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23 Jul 2021 | 10:48

Direct Vision Standard (DVS 2020)

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The Direct Vision Standard has been designed to make the streets of London safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The Standard comes into force from March 1st 2021 and affects all 12 tonne and above vehicles that enter London, with a £550 per day fine for none compliance.

From March 1st 2021 all vehicles over 12 tonnes GVW will have to have a permit to drive in London inside the M25. To get a permit, most HGVs will need TfL’s recommended Safety equipment installing on them including Cameras.

You can apply for a 90 day grace period but you only have until the 1st March to do this. All you need is a letter confirming installation dates from your supplier. This means that Transport for London will prevent Direct Vision Standard Penalty Charge Notices being issued to this vehicle from the period 1st March 2021 to 29th May 2021 inclusive.

The Enforcement Zone

The Enforcement Area covers all of Inner London and outer London along with all of the main trunk roads coming into London. The M25 is not included in the Enforcement Zone, only given as a guide on the map for scale.

DVS 2020 Enforcement Zone Map

DVS 2020

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) is a new vision safety standard for all vehicles over 12 tonnes. This includes mobile plant machinery, such as volumetric concrete mixers. It is based on a Vision Star rating supplied by the manufacturer of the vehicle from 0-5 starts and indicates how much a driver can see directly from their HGV cab in relation to other road users. The DVS forms part of the Safety Permit for all HGVs over 12 tonnes entering London. This permit can be applied for now.

The TFL HGV Safety Permit

ALL HGVs over 12 tonnes will automatically be banned from March 1st 2021.

To be able to enter the Enforcement Zone each vehicle will have to have a permit of approval from TfL.

There will be no cost for a permit and you can apply for it now.

Safe System

The DVS “Safe System” is a range of safety measures and equipment that must be installed on the vehicle before a permit is applied for. To be awarded a permit you must provide proof that the Safe System has been installed.

The Safe System equipment needs to cover the following dangers:-

  • Blind Spot vision for the driver
  • Warning Speakers informing the public that the vehicle is turning left
  • Side impact barriers

The Blind spot can be covered with Mirrors and Cameras or just with Cameras if they meet specific specifications. The Driver also needs an in cab monitor and alerts that someone is in the sensor area.

The Warning speakers need to be loud enough for pedestrians and cyclists to hear from a distance of 1 meter, the vehicle must also have warning stickers on the side and rear of the vehicle.

Side impact barriers must be installed where possible.

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