The Direct Vision Standard and proposed Safety Permits for HGVs over 12 tonnes entering Greater London have been announced
Transport for London (TFL) has announced the long-awaited specifications for the Direct Vision Standard (DVS). After public consultation earlier in 2019, the finite details have finally been announced. Vehicles will be graded from 0 to 5 stars based on the visibility that the driver has. The scheme is designed with safety in mind, ensuring that the most at-risk road users – pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, are protected. To guarantee this safeguarding, all HGV vehicles over 12 tonnes will require a safety permit to operate in Greater London.
Two key deadlines have been established for the permit requirements:
- October 26th 2020 – All 0 star rated HGVs over 12 tonnes with 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’
Permits are available from October 2019 before coming into effect 12 months later.
How to find out your DVS Star Rating
All manufacturers of Euro IV, V and VI vehicles can provide a DVS rating for your vehicle and also ratings for new vehicles. Ratings are calculated via the DVS technical protocols. A copy is supplied to both yourself and Transport for London.
What is a ‘Safe System’ and what do you need for compliance?
The ‘Safe System’ is focussed on improving the visibility for drivers of heavy goods vehicles. Furthermore, additional audio and visual aids create a better awareness for other road users about the dangers of entering HGV blind spots. The requirements of the proposal include:
- Class V mirror shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle
- Class VI mirror shall be fitted to the front of the vehicle
- Blind spot elimination through a connected camera system
- Audible left-turn vehicle manoeuvring warning
- Proximity warning sensors installed on the near side of the vehicle
- External pictorial aids to warn vulnerable road users of the hazards of the nearside of the vehicle
- Sideguards fitted to both sides of a vehicle where possible
‘Progressive Safe Systems’ are set to be reviewed and announced at a later date. Due to constant technological developments, TFL will subsequently release the requirements for the 2024 deadlines at a later date.
How can HaulTech ensure your fleet is Direct Vision Standard compliant?
Here at HaulTech, we specialise in transport and haulage safety and productivity technology. With the introduction of the DVS into Greater London, there has been no better time to get in contact to discuss how HaulTech can support your commitment to the new TFL standards.
Our connected camera solutions, along with our proximity sensors and audible warning systems will:
- Ensure compliance with the new standards
- Increase driver visibility and awareness
- Reduce nearside incidents
- Reduce insurance claims
- Protect your fleet and other road users
- Encourage organic growth
With a proven track record of reducing vehicle operating costs whilst not breaking the bank, our systems are the ideal solution to ensure that you can continue to operate in Greater London under new guidelines. You can learn more about our connect camera systems by clicking here.
All the information on the necessary details can be found on the Transport for London website.