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With a history of supporting hauliers to achieve FORS, CLOCS and WRRR standards, our expertise is helping fleet operators to reduce road risk for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. The announcement of Transport for London’s new Direct Vision Standard (DVS) requires vehicles to install a ‘Safe Systems’.
Below is all the information you need on the standard and everything you need to achieve it.
Transport for London (TFL) have introduced the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for sole purpose of protecting vulnerable road users. All HGVs over 12 tonnes (gross vehicle weight) must be granted a safety permit to enter or operate in Greater London. However, in order to receive your permit, hauliers must take steps to ensure their vehicles are correctly equipped to cope with the busy streets of the capital city. Permits are available from October 26th 2019, exactly 12 months ahead of the deadline.
All vehicles over the weight limit are measured from zero to five stars on the visibility each driver has through the cab window. Based on the ratings each vehicle receives, a ‘Safe System’ must be installed to bring lower graded vehicles to an appropriate standard.
There are two key deadlines that have been established for the permit requirements:
- October 26th 2020 – All 0 star rated HGVs over 12 tonnes will require a ‘Safe System’ in place or they won’t be able to operate
- October 26th 2024 – All HGVs rated 0 to 2 stars will be banned from entering Greater London without a ‘Progressive Safe System’
Applications are free to secure the necessary permit, however with a penalty charge notice (PCN) of up to £550 issued to every vehicle that doesn’t meet standards, the financial implications of failing to install a system could be costly.
Applications are already open for permits, which you can get by clicking here.
In April 2020, Transport for London announced an extension to the enforcement of the Direct Vision Standard scheme. Although the new rules will still legally come into force on 26th October, 2020, no charges will be payable or enforced for non-compliant vehicles under those new standards until the end of February 2021.