Direct Vision Standard 2020
Are your vehicles ready?
The (DVS) forms part of The Mayor of London and TfL’s Vision Zero approach to reducing road danger.
According to the FTA over 60% of all HGV’s over 12 tonne in weight will be banned from entering most of London without a permit. Operators will be fined £550 and £130 for the driver, per offence if you enter Greater London without a valid permit. To obtain a valid permit you will need to install the kit required and luckily our team of experts are on hand to assist you through the whole process from discovering your star rating to installation.
The proposed scheme requires all HGVs over 12 tonnes to hold a Safety Permit to operate in Greater London from 2020. HGVs will be given a rating between ‘zero-star’ (lowest) and ‘five-star’ (highest) based on the level of direct vision a driver has through the windows of the cab (and not through cameras and mirrors). Only vehicles rated ‘one star’ and above would be allowed to operate in London from 2020. Zero rated vehicles would only be allowed if they can prove compliance through safe system measures. Safety permit required.
By 2024 only ‘three-star’ rated HGVs and above would be granted a Safety Permit with HGVs rated two star and below needing to demonstrate compliance against progressive safe system measures before gaining a permit. The safe system could include specific industry recognised measures such as sensors and visual warnings. The scheme is still under development and subject to consultation.
The Direct Vision Standard Permit seeks to eliminate dangerous Heavy Goods Vehicle blind spots, proven to be the cause of pedestrian and cyclist deaths and serious injuries.
Between 2015 and 2017, HGVs were disproportionately involved in fatal collisions, with 63 per cent of those involving people cycling and 25 per cent of those involving people walking. The first of its kind, the Direct Vision Standard tackles road danger at its source by minimising HGV blind spots which contribute to many tragic deaths and life-changing injuries.