer drivers

  • have a valid driving licence for the vehicle they are driving
  • provide proof that within the last five years they have received approved WRRR training that includes the safety of vulnerable road users. Suitable courses include Safe Urban Driving (SUD) and Van Smart. There is a list of approved training courses on the FORS website
  • provide proof that they have completed a FORS e-learning safety module in the last 12 months

Safer vehicles

Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes must be fitted with specified safety features equipment including, but not limited to:

1. blind spot minimisation through direct or indirect visual aids eg:

  • class V and VI mirrors (plus)
  • Fresnel lens (or)
  • camera systems (or)
  • proximity warning systems

2. sideguards
3. audible left turn warnings
4. rear warning signs

Benefits of WRRR compliance

By complying with WRRR, you will:

  • save lives and protect communities by reducing the risk of collisions
  • reduce vehicle downtime and delays to deliveries
  • reduce costs by saving money spent on insurance claims and premiums, and vehicle repairs
  • reduce reputational risk - eg association with a supplier involved in a serious or fatal collision
  • demonstrate that your organisation is fulfilling its public duty

Direct Vision Standard (DVS)

If the following conditions are met, then early adoption of DVS will form part of your WRRR contractual obligations:

  • works contracts, advertised on or after 1 April 2017, exceeding £3M (or)
  • maintenance contracts, advertised on or after 01 April 2017, exceeding £1M (and)
  • exceeding a duration of 12 months (and)
  • using vehicles exceeding 12 tonnes (where)
  • a significant amount of the work will be completed in London

Find out more about DVS for HGVs.

More information

The leaflets below provide more information on compliance with WRRR, and can be printed and distributed to members of your organisation.

Help with WRRR compliance

At TfL we can support you in achieving compliance with WRRR. In some cases we can help with funding training.

For more information, contact us at WRRRcompliance@tfl.gov.uk.