How many vehicles will be affected?
The number of vehicles impacted by the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) in Greater London is contingent upon various factors such as the total HGV population, exemptions, and compliance rates. As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, it was estimated that thousands of HGVs, particularly those exceeding 12 tonnes in gross vehicle weight, would be affected by the DVS.
What is TfL proposing?
The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) assesses and rates how much a driver can see directly from their HGV cab in relation to other road users. The DVS forms part of a proposed Safety Permit for all HGVs over 12 tonnes entering
London. DVS uses a star system to rate HGVs over 12 tonnes from 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest), based on how much a driver can see directly through their cab windows.
What will I need if my vehicle is rated zero, can ACSS help?
ACSS can provide you with a solution that contains the required equipment that will enable blind spot elimination.
What will happen in the next phase of the scheme?
Phase two of the scheme in 2024 would require HGVs rated two-star and below, to meet the requirements of a ‘progressive safe system’. These will be more stringent than those from phase one to account for future developments in technology and safety measures and to give the industry additional time to prepare for these changes. The progressive system will be subject to further consultation at an appropriate point before 2024
Find Out Your DVS Star Rating Here:
Vehicle operators need to contact their vehicle manufacturer to find out what their DVS star rating is.
Fleet Operators will need the VIN number of the HGV to hand.