Your Guide to the DVS ( Direct Vision Standards )

What is DVS?

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) requires all lorries over 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight to be granted a permit to enter or operate in Greater London. The scheme was created to improve the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

The Direct Vision Standard measures how much an HGV driver can see directly through their cab windows. This indicates the level of risk to vulnerable road users, such as people walking and cycling, near the vehicle.

The Direct Vision Standard and HGV Safety Permit for HGVs is part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s transport network by 2041.

What happens if i dont have a safety permit?

HGV vehicles failing to meet the minimum star rating and have a valid permit by October 26th will be liable for a fine of up to £550 and £130 for driver

TfL will have the right to suspend or even dismiss a permit that has previously been granted to a vehicle if found to be in breach of the permit terms.

Zero star-rated vehicles will need to fit an approved safe system before October 2020. Permits will remain valid until 2024 before additional review that is likely to lead to additional safety measure implementation.

How to qualify for a permit?

The fundamental requirement to qualify for a Safety Permit is to have a Good Direct Vision from inside the cab of the vehicle; pedestrians and cyclists warning, and safeguarding system fitted around the vehicle.

A Good Direct Vision simply means how much and far you can see from the in-cab driver seat without the help of mirrors and cameras but to look out directly from the windscreen and windows.

Pedestrians and cyclists warning system warns the road users e.g. the pedestrians and cyclists while an HGV has indicated and turning left and at the same time alerts the driver with the proximity of the objects that are around the vehicle, so the driver is completely aware of its surrounding.

For more information on the DVS star ratings of your vehicle and to apply for a free permit visit: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/dvs-safety-permit-application/

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