What is DVS? When does it come into effect?
The Direct Vision Standard is a new safety legislation from Transport for London (TFL).
Starting from 26th October 2020, HGVs over 12T will need a Safety Permit to enter and operate inside Greater London.
The aim of this newly established law is to reassure the safety of all road users inside City of London, especially the vulnerable road users e.g. the pedestrians and cyclists by 2041.
Direct Vision Standard (DVS) measures a driver’s vision through the windows of an HGV Cab from zero (limited vision) to five (increased vision).
- Zero star & unrated vehicles with an approved Safe System will be granted a permit until 2024.
- One and two star-rated vehicles will be granted permits until 2024.
- Three, four and five star-rated vehicles will be granted a 10-year permit.
What if I don't have a Safety Permit?
From the 26th October 2020, any HGVs over 12T entering in Greater London without a Safety Permit will be fined up to £550 for the operator & £130 for the 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.
How to qualify for a Safety 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.
Last but not least, a safeguarding system prevents under-run collisions with pedestrians and cyclists that are close by the vehicle.
HGVs with limited Good Direct Vision will require to have a Safe System in place to provide Indirect vision where Direct Vision is insufficient.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Direct Vision Standard (DVS)?
The Direct Vision Standard is a new safety legislation from Transport for London. Its aim is to reduce the fatality and accident rates for pedestrians & cyclists caused by HGVs. From 26th October 2020, HGVs over 12T will need a Safety Permit to enter Greater London.
How does DVS work?
Direct Vision Standard (DVS) measures a driver’s vision through the windows of an HGV Cab. A star rating system from zero (limited vision) to five (increased vision) is used to indicate the level of risk to people walking and cycling near the vehicle.
What are the conditions to get a permit?
One to Five star-rated vehicles will be granted permits. Zero star-rated & unrated vehicles will need an approved Safe System to be fitted to obtain a permit.
How do I know the rating of my vehicle?
To know your vehicle’s rating, contact your manufacturer with your chassis number.
If my vehicle has zero star, what is a Safe System and how do I get one fitted to my vehicle star?
A Safe System is a series of safety measures retrofitted to a vehicle. It includes near side camera, sensors, left turn speaker and warning sign.
Where & When can I get my permit?
Operators can access the TfL permit application web portal from October 2019. It is free to apply.
How long will my permit be valid for?
Zero star-rated & unrated vehicles with an approved Safe System will be granted a permit until 2024.
One and two star-rated vehicles will be granted permits until 2024.
Three, four and five star-rated vehicles will be granted a 10-year permit.
What if I don’t have a permit after 26th October 2020?
HGVs entering Greater London without a safety permit will be fined £550 for the operator & £130 for the driver.