What exactly is DVS? When will it go into effect?

The Direct Vision Standard is a new piece of safety legislation introduced by Transport for London (TfL).

It had a bit of a delay relating to the implementation date due to the global pandemic, the DVS implementation date was officially pushed back from October 26th, 2020 to March 1st, 2021. Obviously this date has came and passed so it is imperative that unless you want a load of fines sitting on your desk that you get up to speed with the legislation and make the changes to make sure you are inline with them.

The new safety legislation requires HGVs weighing more than 12 tonnes to obtain a Safety Permit before entering and operating within Greater London.

The goal of this newly enacted law is to ensure the safety of all road users within the City of London, particularly vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, by 2041.

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) assesses a driver’s vision through the windows of an HGV Cab on a scale of zero (limited vision) to five (excellent vision) (increased vision).

  • Zero-star vehicles equipped with an approved Safe System will be permitted until 2024.
  • Permits for one and two star-rated vehicles will be issued until 2024, while permits for three, four,
  • Five star-rated vehicles will be issued for ten years.

What will happen if I don’t have a safety permit.

All HGVs over 12T will require a DVS Safety Permit to operate in Greater London beginning March 1, 2021. HGVs operating without a Safety Permit face fines of up to £550 per day.

TfL will have the authority to suspend or even cancel a permit previously granted to a vehicle if the permit terms are violated.

What is the process of applying for a permit

The primary requirement for obtaining a Safety Permit is to have good direct vision from inside the vehicle’s cab, as well as a pedestrian and cyclist warning system and a safeguarding system installed around the vehicle.

A good direct vision simply refers to how much and how far you can see from the in-cab driver seat without using mirrors or cameras and instead looking out directly through the windscreen and windows.

The pedestrians and cyclists warning system warns road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, when an HGV has indicated and is turning left, while also alerting the driver to the proximity of objects around the vehicle, so the driver is fully aware of its surroundings.

Last but not least, a safeguarding system prevents under-run collisions with nearby pedestrians and cyclists.HGVs with poor direct vision will need a Safe System to provide Indirect Vision where Direct Vision is insufficient.


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